Monthly Archives: May 2013

Look at my New Hairdo!!! or Feathers in this Case (LOL)

I just love this picture of this little cutie……”I just came back from the Feather Salon….What do you think?”  LOL

I wish I knew what kind of bird this was…..Does anyone know this species of bird?

Ann Zych – FunTime Birdy

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Educational and Trick Training Bird Toys on Sale at FunTime Birdy

Is your feathered friend the next You Tube sensation?  Come on in and check out all our fun educational and trick training bird toys and see if they are.

We have them all….from Basketball Hoops, Ring Toss, Swizzle Sticks, Bird Skateboards and more.

Check out our in action videos below:

Ann Zych – FunTime Birdy

Caique Parrots

Caique ParrotsIf you are looking for a vivacious, intelligent and colorful parrot as your avian companion, you may want to consider a Caique. These birds are generally 9-10 inches in length and can live up to 20 years. Native to South America, Caiques possess stunning plumage with green, orange, yellow, pink, black and white feathers.
These little birds are extremely active and will need plenty of bird toys  to keep them busy and happy.  A large cage with ample perches is also a necessity. It is a good idea to invest in  a parrot playgym for your bird as well. Caiques like to stay busy……ideally, you should rotate your bird toys  every few weeks to keep your Caique interested in his/her play items.
Unlike African Greys, Caiques rarely learn to speak. However, they do enjoy imitating various sounds in their environment such as whistling, bells, alarms, etc.  They are also good at learning tricks.

Is a Caique Right for You?
Before deciding on purchasing a Caique, there are a few things you will need to consider to ensure you are a good match for this type of parrot:

Your Energy Level. Caiques are high-energy birds and do best with owners who can keep up with them. If you are the type of person who comes home from work exhausted and looks forward to doing nothing but watching TV the rest of the evening, you may have trouble pleasing your Caique. These birds need plenty of time outside their cage. You will need to make sure you have enough time and energy to devote to your bird. Otherwise, they will become aggressive, sullen and may develop behavioral problems.

Your Other Pets. Caiques can be domineering and aggressive towards other pets or birds of a different species.  Caiques are best suited for people who only want one bird, or those who are interested in a pair of Caiques.

Your Personality. As beautiful and attractive as they are, Caiques need loving owners with a firm hand. They are the type of birds who crave boundaries and need to know who is in charge. If you let your Caique run the roost, he/she will take advantage of the situation and may even become aggressive. Be gentle, yet firm with your bird. Meet his/her needs and provide plenty of bird toys for him/her.  If you do that, you and your Caique should get along quite well.

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

Baby Green Cheek Conures on the FunTime Birdy Freshman Playgym

I just received this adorable picture from Karine from Life With Parrots Aviary. She purchased our Freshman Playgym for her baby Green Check Conures so they could learn to perch and play before going to their new homes.

Here is what Karine had to say:

Hi Ann,

2 of my babies (Green Cheek Conures) are 5 weeks old and have just been introduced to the Playgym. They don’t know how to step up yet but it should be really soon. The size is perfect for them at such a young age. I will try to send you another picture once they are actively playing on the gym.

Karine – Life With Parrots Aviary

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Mischief the Ravens Talks – WOW!!!

I just could not believe this video when I first saw it.  “Mischief” the Raven can talk and in two different voices…..Unbelievable!!!

Ann Zych – FunTime Birdy

Happy 17th Birthday Jerry – Our African Grey

Today is our African Grey Jerry’s 17th Birthday.  Happy Birthday Jerry!!!

Last weekend we had a special Happy Birthday (Hatchday) Party and Jerry received his Happy Birthday gift.  Check out his pictures below.

Ann –  FunTime Birdy

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Bird Toy Blow Out Sale at FunTime Birdy – Only 3 Days Left

Only 3 days left to FunTime Birdy’s Bird Toy Blow Out Sale!!!  Bird Toys that your Birds will Love and More!!!!  Sale ends 5/16/13

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5 Steps to Photographing Your Parrot

Possible FBPhotographing your parrot can be a fun way to preserve memories. As you watch your parrot’s cute antics on his/her bird stand or parrot playgym, you can’t help but want to capture that moment on camera. If you enjoy taking pictures, it is also a great way to expand your hobby. You can store these photos as keepsakes, send them to magazines, post them on your blog or enter them in pet photo contents. You can even showcase your bird photography at your local county fair or pet store bulletin board.

Here are a few steps to taking great pictures of your feathered friends:

Step #1: Select the Right Equipment

For best results, use a high-quality digital camera with a fast lens or shutter speed. If your camera pauses, or takes 3-4 seconds to snap a photo, you could miss the perfect pose. As your parrot is playing with his/her bird toys, or climbing around on his parrot playgym, he/she rarely sits still—so capturing the perfect photo requires a camera with fast action. You may also want a camera that has a telephoto lens. This will enable you to take detail-oriented pictures from a distance. At the very least, be sure your camera has a zoom feature. This will allow you to take “close-up” pictures without distorting your parrot’s face.

Step #2: Pick a Background

This is the fun part!! You can take pictures of your parrot on his bird stand,  or even outside. Try selecting a solid background that makes your bird stand-out. Avoid too much clutter such as laundry, dishes or a dirty birdcage. Make your parrot the center of the photo.

Step #3: Experiment with the Angle

In order to take a quality picture, every shot does not have to be head-on. Get creative and have fun experimenting with different angles. Try standing on a step-stool looking down at your bird; lie on the floor and look up, or squat to the side. The options are endless!!

Step #4: Use Natural Lighting

Soft, natural light is best when taking pictures of your parrot. If you are trying to snap a few shots of your parrot on his/her bird cage, open all the blinds/shades  and let the natural light flood the room. Avoid using a flash, if possible. The flash could scare your bird and can cause your bird’s eyes to look red in the photo. If you want to take pictures outside, try doing so on a cloudy or overcast day. If the sky is clear and the sun is out, take your photos in the early morning or later evening. The sunlight is much softer during these times and there will be fewer shadows.

Step #5: Get Your Parrot’s Attention

This can be a challenge. And you may only be able to hold their attention for a couple of seconds—which is why a fast-acting camera is essential. You can use various bird toys, or sounds to coax your parrot to look your way. When you have the perfect pose—snap the camera quickly!!!

Have fun and enjoy!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Watch the Birdie – Hyacinth Macaw Picture

What a great photo!!!  Gives new meaning to the saying “Watch the Birdie”

Ann –   FunTime Birdy

Now watch the Birdie for FB

40 year Anniversary for Quakers in USA

quaker-parakeet-celebrates-40-years-in-United-StatesAs reported on the Inquisitr

The spunky Quaker parakeet has been quietly — or perhaps not so quietly — nesting successfully in the United States for at least 40 years. The Chicago colony was perhaps the first and the most famous, and Chicago magazine itself recently wished the nest-building parrot a happy 40th anniversary.

Over the years, the parrots nesting in Hyde Park have become a welcome sign of spring after Chicago’s long, notoriously cold winters. However, when it first arrived on this continent, the United States Department of Agriculture regarded it as an invasive species because of its impact on agricultural crops back home in its native South America.

By the way, in case you were wondering, Quaker parakeets and their close cousins, cliff parakeets, are the only parrot species known to build elaborate stick nests. Most parrots prefer to nest in termite mounds, cavities in trees, or even artificial nest boxes.

Audubon magazine reported that Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor, lived across the street from a well-known colony. As long as he was alive, he protected them because he believed that they brought good luck. When he died in 1987, the USDA tried to remove the Quakers.

However, a neighborhood defense committee fought for the right to keep the birds.

And a later USDA study done on the growing population in Florida acknowledged that the introduced Quaker parakeets are not important crop pests. They seem to be urban or suburban birds, and the biggest problem they cause is the power outages that occur when they build their huge colony nests too close to electrical equipment.

Advocacy groups for the wild parrots can help power companies figure out the best time to remove nuisance nests. On Wednesday, New Jersey power company PSE&G safely removed badly situated nests from utility poles in Edgewater, Fort Lee, and Leonia, NJ. The date was chosen with the help of the Edgewater Parrot Society, who explained that if the nests are removed at this time of year, it gives the birds time to re-build and lay their eggs in a safer spot.

Quaker parrots are some of the most fun loving parrots around.  Our Little Quaker Phantom passed away 2 years ago.  He had such vibrant personality.  He is surely missed!!!

Ann Zych  –  FunTime Birdy