What Are Some Tips for Keeping a Parrot?

Read in 8 minutes

I wear many hats at Windy City Parrot.

 

About 30% of my week I wear my CMO hat which means Chief Marketing Officer.

 

In keeping well-versed in marketing I read a huge amount of content.

 

One recurring theme I see is this is the way I should be marketing to millennial’s.

The perfect way to market to millennial’s is……..

Continue reading “What Are Some Tips for Keeping a Parrot?”

Where Do I Find Off-hour Emergency Veterinary Care? (and much more)

Read in 4 minutes

A while back I wrote about 

Help! My Bird’s Egg Bound but the Vet Won’t be In Until Tomorrow.

 

I was talking on the phone to Dr. Byron de la Navarre recently about avian vitamin D3 testing (under wraps during research) when we got off-track for a moment and began a conversation about veterinary emergency care for birds.

 

So your task for today after you’re done with brunch is to find a local emergency care veterinary facility (if you have on in your area), make a note and put it on the refrigerator

 

Continue reading “Where Do I Find Off-hour Emergency Veterinary Care? (and much more)”

Are Ionized Air Purifiers Safe for My Bird and More Answers for You

Read in 4 minutes

More specifically

 

Are ionized air purifiers safe for my lovebird?

 

Absolutely not! (MitchR)

​Although marketed as being able to “scrub the air”, these “ionizers” do not remove airborne dust to a significant degree but do generate ozone, an unstable oxygen molecule (O3). Read more: 

Continue reading “Are Ionized Air Purifiers Safe for My Bird and More Answers for You”

What is a Proper Size Birdcage for an Amazon Parrot?

Read in 9 minutes

Gwyneth asks

 

 Is a 16 x 24 open done top actually bug enough for an Amazon parrot. I have a small space. The cage would fit much better than the 24 x 30 current cage?

 

Hi Gwyneth

 

Do you mean 24″ wide x 16″ deep?

 

Do you also currently have a 30″ wide x 24″ deep cage?

 

If your parrot is able to be outside of the cage (on top or on a stand) for several hours a day, then the smaller cage should be fine.

But if the bird is a large amazon you may wish to stay with the 30″ wide cage.

 

Regards,

Catherine

 

Continue reading “What is a Proper Size Birdcage for an Amazon Parrot?”

Why I Think My Birds Are Happy

Read in 8 minutes

Lynn H writes

 

Hi. First of all, thank you much for all of your valuable information.

 

It is greatly appreciated.

 

RE: Do You Think That Birds Are Unhappy in a Bird Cage?

 

I have had a total of three birds: a cockatiel, a quaker parakeet and a Senegal parrot since 1990.

 

Continue reading “Why I Think My Birds Are Happy”

How Do I Stop My African Grey From Guarding His Cage Door?

Read in one minute

I would like to know how I can get my male Timneh not to be too territorial around his cage cause he’s a real sweetheart and a mush when he’s not guarding his cage door.

 

Continue reading “How Do I Stop My African Grey From Guarding His Cage Door?”

What Lighting Should I Use For A 6 Month Old Cockatiel?

Read in 2 minutes

Hi, Mitch and the wonderful people at Windy City Parrot!

 

Can you advise me about lighting for my six-month-old female cockatiel?

 

I have been reading your blog posts about the importance of lighting, and I want to get it right for her.

 

Continue reading “What Lighting Should I Use For A 6 Month Old Cockatiel?”

Do You Think That Birds Are Unhappy in a Bird Cage?

Read in 2 minutes

The problem with Quora is that anecdotal answers are opinions, not answers.

 

Another problem with answering this question is where would we find benchmarks for bird happiness?

 

I know when my ringneck is happy eating because he talks to his food.

If anyone walks into a room where he was alone for more than 2 minutes he will insist on “conversation: with him doing most of the talking.

 

But communicating his happiness or displeasure about any of his birdcages (he has 4), is something still opaque to me.

 

Continue reading “Do You Think That Birds Are Unhappy in a Bird Cage?”