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Adopting a Rescue Bird

For Flapping FeathersParrots can make wonderful companions and pets. However, not everyone is cut out to be a bird owner. There is a lot of responsibility, dedication and cost involved. Being a good parrot owner entails more than simply feeding your bird every day and placing a couple of parrot toys  in their cage. Some people are not fully prepared for the demands of caring for a parrot before they rush out and buy one. As a result, many birds end up in shelters or rescues, looking for a new family. This is a sad situation for any bird, since rescue parrots can be hard to place.

There are many reasons people give up their parrots. These include:

•    Lack of Time: Most birds need more than a bird cage . They need human interaction. They need you to take them out of their cage and play with them on their parrot playgym or bird stand. They need your time and attention. With today’s hectic lifestyle, many people discover that they do not have time to care for a parrot.

•    Lack of Money: Parrots can be expensive to care for. If you have a large parrot, you will need to invest in a sizeable birdcage, which can be costly. Food, treats and parrot toys can also add up quickly. Not to mention trips to the veterinarian and any medications, vitamins or supplements your bird will need.

•    Life Changes: A move, new job or new baby can add up to a lot of demands, leaving little or no energy for a parrot.  If you are considering purchasing your first feathered friend, or if you simply want to add to your feathered flock, you may want to consider giving a dislocated parrot a good home. That being said—you should be prepared for the challenges of raising and caring for an adopted feathered friend. Not everyone is up for the task. Here are a few things to ask yourself:
•    Do you have a lot of patience? Oftentimes, rescue birds have been neglected and abused. As a result, they may have behavioral difficulties and trust issues. These parrots need a lot of time, attention and love to regain their trust in people. Initially, you may have to spend double the amount of time with a rescue parrot, as you would with one you already own. You may also need to help your feathered friend overcome behavioral issues such as feather-plucking, biting or constant screaming. This process will take time and patience.

•    Do you have experience with birds? The more experience and knowledge you have, the better. It will give you a tremendous edge when working with rescue birds. However, even if you are a new parrot owner, as long as you are dedicated, aware of the challenges and have experienced people to help you out, you will do fine.

Not all rescue birds are aggressive, sullen or mistrustful. Some come from good homes that simply cannot care for them anymore. However, you never know what you will get. Go in with both eyes open—be committed and willing to help the feathered friend you choose.

Should You Feed Your Parrot Table Scraps?

Parrot EatingSharing food with your parrot can enhance the bonding process. Just like most parrots enjoy playing with bird toys—they also love to eat. Food is a wonderful way to gain your parrot’s trust and loyalty. However, you will want to consider what foods are appropriate for parrots and what is not. In general, parrots can eat almost anything people do, with some limitations.
If your parrot enjoys sharing dinner with you while on his bird stand or parrot playgym, keep the choices simple and healthy!! Most pastas, bread and cereals are safe for birds. Fresh or cooked fruits and veggies are also excellent choices –just avoid feeding your bird too many onions as this can cause anemia or digestive upsets.

Foods to Avoid

Chocolate is a definite no-no for pet birds. Even though your parrot may be staring at you with round, wishful eyes as you devour a piece of chocolate cake or fudge brownies—resist the temptation to share this delicacy with your bird. Chocolate can be extremely toxic causing illness and even death in most pets. Salt is another food that should be given in moderation. Too much salt can be hard on the kidneys. Avoid feeding your parrot highly processed or boxed foods, which tend to be higher in sodium. Frozen dinners and some canned soups are common culprits. You should also avoid feeding your bird food that has caffeine, as this can damage their heart. Instead of letting your parrot sip your soda or coffee, share a fruit smoothie or vegetable juice with him.

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!!!

FunTime Birdy

Grooming Your Parrot

201204007-1600-parrot-mcaw-preening-colorful-1335283449Just like dogs and cats, your feathered friends need regular grooming to stay healthy. Most birds groom themselves naturally by preening their feathers.

Remember—a healthy parrot likes to look his best! However, there are a few additional grooming techniques you may need to apply, depending on your bird.
•    Trimming the nails. If your parrot’s nails get too long, they can start to curl and then dig into the skin, causing intense pain. In order to make nail trimming a stress-free and easy process, start handling your parrot’s feet while he/she is still a baby. This will remove any fear your parrot may have. If you keep a few pedicure bird perches in your parrot’s cage, this may eliminate the need for nail trimming.

•    Clipping the feathers. Not all parrot owners want to trim their bird’s feathers. However, it does have many practical purposes. In the first place, keeping your parrot’s wings trimmed will prevent him from escaping too easily. He/she will be unable to fly out the door and will be less likely to get caught in a ceiling fan in your home. Trimming wing feathers is an extremely easy and pain-free process. Ask an experienced bird owner or your avian veterinarian to show you how. You can easily distract your bird during the process by showing him a colorful bird toy or letting him sit on his/her favorite bird stand during the trimming.

•    Trimming the beak. Through playing with bird toys, many parrots are able to keep their beaks trim and slim. Foraging bird toys and bird toys that encourage chewing are especially useful. However, sometimes a parrot’s beak will grow too long and need to be trimmed. If this is the case, take your bird to an avian veterinarian to ensure the trimming is done properly. Some birds may only need their beaks filed—similar to filing your nails.

•    Bathing. Many birds love baths. Others hate them. If your bird enjoys bathing, you can give them a bath as often as once a week. You may even consider taking your parrot in the shower with you. For parrots that dislike bathing, try misting them with a spray bottle.

How to Choose a Name for Your Parrot

Red-browed_Amazon_parrotNaming your new parrot can be a fun, exciting process. But it can also be daunting if you don’t know where to start. As you consider pet bird names here are a few factors to keep in mind:
Whatever name you choose, you will be hearing it a lot! So be sure to select a name you can live with. As you watch your feathered friend playing with his/her bird toys, there may be all kinds of names popping in your head—but choose wisely, as you will have to say and hear that name every day.

Remember that your bird will most likely live a long time. So choose a name that will stand the test of time–one you can still enjoy down the road. If you decide to name your parrot after your favorite pop star or musician, that name may lose its attraction in 10 or 15 years.

Naming your parrot does not have to be difficult. In fact, it can be extremely enjoyable, allowing you to utilize your creativity and imagination. Start by making a list of all the names you like. Then select the one that best suits your feathered friend. Here are a few additional tips to consider when choosing a name:

Get to know your bird. Instead of picking out a name as you are driving home with your new feathered friend, wait a few days or even a week or two. Take the time to get to know your bird’s personality and character traits. This may help you come up with a suitable name. Watch your bird as he/she plays with his parrot toys or plays on his/her bird stand. See if he/she has any unique characteristics or behavioral patterns.

Consider your bird’s appearance. Some people select a name based on their parrot’s feathers, colors or other features. If you are impressed by one of your parrot’s unique physical characteristics, consider using this as a basis for a name.  If so, consider a name that reflects this quality.
Most important of all, select a name you love and one that will suit your bird for the rest of his life. Enjoy the creative process!!

Hand-feeding a Baby Parrot

BlueFrontedAmazon(baby)WBA_P76If you purchase a baby parrot that has not been weaned, you have a big job ahead of you. These baby birds are very delicate, requiring an abundance of care and attention.  They primarily need to be nurtured and fed.

Hand-feeding a baby bird is not difficult, but it does take practice and a careful attention to detail. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1.    Gather the proper equipment. Unlike other baby animals such as puppies, kittens and lambs, birds do not drink from bottles. Instead you will need to feed them with a syringe or eyedropper. When selecting syringes, choose ones that are relatively small, as your parrot’s beak will be tiny. It is also best to find a syringe that has a fairly long tip. This will make the feeding process much easier.

2.    Select a formula. Research various formulas and select one you think is appropriate. When mixing the formula, be sure to follow the instructions on the package. Before you start preparing your feathered friends meal, make sure your counter, sink and faucet are clean and disinfected. Baby birds can be susceptible to bacteria. The formula should be extremely warm—somewhere around 110-107 degrees. Parrots do not like cold formula. Once mixed, the formula should have the consistency of warm pudding or gravy.  If the mixture is too thin, it could cause your baby bird to develop diarrhea; if it is too thick it can get stuck in their throat.  If you are not sure of the temperature you can always check the formula with a thermometer.

3.    Position the baby bird correctly. When it comes to feeding time, handle your parrot gently. If your baby bird is too young to be placed on a bird stand during the feeding process, you will need to set him on your lap. Hold his head securely between two fingers and gently open the beak before inserting food. Having a secure hold on your bird is important. If he becomes startled or jumps at a sudden sound, it could cause food to get into the lungs. This is very dangerous and can be fatal for a young bird. If a large amount of food is inhaled into the lungs, your parrot could die within a few seconds. Smaller particles are also dangerous as they can affect your parrot’s breathing, eventually causing pneumonia and death.
Hand-feeding a baby parrot can be a rewarding process. However, it is important to educate yourself on how to do so correctly. Talk to your avian veterinarian or an experienced breeder before attempting it on your own.

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A and E Cage Java Wood Bird Stands for Macaws and Cockatoos

Just in at FunTime Birdy……A&E Java Wood Trees for Macaws and Cockatoos.

Java Wood Trees are made from non-productive coffee trees using natural, renewable, recycled and earth-friendly materials.

Java Wood Trees are mounted on a beautifully finished base. Each is one-of-a-kind and combines the best of mother nature and fine craftsmanship.

Bring the Jungle home to your Feathered Friend.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Your Parrot

LOVE BIRDS (4)Valentine’s Day can be a special occasion for nearly everyone—including parrot owners. You can make the day memorable not only for that special someone in your life, but also for your feathered friend.

And you’re not alone! The National Retail Foundation estimated that pet owners would spend $367 million on their pets for Valentine’s Day. So why not join the fun? Think how surprised your bird will be to wake up to new a bird toy, a bird perch or Parrot Playgym.
As you get started planning for this special day, here are a few safety precautions to remember:
Avoid Candles:  Decorating for Valentine’s Day can be fun. But as much as you enjoy the sweet-smelling aroma of a low-burning candle, the fumes can be toxic to your bird and the flame dangerous.
Hide the Bouquet: If a flower arrangement is sent to you, keep it out of your parrot’s reach. Some flowers can be toxic to birds. Avoid placing flower arrangements near your bird stand, bird perch, or parrot playgym. Instead tuck them safely away in a bedroom or behind a closed door.
Watch the Sweets: Chocolate and other candies are not an appropriate gift for your feathered friend. These products contain substances that can be very harmful, even fatal to your parrot. Avoid leaving candy boxes lying around.

Making Your Parrot’s Day Special
Here are a few ideas to make your parrot’s Valentine’s Day extra sweet:

Purchase Treats:

Parrots love to eat. If you are looking for healthy treats, consider Lafeber Avi Cakes or Lafeber Nutri-Berries. My entire flock loves these healthy treats.

Buy a New Bird Toy:

Toys for birds are not hard to find. But instead of grabbing a cheap item off a store shelf, look for something extra special this year.  There are bird toy companies who produce quality products your bird will love. At Fun Time Birdy you can find handcrafted bird toys, Parakeet bird toys, Cockatiel Bird toys, African Grey Parrot toys, Amazon Parrot toys and Cockatoo bird toys designed specifically with your bird’s needs in mind. These brightly colored toys for birds will keep your parrot entertained for hours.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your Feathered Friend from all of us at FunTime Birdy

Introducing a Second Bird To Your Home

As a parrot owner, your bird is the love of your life. It is only natural to want to add an additional parrot to your flock. Before doing so, you will want to consider a few things including:

  • The Time: Parrots are a lot of work. They all require feeding, medical care, and lots of one on one playtime with their owners. If you love being with your parrots and have the time to care for another –go for it!!
  • The Expense: Make sure you are financially able to take on the expense of another bird. This includes food, bird toys, bird cagesbird stands and medical expenses.
  • The Mess: Yes, parrots are messy!! And two birds are twice the mess. This issue may be of no concern to you whatsoever—but just remember to consider everything before diving in!

If you’ve done your evaluation and determined you are ready for another feathered family member, here are some tips for introducing a new parrot:

  • As crazy as this may sound don’t forget to tell your current feathered baby that you may be bringing home a new flock member much the same as you would tell a child that they will be having a new brother or a sister.  Birds really do understand these concepts and they will feel less resentful if they are included in your decision.
  • Always quarantine the new bird. You should keep your new bird separate from your other parrots for at least 30 days.  This ensures that he is not carrying some type of illness or disease that could infect your currently healthy parrots. Your new bird should be kept in a separate room or building.  Make sure to wash your hands between handling birds. Do not share bird toys, bird perches or other bird supplies.
  • Take it slow. When it is time to get acquainted, start by letting your birds look at each other from the comfort of their own cages.
  • Introduce your parrots in a neutral spot. Never place the new bird inside your current parrot’s cage. Your parrot may lash out in a fit of aggression, believing your new parrot to be an intruder. Instead, introduce your birds in the living room or on a covered patio. Watch carefully for any signs of aggression. Remember—not all parrots get along. Some of the larger breeds may require more time to get use to a new flock member.

Over time and with patience, most parrots can live happily with one another. Just remember to love each of your birds the same—this will help them feel emotionally secure about accepting another parrot into their home.

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

Harness Training Your Parrot

Harness Training your Parrot

Harness Training your Parrot

When we brought our first large parrot into our lives 20 years ago, Marshmellow our Umbrella Cockatoo, we tried to harness train her but she never liked it……this does not mean that harnesses are not good.  They  are a great idea for those that want to take their bird outside without fear of losing them.

Harness training your parrot offers a host of benefits. It can open up new doors for you and your bird to share a variety of experiences outside the four walls of your home. Here are just a few of the benefits of harness training:

It enables your Feathered Friend to enjoy the fresh air. We all know that parrots frighten easily. A sudden movement or sound can cause them to flee. For this reason, many parrot owners don’t allow their bird outside.  A harness can keep your bird safe while they explore the great outdoors.

It allows you and your bird to enjoy a variety of activities together. Want to get your feathered friend out of the house? Thinking about joining your neighbor for a picnic? A harness will enable you to take your bird along. You can let your parrot enjoy a variety of summer social activities without the fear of him escaping.

Patience, Patience, Patience

Harness training your bird may not be as simple as you think. While teaching your bird to step on and off his bird stand, or how to pick up their bird toys can be relatively simple, harness training is another story. You will need to invest a tremendous amount of time and patience to help your bird master this technique. The most important thing is to go at your bird’s pace. If it takes 9 months for your bird to get comfortable with the harness, allow for that time.

Here are a few simple tips for getting started:

  • Allow your parrot to select his favorite color. Be sure to use a harness that your bird is comfortable with. Letting your parrot choose the color for his harness may be a fun way to start the training.
  • Help your parrot get use to the harness slowly. The first step is to help your bird get use to seeing the harness. As they are playing with their bird toys, lay the harness on the floor nearby and let him look at it.  Next, help your parrot get use to the sound of the harness. Bird harnesses have several buckles and straps.  Thirdly, help your parrot get use to the feel of the harness. As you are playing with your bird, let the harness brush up against him. Help him understand it is nothing to be afraid of. Finally, when it comes time to help your parrot wear the harness, move slowly. At first, your bird may only tolerate wearing it for 30 seconds. Always reward your parrot for his efforts using positive reinforcement.

Over time and with lots of patience, your parrot can be well-trained on how to wear a harness. This will enable you to take summer walks together and enjoy family picnics outside. Good luck!!!  Don’t give up hope.  I have recently started harness training with our birds again.  It has been a slow process thus far.

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