At first I thought to myself “this’ll be fun.”
Once I started the project it was a bit more difficult than I forecasted.
I originally started with 9 YouTube channels but some favorites needed to be included not simply based upon numbers.
For those who are not following on us Facebook or our YouTube channel, you’ll note that we are ramping up our use of Fid-eo to better communicate caged bird care.
Our goal is not to replicate what was being said but to bring more valuable information to the conversation.
I get alerted to every new fid-eo about pet bird care from the list of experts I’m going to be exploring with you shortly.
I’ve curated a list of what I subjectively feel are the 12 top YouTube channels to watch for captive bird care.
Channels are reviewed in alphabetical order.
My goal is to identify these YouTubers for you.
If you’re not familiar with them, I’ll share my thoughts on what they do and what they bring to the table.
The old joke is “because it’s on the Internet it must be true.”
I wish that was the case because unfortunately I see information being disseminated that can be harmful to the bird(s) in your home.
I use the term harmful very specifically.
At Windy City Parrot, we answer dozens of one on one questions about captive bird care sharing the majority of these answers in our Sunday Birdie Brunch email which has links to all the posts on our blog.
If I’m wrong I’m always ready to man up and have done so numerous times.
It’s important to understand the caring for captive birds and the universal knowledge base, required is just now beginning to fully emerge.
There still is doubt and some disorganization in the minds of avian veterinarians on many fronts.
One fact I’ve come to realize is avian veterinarians have never been given classes on nutrition based upon bird food brands.
Thus they tend to have a narrow view when recommending nutritional regimes for your bird.
Another common disconnect I see:
I’ve heard two avian veterinarians say “we’re not sure if dark or light is necessary to reduce prolific egg production”.
And yet I speak to my friend Josee Birmingham who manages HARI with responsibility for hundreds of pet and breeding parrots having a bat phone line to the University of Guelph Ontario veterinary school.
I don’t make things up, I don’t guess.
I am a fact checking hunting dog, which goes beyond “Googling it”.
I go to seminars, club and organizational meetings.
I call veterinarians and the CEO’s of bird food-cage-manufacturers.
Our livelihood hinges upon the accuracy of information we provide to caged bird keepers globally.
If I have a question that perplexes me , I will find a real expert to get the information from like Dr. Lori Hess who’s been an avian veterinarian for 30 years and is currently the spokesperson for Zupreem bird food – as an example.
Also published on Medium.