Zinc and Parrots

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Zinc and Parrots:

More than you ever wanted to know!

Fern Van Sant, DVM

For the Birds

17480 Shelburne Way

Los Gatos, Calif. 95030

Reprinted from the Proceedings of the International Aviculturists Society, January , 1997

Zinc Trivia

The element zinc is a naturally occurring metal widely distributed in nature. The atomic number of zinc is 30. It has an atomic weight of 65.37. Zinc is included in group 2B in the periodic chart. Zinc is a good reducing agent.

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Make Bird Toys That Are Free – Cheap And Do It Yourself With These Videos

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Bird toys are to the bird cage, what leaves are to the trees your bird would be living in in the wild.

It’s said birds live by the 60/40 rule. They spend 60% of their time looking for food and 40% of their time trying not to be food. Looking for food is called foraging.

A Cockatoo parrot living in the wild will fly as many as 100 miles in a day. The bird will have several dozen stops and regular feeding places. At each stop they’ll use their strong beak (and claws) to look for food.

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A Brief History of Bird Cages Through Time

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Oriental-style cages were popular during the Deco period, from the 1920s until the 1940s. One example, probably manufactured by Hendryx, was a round, hanging pagoda-style cage with a brass-wire seed screen and side-out tray (above).

 

The bottom was fastened to the top part of the cage with small, attached brass clips. On some models from this era, the clips were adorned with small owls or little figures of Asian men.

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Incoming Category 2 Hurricane & You’re Chasing a Bird Under Furniture

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Re-posting this on 09/01/2017 with hurricane Harvey as a stark reminder of mother nature’s dark side.

Parrots and Evacuation Kits are one of my favorite subjects. Nora wrote this post but my introduction is from someone who has been there – us. June 23rd 2005 Windy City Parrot burned to the ground – long story.

If you have a pet bird or any pet for that matter – what’s your plan in an emergency? Floods, fires, frogs, locusts?

Sure you’re on your game with the latest high-tech smoke and high water sensors in your home but let me quote from some recent headlines.

6/25/15 Boston – New England Record Snow Tracker: Boston Breaks All Time Seasonal Snow Record in 2014-2015

(What’s your backup heat source?)

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How are Indian ringneck parrots as pets?

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Sunshine, my Lutino (Yellow) Indian Ringneck Parrot was by far the best pet bird I have ever had of all the birds we had.

My then husband bought him as an unweaned baby and I completed the process. I found that Ringneck Parrot babies need to be hand fed and beg, but don’t open their mouths to accept the syringe, they require a bit of prying open with the opposite hand’s fingers in order to slip in the tip of the syringe or pipette. Then it was no trouble at all.

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Are Cassowaries Smarter than Emus?

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Cassowaries are rarities, very large flightless birds in the genus Casuarius native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands and northeastern Australia.There are three extant species recognized today.

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Both of ours are tame and perform in our bird shows.

Comparative Human and Bird Digestive & Respiratory Systems

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Comparative Physiology: Human and Bird

The human body uses food and liquids for energy, growth, maintenance and repair. Before it can use food and liquids for these purposes, it must go through a process called digestion, which is carried out by the digestive system. The digestive system consists of the following organs: Mouth, salivary glands, oesophagus, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, stomach, large and small intestines, duodenum, rectum and the anus.

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