These Indian parrots are opium addicts

Read in 2 minutes

Jaipur: Poppy farmers in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district are facing a unique problem.

Come March, parrots descend on their fields in large numbers to slurp on the milk oozing out of cuts made in the pods to ripen the yield.

“Once they have their fill they sit on trees and sleep there for hours. Some of them can be seen circling or staggering before falling from the trees due to overdose of opium,” says Kishore Kumar Dhaker, a poppy farmer in Sukwara village of Chittorgarh.

Continue reading “These Indian parrots are opium addicts” »

Do power lines affect the health of birds, when they perch on them?

Read in 7 minutes

Questions about birds I answered on Quora the week of 3/13/17

Do power lines affect the health of birds, when they perch on them?

I can’t speak to power lines but I know that Quaker parrots are colonial animals. They build large nests where a whole colony can live enabling them to survive brutal Chicago winters.

A heat source they seek out and build their nests in is electrical transformers. CommEd has access to a number of Quaker rescues who will come and get the birds when requested.

Continue reading “Do power lines affect the health of birds, when they perch on them?” »

Birds can be difficult when trying new foods

Read in 7 minutes

Dear Nora

Birds can be difficult when trying new foods, I am asking the company for their suggestions on conversion.

I will get back to you.

Hi Nora,

One of the problems we see is that birds get bored in general when simply eating out of a bowl full of food.

Hagen alternative formula parrot pellets might not be as pretty as fruit and flower shapes. Bright colored puffs also may contain more sugar than other bird food manufacturers use for greater palatability.

You can easily start by sprinkling Hagen alternative formula parrot pellets over her current food.

Continue reading “Birds can be difficult when trying new foods” »

5 Ways to reduce hormonal bird behavior before you see the avian vet

Read in 9 minutes

Hypothetical – a 21st century genie sits down next you on a park bench. He looks pretty normal and explains that the whole genie thing has evolved along with modern society.

The dapper young lad named Gene (really?) goes on to say;

“The new rules are that you still get three wishes but “me” the genie decides what they are? It’ll be fun.

Wish number one is from this point forward you will have the ability to fly.

It gets better.

Continue reading “5 Ways to reduce hormonal bird behavior before you see the avian vet” »

Kaylor of Colorado – The best bird food you never heard of

Read in 5 minutes

Kaylor of Colorado has been manufacturing ultra-premium nutritional products for pets since 1976. Mel Kaylor is Kaylor of Colorado’s founder. Mel Kaylor’s innovative ideas and firm belief in high quality natural products continue to be the mold for Kaylor of Colorado. Kaylor has a very proud and loyal team of employees. Kaylor’s management team has an average tenure of ten plus years with Kaylor. Kaylor is committed to developing world-class products and personalized relationships with all of our valued customers. Darrell Kaylor proudly runs the company to this day.

Continue reading “Kaylor of Colorado – The best bird food you never heard of” »

Scenic bird food offers outstanding nutrition for any species of caged bird

Read in 3 minutes

Editor’s note: we all like variety. They just opened a supermarket not far from us called Pete’s – it is 55,000 ft.² with not only groceries but prepared foods and salads.

This is what we demand as humans which is why we offer so many brands and varieties of bird food. 

Small birds can live 15 to 20 years – larger ones 40 to 60 years, some even longer. Don’t you think it’s important that your birds should enjoy variety in their diets for the decades they are going to be around?

Continue reading “Scenic bird food offers outstanding nutrition for any species of caged bird” »

Nutrition of Psittacines (Parrot Family)

Read in 14 minutes

Nutrition of Psittacines (Parrot Family) Client Information Series™
Th is information is designed as a means of communication between veterinarians and clients who are concerned about their pet bird’s nutritional needs. Diet, nutrient requirements, and feeding are discussed. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your veterinarian to answer them for you.

Birds are divided into 27 orders, varying from high-fl ying Falconiformes, such as the bald eagle, to the Struthioniformes, such as the ostrich, that do not fl y at all. Most pet birds are found among the Psittaciformes (psittacines: parrotsfamily), Passeriformes (perching birds), Columbiformes (pigeon family), and Galliformes (chicken-like birds).

Continue reading “Nutrition of Psittacines (Parrot Family)” »

Feeding conversion – Scenic bird food pellets

Read in one minute

How to improve your bird’s health with Scenic Bird Food and good fruit &
vegetable selections!
• Place Scenic Bird Food in a separate cup from your bird’s normal food and leave it there all day and night.
• Replace with fresh food daily.
• Keep the cup full.
• Only after your bird is eating Scenic Bird Food should you place it in the normal food cup.

Continue reading “Feeding conversion – Scenic bird food pellets” »

Bird chop vs commercial bird food blends – what’s best for my bird?

Read in 10 minutes

I talk a lot about avian digestive systems and respiratory systems but it’s been awhile since we talked about feathers. Generally, the birds that we keep as pets have anywhere from 5000 to 7000 feathers. Waterfowl like certain species of ducks can have more than 11,000. Yes, scientists have actually counted them.

From Wikipedia we learn:

Feathers are among the most complex integumentary system appendages found in vertebrates and are formed in tiny follicles in the epidermis, or outer skin layer, that produces keratin proteins.

The β-keratins in feathers, beaks, and the claws, scales, and shells of reptiles — are composed of protein strands hydrogen-bonded into β-pleated sheets, which are then further twisted and crosslinked by disulfide bridges into structures even tougher than the α-keratins of mammalian hair, horns, and hoof.

β-keratin or beta-keratin is a protein in the keratin family. β-keratin is rich in stacked β pleated sheets. Keratin is one of a family of fibrous structural proteins. Keratin is the protein that protects epithelial cells from damage or stress.

Continue reading “Bird chop vs commercial bird food blends – what’s best for my bird?” »

Hagen’s (HARI) Alternative Formula Pellets offer better nutrition for Mature birds

Read in 7 minutes

December 10th of last year I sprained my ankle. I finally got my boot on that foot for the first time last week on 1/24/17. In less than a month Medicare will be paying all my medical expenses (in conjunction with a supplemental plan F policy). I can relate to getting old. I look old. I have a long gray beard. Look at me and you know that I’m old.

Not so much with birds

For those of you that have stuck with your birds through the screaming biting and destruction – kudos! You’ll learn how much life bird’s can bring into a home.

Continue reading “Hagen’s (HARI) Alternative Formula Pellets offer better nutrition for Mature birds” »

Wondering if you can guide me on care of my umbrella cockatoo.

Read in 8 minutes

Wondering if you can guide me with the care of my umbrella. Her vet is away on sick leave for a few months. I am her third owner.

I live in a two-room 35 ft camper trailer with six dogs and the bird. She likes to be around them – in her cage – and when they get treats she expects ( and gets) her own. They are her flock.

She has been a feather shredder since long before she came to me, about three years ago. She is also very indifferent to food. Her owner before me cared for her well and tried her hardest to get her to fresh fruit and veg. Her primary diet is Zupreem fruit blend, though specific preference is the pink. But she isn’t even very interested in eating.

Continue reading “Wondering if you can guide me on care of my umbrella cockatoo.” »

This manifesto will make you a better caged bird keeper

Read in 3 minutes

My name is mitchr. I am an avian influencer. Full transparency – my day gig is selling products just for pet birds – I spend approximately 20% of my work week scanning about 20 Facebook bird groups and niche (species specific) forums like this. The content I write has one purpose which is to make you a better caged bird keeper.

I think serving dishes filled with any sort of commercial bird food without offering foraging and enrichment opportunities 24/7 in and out of the cage is the single biggest problem with getting our birds to eat properly.

Continue reading “This manifesto will make you a better caged bird keeper” »