On this quest of a natural raw food diet for my parrots comes the addition of Microgreens. Getting into the microgreens was a fear of mine just like sprouting, although I can sprout, I’m definitely not an expert (yet). Microgreens presented the same type of fear because I can’t keep plants alive so I thought for sure I wasn’t going to be successful at growing microgreens.
The above picture was taken after 6 days of growing these radish microgreens. I had them on my window sill and as you can see they look all wild, just growing all over the place. Also I only read the directions that were on the outside of the box not the inside at this time. I wasn’t impressed with this outcome, it was just like “okay, great, so when can the birds have them” type of feeling. I had to ask the avian group I’m in on Facebook to find out when they could be served. I was advised that once they have leaves they can be served. So these were ready. I recorded the below video but still didn’t feel satisfied with the results so I decided to follow the instructions that were inside the box to see if it would make a difference and BOY, YES IT DID!!!
So, only after a day of following the instructions on the inside of the box, I went from feeling like it’s whatever to O.M.G I’M IN LOVE!! I absolutely love them growing straight up and looking so beautiful. I’m impressed and now excited to add this to me and my parrots’ diet.
The above picture is day 8 of growing these radish microgreens. I already chopped some off as you may have seen in the video but they are still growing and looking stunning! I attempted to grow 3 different microgreens: Radish, Sunflower and Argula. Out of the 3, Radish has been the easiest to grow as there were absolutely no complications or worries. My parrots accepted the little bit of microgreens they received with no issues, so that also showed me that this was definitely an addition I would like/want to continue. With that said, you better believe Microgreens is a MUST when doing a raw whole food diet for parrots.
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I want my parrots on a whole raw food diet! IS there actually such a thing? Because right now it feels like everywhere I turn to for help, education, suggestions and ideas is basically selling PRODUCTS!!!!! So now I need to take a step back and say HOLD UP!!! Is it or is it not possible to feed parrots a whole raw food diet??!
I thought I found the perfect group on Facebook that is run by Dr. Jason Crean. He is a very nice man and I’m sure has very good intentions but since joining that group, I’ve spent at least $1,000 dollars (not including appliances I bought) trying to follow their recommendations and I’m still no closer to feeling like I’m on the right path then I did in the beginning. I purchased their suggested teas (which I still love btw, hahaha), raw nuts (which I already bought anyways so no different than usual), freeze dried worms and crickets (now that was new), Texas Naturals Freeze Dried ($83.20 for 3 little containers with shipping and handling – see picture below), Tops Organic Dream mix bundle ($189.34 plus 52.77 for custom fees) and I’m waiting for Abby Amazon to get the China Prairie products for the rest of this dry food mix. Then I will mix it all together and pray that it lasts me a few months since it will only be given to them once a day. However with all that being said, of course they are not forcing anyone to purchase the products, it is just their recommendation. With this dry mix, pellets are still included regardless of the fact that it is cold-pressed vs. being heated. As I stated before, the African Greys, I met that were in their late 50’s, early 60’s, their owners stated they never knew what a pellet was etc. So I was striving for the same concept ( I wish I took their information now) because they obviously are doing something right. I’ve never seen Dr. Jason Crean’s birds except for his babies so I can’t really say anything about their condition, I can only go off of what he claims. As for his partner, Lou from Parrotsrus on Instagram she has a great flock that includes a Toucan, 2 hyacinths macaw, a Harlequin Macaw and an African grey. All are in great shape as she shows them all the time. The Congo African Grey has plucked his chest feathers when he was about 7 years old and he is 25 now but he is still bare unfortunately however she just started feeding her flock this way about 3 years ago I believe.
Anyways after spending nearly $500 CAD to try and make their dry food mix, I got discouraged. I still have toys, fruits and veggies that I need to buy for them so this dry mix just wasn’t feasible for the Canadian dollar. When I complained about it not being more financially manageable they suggested I duplicate what I can within my country. When I see a recipe or something I’d like to follow, I like to follow it EXACTLY the way it is before changing anything so that suggestion didn’t work for me. Not to mention, I’m already busy with training, cleaning and coming up with foraging ideas that I don’t have the time to sit down and try and figure out how I can duplicate a mix within my own country. OH well, IF this mix lasts me a few months it will end up being worth it but thats a BIG IF!
Next, I joined another facebook group that advertised their name as REAL RAW FOOD. When I first inquired with the owner I was extremely excited about the group so much so that I even recommended it to another avian fellow of mine but within a few interactions I realized this lady too is pushing her product line. Now, I understand that everyone out here needs to make a dollar. HELL, if I’m spending 500 dollars just to feed my flock a dry mix, I need to find a way to make those dollars back too but with that being said, does no one want to just help out fellow parrot owners?!?
So with all this being said, I’m still feeding my parrots Harrison pellets plus a fruits and veggie chop with sprouted items and soaked nuts. I also now offer them the avian teas and that’s currently where I am regarding their nutrition. I will be stopping Harrisons completely and I’ll explain all about that in another post but let me just say I have enjoyed feeding Harrison’s over the past 7 years. Grayson, my 7 year old African grey has never plucked a day in his life and he has been through MANY, MANY changes. Now was that due to Harrisons or just me being the great parrot parent I am? Hahaha, who knows but I give Harrisons credit for that. Now, I do feel that Harrisons is NOT a good option for parrots who can suffer from fatty liver disease. I lost my 2 parrots who both were on Harrisons and both were prone to fatty liver disease. Now was Harrisons to blame? Maybe NOT! But these are little things that I take notice of.
Anyways I have more data on that, that I will post another time. So if you are interested in hearing about that, definitely follow our blog as we go through being a parrot owner.
When I first started looking into the Avian Raw Whole Foods Nutrition, I was OVERWHELMED! I never knew where or how to start, what to do and what not to do, how to make sure all nutritional needs were being met. So, the first thing I did was take a step back and join Dr. Jason Crean’s facebook group called “Avian Raw Whole Food Nutrition” and read all the files in the file section. I took a deep breath and watched his Inflammation webinar that he did with Lara Joseph and commented on how excited I was by the information I just learned. Lou from ParrotsRUs responded and told me to go to their website for avian approved products.
I went to www.c4aw.org to see what it had to offer and there I found https://www.greywoodmanor.com/ . This site is dedicated to Teas for animals. This was my very first step to transitioning my parrots from a pelleted based diet to a Raw Whole Food Nutritional way of eating. Why tea? Well I have been hearing about tea for birds for awhile. I was actually going to just try buying loose leaf decaffeinated Black tea for my Lories but I’m always hesitant to try anything with my parrots without being at least 90% sure that is it a good product for them. So I worried about what might be in the black tea and if it would truly be okay for me to serve to Lories. To get to the point, I didn’t just go out and buy the loose leaf tea. Which I am truly happy about now because I found Greywood Manor and they specialize in Avian Tea along with tea for other animals.
I feel confident in giving my parrots this tea because Dr. Jason Crean and other parrot owners provide it to their parrots and have not had any bad side effects. I also trust Greywood Manor Provisions Tea because they use all natural products that your parrots can get access to in the wild. Currently they carry 8 different options for Avian tea on their website.
Pretty Plume = This is to make your parrot look their very best!
Serene Tea = This is to help calm your little friend’s nerves.
Hormone Havoc = This is perfect to help your parrots when hormone season comes around, to help manage those hormones.
Cool and Soothe = This tea is to help heal bird inflammation
Clean and Pure = This is to detoxify your parrot’s body.
Empower House = This is to help balance their immune system.
Iron Out = Is only for birds with iron sensitivities. It can not do anything about the iron that is already in the birds’ body but it is suppose to bind to any future iron that is digested and stop it from being absorbed.
Nutri-Sob = This tea is suppose to help the bird’s body absorb the nutrients it needs and support a healthy weight.
There names pretty much speak for themselves. They come in 3 different sizes: 3oz, 6oz and 10oz. They are all hand blended and can be used in a variety of ways: Cool Brew, Hot brew so these ways are served as a tea, dry over your parrots chop of fruits and veggies or as a spray to be applied topically. My parrots don’t like to be misted but I have tried every way. So far, so good I must say. This will definitely become a regular in their diet especially because once made it can last up to 3 days in the Fridge so you don’t have to make it fresh everyday!
Variety is key to lots of things so switch up the teas every day. If you use Pretty Plume on Monday, do Clean and Pure on Tuesday etc. Remember no one likes the same thing day in and day out! Pretty Plume is the only one I put in the spray bottle, every other tea would be applied as a tea or dry over their chop. Well I hope this article helped, if you have any questions please put them in the comments below and check out the YouTube video at the end of this article to actually see how I make these teas.
Do you have a cleaning schedule? I just felt like my life was spiraling out of control and everything was getting half done and half not done. So recently, I started a cleaning schedule, along with my family schedule and eating/sprouting schedule. So many schedules but with 4 kids another on the way, a job, blogging, YouTube, 8 parrots, 5 axolotls and a bearded dragon it just seemed necessary. So it’s only been 2 months in the making but these two months have been the most peaceful that my life has felt in the last 5 years, hahaha.
So I personally don’t like to read long blogs and I have a few of them up here hahaha (some topics just need more time unfortunately). I decided to break my cleaning schedule up for you guys and not have it all in one. I hope this helps some people with cleaning up after their parrots and if you have any suggestions for me please let me know.
So my monthly clean is done once a month on the first Saturday of the month. May 2019 will be my 3rd month trying this and so far I feel very content with how its all coming together and I have more time to spend with my beauties.
My monthly routine I believe is pretty standard, I also have a daily routine and a weekly routine which I will share with you, so that really helps my monthly routine.
Wash your parrot’s entire cage thoroughly – This can be done via hand washing with a bucket of Dawn dish washing liquid and a cloth. You can also put it in your shower if it is small enough or bring it outside and power wash it. Whichever works best for you is the one you should implement once a month.
Vacuum your walls. You will be surprised at how much dust and dander resides there.
Laundry your curtains. This is only if your parrots go on your curtains otherwise you can just vacuum them because dust and dander will gather there too. My birds love sitting on the top of my curtains as it’s the highest perch in my apartment so washing my curtains is a must for me.
Vacuum your air filter. I assume all bird owners own one of these, without it I would be LOST! HAHAHA. Vacuuming your filter, I find helps it work more better and obviously clears it up to pick up more dander.
That is it for my monthly schedule. Look forward to my daily and weekly schedule to be posted shortly. Thank you so much for your time and please don’t forget to like and comment.
It sucks that a lot of people end up getting a parrot just because they are cute and they are not aware of the fact that having a parrot is a lifestyle change. Store owners just want to sell the bird so they tell you they are easy, just give them pellets and water and change the paper at the bottom of the cage once a week. HAHAHA, if this was true, we wouldn’t have so many re-homes. I would have 20 instead of 8 birds and I would be rich because I wouldn’t be spending money on toys, perches, food, sprouts, feeding equipment, air filters, cages, vet bills, travel carriers, training tools, seeds and nuts for training, cleaning products, paper towels and I’m sure I’m missing a few other things.
I’ve had to adjust my life SO much to accommodate my parrots and I still am everyday. I went from working full 10 hour shifts to only 6 hours so I can have more time with the birds. I changed my non-stick cookware to stainless steel pots (very costly switch). I had to remove all air fresheners from my house and find homemade, safe options. All cleaning solutions have been removed so nothing remains except bleach, vinegar, dawn dishwashing liquid and good old water options and some bird cleaning products. I buy LOTS of paper towels and have to stop my “night owl” tendencies to make sure I’m being sensitive to their 10-12 hour night rest. I have to get up earlier in the morning to make sure I feed and change their water bowls/bottles before I go to work. So now that I have to be at work for 7am and I have to leave home by 6:30am to make it on time. I usually wake up at 5am so I can have an extra 30 minutes to accommodate them. I usually like to train before breakfast but unfortunately I just can’t find the extra time to do that in the mornings now except for on weekends. So I now train before lunch or before dinner depending on how much they ate from breakfast.
I have to consider how long I’m going to be out of the house if I’m leaving to go somewhere. I haven’t had a vacation since acquiring my birds because I haven’t lined up a sitter and I’m still concerned about leaving them with others to care for them (worried mommy). Your life will never be the same. Having parrots is a lifestyle change. I used to work from home answering the phones hahaha I can’t do that with parrots in the house, they are just too unpredictable regarding when they will decide to vocalize. I have to retreat from my living room at a certain time so they can get to bed on time. EVERYTHING and ANYTHING I do includes how it will affect my birds. They are just like having kids. I should know I have quite a bit of both hahaha.
This type of change is NOT for everyone, definitely think twice before deciding if you truly want a bird. No more using the oven self-cleaning option for an easy clean, no more sleeping in or being lazy, DEFINITELY more cleaning and then more education. My learning NEVER stops when it comes to having parrots and if you are seeking the best for your birds, yours won’t stop either. So just think about all these things BEFORE you add a bird to your life. Are you ready for a lifestyle change?
If so please comment below with what birds you have decided to make this change for example an African Grey parrot, Amazon, Macaw, Cockatoo? Which bird has captured your heart and what other type of lifestyle changes did you have to make that maybe I forgot to mention?
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There is something about watching parrots work for things that personally warms my heart. So I’m always looking for ways to enrich their lives. Parenting Parrots has so many things going on, I can barely find the time to inform you guys of everything but I will try to be more consistent. If we think about the parrots in the wild, what do we know about them? We know that food isn’t just given to them freely, we know that they spend a great deal amount of time foraging for food while making and protecting babies. Now, as much as I would love to mimic the wild environment, I unfortunately can’t BUT what I can do is try to come as close as possible to making them be fully stimulated, enriched and engaged.
The above picture is something that I can give to all my parrots including the Lories. I took little containers, filled them up with fruit. You can use whatever type you like. For this mix I used raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, mangoes and some cashews and almonds (I eliminated the cashews and almonds for the lories). Once I finished putting the food in, I filled it up with coconut water and put them in the freezer. So the next morning, I took them out, removed them from their containers and gave one to each parrot. Since it was frozen the birds got to lick and suck on the cold coconut water and while it defrosted right there, they got access to the food bits. It wasn’t a lot of work but at the same time it made it interesting and engaging for the birds especially since they kept at it for a while before realizing it needed more time to defrost.
This was a tasty little treat and definitely a way to make food more fun and get your parrots that are picky to start trying. I can’t guarantee that they will still eat whatever they are refusing but always introducing items in different ways can get a bird interested in a food item that they previously neglected. Making this cube was quick and easy, less than 5 minutes to prepare and put together. I will offer more cubes like this, more often during the summer months.
You could also substitute the coconut water for whatever type of liquid you like, the options are endless. I hope you will try this and please leave me a comment down below and let me know how your birds liked it. Also if you are going to give this to your lories/lorikeets please remove the nuts. I will be making this again, if you would like a YouTube video on it, please let me know so I can do that for you.
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If words could express my disappointment in losing you, they would fill up the world. I never knew a person could feel such a deep lost for a companion animal until the night I laid with you in my arms, begging you to live but knowing you were taking your last breath. I still consider that day to be the worst day of my life because I failed you. Lola, I could never know what happened with that vet clipping your wings but you definitely set me on the path to realize how important wings are to a parrot especially if that parrot is already a timid parrot. Although that clip was against my will, I regret using that vet because another may have listened to my demands of no and you would still be here with me. I’m sorry and I hope you are happy wherever you may be and realize that I loved you as if I had given birth to you myself.
Lola, was my Galah Cockatoo. I consider her to truly be my first introduction to the parrot community and I bought her with no knowledge of what it meant to be a parrot owner. Just knew I liked how she looked and I wanted a bird. I don’t regret having Lola, I just wonder if she would have been better off with someone else. Would she have lived longer? Been happier? OR was she destined to be with me, who would fail her in the end? When I got Lola I drove 4 hours to pick her up and 4 hours to bring her back. When we met she stepped up to me with no problem and had no hesitation even the breeder said we were meant to be. Lola spent most of her days out of her cage and with me wherever I went. She was kept in a very tiny cage at the breeder so I suspect she didn’t truly get a chance to learn how to fledged as she never flew. I would see her open her wings and flap but she never took off. I started doing research on parrots and came across Birdtricks.com, they were my first introduction to parrot training and taming. I immediately bought their dvds and went to work. Before her first vet visit which would change her forever she had already learned how to step up perfectly, wave and turn around.
I didn’t want to bring her to a vet for fear she may catch something so I had the vet come to me. This vet ignored my wishes for a fully flighted parrot. Proceeded to tell me, it was better to clip her wings as she would be more manageable and it was a safer option but I wasn’t having any problems with training Lola so I still said no thank you. She asked me for a towel and I went and got it, by the time I got back, the damage was done. She had clipped one wing already so I had no choice but to continue with the procedure. Then she trimmed Lola’s nails so short, my poor Lola no longer was able to grip her perches. So with no nails and no wings to help her balance as soon as they put Lola back in the cage, she fell straight to the bottom. I was devastated. The vet told me to put pillows and towels at the bottom and that she would stop after a day or two. I did what I was told but I wasn’t happy. All of Lola’s bloodwork came back perfect. But Lola no longer wanted to come out of her cage, she didn’t want to train, she didn’t want to be interacted with and the worst part is she never let her wings grow back.
Lola was my first bird. A Galah Cockatoo. She was suppose to be so full of life and she was until she seen the vet. I tried everything I could think of and nothing worked. I finally brought her to another vet to see if they could help. Re-did bloodwork, looked her over and was told absolutely nothing was wrong with her. She wasn’t plucking but she would damage her wings as soon as they grow back in. I started treating her like a plucker and I would give her toys that were for pluckers, hoping she would ignore her wings, bathed her with water mixed with aloe vera to try and help if she was experiencing any itches from the wings growing in. I even bought her a mop head that I would put on top of her cage to help distract her. Nothing worked. The new vet advised me that it must be psychological but had no other suggestions for me. I was lost, hurt and confused. I considered re-homing her wondering if a new environment would help but could never go through with it as I was too attached. I contacted an animal psychic in hopes that she would be able to communicate with Lola and get to the bottom of the issue once and for all. That psychic either was fake or for some reason just couldn’t connect to my birds.
Lola would live for 3 years with us. It was me, my son, Lola and Grayson, our African Grey. She didn’t come out to play or interact with anyone. I left her cage door open 24/7 and she remained inside. The day that Lola passed, we had left the house and came home to find her on the floor of my living room, looking like she was having a seizure, bright green poop coming out of her. I fixed up the travel carrier with towels and stuff to make it warm and comfortable for her. I brought her in my room and monitored her activity. She was dying and I knew it. All vets were closed so I called on the same vet, I blamed for Lola’s behavior but even she was unavailable to help. I couldn’t go to the emergency vet as I had just had a baby girl, wasn’t fully healed and had no access to the car at that time. Lola would live to the wee hours of the morning and pass on the blanket.
My lack of parrot ownership and trust in a vet, took my Lola from me. Since then I have been adding to my flock in order to help more birds to try and make up for the guilt I felt losing Lola. I have since lost 2 more birds unfortunately and although I know they weren’t as bad as Lola, I can’t help but continue to strive for a better tomorrow for the companion birds that are still alive.
Each parrot I lose has taught me something new. Lola taught me that birds need to learn to fledged and are better off being fully flighted so now all my parrots are. Piper taught me that I need to remove fresh foods as soon as possible and keep the cages spic and span in order to avoid pesticides from infecting the parrots. Nyx taught me to demand bloodwork from vets be done because she was sick from before she was rehomed to me and we should have realized that by how quick her beak would grow but again a vet denied my request stating that conures just didn’t take good care of their beaks. I’m glad to have known each and every one of these birds and although I miss them dearly they have made me a better me, a better parrot owner, a better companion to my parrots.
Lola, you will forever be in my heart and I hope I can continue to make you proud.
I decided I’m not breeding birds anymore because I just found it too hard to say bye to the baby. So I gave up all my breeding pairs except for the Indian Ringnecks as I never actually paired them and the blue parrotlets because I find them just too cute! Today as I sat here, I decided it’s time for me to start taming and training these little blue birdies because I want their time here to be enjoyable and not just stay in a cage watching the other birds get love and attention while they get nothing…
Will I breed them? I still haven’t decided if eventually I might have to because they already had a clutch. I will let them decide what they want to do. I’m extremely excited about this journey because a lot of people say birds that have matured and have never been handled and are paired will never be tamed and friendly. We’ll see. I welcome the challenge.
My goal is to have all the birds that live with me to live a fulfilling, successful, full potential life. I feel like I’m far from that goal at the moment
but after listening to the audiobook of Irene Pepperberg’s “Alex and Me”, it gave me anew hope. I hope you will follow our Journey on this. I will post here every Tuesday – “Training Tuesday with Parrotlets” and every Tuesday my weekly work with them will be posted on our Youtube Channel.
My first goal is to eliminate their scare. They are completely afraid of humans even being near their cage. I moved their cage to my bedroom. I find the intimacy of a bird being in my room seems to make birds feel more at home or comfortable I guess because your in a relaxing setting of your house which they can sense (not sure). But anytime I feel I need more time with a parrot, this is what I do and it seems to make us have a stronger connection. Next step will be clicker training, target training and having them eat from my hand and of course the final beginning stage will be having them step up to me. They are both fully flighted. I have named them Bonnie and Clyde (not that they know their names but hopefully they will soon learn them.) I will be moving them back and forth between their cage and the aluminum travel cage I have just to get them out of the habit of “this is our territory”.
I’m not a professional this is just me thinking out my ass and trying to figure things out as I go along but I’m so hopeful and the task gives me a real “purpose”. Sometimes I feel my life lacks purpose. Maybe this is why I have so many parrots because my interactions with them fill me up ( I don’t know) but I’m so excited. I can’t contain myself. Today I’m transferring them to the aluminum travel cage so I can clean their cage completely out. I was also thinking of keeping them side by side but separating them during the day and putting them back together during the night as it might make it easier to connect with each one but I won’t jump the gun I will try it with both of them first and make a decision from there. Anyhow please like, comment and join our family of followers! Also subscribe to our Youtube channel! Can’t promise I will make a difference in your life but you never know what you might learn or ideas you might get along the way.
Dairy – Birds do not produce the lactase enzyme so this can not be broken down in their bodies
Chocolate – Is not healthy and serves no purpose. It can cause vomiting, seizures and death
Dried Fruit – Usually contains Sulfides or Sulphates so let’s stick with the all natural method of fruits.
Avocado – Some people claim to have fed the flesh with no problem but I like to stay on the “better safe than sorry” side. This has been known to cause heart failure in birds.
Garlic – Contains Allicin which can cause anemia in birds.
Onions – Can also cause hemolytic anemia which can lead to death
Raw Honey – Contains Botulism
Peanuts – I know we all have fed peanuts at one time or another but honestly with the dangers it can cause, I would stay away. Plus there is no nutritional value to them so doesn’t make sense to risk your parrot being exposure to Aspergillus when it can be avoided. Cherry Pits & Apple Seeds – Contains Amygdalin which releases Cyanide.
Mushrooms – Are considered a fungus so it’s another “better to be safe than sorry” situation.
I have yet to try this as I want to make sure I purchase the right type of tea and I usually don’t post things until I have actually dipped my hands in the pot but I believe in this so didn’t want to keep it to myself any longer.
As many of you know I have lorikeets, I started looking for ways that I can stop their bodies from in-taking any iron. I know your probably thinking just avoid giving them products with iron. Well, I don’t give them products with iron but I’m still learning so just in case they do come in contact with something, I wanted a counteractive solution and this is what started me on my tea journey as I read more and more about black and green teas. But avian teas are not just for lorikeets, they go across the board as a great product for all birds. So let’s dive into the wealth of knowledge I’ve learned on teas.
Loose leaf teas are the type you want to purchase if you’re thinking of incorporating teas into your bird’s diet.
Green Tea: can contain caffeine so you need to make sure you buy the loose leaf and decaffeinate it using water. – Regulate Cholesterol – Helps with weight loss – Reduces Blood Pressure – Boosts the immune system (Rose and Hibiscus also does this)
Hibiscus also helps remove toxins from the body.
Black Tea: is perfect for my Lories/ Lorikeets as the tannins bind to dietary iron and prevent it from being stored in the liver. It can’t help the iron that is already there but it will prevent any more from going in so this tea is perfect for any birds that may suffer from iron storage disease. – Maintain healthy blood vessels – Promote a healthy blood flow (Rose hips and hibiscus also helps to cleanse the blood, liver and kidneys). Dandelion is great for calcium (my African Grey would definitely benefit from this) and weight loss (great for birds with fatty liver issues ex. Galah Cockatoo and Quakers).
Different issues: Respiratory – Rooibos tea, Red clover and lavender Hormonal – Raspberry leaf and Red clover Digestive – Peppermint, Chamomile and Rooibos tea
As you can see tea, flowers, herbs have a lot of advantages to helping our birds live longer and happier lives. I’m really excited to start using these items in these ways and see how my parrots react.