5 Answers To Questions Affecting A Parrots Domestic And Native Environments

Read in 10 minutes

Hi Mitch. Just a comment of concern.

Clearly, I understand the need to know a bird’s sex but I’m also very concerned about this kit that anybody can buy, including many of the idiots out there that own birds.

Editors note: not my words

Do you really want to encourage all owners to pluck their birds feathers and cut their nails too short in order to get blood for testing?

There are experienced owners out there that could do it but there are probably many more out there who could cause an emergency and pain.

I have lived with 17 budgies but I would would still go to a vet for something like that.

I wish you would write a follow up to that article to inspire caution. The article makes me very nervous frankly.

Continue reading “5 Answers To Questions Affecting A Parrots Domestic And Native Environments”

Pages ( 1 of 4 ): 1 2 ... 4Next »

Avian Bornavirus – What Do You Know About This Avian Disease?

Read in 5 minutes

sojxxxxx@yahoo.com replied – Feb 14, 7:35pm

Hi there,

This is the first time at your store.

I love it!

I have 2 White Bellied Caiques (WBC) and a Green Cheek Conure (GCC).

One of my WBC, Jaden, has the Bornavirus and has been near death many times his first year and a half.

We upped his Celebrex and he’s been free of symptoms for 11 months.

He only gets Harrison’s High Potency with some soft fruits.

Continue reading “Avian Bornavirus – What Do You Know About This Avian Disease?”

Pages ( 1 of 2 ): 1 2Next »

Bird Accidents & Medical Emergencies Happen – How Prepared Are You?

Read in 9 minutes
Bird Accidents & Medical Emergencies Happen – How prepared are you?
Button Shop by bird type Button Bird food Button Bird Cages & Stands Button Bird Toys Button bird cage dishes  
So we were about to leave the Birdie Boutique the other night. Five minutes before close and we get a call. “Would you mind staying a little late – I know you’re closing but I need to come over so you can help me learn how to put a <ahref=”http: windycityparrot.com=”” bird-parrot-flight-suits-leashes.html”=”” title=”Home > Flight Suits & Leashes for birds”>harness on my bird, I want to take the bird to the park tomorrow because it’s going to be nice”?

Long story short – our answer was – no. Anyone who has ever done business with us knows that we will bend over backwards to perform the highest level of customer service. This was a much bigger issue than simply helping the customer. Which leads me into the subject of this week’s topic.

Having an exotic bird or parrot means being prepared. Much more so than most pets. You can take a young and dumb puppy, put a leash on him and take him for a walk outside and he or she will be plenty happy to get out there. The problem I had with the customer seeking help installing the harness on his bird was multi-fold.

Why would anybody want to take the bird to a park on any sort of tether? <spanstyle=”font-size: 16px;=”” font-family:=”” arial;=”” background-color:=”” transparent;=”” vertical-align:=”” baseline;=”” white-space:=”” pre-wrap;”=””>Call me crazy but the only thing I see in my minds eye is an appetizer on a string for all the dogs in the park. The only difference between a pet bird and a wild bird in the park is the string – that’s why wild birds get away and the bird with an anchor won’t.

Waiting to the last minute to introduce almost any new bird accessory to an exotic bird is problematic at the very least. We offer a video on our http://www.WindyCityParrot.com on how to install the harness. But we can’t guarantee that your bird will readily accept it. Best practices dictate that because of the weary natures of birds it’s important that you let them get accustomed to anything new. There are a variety of ways to do this but it starts with putting the item like a harness somewhere where the bird can simply see it for a few days.

The next step would be to take a piece of the harness and gently pull it across the bird’s body allowing them to feel and get used to the feel. The touchy-feely process might take a week or two before you even begin to try to get your bird slip on the device – and so it goes.BTW, after we explained all this he was happy to take thr bird to the park in a carrier.

the Avistraint
It’s safe, and humane, developed by Dr Greg Burkett a board certified Avian vet. It’s useful for grooming and other procedures performed on parrots and even small birds. The Avistrainst is great for restraining your parrot at the vet’s for an exam. Starting at only $17.95 they are a great accessory to have in your bird care tool box.

Step 1 – Open Wing Pockets Step 2 – Slip Over Wings
Avistraint Avian Restraint Jacket Step 1 - Open Wing Pockets Avistraint Avian Restraint Jacket Step 2 - Slip Over Wings
Step 3 – Adjust for Comfort Fit Step 4 – Attach Velcro Strap to Back
Avistraint Avian Restraint Jacket Step 3 - Adjust for Comfort Fit Avistraint Avian Restraint Jacket Step 4 - Attach Velcro Strap to Back
Rear View Ready for the Vet!
Avistraint Avian Restraint Jacket Rear view Avistraint Avian Restraint Jacket Ready for the Vet!

Button Shop The AviStraint Avian Restraint Jacket - Better Than Toweling

Circling back to the topic at hand, the Avistraint as great as the device is, waiting until you need it is not a good plan. Much like the tether, it is something that should be introduced slowly to your bird. After your bird gets used to it, it should be put on your bird once or twice a week for couple of weeks so your bird knows what to expect. This will make your life much easier when the need to use it arrives. It’s available in seven sizes each of which is a solid “poplin” clinical color.
Blood Feathers

Some people freak out at the sight of blood, others do much better. In any case the probability is high that your bird will experience a broken blood feather or two in its long lifetime. All birds have a blood feather (a.k.a. pin feather) for every feather molted out. Once the others (feathers) have blood circulating through the quill, the area close to the base of the feather they will typically have a dark blue/purplish color in the quill (area). The dark color is the blood. Because blood recedes as the feathers grow, the mature feathers are opaque (losing their color).

Pages ( 1 of 3 ): 1 23Next »

We’ve learned how much we know and don’t know about captive bird care after taking the exam

Read in less then a minute

Find the Birdy IQ exam here if you haven’t taken it

Of the first 170 exams we had a 25% pass with 75% correct answers to 44 multiple and true/false questions

Please share your comments below terms if you think this helped or did not.

What else would you like to see?

more questions and/or explanations to the answers.

Please comment below

Continue reading “We’ve learned how much we know and don’t know about captive bird care after taking the exam”

The Ultimate List of 13 Bird Beak and Foot Structures

Read in 8 minutes

Factoid – beaks are an evolutionary concession to save weight which is why birds don’t have jaws & teeth

Finches use their beaks like tweezers for extracting seeds

Parrots use their hookbill beaks to crack open nuts and hard skinned fruit.

Continue reading “The Ultimate List of 13 Bird Beak and Foot Structures”

Pages ( 1 of 3 ): 1 23Next »

How Can Personal Lubricant Save Your Bird’s Feathers?

Read in 6 minutes

So you have a bird in your home. What could possibly go wrong? Lucky for you we thought about this a while back when we built the best first-aid kit ever for birds.

A bird whose feathers have been stuck to an adhesive surface is a panicked and stressed bird.

It’s important that a caregiver to caged bird be ready for such situations.

Continue reading “How Can Personal Lubricant Save Your Bird’s Feathers?”

Pages ( 1 of 3 ): 1 23Next »

3 Captive bird care myths debunked

Read in 8 minutes
Myth 1: If you want your bird to be in top shape you must serve him or her organic bird food.


We offer USDA certified organic bird food pellets from Harrison’s.

It’s refuted the one of the best bird foods on the market.

We also offer Totally Organics, another fine organic blend.

The biggest misconception to organic is its purity.

The majority of people assume organic means fully natural and pesticide free but this is not close to the truth.

Continue reading “3 Captive bird care myths debunked”

Pages ( 1 of 3 ): 1 23Next »

Please help me not starve my parrot

Read in 23 minutes

We’ve got some feedback on our statement “50% of captive birds deaths are from malnutrition” and I’m horrified.


Dollar’s Mum asked some pointed nutritional questions below and I’m always glad to have this discussion.


I think that people who serve their bird’s “chop” are well-intentioned but very misguided. A parrot living on nothing but chop is a malnourished bird.

Continue reading “Please help me not starve my parrot”

Pages ( 1 of 8 ): 1 2 ... 8Next »