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Ideas for Parrot Gifts this Holiday Season

Check out our video below for some helpful gift ideas for your feathered friends this Holiday Season.

All items in video are available at funtimebirdy.com

The 3 Steps to Teaching your Bird to Play with Bird Toys

Your Pet Wants this Too HD Version from Sharp Entertainment 2Every bird like every human is an individual with individual likes and dislikes. Sharing my life with birds for over 25 years, I have found that when I have maintained these three steps I have been able to turn the most finicky birds into to bird toy players.

Demonstrate New Bird Toys to your Birds

I have found the best way to teach a bird to play with bird toys is to demonstrate how much fun their new parrot toy is to play with by playing with it yourself. Birds are flock animals and in a human home you are their flock. Birds love to play with things that you are using like your pen or the telephone. This is because they see you do it and they feel it must be fun if all your attention is focused on writing or talking on the phone. Birds see our human nose as an equivalent to their bird beak, so what you want to do is “beak” their new bird toy with your nose. Laugh and have fun while you are playing with it. Laughing and having fun is the key here. If all your attention is focused on their new bird toy then your bird will feel like they want to get in on the action. After all you’re having fun they want to have fun too. If you have another family member that is willing to help you with this then you can have them beak the toy with their nose as well with both of you taking turns “beaking” and having fun.

Over the years, my flock has varied in playing activity. My Double Yellow Headed Amazon, Kiwi, is what I have termed the “Player”. You can give Kiwi any toy and he will dive right in and play. However, my Cockatoo Marshmellow is what I have called the “Non Player”. Marshmellow was always disinterested in playing with her bird toys. Marshmellow was my first challenge in learning to teach my birds to play. Marshmellow would chew wood but become bored very fast and just sit there. I realized that Marshmellow did not realize how to play with the other bird toys that I provided her with. I had a toy in her cage that had spinning molecules on an acrylic rod. I thought she would love to have fun spinning the molecules but she never played with it. That is when I realized she did not understand what to do. I took the toy out of her cage and started playing with it. I would twirl the molecules and make them spin with my nose while laughing and having fun. Within minutes, Marshmellow came over to me to see why I was having so much fun. Marshmellow then tried it for herself. She spun the molecule and ran away and them came back and spun it again. I encouraged her by laughing and in the moments that she walked away, I would spin it again myself. It then became a game that we could both play. I was then able to put the toy back in her cage and now she was having fun spinning the molecules all around by herself in her cage.

I know what you are thinking, you feel kind of silly doing this. I had customer write me after trying this to tell me that he read what I wrote and figured he would give it a try though he did not believe it would work. He then went on to say “I felt so foolish being a 30 year old man giggling and cooing while “beaking” a bird toy while his cockatiel looks on but this method really works!” He went on to say that “within several minutes his Cockatiel was busy playing. “

Provide Different Types of Bird Toys

This is very important. Just like humans not everyone likes the same flavor ice cream and not every bird will like the same type of bird toy. In fact, sometimes you may get on a chocolate ice cream kick and always have chocolate ice cream. Then one day you are just sick of it and don’t want it again for a while. This doesn’t mean you hate chocolate ice cream it just means you want a change. Birds can also be like that. They may love soft wood and then one day they just decide they are bored with soft wood and don’t want play with a soft wood bird toy for a while. You may be showing your bird how to play with a particular bird toy and he just doesn’t seem interested no matter how many times you try. This doesn’t mean your bird will never play or that he will never play with that particular toy. It simply means that at this point in time he may not want to play with a bird toy consisting of that texture. What you can do is try to peak his interest for a while and then maybe try with a different textured toy and come back to that toy at a different time. This is why it is very important to provide diversity with bird toys. When teaching my birds to play, I provide them with an assortment of different parrot toys consisting of different textures like soft wood, soft chewable plastic, leather and Supreme cotton rope for preening. Depending on their mood at the time they may like all of these toys or just one of these parrot toys.

Patience

Most importantly when teaching your bird to play is to be patient and not give up. Some birds will get it right away and others will take time. I have found in life that I have a greater appreciation for the things I worked hard for more than I have for the things that came easy to me. Teaching your bird to play is no different. Being dedicated to your goal and finally achieving it has a greater reward for both you and your bird.

I really cherish the time I spend teaching my birds to play with bird toys. The time I spend with them creates such a close bond of love and companionship. I really feel that this experience will bring you both closer together and create a deep bond of trust.

So do not ever give up on your feathered friend learning to play. When it happens and it will eventually happen that feeling of satisfaction and love can match no other feeling in the world!

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.

Buddy our Severe Macaw’s Birthday Pictures

Our Severe Macaw Buddy just turned 13 years old.   Check out his Birthday pictures below with his birthday cake (Farina…Cream of Wheat), his new birthday Bird Toy and his brand new A&E cage.   Happy Birthday Buddy!!!!  Mommy and Daddy love you so much!!!!!

Ann – FunTime Birdy

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Why is My Parrot Afraid of his/her Bird Toys?

Silly Willy 4Every parrot is different in personality. Some parrots love to play with a new parrot toy right away while some parrots can be very picky about which bird toy they will play with. There are even some birds that are literally terrified of bird toys and will not play with bird toys at all.

Parrots are a lot like humans in the way they are very perceptive with anything new being introduced in their environment. Imagine if you had delivered to your doorstep an odd shaped and colored box. Not only was this box weird looking and had colors you never seen before, it was also making a ticking sound. You probably would take a step back and say “What the hell is inside that weird shaped and colored box and why the hell is it ticking”. Would you call the Police or the Bomb Squad? Would you be able to sleep that night? Birds are the same way. They are very perceptive of their surroundings and anything new in their environment is a scary deal until they know that the item will not hurt them.

I remember an instance with our Umbrella Cockatoo Marshmellow…..we purchased a new kitchen mat that had a black and white cow on it. The first time we brought Marshmellow into the kitchen after we purchased the new mat, she started to squawk and flap her wings in desperation to get away. When we finally brought her to another room, she was still breathing heavy and you could tell she was visibly shaken. It was months, if not a year before she was OK with the new kitchen mat. Maybe she was attacked by a black and white cow in a previous life but anyway we learned our lesson with Marshmellow and introducing anything new to her.

Introduce a new parrot toy slowly to your bird’s environment. At first, place the bird toy 10 feet from their cage for a couple of days. This way your bird can keep an eye on it for a couple of days until he/she gets used to it. After a couple of days, place the bird toy outside the cage towards the bottom of the cage and see how your feathered friend reacts. If your bird does not seem terrified, place the bird toy inside their cage next. Also, try playing with the bird toy in front of your bird. They will then see that it is not harmful to them. Have you ever noticed that parrots love to play with things we use in everyday life? With this being the case, play with the bird toy like it is your toy and watch your parrot wanting that bird toy even more.

Summer Sale at FunTime Birdy on Bird Toys, Parrot Playgyms and More

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Our Summer Sale has begun…..it’s going to be a hot one!!! Big Savings on Bird Toys, Parrot Playgyms, Bird Perches and More!!!!

Happy Shopping

Ann – FunTime Birdy

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