How Winter Places Stress On Captive Birds

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Birds have a highly developed sense of light. In humans, we perceive light through our eyes.
Our feathered friends have an additional way of interpreting light conditions, a special gland which surrounds the eye. Read more on this
As days get shorter and the temperature falls, we want you to be aware of some issues the changing weather may have on your birds.
In the wild, animals rely on the cycling of the sun, and the seasons to adjust their biological clocks and metabolism. It is the sun, and changes in the quality of light and length of the day which set the stage for breeding, migration, molting, and daily behavior patterns.
I hope this helps you understand why we feel the lighting category on our site is so important to your Bird’s well-being. A full-spectrum light and timer on top of your birds cage can help address everything from behavioral issues to incessant egg laying.


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Popcorn Our Albino Cockatiel – Videos

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Popcorn crossed the rainbow bridge in the summer of 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer

Popcorn’s Blue Plate Bath Special

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How To Easily Get Powdered Supplements Into Your Bird – Video

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There are no wrong or right procedures or specific foods for any given bird.

It’s always good to start with a manufacturers well rounded parrot food blend like Hagan Tropimix which has seeds, nuts, fruit and Hagen Tropimix pellets.

Some birds are extraordinarily picky eaters and will only eat seed.

A straight bird food pellet diet is not necessarily the answer.

We tell people “there are no pellet trees in the rain forest”


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What should you consider before getting a pet bird?

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Children are loud, messy, and time consuming,  but every family has 2.6 of them (Pew research).


I probably spend less time cleaning up after my eight birds in three bird cages than most moms cleaning up after 2 six-year-olds 


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or a single toddler


To say that all birds are time-consuming is an unsupported blanket statement.


We have a Senegal parrot and an African ringneck.


Neither is very noisy.

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Can I Over Supplement My Parrotlet?

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Dear Mitch and Catherine! 😊


First of all, I want to thank you for all the wonderfull “breakfast meals” you give us “hungry” parrot slaves every sunday! 😊


They are so informative, and I always look foreward to read them every weekend!


Thank you very much for ALL the work you make in the research of writing these articles! ☺️


By the way; I love the new format you’ve made on your website!! 😊😊


I appologize for the inconvineance, but I hope you have the time to help me, please, with a couple of questions about a few different subjects.


First of all; my heart is owned by my 6 month old sweetheart parrotlet boy, named Charlie. ☺️❤️


  • Sprouts and F10:

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What are the absolute worst types of parrots for a first-time bird owner?

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Once again, although well-intentioned, people are breaking down your choices into the macro of species (Quora question).

One answer started with

  1. Cockatoos
  2. Macaws
  3. Amazons

Yet these three species come in close to a combined 100 flavors.


Major Mitchell cockatoos are not loud, and not necessarily cuddly


Bare eyed cockatoos are all but demure


Noble macaws are only 12 to 14 inches long.


Hyacinth macaws are up to 44 inches long – 4 times the size of a noble macaw.


You can’t compare the two just because the are macaws.

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Is it okay to open my budgies cage, so they can fly around?

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I clearly have been remiss by not keeping everybody up with the lives of our six budgies.


Ever since we adopted the last two, Biscuit and Gravy, the dynamics have certainly once again changed in the cage environment.


Putting things in perspective there are only two males, Jam and Eggs, the other four are females.


Jam certainly takes charge on a regular basis. Eggs is just a mellow fellow.


Jam will “helicopter” and just stay afloat in the center of the cage “beaking” out orders.

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