Why is flight so important for parrots?

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At the first hint of danger a bird normally takes to flight. During the hundreds of defensive short flights, flighted birds take each day, they are quickly assessing potential dangers and deciding if they need to keep flying to avoid a real danger. These short flights require immediate and appropriate decision making abilities.

We call this process ‘Thinking on the Wing’.The Parrot University has spent 20 years researching what makes a parrot “a parrot”. Our 20 year flighted parrot experience includes over 800 flock oriented pet parrots, and over 4,000 flighted baby parrots from more than 50 species. Cumulatively this amounts to over 7,000 bird years of hands on experience.

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What Makes Pretty Bird Food Different?

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What Makes Pretty Bird, Bird Food Different?
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Pretty Bird International Inc. Is a young, modern, fast growing company. After four years of development Pretty Bird’s first products were introduced in 1990. In a few short years Pretty Bird has grown to be a leader in the field of exotic pet nutrition.

Pretty Bird was founded by Michael Massie with the goal of providing the best possible foods for your companion animals. Unemcumbered by history, Pretty Bird has taken a fresh approach to nutrition and applied new ideas and technology to solve old problems in unique ways. Initially working with prominent breeders, Pretty Bird launched a nationwide grass roots distribution network which resulted in rapid growth in the marketplace. Our continuing research and application of new ideas allows Pretty Bird to continue to meet the changing needs of companion animals and their owners.

– Innovation
Modern times demand innovative solutions to old problems.
Pretty Bird was first to:

  • Introduce multi-colored, multi-shaped foods to enhance acceptance
  • Develop and introduce species specific formulas
  • Establish in house manufacturing capabilities

– Quality
Quality is our primary concern in food, packaging, and customer service. We operate an in house quality assurance lab with a microbiologist on staff. An independent laboratory runs continual analysis to assure consistency in composition. Our in house toxicology lab screens all incoming grains for toxins. This ensures the purity of any raw materials in the manufacture of our feeds. Our breeding and research facility in Florida is always using the food which is currently being sold providing an additional quality assurance safeguard. We do it ourselves to make sure it’s done right.

– Technology
In 1995, when only 5 years old, Pretty Bird acquired and installed one of the most technologically advanced extrusion facilities for the manufacturing of pet food products. Our system is based on Swiss made twin screw extruders, this high-tech equipment is commonly used to produce human breakfast cereals. One Buehler extruder has the capability to produce 4 tons of food per hour, 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week. A smaller Buehler extruder was installed for research and specialty products. This smaller extruder has a capacity of 200 to 1500 lbs per hour, making it economically feasible to produce small bathces or test runs of food.

– Service
Quality customer service has always been a primary objective at Pretty Bird. We have always had an 800 help line which is managed by experienced knowledgeable people. We are happy to provide advice on feeding and other aspects of captive management of exotic companion animals. We love to hear the questions or ideas of veterinarians, breeders and pet owners. Please give us a call at 1-800-356-5020 we may be of assistance.

– Packaging
Pretty Bird leads the industry in brilliant, colorful packaging featuring original hand-drawn illustrations. Our in-house artist, David Charles Brandon, has developed a style that is uniquely Pretty Bird. Pretty Bird products are available in various sizes to meet all needs from single pet owners to breeders. Attractively packaged in canisters, plastic and paper bags to ensure freshness on delivery and provide a visually appealing addition to the bird section in your favorite pet store.

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Tropican pelleted bird food and the competiton

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  1. READ THE INGREDIENT LIST. Tropican contains NO fish meal, and is not based on wheat or soybeans. In fact, Tropican actually contains ingredients such as sunflower meal, oat hearts and peanut meal. Palatability is second to none. Of course, it is still very moderate in protein and fat – nothing like a seed diet.

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Chicago area AVIAN veterinarians

Traveling with your bird

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Traveling with your bird
Some tips from folks who traveled with their bird daily
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Before we get into specifics, let’s start with the basics. Emergencies aside, if you’re planning to travel with your bird, get the travel cage a few weeks in advance. This will give your bird time to get accustomed to the new cage. Also measure – measure – measure. Make sure it will fit in where ever it will be going car, travel trailer, family vehicle, motor home, commercial airliner, vacation cottage – just make sure it fits.
We don’t have a flock, we have one small Indian Ringneck – Sunshine. Sunshine is 17. Catherine acquired him as a baby. He loves being with mom. We know about traveling with a bird. At home he has a 30 x 30 California cage (1), a large playstand (2) in the dining room and another playstand (3) in the kitchen. Every work day Sunshine climbs into his custom, 18 inch long carrier (4) and comes to work with us.
We open the carrier, he climbs up his Booda perch in to his 26 x 20 HQ cage (5) and finishes breakfast. Afterwards he’ll walk back out via the Booda perch onto his King’s acrylic playstand (6). When he gets bored he fly’s onto his Prevue playstand (7) or his Prevue 20 x 20 wire cage (8) where he’ll stand so he can watch mom oversee the shipping of packages to our customers.
We spend many of our summer weekends at a campground. When we get there he usually goes right into his 18 x 18 (9) Prevue cage. We modified our small travel trailer so the cage fits nicely into a closet where we removed the top of the door and provided a gentle light. When we’re outside the trailer, we have a large canopy/tent where Sunshine spends time in his 32 x 21 HQ aviary (10) under the canvas. He always has one side of his cage against a wall for his own privacy.
If you’ve been following my notes, you’ll see our little 3 ounce bird has 10 cages and stands. We’ve never had a problem getting him into a new cage because 1) we don’t make of an issue of it and 2) he’s happy just to be with us.
A travel cage can be metal, fabric or plastic like – rigid or collapsible. Because it’s a travel cage only makes it slightly different than his home cage. If it’s metal, bar spacing should be appropriate. If it’s fabric, the fabric should be durable enough and well designed to discourage chewing. Clear plastic cages allow for great vision but may be confining for extended travel periods. It may only have one perch instead of three or four. Make sure it’s comfortable on the feet. Stopping and starting in traffic should not cause your bird discomfort. A couple of small toys should be introduced to keep birdie boredom down. If you’re traveling by auto, keep the bird in the back seat away from airbags in case of “god-forbids.” Keep it strapped with a seatbelt to avoid sudden movement.
If your driving at night, cover the cage, the intermittent glare of auto lights can be scary, especially if its after bed time. If you’re taking a road tip stopping at motels, find a place to put the travel cage where you bird can sleep with as little disturbance as possible through the night. We usually find the bath room counter to be the best spot, it’s out of the way and once the cage is covered, affords privacy. In terms of temperature, it’s simple – if your comfortable, your bird is comfortable. No hot cars with the window cracked or in front of air conditioners in hotel rooms.
If traveling for the first time, we suggest a few trial runs before the big trip. Go to a friends, the vet or even just a ride, the bird gets accustomed to the procedure, travel process and change in general. If you let the bird out of the travel cage while in the vehicle don’t forget to put him back before any passengers open the door. Some birds don’t like to poop in their travel cage. This is a judgment call. Choose carefully where you’ll let them out to poop. You also may want to check out the nearest avian vet to your destination, before you get there – just so you have the info.
Remember. birds in the wild are natural travelers. Larger birds will fly 50 or miles per day seeking food. Many migrate thousands of miles twice annually. It’s usually less of an issue for the bird than for you. Lastly, we know you love showing off your bird. Unknown places would not be the time to do it. Unscrupulous people may have ulterior motives. While traveling with your bird it’s no ones business but your own.Have a great trip

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Tidy Bird No-Mess Bird Feeder for small birds from cockatiels to conures

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“I belong to a bird lovers’ website called “The Perch” and one of the members bought your Tidy Seed No-Mess Bird Feeder at a bird fair. After watching the video, I thought that my Senegal Parrot might be too large for it to work properly; but that was not the case. Tidy Seed works GREAT! Tiki actually loves going inside to eat her pellets and seed. And the mess has dramatically decreased! Thanks so much for inventing such a wonderful product. I sure do love it when a product works as promised!” Sincerely, Trish

“We saw you at the Chattanooga bird fair. We liked the fact that you are bird people who thought of a way to make other bird peoples’ lives easier. We ended up leaving with three Tidy Seed™ feeders. The “saving money” part spoke to my husband, and the “no more mess” issue spoke to me (and those that care for the birds on a regular basis here at home). The product is gorgeous; much prettier than a bowl or dish in a cage. I love how the birds look in them. You thought of every detail. There is not one thing we can think of to suggest. It’s perfect.
How do we like it? We are in shock! It truly eliminates the mess and saves money. Of course you two demonstrated that at the show. But nothing is like seeing a product work in real life in a real home. I expected the food savings. I expected less food debris. What I was not ready for was the fact that there was less “dust” around the cages. Not just debris; actual dust. All week I didn’t have to dust the three large cages that house five birds. I didn’t have to clean around them, or sweep that floor all the time.
For the first time in three years, we did not have to buy a pack of eight rolls of paper towels every two weeks. Also, we don’t have to change and clean cages every other day or so.
This product helps us ENJOY our birds more because it relieves us of a lot of work. The cages are more attractive with the feeders. And Tidy Seed™ saves us money.
Oh yeah, I do have one suggestion. No matter how you told us, or how it is described, the optical illusion of how much the feeder holds is too strong to understand that it holds the same amount as an ordinary food dish for small to medium birds. I can fill a feeder, put it in Tidy Seed™, and it magically fits. Very bizarre. But if people think it only holds a tiny bit because you made it attractive in that you don’t see much food … maybe that can be pointed out more.
Please. Don’t change anything. Not size, material, design … please nothing ever. We’d be heartbroken.” Scott and Rebecca Stout

” As promised, I told you I’d let you know how the tidy seed bird feeder works. I bought two of your tidy seed bird feeders at the most recent bird show at the North Atlanta Trade Center. I am sooooo happy with the results. It really does work. It has cut down on at least 95% of the seed that was falling out onto the floor. The only disappointment was that the feeder didn’t fit on the outside of their cage [but does well inside]. It’s a wonderful product. Thank you for making it available. It has made my life easier not to have to vacuum so often. Everyone should have these for their birds!” Verna Johnson

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The purpose of parrot & bird play stands

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Why Do Parrots Need Play Stands?


According to the experts, cage confinement can lead to obesity, depression, boredom and stress.

With an open airy environment, your companion birds gain a sense of freedom, a chance to explore, get plenty of exercise, and gain enhanced emotional stability.

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