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When You Have to Leave Town—Making Sure Your Parrot is Cared for While You’re Away

Parrots1If you are getting ready for a family vacation or a business trip, you will need to consider what to do with your parrots while you are away. Many first-time bird owners worry about leaving their avian companions. However, with a little preparation and thought, leaving your bird does not have to be a traumatic experience. As long as you think ahead, making sure your parrot has plenty of bird toys and adequate bird supplies, things can go quite well.
The first thing to consider is what type of arrangements to make for your bird. Here are a few possibilities:

Utilize a Boarding Facility. If you select this option, be sure to find a facility that specializes in birds. Parrots have unique needs related to temperature, environment and entertainment. You will want to leave your parrot with someone who understands these issues. Sometimes, highly experienced bird lovers will offer a boarding service out of their home. This can be ideal, as it will provide your feathered friend with a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

Be sure to bring plenty of bird supplies and bird toys when you drop your parrot off.  In addition, you should bring your bird’s food. If food is provided by the facility, you may want to bring packages of fresh fruits and veggies as a supplement. These can be refrigerated and given to your bird while you are away.

Hire a Pet Sitter. If you are not comfortable using a boarding facility or if you cannot find one in your area that will take birds, consider hiring a pet sitter. Pet sitters are individuals who come to your home to care for your dogs, cats, or birds. Once again, it is highly recommended to find a pet sitter who has experience with parrots. This is especially true if your bird tends to be a handful or overly playful. Some people may be intimated by your bird’s antics and not know how to react. Once you have located a pet sitter, check their references and interview them beforehand. Be sure to leave a number where the pet sitter can get a hold of you or a family member in case of an emergency. You should also leave specific instructions on how to care for your bird. This can be as simple or as detailed as you like. You can include a list of his favorite bird toys,  favorite foods, feeding schedule, etc. Double check to make sure your refrigerator is well-stocked with fresh food for your parrot and that there is plenty of bird supplies on hand.
By selecting the right person or facility to care for your bird, leaving your parrot can be a smooth, stress-free process. Enjoy your travels!!

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

How to Get Your Bird to Eat Vegetables Part 2

Turkey Veggie Meatballs

Turkey Veggie Meatballs

This is the second part in my series of how to get your birds to eat their vegetables.  Birds are a lot like children, most of them do not like to eat vegetables unless persuaded.  My Double Yellow Headed Amazon Kiwi never has to be persuaded, he just loves his veggies.  He is such a Momma’s Boy!  (LOL)

My second idea  is to mix the veggies in a turkey meatball.  We make turkey meatballs (ground turkey instead of ground beef) for ourselves so we started giving them to our birds.   Our birds just love turkey meatballs.

Again, we started with plain turkey meatballs to make sure they liked them.  Then we started adding the vegetables.  You can use fresh vegetables or  you can use frozen mixed vegetables, which ever is easiest for you.  Cook the frozen mixed vegetables (if using fresh veggies there is no need to cook them) and then place the cooked or fresh vegetables into a blender.  Blend the veggies.  We try to grind the veggies up though not as much as with the eggs.(See Part 1 of How to Get My Bird to Eat Vegetables)   Just enough so that your bird can’t easily eat around the veggies.  Birds are so smart they can easily tell when something looks like a veggie.(LOL)  Cook in pan or in oven until fully cooked, well done.  We like to cook ours in the oven since we can avoid using cooking oils.   All off my birds love the Veggie Turkey Meatballs.  (Please note this technique is meant to be used for a short time period……Just to help your bird get used to the taste of the vegetables.  As your bird becomes accustomed to the vegetables discontinue the use of the Turkey meat in his or her diet.)

So the next time you make ground turkey for your family put aside some meat for your feathered friends.  Mix in some veggies, cook and watch them go to town.

Add some Lafeber “Avi Cakes” to top it off.  Has anyone ever made a veggie turkey ball for their birds?  I would love to hear your comments.