All Parrots are Different Species!

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All dogs are from the same species but different breeds.

All cats are from the same species but different breeds.

All birds are from different species.

See, I can read a book about dogs or cats and apply the information to any dog or cat I may own but I can’t do that for parrots. Every time I get a different parrot, I have to research all over again and buy books on that specific bird because I know each bird has different needs. This is why I love to have the variety of parrots that I do because each brings something different to the flock.

If you google the topic of parrot ownership it tells you to find the best bird for you and your lifestyle because each bird has different needs. For example an African Grey parrot needs to spend a lot of time out of its cage (some pamphlets say 4 hours a day) while a lovebird would be content with a little bit of time out (1 hour maybe less). So if you are barely home, you would automatically look towards getting a lovebird.  When I was looking to get an African grey everyone was advising me against it because I was working full-time and they said I would never be able to manage having a grey. Well not to brag but Grayson is now 5 years old and very active, not a screamer, talks a lot, does tricks and does not pluck! Gives me kisses and overall I can say a happy parrot. Stereotypes are put on birds just as they are put on humans. Take all the information in but truly decide for yourself and don’t let anyone else make that decision for you.

I can take care of an African Grey parrot with no issues however because birds are different species, this does not mean I would be good at taking care of other type of birds. I suck at taking care of Linnies. I bought two linnies from a breeder who was downsizing his stock and they died after I took them to P.J pets for a wing and nails trim. I thought the guy gave me sick birds however I did a necropsy and it came back saying Stress. I thought what?!?! I’ve been around lots of birds and never had an issue… Well for me, small birds are not my thing. I’m managing to take care of the lovebird but Linnies, Parrotlets and budgies I stay away from. Even the lovebird, I’m hesitant on keeping because I lost her parents so obviously I wasn’t good at taking care of them either.

I think it is very important for people to realize that birds are DIFFERENT SPECIES NOT JUST DIFFERENT BREEDS. So do not pick a bird because oh it has pretty colors, really see if they match you and your lifestyle.

What type of bird matches you? There may be multiple… For me…

I’m an African Grey type of gal because he needs time out of the cage but doesn’t want to spend all that time cuddling. A hug and kiss here and there is cool. Doing training is cool. He likes to chill close to you but doesn’t have to be all over you, that is totally just like me.
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I’m also a black capped conure type of gal because she knows what she wants, how to warn you about what she doesn’t like. Very expressive like me hahaha. My issue with my black capped conure is she loves to be on you 24/7, for me that’s a con because I need to be able to move around as my household is very hectic. However her and I have come to an understanding so we are definitely getting better as she will just chill on my shoulder as long as she knows I will be moving around at the same time.
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I’m also a quaker type of gal because piper LOVES music and his own space just like me.

I love my Indian Ringnecks’ independence but I miss their “need” for me so I’m not sure if I can call myself an Indian Ringneck type of gal as yet… Only more time will tell (but I have 2 of them now so I must be, right? lol)
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I DEFINITELY AM A LORY/LORIKEET TYPE OF GAL! I’m absolutely in love with their personalities, although opposite of me, they keep me on my toes and remind me of my son in a way.


Anyways, what I’m trying to say is PLEASE do your research before selecting your parrot. A lot of people don’t and this is how these beautiful animals ends up in shelters.

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Uh Oh It Chews!!!!

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No animal, parrot, dog, cat etc will come to you knowing what is acceptable behavior in your home until you train it to know. Will a baby know not to hold on to that glass coffee table if you have never informed it not to? If you say yes, you must have miracle babies! Just like kids need to be taught right from wrong so do parrots. I can not stress enough how important training is.

An automatic thing for a parrot to do is use its beak and for those cavity-breeders chewing wood is a must. How will your parrot know to not chew the wood of an antique clock but yet you give it toys with the exact same material? Don’t you think that’s a bit of a mixed message? It’s hard because you definitely need to provide them with safe wood to  chew and maybe sometimes you would have an item in your household that is made with the same wood. Therefore your precious parrot is going to think that item is okay to chew too. So what can you do?

Scenario:
Sally walks into a clothing store just to waste time before her doctor’s appointment. “Hello?” She turns around in shock because she didn’t pass a sales person when she entered but the sound came from right beside her. No one is there. She turns back and continues to walk but then she hears it again, “hello?” She stops and is fuming because this isn’t funny. A salesperson comes from the back, “Oh, Hi, I’m sorry I didn’t hear anyone come in.” Sally says, “That’s okay but I keep hearing someone say hello, is there another person that works here?”

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The old lady pushes her glasses up off of the bridge of her nose and giggles. Sally is getting upset now as she isn’t finding this funny. The old lady walks pass Sally to the corner where there is a small bird cage but what Sally missed, is that inside that cage was a gorgeous little bird so tiny but such a beautiful gray and blue. The Lady says, “I’m sorry it looks like Lucky was just trying to get your attention.” Sally was in awe. Lucky was so pretty and Lucky could speak English! Sally inquired some more about Lucky and the Lady told her that Lucky was free to a good home that’s why she was at the front of the store. The Lady sold Sally on the bird telling her all the good stuff and a bit of lies such as she is low maintenance just needs food and water, change the bottom of her cage once a week and the extra bonus, she talks. Sally thought wow this is amazing! Such an easy pet for her little apartment. Poor Sally knew nothing about birds but the old lady basically told her everything, right? Sally agreed and took Lucky home.

The first week was great and then things started to change. Lucky wouldn’t stop screaming, Sally couldn’t get any sleep so she started covering Lucky’s cage and would keep it covered. Sally went back to the old lady to let her know what was happening.
“I’m sorry but the bird keeps screaming.”
The old lady said, “Oh dear child, the bird needs some attention, you have to take it out of the cage sometimes and just let her relax for a bit and then back into the cage,  she’ll be fine.”
Sally went home to do that. The first week was fine and then Lucky started chewing Sally’s things. Sally went back to the  store and said, “Oh NO, it Chews!”
The old lady told her buy some perches and you’ll be fine. Sally did just that. It worked for a week and then another issue would arise, this went on for about a month until Sally decided she can’t do this anymore and Lucky was brought back to the store to sit in her small cage and say “Hello” to the unsuspecting customers that came through the door.

This is a situation that many have found themselves in. Educate yourself before getting any pet. If you purchased your bird from a pet store, think back were you told tehy may chew your furniture? I would bet NOT! Anyhow let’s fix your chewing problem. 3 ideas:

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1) Do not provide the same type of wood you have in your household for your antiques as appropriate wood for your parrot to chew on as toys.

2) Train your parrot NOT to touch items that are special to you.

3) Remove all your precious items when the parrot is out so they don’t have access to it. (This is the BEST option)

It sucks when people are misled but this happens to people all the time and it’s the parrot that ends up suffering. Chewing/beaking is a part of a parrot’s behavior so don’t be misled, be prepared for it and set your parrot up for success before you set them up for failure. There are a lot of different type of wood perches/trees that your parrot can explore, giving a variety of textures will definitely help with keeping them busy and stimulated. You also want your wood to have some hardness to it so it presents a challenge. Woods that you should never give your parrots are boxwood, oak, yew, black walnut and wisteria. Also any wood that has been treated can not be used either.

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I hope this post helps!

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The Workout!

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The baby is down for a nap, 2 kids are sick sleeping and only the toddler remains active. If I give her the laptop or phone with Moana on, she’ll sit still for the hour and some and I can take a nap. WAIT!! The birds need some attention… OH NO!! But I just want to take a nap but by the time I get back up, they will all be in sleep mode because it’ll be close to their bedtime. Does this mean I can’t take a nap???

O.M.G this is NOT fair! I just want a nap like everyone else!!! Now I see the workout. Instead of napping I better use this time to interact with each parrot because it may only last for an hour if I’m lucky. Who thought I would ever have to make a choice between interacting or napping, I, for sure didn’t.

The birds take turns being out of their cages when the kids are out and about however its my individual time spent with each one that I’m referring too. Some days I feel like I’m running a marathon between breastfeeding the infant, tending to the toddler, teaching the preschooler, lecturing the middle schooler, cleaning, cooking and interacting while training each parrot. Life is hectic without even going outside but I don’t see myself changing it at all except to give the day more hours lol.

I don’t mind missing out on naps but I’m having a hard time falling asleep at night when everyone is down so when my body wants to sleep everyone is up… Horrible combination!!

The only way to make this work without me getting burnt out is to find a way to make myself sleep at night and incorporate the parrots while working with the kids and not keeping them separate. That way if I get a rest from the kids it should be nothing for me to get a rest from the parrots also!!

I’m down!

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100 Likes!!

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Wow what a day!!! I just reached 100 likes! OMG so I just reached 100 posts and now 100 likes, wow!!  I’m on a roll!!! What’s next?!? Do I already have 100 followers? I will have to check. I need 100 subscribers on our YouTube channel so that’s definitely next… We have over 100 on our Instagram account so that’s great! I can’t tell you how happy I was to wake up to the notification of 100 likes!

I know I’m secretly a nerd but it really is encouraging these little milestones we reach. This proves the saying is true, “you reap what you sow” or “you get out of it, what you put into it”. Again I want to jump up and down, if you read my 100 posts you will know why I say “again”. But I already did my red carpet speech so what can I do now….
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This time, all I will do which I think is very fitting to the equation is say THANK YOU x100!!! There are times a person feels invisible or that they are talking literally just to space and no one is listening so 100 likes means the world to me! Thank you everyone for the encouragement!

I want my followers to realize this is not just me reaching 100 likes! This is US reaching 100 likes! You guys are my family!! My encouragement! My push, my drive!! We did it! The first 100 is always the hardest!

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Thank you so much!!

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The Cover Up!

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They say parrots need any where from 10-12 hours of sleep each night. How can you help your parrot achieve that? Without it, your parrots may become cranky, angry, little buggers! I honestly don’t know how true this fact is because my household is a very noisy one and we never cover our birds’ cages. They aren’t cranky, at least not to me.

However since I don’t know if lack of sleep may have a long-term effect, I am now thinking of covering their cages at night. Studies on kids say that kids who get 10+ hours of sleep at night are better rounded individuals. They are faster learners, happier and more likely to be successful in life so I’m thinking since parrots are like kids, the same philosophy may apply. So far I’ve covered Rasta (green naped lorikeet) and Purrain’s (female indian Ringneck) cages at night but I haven’t seen anything different in their demeanor. It’s only been a week so I’ll keep monitoring the progress. I’m putting them to bed at 10pm and waking them up at 10am. But the other parrots are making noise at the crack of dawn so I’m sure they are probably up before I remove the cover.
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I think the cover up on cages is a great idea IF you’re like me and roam the fridge at night but…. Isn’t it better for them to not have the cover on so when I’m going through the fridge they can see me and know I’m the cause of the noise? If they have the cover on and I go in the fridge, they can’t see me so wouldn’t that cause them to be afraid as they can’t view the source of the sound? To me, it makes me think of being blindfolded, I rather be able to see… I don’t know, now I’m indecisive because I definitely want them getting enough sleep and even though I have them  in the dark by 10pm, the family might still be up meaning we’ll keep them up, if they aren’t covered. Then when the light starts shining through in the morning they will wake up ensuring that they definitely did not get the desire amount of sleep needed to be successful birdies. Now, if I do the cover up method, they will definitely be in the dark regardless of us having other lights on throughout the house but wouldn’t our sound keep them up anyways? However when the light shines through in the morning, they would still be in the dark which means they would be able to get more rest? Well, I guess that’s it… Covering them up will be our next adventure! As it seems like the better option.

I will start small with only covering half of the cage and then 3 quarters and then all. Since they aren’t used to it, I don’t want to overwhelm them especially not Grayson (African grey). When they take their afternoon nap, they aren’t covered and they all seem to manage fine but I’m not a doctor so if the stats say covering them up is more beneficial to make sure they get adequate sleep then so be it!cover up

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100 POSTS!!

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Wow can you imagine I’ve already written 100 posts?? I feel like saying, “NO WAY!! IT’S A LIE!! SOMEONE IS TRICKING ME!” But NOPE! I see it with my own eyes, Published: 100.
Amazing! Who knew I had 100 posts of things to say! Well obviously I have more than 100 things to say because I’m going to keep posting until I can no longer post and this blog will have millions of followers encouraging me to pursue this dream.

Exciting! I want to jump up and down and although I should have hit this 100 posts long time ago, I’m happy that I finally found the consistency I needed to make this happen. Okay, so at this point I’m ready to do my red carpet walk, twirl and speech. I’ll probably wear a red and black dress because black helps the figure hahaha with heels that have red bottoms.

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“I’ll like to thank all those who believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I need to give thanks to God Almighty for blessing me with this gift and giving me the insight to know I can help in the parrot world. I want to continue to ask for everyone’s support as I continue to work on my knowledge of parrots and bring it to the cyber world. Let me just say there are times when I write a post and it gets zero views and I get all sad about it and I start thinking to just quit because no one cares about parrots or believes and trust me. But then I’ll get an email or more views than I ever received or likes and comments and I start thinking, “It is worth it! Sometimes people need to know they are being listened too. So the next time you take the time out to read someone’s blog just hit that like button if you did like it. There are times I’ve read blogs and I didn’t follow or like or anything just read it, enjoyed it and moved on and I didn’t think there was anything wrong with that UNTIL I became a blogger. Now I understand, if 50 people view my posts and I don’t even get one like – I feel I’m not giving the people what they want and I start questioning my writing skills and my topic. But that might not be the case so just think about that the next time you come across a post that you enjoyed. Otherwise thank you so much for helping me get the push I needed to get to 100 posts and let’s keep this ball moving!!!! On To 500 posts!!! Oh and please don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel trying to get to 100 subscribers! LOVE YOU!”

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My ♥ Valentine!!

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Today is Valentine’s day and although I don’t usually celebrate. This year I want to say Happy Valentine’s day to my late uncle/twin as he never made it to 2018 to see today and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing but I miss him so for me it makes me feel even more lonely.

I want to say Happy Valentine’s and Happy birthday to my sister who is older than me by 7 years. She was born on this precious day. So I’m wishing her all the best.

But the best part of this post is who I decided will be my 2018 Valentine!

I’ve struggled with this decision, it was definitely a hard one but I’ve decided to choose KODAK BLACK to be my valentine! For soooo many reasons:

1) He turned 2 in December so his age represents 2 like for twins (for me and my uncle/twin)
2) He is the newest member of the family
3) He is very loving – likes to give me his tongue when we kiss so I have to fold my lips as I’m not into tonguing a parrot lol but also because I don’t want him exposed to my saliva
4) He loves me, I can see it and feel it
5) He is so entertaining I think he makes a GREAT 2018 valentine!

So please join me by leaving a comment below saying HAPPY VALENTINE’s DAY KB (kodak)!
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The Conure Escapes

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She is such a doll. I love her vibrant colors and the way she is so easily trained. I would definitely recommend a black-capped conure to anyone who was interested in a parrot that was trainable. She is definitely a smart cookie!

So I was home and she was in her cage, where she never wants to be! She always wants to be with me. I love it but sometimes I need her to be in her cage for safety purposes. I guess on this particular day she was like nope I had enough and she came flying out her cage right to my shoulder. I was shocked!

I had downsized her cage as it was rusting and she is currently in one of those small white cages that the doors slide up and down. I don’t know how she managed to keep a door open long enough for her to fly out but she did! I’m just grateful that it didn’t come slamming down on her head! She came out of her food bowl door and as soon as she did, the door shut! So I was happy everything worked out but this is why I don’t like these kind of cages because I’m afraid of this exact thing happening except more fatal.

This was also a wake up call to me though. This told me that she needed more of my attention and was feeling a bit neglected because she risked her life to come to me. I apologized to her and told her never to escape the depths of hell again hahaha, no, I’m joking but I did agree to make sure I gave her a bit more attention as Conures do need.

You will have some birds who like their independence. Doesn’t mean they don’t want to be out and about with you but they don’t require physical contact as much. Then you will have parrots who thrive on a personal level with you. For example my black-capped conure, african grey, black lory and female indian ringneck – they need my one on one attention basically anytime they are out and about with me. However my rainbow lorikeet, male indian ringneck and the quaker (r.i.p) likes my attention but can manage if I’m busy for a few, they definitely find ways to entertain themselves.

I’ve taught all the birds the importance of independent play but doesn’t mean they want to do it if they don’t have to. Anyhow, so back at the issue at hand my black-capped conure escaped her cage and flew to my shoulder, makes me feel special to know she personally seeks me out. I mean, she could have flown out of her cage to the potty perch, the java tree or the activity stand but instead she came to me. I think this deserves an AWWWW!

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Prevention is Better Than Cure

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I love the title of this post because it is so true! Think about it:

If I can eat an orange a day to avoid cancer even though I don’t like oranges (I actually do but for this example lets say I don’t) isn’t that better than going through chemotherapy? I say HELL YEA! See… Prevention is better than Cure!

So if I could have healthy parrots that will live for 50 years just by following a diet wouldn’t that be better than having to go to a vet, get medication and keep the cycle repeating over and over? I say HELL YEA! Not to mention it would also save my pockets a few hundreds of dollars in the long run I’m sure.

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Then I’m all for it! So, I have my wonderful pellet diet now I just need a meal plan. This is where my cookbook that I bought from www.birdtricks.com comes into play. They claim they have 73 recipes that is GREAT for your parrots plus a cookbook for food that you and your parrot can share. I purchased this from them back in 2012 but they have no real certifications however they claim they got two parrots a galah cockatoo and an african grey better by using these recipes so I’m a firm believer in nothing tried nothing gained. I will still be looking up these ingredients to have my own backup research applied before using any of the recipes but I do think it’s worth a try so for the first time since 2012 I’m actually reading through it.

Yes, I’ve purchased things and haven’t looked/read them :(, but I am now and I’m bringing all the information to you guys! So keep following me, we are about to embark on a journey!!!

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Back to the Basics

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I considered myself to be a bird expert! What could you ask that I didn’t have the answer to? Well after doing the one month of no pellets and losing a bird, I’m completely lost right now. Obviously I’m not as good as I thought so guess what? With 6 parrots relying on me, I’ve pulled all the parrot information I have ever received: Magazines, e-books, physical books, pamphlets – EVERYTHING and I am going to re-read every one of them and start a healthy diet regime all over – Failure is not an option here.

I love these parrots as much as I love my own kids so to think I’ve failed them in any way is a stab to my heart. They are back on Harrison pellets (truthfully the only pellets I trust to keep my parrots healthy) and of course fresh water. I still give them boiled egg but everything else has been put on pause until I figure out how to make sure they are all in good condition.

I want to do another vet visit after this month of no pellet trial but I can’t afford to right now. I’m absolutely kicking myself! How did I think I could do it? It now feels like the stupidest idea ever! This is what is wrong, you hear other people doing it and say hey let me try that, not realizing that umm hello!! Hell no! You have WAYYYY too many different type of parrots each with different needs to do something like this! I wish I could turn back the hands of time! In my family, I would be called “fallow Fashion or follow batty” meaning I’m copying others and not thinking for myself.

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Never once did it occur to me that if things didn’t go right, I could lose a parrot… Now, I know it could be something else but because I didn’t find out, I don’t think it’s anything else except FAILURE on my part! Can you tell I’m still devastated? Losing a loved one is so hard but losing one and blaming yourself for it is even harder. I’m trying to move on but it’s truly killing me inside.

Anyhow back to the topic at hand, I started Parenting Parrots for people to learn from me.  That includes my success and my failures/mistakes so please take heed and truly learn from me. Reading, research and reuse are my 3 R’s – do it! I’ve always said this, “Get a book on your specific bird”. What if that information is wrong? Even vets give us wrong information at times. Everything you come across, take with a grain of salt and research on it before implementing it.

If someone told you parrot ownership was easy, they lied!! It’s stressful at times like these when I’m up worrying about my flock instead of peacefully sleeping. It’s heartbreaking when you lose a parrot. It’s exciting when they learned a new trick or how to master a new toy. It’s research when you need something more challenging to teach them. It’s expensive when you have to do vet visits, food, toys and housing appliances lol I mean accessories. I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world but I’m truly afraid of losing my flock because of my dietary change which was an epic fail. What if more than one was affected by my bad choice?

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So this worry has brought me back to the basics! I’m currently only going to feed them pellets this week. No fruits or veggies just so I can make sure their poop is regulated. Once their poop is back to normal I will implement my 5 go to fruits (check our YouTube channel for more information on that) and then my 5 go to vegetables (will be on youtube soon).

Goal: To have healthy parrots that can outlive me and go on to be taken care of by my 4 kids

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