Parrot Rescue by Rodney Foster

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I would like to use this article to encourage people on the importance of researching all the information they can get to include reading, visiting zoo’s, and even try and find someone that has an Exotic pet they are thinking of getting.

In the last few years, exotic pets have been taking a rise in popularity, But at the same time, exotic pet deaths and abuse are high also because exotic animals do not do well in our daily lifestyle and for the lack of people being informed of what they are getting into before buying an exotic pet.

People tend to buy these animal’s on a whim and after they spend from a hundred to thousands of dollars to get them home thinking they will be like their dog or cat and are suddenly exposed to a sudden shock that the pet they just bought is not what they thought it was or would be or that it does not interrelate with them as they thought it would because they saw it on television interrelating with people.

People do not realize or do not understand the many many hours of work it takes to get some exotic pets to interact with humans.

Then it comes to the point of what happens to you when your pet gets mad and bites you.

I know I have been bitten from iguana’s, parrot’s, dogs and cats.

None of these are pleasant when it happens.

People do not think that some times they have are a bad day or they just do not want to be messed with.

In our home in the evening time, our Blue and Gold McCaw will start to bite you when he is tired.

We have an Umbrella Cockatoo that will holler loud when he is tired before his regular bedtime. Every animal has it’s own personality and we have to learn each one we have.

Dealing with any animal is something you have to work on and working with Exotic’s is even harder because of all their special needs and constant overseeing.

I encourage everyone to research everything you can before getting that special pet that you think might want, or if your child says it is just a

(lizard – spider – snake – bird) I can take care of it, or that parrot that might live to an age of 80 years old and outlive you.

If you would like to ask me anything further please feel free to e-mail me at and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you for taking time to read this article.

About the Author

Born in 1957, I Graduated from Waycross High school in 1976.

After graduation I served in the Army from 1976-1982.

From 1982 to 1998 I drove a truck, Which I did because I loved to travel and I did this until I received an injury on the job which made me totally disabled.

From 1998 till the present time I have gone on to receive a A.A. Degree in Biblical Studies which I received in 2002.

Since then I spend my time working with my church The Eagles Nest Ministry’s.

Does My English Budgie Have Testicular Cancer?

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Pam G writes:

I have a 4-year-old male English budgie whose cere has changed from blue to purplish brown.


He also has loose whitish droppings and very large regular droppings.


He recently has stopped talking and doesn’t show interest in his mating rituals with his toys.


I am concerned that he has testicular cancer.


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Is People Granola Healthy for Birds?

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Cissy Writes:


I have a 5yr old Scarlet Macaw.


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Instead of seed, so much unwanted in the bags, I have started buying people’s granola and mixing it with fresh fruits and vegetables.


The question, is this healthy for her, she seems content with the mixture?


Dear Cissy


You have decided to substitute sugar-sweetened cereal in place of formulated blends created by years of research and experience by major bird food manufacturers.


What is your reasoning for this?


Why do you feel that this is a good substitute?



Human granola mixes are very heavy with sugar and are not good for humans, much less for parrots.

There are some bird food mixes that do contain a bit of granola, but it is not meant to be a complete diet.


You can purchase bird foods that are made up of most large seeds, nuts, veggies and fruits, pellets, etc.


But it will be more expensive.


Pre-made mixes that are lower priced will have more sunflower seeds, corn, peanuts, and other less expensive ingredients.


This is an inexpensive mix with a lot of Sunflower Seeds
Higgins Vita Parrot 25 lb


This is a pricier mix but it has better ingredients with more Safflower Seeds than Sunflower Seeds
Higgins Sunburst Macaw 25 lb.


This mix is better yet with zero Sunflower Seeds in favor of Safflower Seeds – Volkman Macaw 20 lb.


There will be waste from every blend.


Including your granola mix.


There will always be waste.


Parrots were put on this earth to replant it with their uneaten foods, they don’t care they are in our living rooms and on our carpeting.


I hope you will rethink your feeding and get your bird on a good bird mix.


Thank you.


Who the Heck is the Versele-Laga Bird Food Company?

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Before I share Versele-Laga’s story, if you’re a fan of all-natural Goldenfeast or Higgins (where all the seed and nut blends contain InTune pellets) you may have noticed this logo appearing on bags (see featured image at top).


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Higgins (in 2018) and Goldenfeast (in 2015) were quietly purchased by Versele-Laga over the past 5 years.


Find all Versele-Laga Goldenfeast here


Higgins and Goldenfeast are top sellers (thanx to you) so you’re already buying Versele-Laga.


Besides offering over 100 Higgins products and over 30 Goldenfeast items we are now offering 7 New SKU’s of Versele-Laga supplements found here. 


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Find this great Calcium Supplement here 


Our Story


Versele-Laga is a fourth-generation family business started in 1932 by Prudent Versele.


Located in Deinze, Belgium, we are one of the largest pet food manufacturers in Europe, with a market presence in over 75 countries and manages 11 pet food and pet care production facilities worldwide.


Versele-Laga produces over 2,100 branded food and care products for a vast array of animals including pet bird and small animals, wild birds, dogs, cats, horses, farmyard animals, pigeons and many more.

Our Values


With over 85 years of experience in animal nutrition, Versele-Laga develops pet foods that pet parents can trust.


Its vision is built upon four pillars of values that are common to everyone in the organization:


Respect — Understanding that it all begins with respect for the environment, pets and all animals, pet parents, business partners and our employees.


It’s about listening to and understanding the needs of all involved and developing responsible solutions to those needs.


Passion — Devoting our efforts every day to provide the best customer service and nutritionally complete pet products on the market.


Our true passion will always be the wellness of your pets.


Expertise — Sharing our experience and knowledge in the animal food and care industry, with our business partners and most importantly the pet parents that rely on us to care for their pets.


Responsibility — Standing behind every product we make and assuring our customers that their trust is our most valuable asset.


We also believe in giving back to the pet community by supporting various bird conservation, pet health care projects, and non-profit foundations.


Our Commitment to the USA


For Pets — At the end of 2015, Versele-Laga entered the North American companion pet market by acquiring Goldenfeast, a super-premium bird food manufacturer in Pennsylvania.


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In October 2018, we solidified our commitment in the United States by joining forces with Higgins Premium Pet Foods in Miami, Florida.


Founded in 1972, Higgins is a second-generation, family-owned company and a leading manufacturer of premium companion bird and small animal foods.



Versele-Laga is committed to identifying and meeting the needs of pet parents in the U.S. with natural and innovative nutrition for their pets.


As part of this commitment, all our pet foods developed for the U.S. market meet the following ingredient requirements:


  • No artificial preservatives, flavors or colors
  • Colors sourced from grasses, herbs, and vegetables
  • Animal proteins in small animal foods to better reflect omnivore dietary protocol
  • No Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in any herbivore diets
  • The use of extruded morsels for better palatability, longer fibers, & higher nutrient bioavailability


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For Pigeon Fanciers — Versele-Laga pigeon foods and supplements have been distributed throughout the United States for many years.


The Plus I.C.+ assortment with the special immunity concept is recognized for its superior quality.


It has become the preferred way of feeding pigeons amongst many of the U.S. top fanciers and creates the difference between a pigeon and a champion pigeon.



For more info and details of the Versele-Laga products you can contact them at:

The Higgins Group Corp.
3198 NW 125th St.
Miami, FL, 33167
800 878 2666


Why is My Female Budgie So Mean to Her Partner?

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Sheila J. asks:


Why is my female budgie being so selfish and mean to her partner they have been together 1 yr and all of a sudden she won’t even let him eat.


I have to watch her shes real mean to him.


Catherine replied


Dear Sheila


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Is The Hole Too High in This Nest Box?

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Allan D writes:


It seems to me that the PrevuePet Cockatiel Nest Box, like all the other nest boxes, has the opening for the bird located too high.


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When the bird is inside it has to do a standing jump of about 5 inches to get out, in fact, I can’t quite imagine how the bird manages to get out. 


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