During the cold winter months, skin irritations can become a problem for your feathered friend(s). There are several reasons for this including:
1. Lack of Humidity. If the air is too dry, it can cause your parrot’s skin to become cracked, flaky or irritated. Feathers may also start to look dull and brittle. As you observe your parrot perched on his parrot playgym, or busily playing with bird toys in his cage, take a few moments to examine the condition of his skin and feathers. If dryness seems to be an issue, you may want to invest in a humidifier. Offering regular baths and occasionally misting your bird with water are also good options in helping restore moisture to the skin.
2. Inadequate Nutrition. Some skin and feather problems stem from a nutritional deficiency. Birds that live solely off of seeds and or pellets are especially at risk. Fresh, wholesome food is essential in maintaining the health of your feathered friend. Although it may require extra effort on your part, it will be well worth it. Your feathered friend will have more energy to play with his bird toys; he will be more attentive to his surroundings and much happier overall. Vitamins A & E are especially important for healthy skin. Green leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli and squash are rich in Vitamin A.
3. Stress. If your bird has recently lost a feathered companion or feels neglected, these factors may affect his health—including skin and feather quality. The best remedy for this situation is to identify the stress factor and do your best to eliminate it. If your bird is feeling lonely, spend a few extra minutes playing with him; if he is bored, invest in some new parrot toys to keep him/her occupied.
Additional Skincare Tips
Some birds may experience skin issues due to allergies or environmental toxins. Harsh cleaning chemicals or other household products could irritate your parrot if he comes in contact with them. If this is the case, consider switching to natural cleaning products or just use soap and water, especially when disinfecting your parrot’s cage. To make sure your feathered friend’s skin is well-hydrated, provide access to clean water at all times. It is important to keep in mind that certain parasites, such as mites, can cause major skin issues. If you suspect something is wrong, take your parrot to an avian veterinarian just to be sure.
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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:
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
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Our New Year Sale continues through January 18th…….Big Savings on Bird Toys, Parrot Playgyms and More!!!!! Over 200 items on Sale!!!
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Continuing our list of tips of what not to do with your parrot…
7. Never place a large and small parrot in the same cage unless you are sure they get along. Some parrots can be extremely territorial and aggressive. If you have a parrot who is accustomed to being the only bird in his home (cage), and one day you place another bird in his cage besides him, he can become hostile to the new bird.
8. Never feed your parrot chocolate. Some foods simply aren’t healthy for your birds. Others are downright dangerous. Even in small portions, chocolate can be deadly to parrots. As a result, whenever you are hosting a party at your house, make sure there is no chocolate within your birds reach. Of course, you will also want to inform your guests not to feed your bird anything without your permission.
9. Never isolate your parrot from the family. Because parrots are flock animals and need the companionship of others, isolation can cause serious mental and physical issues. Birds that are kept in a cage and have little or no interaction with their owners become depressed and sullen. They may refuse to eat or play with their parrot toys. Some birds may resort to feather plucking, screaming or aggression. In order to have an emotionally healthy bird, provide them with plenty of family time! You can let you bird hang out with the family on their Parrot Playgym while everyone watches TV or plays games.
10. Never leave another pet alone around your parrot’s cage. Even if your Yellow Lab is the most docile dog in the world, do not leave him around your parrot’s cage unattended. Cats and other pets should also be kept away from your parrot’s cage. Remember both dogs and cats are hunters by nature and birds are animals of prey—seeing your parrot flutter around his cage may be too great of a temptation for your four-legged family member. Even if they only want to play, they could accidently harm your bird by pouncing on the cage.
11. Never feed a seed-only diet. Parrots love seeds. However, that is not the only thing you should serve them. Seeds are high in fat and in large quantities can cause your parrot to gain unnecessary weight. Even if your bird exercises vigorously playing with his bird toys, you should restrict the amount of nuts and seeds you provide.
12. Never adopt a parrot without knowing what you’re getting into. A parrot should never be an impulse purchase. These birds require extensive care, a stable home and an owner who will love them their entire life. You need to be ready to make this commitment before purchasing or adopting a parrot.
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March Madness is here at FunTime Birdy.
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Check out these on Sale Items:
Birdy Cubed Bird Toy for African Greys and Amazons
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Scary Savings at FunTime Birdy
The Savings are pretty scary this month at FunTime Birdy……..Save on Bird Toys, Parrot Playgyms, Bird Perches and more.
Now through November 10th.
Check out these Customer favorite bird toys:
Bird Cubed Bird Toy for African grey/Amazon size parrots
Monkey Business Bird Toy for Cockatiel and Quaker size Birds
African Grey with the FunTime Birdy ShredFest
We are asked many times……what bird toy would you suggest for my bird?
I always break bird toys into categories. Here are my suggestions…..Remember the more bird toys your feathered friend has the more occupied he/she will be and the happier they will be.
• Chewable Bird Toys: Toys they can chew on: Most parrots have thick beaks that they love to use. So bird toys made out of wood and plastic are your best bet. Here are some examples of chewable bird toys.
Tubular Pops Bird Toy for Parakeets
SuperPop Bird Toy for Cockatiels and Conures
Birdy Cubed for Amazon and African Grey Size Birds
Kaleidescope Bird Toy for Cockatoos and Macaws
• Shreddable Bird Toys: Toys they can shred: Birds can be destructive—and they absolutely love engaging in this behavior. It provides them with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Shreddable toys are a safe way to allow your bird to indulge themselves.
Small Octopus Bird Toy by Planet Pleasures
Shredville Bird Toy
ShredFest Bird Toy
Shred Sandwich Bird Toy
• Foraging Bird Toys: Foraging bird toys allow you to hide food inside a toy—forcing your feathered friend to work for their dinner. Since birds are natural foragers, this type of parrot toy is a great addition to any collection.
Barrel of Fun Bird Toy by Caitec
Hide N seek Bird Toy by Caitec
Eco Forage Packs
Creative Foraging Kits
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