Top 10 Food to Avoid!!

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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.

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Feeding Parrots

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This will be a constant battle for me and other parrot owners because we want what’s best for our birds but there is no complete diet out there and truth be told there will never be. Provide your birds with foraging opportunities using their pellets. Make sure you are giving them whole raw foods, oils and cooked food. Fruits and veggies are a must. Explore your parrot’s palate, make eating a fun activity. I love making dishes that can be used for the humans and parrots (less cooking/preparing for me hahaha).

Nutrition is so important because it plays a HUGE role in your parrot’s development, health, bodily functions and in my personal opinion their overall demeanor. I found that when my parrots were eating better and getting more of a variety they seemed friendly, more willing to interact with others and calmer.

So let’s look at a few things briefly. The best way for a parrot to get their Omega-3’s is via nuts. I feed my parrots Pine nuts (yes a bit expensive), I use it as their training treat and that way I know for sure they are getting an intake of their Omega 3’s. Other seeds that offer Omega 3’s are walnuts, Brazil nuts and Pecans. Flax seeds I have recently started to use but only about once a week in its soaked form.

My go-to oil is coconut oil. Not only for the humans but also the parrots in our lives because it is a very versatile oil, It offers antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

I know a lot of owners who feed their parrots dairy but listen, parrots do not produce milk therefore they do not produce the enzyme required to breakdown dairy so I would refrain from giving birds’ milk. Now I have no problem with providing them with Almond milk or a milk that is made from a nut as they eat the nut anyways but actual milk like cow’s milk or goat milk would be a big no-no on my list.

I personally am incorporated more sprouting and soaking into my birds diets as it seems to be the best enzyme. Try to feed your parrots as much food in it’s raw form as possible as that’s really the only way to guarantee that they are getting the full nutrients that those foods have to offer.

Food is our medicine not just for humans but for parrots as well. Many sick people and birds have been diagnosed with illness that require medication. A lot of people have turned to food for their healing and it’s worked….

Food for thought!!

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Life with a Parrot (S)

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Life with a parrot is hard just like life raising a child is hard. The two go hand in hand. A lot of times I find myself pondering what can I do with my birds to make them come out to be the perfect birdy. Sometimes we watch a Youtube video and the bird seems so perfect and I’m sitting here wondering, where is the manual that can teach us, parrot owners the full 100% guaranteed way to get a perfect bird? Where is it? If you know please let me know because my life’s work has basically become focused on trying to teach my followers and subscribers the best way to get the most out of any parrot.

I’ve bought books, cds, dvds, online programs, took expensive classes but I feel I’m still left with a blank feeling. I’m still left with the question… Okay, where do I start, how do I do this? I’ve owned birds for almost a decade and I think my birds are great but I see so much more potential in them that I haven’t been able to get to. So for the month of  December 2018, I’ve decided to truly focus on what I know and try to implement what I think every parrot owner needs to do to unlock their parrot’s full potential. This month is going to be so interesting because my plan of making an income via just blogging and becoming a Youtuber so I can stay home with my birds didn’t pan out so now I’m going back to the workforce and I have to figure out a way to do this without my parrots’ feeling neglected. The good thing is I believe this lets me be able to relate to the average parrot owner.

Well, there is something I want every parrot owner to realize, anytime you feel a strain on  your relationship with your feathered friend, I always believe in bringing it back to the basics and starting all over again. Regardless of your history, I believe even though things may not be forgotten, they can be forgiven and trust can be built but ONLY if you TRULY want it. Growing up they used to always say, “Don’t show fear the dog can sense it”. The same concept goes for Parrots. They can sense your emotions and if your not sincere the parrot won’t want anything to do with you either. So think about that for a sec.

Anyhow Like, comment and follow us and don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel as we are getting ready for December and I think this will be very rewarding for many parrot owners that may be pondering on the same questions or at least feeling similar to how I’m feeling.

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My African Grey is Selfish

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It breaks my heart to see Rasta, our Green-Naped Lorikeet trying to make friends with everyone and being turned away. He is such a nice, little guy I don’t understand why none of the birds play with him.

He has found a way to “bond” with Grayson or at least so he thinks. Rasta will fly to Grayson’s cage and preen Grayson through the cage bars but if I let Grayson out with Rasta, Grayson will attack.
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It’s like Grayson is only using Rasta for his own gain. Poor Rasta, really thinks he has made a friend.

Why is Grayson so selfish? He won’t return the favor so why keep getting the pleasure? When I first got Grayson, Lola was here but yet he still hasn’t learned about sharing. He was never an “only” parrot, so why?

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The Selfish Grey

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How can I teach a parrot about sharing? If you have any ideas or suggestions please leave them in the comments below.

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Bird Butler

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I love this!! Let me first explain why I even thought of switching.

I gave all my parrots water bowls and just did the same thing for the last couple of years – change the water twice a day but even with me changing it twice a day, the water was still being contaminated and would stay that way until I got to it. Some days that would be 8-10 hours as I was gone to work. I didn’t like that. I also didn’t like the thought of birds drinking their bath water. HOW DISGUSTING IS THAT?? Imagine, if we had to drink our bath water… I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t be drinking water until I was dying for thirst. So I didn’t like those thoughts. Birds make their water into soup sometimes by putting their food into it. Can you picture the bacteria that might grow in a soupy water bowl in 10 hours? I can and I didn’t like the thought! So the first upgrade would be from a water bowl to a water bottle. (mind you I still have some birds who have water bowls but that’s slowly changing).
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So let’s talk about the average water bottle. Wonderful idea… That eliminates the birdy baths so CHECKMARK! However it still didn’t eliminate the bacteria growth from contaminated water problem…. You see it definitely DECREASED it but didn’t eliminate it. What happens, is that birds when they go to drink from the water bottle can put food right into the entry drink passage causing that water bottle to still get contaminated meaning the health issue is still there. Most of my birds have water bottles but just like the water bowl… That’s slowly changing…. So that brings us to the wonderful, amazing, expensive Birdie Butler.

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The Birdie Butler eliminates the bath water problem and it eliminates the contaminated water problem AND it stops me from having to change the water twice a day. I now only change it once a day. It has a metal tap so nothing from outside can get inside the bottle. And you can get different textures of the valve – stainless steel or heavy metal. For Grayson, my African Grey I got the heavy metal valve but when I get around to purchasing one for the rest of my flock it may be stainless steel as no one has as strong as a beak as Grayson. It is an expensive version of a water bottle but I like the whole concept of it. Prices range from $70CAD for a 16oz bottle to $50CAD for a 7oz bottle.

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My recommendation is GET IT!!!

Watch below for our Video on this topic…

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The Arrival of the Brown Headed Parrot

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I did not want a brown headed parrot. As a matter of fact, I was totally against bringing one home. I contacted the breeder for a blue headed Pionus and although she had a pair on eggs, she kept talking to me and sending me pictures of her brown heads. I first made contact with her in February when she told me, she doesn’t put the breeding boxes up at this time of year. I waited and messaged her again in June stating I found another breeder but I think they want too much for their blue heads and I really wanted one of her babies. We started speaking from there.

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My little man is the smallest one that’s in the middle

She just kept sending me pictures of the growth of her brown heads and forgot to inform me of the Blue heads not hatching. Finally, I said that’s all great for your Poicephalus but what about the Pionus’. That’s when she informed they didn’t hatch. We continued to talk about the brown heads but I informed her I wasn’t interested so she found other homes for her babies. She added me to her Facebook group where I meant other poicephalus and pionus owners. I fell in love with the pictures and videos people would post of their Poicephalus. The weird thing is, I’m used to seeing all sorts of cuteness when it comes to parrots but brown heads was something special.

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This picture did me in! A female from facebook owns this little beauty

I contacted her personally and was like I changed my mind, I fell in love, can I have one, please tell me you still have one left. She kept asking me why, what changed your mind, etc, etc…. In my head I was saying IF she still had one it was a sign but if not I wouldn’t pursue getting one. Well, if you follow our YouTube Page, you would know that for the past month our house has been shared with a little baby poicephalus.

A Brown head is so different than my other parrots. I feel like I have so much to learn but our little Brown Head is here. He was hatched on June 3rd, 2018 and we named him Pookie. I will be updating our flock page and going into more details about him shortly.

Don’t forget to follow us on here to keep updated, I’m back to posting 5 days a week. Also our YouTube channel is updated 5 days a week so you should subscribe to us there and follow our instagram!!

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Re-evaluating My Parenting

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Life in general is hard but when it is up to you to take care of others, it becomes extra hard. Have I grown my babies right? Can I change my parenting style now? Do my babies have so much more potential than what I’ve allowed them to express?

The scary thing about these questions is that they are real questions that I am considering. I want to change my parenting, I feel like I haven’t got my parrots to their complete potential. I’ve sheltered them and border-lined them. MEANING! I treated them like my babies but I also treated them like pets. It would switch between the two. Well, honestly Parenting Parrots is about “Parenting Parrots” so why do I push my human kids to their upmost potential but keep my bird kids to a lower standard? It’s time for a change!

I don’t even know where to start… I compare Parenting Parrots to parenting kids so I have to look at the life cycle of an infant to a toddler to a preschooler to a school ager to a preteen to a teenager to finally an adult…. It may be late but it’s not TOO LATE as long as my parrids (parrot kids) are still alive, I can still strive to make the change I need to make. So I have to make a whole list of steps that I want to take and take it one day at a time.

Some examples:
1) Grayson, my African Grey can only count to 4 however by now he should be able to count to 10 and identify numbers and I’ve kept him to the basics.
2) All my parrots should be able to be out of their cages with the others and not fight.
3) They should be able to hold basic conversations
4) They all should be harness trained
5) They all should be potty trained
6) They should be socialized better

So, the question I ask myself is, “Why aren’t they?” and the answer I get is because “I’ve slacked on them.”

So my first order of business is making my living room more stimulating. Instead of just having two bird stands for them to go to plus the potty perch maybe I can get an atom to hang from the ceiling with more toys or I can make my own bird stand or I can add a large seagrass mat on the wall for them to climb with stimulating foraging options surrounding it, I know the possibilities are endless but I needed this organized yesterday! I just really want to enrich my parrots’ lives and I will do so step by step, day by day.

Oh just to let you guys know I ordered a parrot cookbook so once I receive it, I’ll let you know. I already have Birdtricks.com’s cookbooks but I wanted something different to work with.

Anyways, if you aren’t following me please do so, so you don’t miss this process. I’m excited to see if there will be any change in my parrots by adjusting the little things I can.

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Blessings of The Animals

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I just learned that October 4th is the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. KDKH posted her post  about this, please go check it out. It’s a BEAUTIFUL prayer. I knew nothing about St. Francis until now but I was very happy to learn. Yes, it is a religious partake but beyond that fact, having a day to bless the animals that surrounds us, I think is beautiful.

I share all special days with my parrids (remember Kodak was my valentine this year, 2018) but to have a specific day for them is sweet. I will definitely be blessing the animals on this day going forward.

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On October 4th, people were having a feast and saying prayers for all the animals and although I missed out on the feast, I will be sure to say a prayer not only for my lovely parrots but for myself, my kids, my followers and subscribers because regardless of my or your religion, it can’t hurt to have some positive words covering us. Remember, humans are mammals therefore we, too, are animals.

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The Beginning – First Parrot

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We started our journey by seeing my niece’s cockatiel being so nice and tamed and thought aww, how sweet. The following week I was in the mall and this guy was set up outside of a store with two cages full of cockatiels. Even though, I always wanted a parrot growing up, my actual knowledge was null, to the point I didn’t even know a cockatiel was considered a parrot. As I was standing there deciding which of these birds we were going to bring home, I knew the set up was wrong. It was crowded with so many birds, I felt sorry for them but not knowing any better I purchased a cockatiel from him for 100 dollars. I got a good little cage with a stand, some food and off to home we went.

 

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The guy told me, the bird I chose was a female so we named her Sky but Sky wasn’t welcoming of us at all and as much as I tried, it just wasn’t working. I turned to my sister as they had Jake and he was nice. They came over and helped me clip her wings but Sky still was not having it. She would bite, scream, lunge after us  and just scared us. I regretted getting this bird. After about a month, I convinced my sister to take Sky so she could learn how to behave from Jake. Unfortunately, Sky taught Jake and not the other way around :(. My sister ended up giving Jake and Sky back to Jake’s breeder and within moments of him first meeting Sky she was putty in his hands. To the point he would just have her sitting on his chest and she would willingly stay.

Jake actually turned out to be a She and her name became Jacqueline and Sky went on to have many clutches. For me, I was adamant that a bird WAS NOT the pet for me!! And I continued on my pet journey as you can read about here.

Years later not realizing that Sky was a parrot and not just a bird. I ventured off to obtain my first (what I thought to be my first) parrot, a galah cockatoo that costed me 2,500 CAD and only ended up staying alive for 3 years. Click on that follow button so you don’t miss out on my next post ( My Galah Cockatoo – the parrot that started it all).

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Kodak Goes to the Vet

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On April 27th, 2018 I brought Kodak to the vet to get his wellness check done and have a physical. He passed everything with flying colors and I was a happy mommy. Well if you read my sneezing post that was about him. I didn’t want to but I had to bring him to the vet because I didn’t want to risk losing him after the year that I had with losing birds. So to be on the safe side, I ran to the vet.

She looked him over, opened his wings, looked into his eyes, into his mouth, felt his vent basically did another physical and couldn’t find an issue with him at all. So she prescribed Rheumocam 1.5ml every 12 hours. Rheumocam is an anti-inflammatory drug which I believe is usually used for dogs but I guess can be used for any animal. The issue here is that she couldn’t find any evidence of an infection or issue but felt that just in case he came in contact with an irritant that he may be allergic to, we should use this Rheumocam. We could also be in the very early stages of an infection but she didn’t want to treat for an infection when he didn’t have one. So even though he wasn’t showing any proof of an inflamed throat or anything, she felt this may help open up any issues he may be having and stop the sneezing. I don’t like giving drugs period but I have seen a decrease in his sneezing already even though we haven’t made it to 48 hours since seeing the vet yet.

I think the issue is Grayson. My spray bottle broke and I haven’t gone to the dollar store to buy another one so Grayson is very dusty. The reason I say it’s Grayson because I moved Kodak but Rasta is now where Kodak was and I hear Rasta doing some sneezing (now he could just be mimicking Kodak). I’m going to put Grayson in the shower even though he hates that because my shower perch is missing a suction cup so he has to go in the actual tub which he is not a fan of. But I’m hoping Rasta stops and Kodak is good and this scare of SNEEZING will be a thing of the past.

Sorry, I never expected this post to be this long but the real reason I wanted to write it is because in April I spent 353 CAD dollars for Kodak, this most recent visit on July 10th, 2018 cost me $170 CAD and let’s not forget Kodak plus shipping was almost 1200 CAD dollars. In less than a year that’s $1,723 CAD and that’s not including his toys or food. I can’t stress enough how much birds can cost and how they are not cheap. I was always working before so I never watched my money as much as I am now and with currently 5 parrots, I’m now seeing the financial burden that parrots can put on your pocket but I love them so much, I’m willing to be broke for them (well I make my sacrifices for them). However, I would be lying if I didn’t say I hope I don’t have to go back to the vet until next year when Kodak needs his checkup. I seriously wished pet insurance included parrots I would DEFINITELY buy it.

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