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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

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

Feathered Sweetheart Sale Continues…..Only 4 Days Left

Valentine's Sale at FunTime Birdy

Sweethearts with Feathers

Only 4 days left to shop for your favorite bird toys, bird perches and bird stands for your feathered friend.

Our Valentine’s Sale/Feathered Sweetheart Sale ends this Thursday, March 17th.

Stock up and Save now!!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Valentine’s Sale at FunTime Birdy

Valentine's Sale at FunTime Birdy

Sweethearts with Feathers

If you are in the market for some bird toys, bird perches, full spectrum lighting, a bird stand for your feathered friend or just some bird supplies……FunTime Birdy is the place to be.

Our Valentine’s Sale is going on right now and running through March 17th.

Stock up and Save now!!!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

The Endearing Canary

Canaries

The Endearing Canary

Whenever I visit my local bird store, I am always amazed at the canaries and how tiny and beautiful these little feather guys are…..but when you think of a pet bird, you may imagine a majestic African Grey parrot or a dazzling Sun Conure. While these parrots are beautiful, many people enjoy smaller birds, such as the Canary. While not a hook-bill, these delicate birds can make wonderful companions.

In order to properly care for a Canary, you will need to purchase plenty of bird toys and high-quality  bird supplies.  However, if you are considering a Canary, be sure to do your research to determine if this is the best type of bird for you.

Below are some common questions and their answers:

1.    How big are canaries?

Canaries are small birds ranging from 10-12cm. Their size makes them an excellent choice for apartment dwellers or people who do not have space for a large Amazon parrot or Cockatoo.

2.    How long do they live?

Canaries do not live as long as some birds. While certain parrots, such as the African Grey, can live up to 50 years, canaries usually do not exceed 10 years of age.

3.    What colors do they come in?

The most common color is yellow, although they also come in orange, white, green and brown. Nothing is more adorable than watching these tiny creatures sit on their bird perch or happily play with their birds toys. Their size and beautiful colors make them extremely endearing.

4.    How much exercise do they require?

These birds are extremely active and require plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy. When purchasing a bird cage, be sure to get the largest one possible. A flight cage is ideal as canaries need to fly to stay in shape.

5.    What are their dietary requirements?

Canaries usually do well on a pelleted diet. You should supplement their daily food with fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy snacks. Well-rounded meals will help keep your bird robust and healthy.

6.    Are canaries good family pets?

Some people have hand-tamed their canaries and are able to interact with them quite well. However, if you are looking for a bird that you can take out of his cage and let play on a nearby bird stand or parrot gym, a canary is probably not the bird for you. Canaries are extremely fragile and may not be suitable for young children. These birds are so delicate…..they can be easily injured. They are ideal for people who want a pet bird, but who prefer not to spend an exorbitant amount of time interacting with it.

7.    Are canaries noisy?

Due to their size, canaries have much softer voices. Male canaries love to sing and will spend many happy hours engaging in this behavior. Unlike many parrots, canaries never scream or become vocally obnoxious. They tend to be happy birds and are great fun to watch.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Holiday Buying Guide to Help with Gifts for your Parrot

Holiday Gifts for your Birds

Holiday Gift Guide for your Feathered Friends

Tis’ the Season for gifts……and your beloved feathered friends are on the list.  Our birds love when we give them gifts.  They get so excited!!

In order to make shopping for your feathered baby easy we put together a Holiday shopping guide to help you select the best gift for your feathered guy(s) or girl(s) this season.

We put together some of our best selling bird toys, parrot playgyms, bird supplies and  more in categories by price so it can help you narrow down that ever important gift(s) for your flock members.

Holiday Shopping Guide

If you need more help in selecting that perfect gift for your bird, give us a call at 973-316-0879 and we will gladly help you in finding that perfect something for your lovely feathered friend.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Shopping for my Parrot

Shopping for my Parrot

Shopping for my Parrot

Whether you are purchasing your first parrot, or simply adding another feathered friend member to your family, you’ll need to do some shopping. Shopping for bird supplies and bird toys is extremely fun and educational. Don’t forget to make a list of the types of bird supplies you will need. Here are a few items you should include:

Bird Toys

Parrots are like perpetual children. No matter how old they get, they still love their bird toys. Well-designed parrot toys can go a long way in keeping your bird mentally sharp and satisfied with life. However, don’t buy 2-3 bird toys and expect that to be adequate. Instead, invest in at least a dozen different parrot toys. The variety will keep your parrot intrigued and entertained. If possible, try purchasing a new bird toy every couple of weeks.

Bird Perches

Your parrot cage will not be complete without multiple  bird perches.   Parrots use their perches to rest, sleep and relax as well helping them to move around their cage.  It also keeps their feet healthy by allowing them to grasp and use their muscles.  It is a good idea to have more than one bird perch in your parrot cage.  Each bird perch should be a different thickness and texture. This gives your feathered friend variety and will go a long way in keeping his feet healthy.

Parrot Play Gyms

Parrot Play Gyms are the best investment you can make in your pet’s health and happiness.   Fully-loaded with bird toys and accessories,  a parrot play gym will keep your bird entertained for hours.  They are also portable, which means you can move them around to different rooms in the house, giving your pet a change of scenery and a chance to be around you without being on you.

Shopping for your pet bird is a lot of fun. Take your time. Do your research and be sure to get the best bird supplies and parrot toys you can afford. Your feathered friend will really appreciate it!

Ann
FunTime Birdy