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

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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

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3 Bird Safe No Stick Cookware Alternatives

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Hi Mitch

I am long overdue getting appropriate bird-safe cookware to use around my African Grey.


I’ve wanted the Calphalon set for years. Do you know anything about it being safe? I get a little confused. I know “Teflon” is not good, but just what is meant by non-stick?


Is all “non-stick” unsafe around birds?


Thank you for your time. KATHY

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Marbella 1″ Rings and Squares for Bird Toys – 4 pc

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Product Name: Marbella 1″ Rings and Squares for Bird Parrot Toys – 4 pc
Headline: Great toy for my Cockatoo
Name: Mike P.
Location: NJ
Review: I have a plucker at home and these rings and squares are a great way to deter her prom plucking. I am very happy with my purchase and I got them quickly. I will definitely order again from Windy City Parrot.com
Rating: 5

How a Booda soft bird perch helped my bird’s feet

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New Product Review at Windy City Parrot

Product Name: Booda Comfy Rope Bird Perch – Medium – 21
Headline: These perches are the best.
Name: Karen S
Location: Kansas City
Review: My Amazon was starting to get sores on her feet because she was always on her sandy perches. I replaced the sandy perches with these Rope Booda perches and she just loves them. 

While she still has a few different perches to choose from, she spends most of her day and also sleeps on these Rope Booda perches. When needed, I wash these perches with a little bit of dish soap and a soft brush and then let air dry. Her feet have completely healed and she is happy as can be. Great product !!
Rating: 5
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Glad you were able to work out your problem with the Booda Perches.

Sandy or abrasive perches should never be used for sleeping perches. As most birds like to sleep high, perches that are ropem smooth wood, plastic or other materials are better for that purpose.

Move sandy or abrasive perches low, near food dishes or on or near the front door where your bird will be dancing to be let out and thus file its nails, if used by the food dishes, it is helpful as a “napkin” and to rub their beaks against to smooth the edges, halt excessive growth and help control minor cracks birds can get on their beaks.

Catherine Tobsing
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique

Help My Bird’s Scared of Her New Cozy Corner Snuggly Sleeper

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Find a Prevue Fleece Bird Cage Sleeper Cozy Corner Large – here

Prevue Fleece Bird Cage Sleeper Cozy Corner Large Name: Marilyn M

Location: Austin

Review: The item was of good quality and I received it quickly but my Orange winged Amazon, so far, will have nothing to do with it. I’m moving it closer to her cage each day and holding the Cozy Corner so she can see it’s not the enemy but if I put it in her cage she has a fit.

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Dear Marilyn

Change isn’t bad, but like having a small child it’s important that your bird understand that this new scary object can improve it’s quality of life.

A lot of birds take awhile to get used to Cozy Corner’s or bird sleeping huts in general if they have not used them before. One thing to try is to use it yourself in front of her, rub it on your face, neck, cooing and making happy sounds, don’t just lay it there like a dead canary.
After playing with it, put it on your favorite chair where she can see it, If you are not afraid, she may soon not be afraid either.
Some birds will allow it in their bird cage but spend time trying to untie it, that is still interaction that may lead to to, gee, this is nice and soft and warm.

If you are concerned about the birds warmth, have you considered the thermo perches. They are wonderful. My own bird had one in 3 different cages, I never had to worry about his warmth, and he even used it in the summer.


Thank you so much Catherine for this great input. I’m not worried at all about warmth I just wanted her to have a friend to cuddle with. She’s 21 and for the first time started feather picking.

I changed her over from her regular Harrisons bird food to their advanced formula and the feather picking has stopped.

She’s in there singing right now but staying on the far side of her cage from her “Buddy” I had been petting the Birdy Buddy and talking to it to show her there was nothing to fear but I think she’s not quite sure what to think about it.

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Lafeber’s Avi Cakes

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Although Lafeber’s Avi Cakes Seed & Pellet have a lot of bird seed that also have pellets which provide 100% of all the nutrition a bird needs. Because of the multiple texture of Avi cakes – crispy chewy & crunchy, birds will enjoy eating them and generally leave little waste.

Additionally your birds will enjoy the cracked corn, rolled oats and whole eggs that are part of the Avi Cake’s recipe. Seeds in Lafeber’s Avi Cakes come from canary see, safflower, sunfloew and millet.

Dr. Lafeber who designed Avi Cakes is a practicing veterinarian who focued on nutritional deficiencies of pet bird food products Read the product review for Lafeber’s Avi Cakes

Bird toy too small for Rosella

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I ordered a Prevue Pet 60403 Birdie Decor Bird Toy – Brass Chandelier bird toy for my Eastern Rosella because he loves bells. But I threw this toy out the minute I got it because it’s made with unsafe type bells–the clapper is not all one solid piece but has a place that a bird’s curious tongue could get caught in it. 

I find this is a problem with many, if not most, bells made for smaller birds.

Dear Patricia

I am sorry the bird toy was not satisfactory for your bird. This is one of our most popular parakeet or cockatiel toys.

It is not really a Rosella toy (a Rosella is 4-5 times as large as a parakeet). For the little keets, they are really not affected adversely by the inexpensive small bird toys that may contain bells attached as you described and can safely play with this toy for a long time.

All bell clappers must have a slit to attach to the bell. On pricier toys, or stainless steel toys, they are often spot welded and the toy cost reflects this time consuming job.

You are not likely to ever find a welded clapper on a toy under $5, usually more.

Even on many expensive toys they may have an unwelded clapper.

Yes, I know many birds like to explore the clappers on bells. If your bird is more likely to dive right into the bell for the clappers then you would be best to invest in toys that are priced to include this extra step or get toys without bells at all.

Thank you for your review.

Catherine Tobsing