Birds are prey animals. Evolution has taught them that if they look weak they are more subject to an attack by a predator in the wild. Thus it is not uncommon to see a bird appear to be healthy one day then fall over dead the next because there’s no visual symptoms like you can see with a cat or dog.
One of the most precise tools you can obtain for a mere $19 is our best bird scale ever which can be used to weigh birds from budgies to large macaws.
When you weigh your bird regularly at least twice a month you can easily see large swings in weight gain or loss possibly indicating an illness without being visible by looking at the bird.
I think the main reason that people don’t try to paint older bird cages is because of what they’ve heard or read about the harmful effects of lead, zinc and so forth. The point that needs to be made is the most the paints sold in the US for the past 40 years can be safe for human infants – as long as it’s dry.
Our government really wasn’t thinking about our birds – they were looking out for our children. The government has gone to great lengths to ensure that paint sold for use in the home is safe.
The confusing issue is something called “Flashing”. Flashing describes the chemicals that you should be concerned about, evaporating from the paint. These are solvents known as “VOC’s” (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOC’s are why you need to keep the area you’re painting the cage in, well ventilated even when using what are known as safe paints.
The weather is cooling off and humans like to begin cooking comfort foods such as pots of chili, chicken and dumplings, bean soups and other hearty meals to warm the tummy and spirit. The same applies true to your parrots.
As the weather becomes colder, we slowly lower our indoor temperatures unless we don’t care how high our heating bills run. It is important to remember that if you are cold, your birds are chilly as well and need to have supplemental heat such as thermo perches or heated cage panels that allow them to position themselves at the temperature they prefer.
On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 12:54 PM UTC, Joyce wrote:
We live in southern TX, and would like to take our Amazon outside since the weather is so nice this time of year. I will purchase a cage of course, but my concerns are what types of bugs and disease am I potentially going to expose her to? She will also be in a covered patio. How do I keep her safe?
Why are those feathers in the cage floor? Is it plucking, molting or over-preening?
We recently received an email from a subscribe of Sunday Brunch that I am sharing with you below:
I recently adopted a 15 year old Severe Macaw whose previous owner had a terminal illness. I could tell the Macaw had been taken care of meticulously from the written records of her care from Hatch Papers to recent complete blood panels however I never had the opportunity to question the previous owner concerning details of ‘Bandit”. I knew the moment I saw her that I wanted her as I owned a Severe 30+ years ago and have known several over the years but none as sweet as this little girl.
We spend at least an hour each day cuddled up and grooming each other, over the last month I finished
Keep in mind there is not a lot of Teflon in humidifiers most are more metal and plastic but if you’re not sure check with the manufacturer.
While most studies indicate that PTFEs & PFOAs offgas at temperatures above 500 degrees Fahrenheit, there is information that some formulations will offg as between 360 degrees and 450 degrees Fahrenheit. I don’t think Teflon is your problem with a humidifier.Continue reading “What humidifier is right for my bird?” »
We hear this a lot – the reasons your bird needs to bathe are endless and we’ll talk about the whys later. In the meantime here’s a quick tip.
Place your bird in or near the sink and turn on the water – slow trickle, not a rush, tepid temperature. Then go turn on the vacuum. Many birds feel the sound a vacuum makes is similar to that of rushing water. This sound may help coax their little butts into taking a shower.
In most cases the weights are those of captive birds. There can be extreme variation in individuals, the weight being influenced by diet, housing, sex, sub-species and age. Where more than 10 or so birds were weighed, the highest and lowest weights were not taken into account if these differed markedly from the norm. Chick weights, with 5 or 6 exceptions, were of chicks hatched in the author’s care.
Parrots in the wild bathe by receiving a gentle misting on a regular basis simply by enjoying the rain. In this video you’ll see a Lorikeet in Australia having a wonderful day sucking nectar from flowers while bathing courtesy of Mother nature. One-way Lorikeets get nutrition is just like Hummingbirds, from the nectar found in flowers.
This sounds simple enough but sometimes it can be a challenge to get your bird to accept the water coming from that strange thing in your hand. This video explains several techniques you can use to help get your bird to allow you to use a misting bottle in order to bathe him or her.
Sometimes all you need to do is introduce a dish big enough for the bird to bathe in. Fill it with water and let them figure it out. In this video you’ll see how a budgie can enjoy the benefits of a bath without a lot of room and still be not far from it’s bird cage. If you didn’t know better you’d think he was trying to swim. He certainly is enjoying himself.
There’s a reason they call them grass parakeets. Not all birds like to feel all that water against their body when they bathe. In this video you’ll see a method where lettuce is placed at the bottom of the sink so the bird can walk through the damp lettuce without feeling its body is being submerged in water. I certainly hope that wasn’t dinner
This Jenday Conure parrot is taking a bath in the bathroom sink. This solves a few problems. It gives you a bigger bowl for the bird to bathe in. You’re able to supply plenty of fresh water. The bathroom is a confined space so your bird can’t go very far. The sink is filled just enough for the bird to immerse its body.
Sometimes you need a little more room especially if you have more than one bird. In this video 2 Caïques are having their bath in the same kitchen sink but one seems to be saying to the other “quit hogging the water”. Caïques (these are Black Capped Caïques) are very entertaining birds, full of energy. It looks like they could do this all day
To bathe larger birds the most logical choice is an appropriate size shower perch which will easily mount on the tile surface of your shower or bath area with suction cups. As illustrated in this video you don’t necessarily have to get in the shower with your bird. A handheld shower head is very handy here as you can see and the African Grey agrees!
Your parrot may come from a much warmer climate. Although it may be cold outside we know your bird still needs to bathe. You really don’t want your bird to get a chill in the winter months if you are in a colder climate. Here’s one way of drying off your bird.
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