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Mia the Cockatoo on her FunTime Birdy Willow Tree Playgym

Mia 1 x 500Introducing Mia….who is enjoying her new FunTime Birdy Willow Tree Play Gym……Here’s what Mia’s Mom had to say:

Ann,

Thanks for following up…Mia was overwhelmed and a little shy at first. But now won’t stay off it. She LOVES it thank you. I think it was the right choice.

I really love ordering from your company. Everything I’ve received has been perfect. And the your help in correcting some of the things that may not suit her was very professional and caring.

I will continue to order from you.

Thank you

Jeannie…Mia’s Mom

Thanks Jeannie
Ann
http://www.funtimebirdy.com/junior-willow-tree-parrot-playgym.html

Skin Care for Parrots

parrot feathersDuring 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.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

If You’re Allergic to Your Parrots….Here’s some Tips

Allergies to ParrotsDiscovering that you or a member of your family is allergic to your beloved bird(s) can be devastating for a devoted parrot lover. The good news is there are things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms and keep your feathered family together.

Parrot allergies are caused by feather dust which a bird emanates whenever he shakes, preens himself or ruffles his feathers. Allergies to birds are among the most common type of pet allergies. Some parrots produce much more feather dust than others. For example, African Greys and cockatoos can cause the air filters in your home to become caked with white, powdery dust; while cockatiels and parakeets produce much less powder.  We can vouch for this as our African Grey Jerry and Umbrella Cockatoo Marshmellow have a lot of dander while our DYH Amazon Kiwi does not have a lot of dander.

If you or a family member is allergic to parrots, you will notice yourself coughing and sneezing. A stuffy nose and watery eyes are also common. In more severe cases, you may experience difficulty breathing and a fever. Here are a few ways you can reduce the effects of feather dust and live happily with your birds:

Wash your hands after handling your parrot. If you’ve just spend 20 minutes playing with your bird on his bird stand or parrot playgym, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before touching your eyes or face.

Clean the birdcage daily. Regularly sanitizing your parrot’s living quarters can go a long ways in reducing allergies.

Eliminate the carpet. If possible, replace your carpet with a hardwood floor. Think about it—every time your parrot ruffles his feathers, or spends time playing with his bird toys, he is spreading dust that gets lodged in the carpet. If replacing your carpet is not an option, be sure to vacuum frequently.

Bathe Your Bird. Frequent bathing can keep feather dust to a minimum. You can even take your parrot in the shower with you. To make the experience more fun for your feathered friend, bring along a couple of bird toys for your parrot to play with.

Mist Your Bird’s Feathers. If bathing is too much hassle, or if your parrot won’t stand it, try misting your bird’s feathers with a spray bottle.

Coping with pet allergies can be challenging, but with a few modifications, you can make it work for you and your family!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Celebrating Thanksgiving With Your Parrots

Happy Thanksgiving from FunTime Birdy

Thanksgiving is designed to be a family holiday. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your relatives…and your pet birds.

Fun activities, a tasty meal and a brief change in routine can help you and your feathered friends become an even closer family.

While there are a number of precautions you should observe during the Thanksgiving holiday to protect your feathered companions, this doesn’t mean they can’t join in the festivities. Here are a few ideas for celebrating this holiday with your feathered family members:

Share the Festivities!!

If you are having a Thanksgiving party at your house, there is no reason to lock your parrot in the back room by himself. Even if he has a few bird toys to keep him company, it’s better to include him/her as much as you can in the family. Allow your bird to come out and socialize with guests or hang out with the family. For safety reasons, be sure to keep your bird on a bird stand or parrot playgym at all times. This will protect him from getting stepped on or lost in a crowd of people.

If your parrots are extremely shy, or if you’re too nervous to have them out when guests are over, why not have a special Thanksgiving dinner just for you and your birds? You can prepare a parrot-friendly meal, play some festive music and just hang out together. Your parrots will love the tasty treats you provide.

 Share the Meal: Parrots love to eat!! In fact, other than playing with parrot toys, this is among their top favorite activities. Allowing your parrot to share the holiday meal can be a lot of fun. Just be careful that you do not feed any food that may be toxic to your bird. This would include things like chocolate and alcohol. In most instances you should avoid feeding your bird fatty or sweet foods. Make your feather friend some plain sweet potato with nothing in or on it.  They will still feel like they are part of the festivities, however they will be eating a bird safe meal.

If you allow your pet to participate in the holiday meal, make sure guests know what they can and cannot feed your bird. To be safe, you may want to make up a plate ahead of time with foods your parrot can eat. If guests want to feed your bird, they can take items from the plate you prepared. In this way you can be sure your bird is receiving only foods that are safe.

 Let Your Bird Show Off!! Does your bird know any bird tricks?  If so, why not let your parrot have the spotlight for a few minutes. Guests will love watching your bird perform and your parrot will love the attention. Even if your bird does not know any fancy tricks he can still show off basic obedience skills or his talking ability.

There are a number of ways to involve your feathered friends in the upcoming holiday. However, carefully watch their stress levels and make sure they are enjoying themselves at all times!!

If your bird needs a break from the crowd, give them their space. But don’t leave them alone for the entire day. Parrots are social creatures—they love being with their family.

So have a happy Thanksgiving together.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Understanding Your Bird’s Body Language

Parrot with Ruffled Feathers

Understanding Parrot Body Language

Birds are an open book. They wear their feelings on their sleeve or feathers in this case. (LOL) If you pay close attention to your bird’s body language and vocalizations, it will be easy to understand what they are trying to communicate. Carefully observe your parrot as they are playing with their bird toys .  Watch intently as they exercise on their parrot gym and watch their slight movements, posture and certain sounds and they will inform you regarding what your feathered friend is thinking or feeling.

When Your Bird is Afraid:
A frightened bird will sit erect and still. He/she will stay on his perch without making a single move. His/her eyes will be wide and dilated. In this position, he/she is trying to make himself invisible.

In the wild, birds who feel threatened often sit extremely still, trying to blend in with their surroundings. If you notice your bird behaving in this way, do not walk up to him. He could lash out at you with a bite.  Instead, gently kneel down so your bird is sitting above you. This will make him feel more secure. Look intently at your feathered friend…  blinking gently. Birds view blinking as non-threatening behavior. It will help your bird relax, realizing that nothing is wrong. Wait until your parrot has truly settled down before picking him up.

When Your Bird is Angry:
Angry parrots are hard to miss! Ruffled feathers, bulging eyes, loud vocalizations and bobbing of the head are all classic signs of a perturbed parrot. If your bird is demonstrating this type of behavior do not approach him. Do your best to calm your feathered friend by talking softly, blinking or offering a treat. Wait until he is acting normal again before attempting to touch him. An angry bird can do some serious damage.

When Your Bird is Calm and Content:
Nothing is more rewarding than watching your bird happily playing with his  bird toys or sitting peacefully on his bird perch. A bird who is feeling calm and happy will preen himself,  sing in his birdcage or merrily grind his beak.  He will look happy and at-ease.

Parrots Communicate in a Number of Ways:
•    Your parrot may flap his wings when he is frustrated or trying to get your attention. So when you hear that flapping look over to  see what your feathered friend needs.

•    Your parrot may whistle, sing or talk when he is feeling content and happy!! Hearing your bird sing on his bird perch or parrot playgym should give you a happy feeling as well. After all when your feathered friend is content all is right in the world.  Seeing my birds happy always puts me in a great mood!!

•    Your parrot may tap his foot to try to tell everyone he is boss!! This is especially true if he or she is in the company of other parrots.  My Cockatoo Marshmellow taps her foot but for her I have observed this behavior as more of a touch type of behavior.

I hope these few tips help you in understanding some of your feathered friends body language.

If you have any questions please feel free to write me.

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

Review: Cockatiel Playgym by FunTime Birdy

Another satisfied customer……….or in this case, another satisfied bird customer.  His name is Don and he is from Illinois.  This is what Don’s Mom had to say about his new FunTime Birdy Cockatiel Playgym (Sophomore):

Ann,

The playgym is great. Our cockatiel Don (not sure the sex) loves it.

Thanks so much for the additional treats and toys. What a nice surprise!

We will definitely become a fan on Facebook.

Attached are two pictures of Don using the playgym. Thanks again for everything.

Check out pictures of Don enjoying his new playgym.

"Don" the Cockatiel enjoying his FunTime Birdy Playgym

"Don" a Cockatiel enjoying his FunTime Birdy Playgym

"Don" loves his new FunTime Birdy Playgym

"Don" just lovin' his new FunTime Birdy Playgym