Researching parrots as pets

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Parrot Rescue by Rodney Foster

I would like to use this article to encourage people on the importance of researching all the information they can get to include reading, visiting zoo’s, and even try and find someone that has a Exotic pet they are thinking of getting. In the last few years exotic pets have been taking a rise in popularity, But at the same time exotic pet deaths and abuse are high also because exotic animals do not do well in our daily life style and for the lack of people being informed of what they are getting into before buying a exotic pet.

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Red Front Macaw Parrot

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I have a Red Front Macaw… fairly rare and usually NOT listed anywhere, so don’t feel too bad!
Depending on which source you rely on, Red Fronts are either the largest of the mini-macaws, or the smallest of the full-size macaws. So they fall into the medium-large or large category. Generally, about 24″ in length, weight between 400 – 500 grams (mine, for example last weighed in at 423g) but with a HUGE wingspan – unclipped, their wings can reach up to 36″.
Bit more trivia – this is the only parrot that can fly straight up, hover, stop & change direction in mid-air and fly backward! Truly amazing to watch. I’ve taught Murphy a few fun tricks: One involves him taking off from my wrist straight up, turning in place a full 360 degrees – sometimes twice – then landing right back down on my arm.
I figure if you are going to send me a coupon, you should at least get your money’s worth, so now you know a little bit more about the Red Front Macaw.
Thanks for the informative web site, and I will be browsing your cage selections more.
Mary D
Mackinaw, Illinois

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Murphy – Red Front Macaw (at about 2 years)

Pack O Bird Carrier Features

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%name Pack O Bird Carrier Featurestrans 1x1 Pack O Bird Carrier FeaturesEach Pak-o-Bird comes with the following:
A. Folded bird carrier body
B. Front or backpack strap
C. Shoulder Strap
D. Two roof support panels
E. Dragon wood perch
F. Two 5 oz. stainless steel cups
Features:
1. Two D-rings on each side of the roof for hanging bird toys
2. Detachable floor panel (can be removed to reduce weight)
3. Fully open front window mesh and covering flap
4. Exterior side curtain and two fastening straps
5. Perch holes for attaching the perch and feed cup
6. Velcro strips for holding the side curtain down
7. Car safety loops for strapping car seat belt/strap
8. Detachable front or backpack strap with adjustable chest strap
9. Tail extension Pouch (for the one with tail pouch) foldable flap on the base of the carrier when not used
10. Detachable Shoulder Strap
11. Four triangular rings for attaching the front/backpack strap
12. Skylight strip
13. Optional accessory – a separate car seat strap is available if needed
14. Zipper with auto-lock device and closure cover flap

The Big List Of National & International Bird Clubs

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Yes that’s Winston Churchill. We think that’s how a bird club meeting should look like but in color and HD. Cheeky, huh? 

We thought we’d blow the dust off of the feather gem. How many bird clubs are there across the planet? Were not sure but were always looking for more.

Whether you’re just thinking about getting a bird or have years of experience, bird clubs are great source of information and camaraderie.

Those of us who are fortunate to have feathered companions know that unless you have experienced life with birds, you really don’t know the highs and lows of a relationship with a pet that can fly.

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Multiple Birds Sharing the Same Bird Cage

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As indicated by the categories above there a at least 4 ways to house multiple birds or parrots in a single bird cage. Much is determined by the species – we’ll touch on quantity later.

Keep in mind birds are flock animals and tend to better in groups. A group of smaller species birds such as Finches, Budgies, & Cockatiels do well in aviaries . Birds also travel horizontally in flight, not vertically.

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Money Saving Healthy Bird Food Tip

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Healthy money saving hint: Buy a bag of frozen mixed veggies
(we add a bag of corn to ours per Peaches taste)
 
In the morning place a handful in a ceramic dish, thaw briefly with warm running water (a microwave may make it to hot and partially frozen in the morning means it’ll stay fresher through out the day).
 
Serve on the bottom of the bird cage as an inexpensive but healthy addition to his or her regular seed and or pellet diet.
 
Remember, peanuts and sunflowers are what french-fries are to us, delicious but fatty. Thus as we teach children to eat healthy, we must teach our birds.
Birds in the wild are scavengers.
 
Our Senegal Parrot Peaches eats anything we eat (Chocolate, caffeine and avocados are unhealthy for birds). He doesn’t care if he’s had it before and didn’t like it. If we’re eating it, he chirp-wants-chirp-some-chirp.

Michelle Karras

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  • R-Redirection not Reaction
  • E-Exercise
  • S-Sleep
  • P-Patience
  • E-Entertainment/Toys
  • C-Consistancy in training
  • T-Trust

The Polite Parrot was established in 1996 after 12 years of working with birds. My experience has mostly been hands on working with unwanted, abused and behaviorally challenged birds.

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