Lafeber Parrot Food & Bird Treat Company History

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Lafeber Company History

Dr T. J. Lafeber & Beau

The story of pet bird nutrition in America is, in many ways, the story of Dr. T.J. Lafeber and pet bird care in America. Dr. Lafeber graduated from the veterinary college of Iowa State University in 1949. Early on, much of his practice, in the suburbs of Chicago, was devoted to dog and cat medicine.

In the early 1960’s, Dr. Lafeber was asked by the A.V.M.A. (American Veterinary Medicine Association) to chair their newly formed avian medicine committee. Dr. Lafeber agreed. For many years, in the late 60’s and early 70’s, Dr. Lafeber’s pet bird hospital was the largest in the United States.

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Keeping Birds and Parrots Flighted

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Hello All,

And thanks for your contributions on this often difficult topic. Yes, it is true that flighted birds may have accidents, which some folks may attribute to their being flighted.

But then birds whose flight has been impaired also have accidents due to flight impairment.

Clipped birds are vulnerable to death during escape from cats, dogs and being run down by vehicles. We have several stories of such incidents in the UK, and these will continue to happen.

Flighted birds are not so vulnerable to *these* risks. So, ALL birds are subject to risks in the home, whether they are flighted or not: clipped birds are just subjected to *different* risks than those of flighted birds.

Generally, wing-clipping is done for owner-convenience, rather than bird ‘welfare’

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Kaylor of Colorado bird food & treats

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At Kaylor of Colorado our philosophy is to keep your pet as healthy and happy as possible. We use only the best ingredients, and our knowledgeable staff can recommend the best product match for your pet’s needs.

We produce many bird and small animal feed lines ranging from specialty, exotic and vitamin enriched.

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Installing the Aviator Flight Harness on a Parrot

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The AVIATOR will improve your companion’s life experience for years to come. Take time to read, understand and follow instructions to ensure a positive experience. After reading instructions, view the DVD version. Take your time; your efforts will be rewarded for a lifetime.Do not show your companion the AVIATOR until you completely read and understand the introduction phase and installation process. Proper introduction of the harness to your bird is crucial to the success of The AVIATOR.

WARNING! Even though you can easily install The AVIATOR on most young birds it is important to follow the introductions. Sometimes young birds reluctantly allow a negative experience several times before they start to resist. At this point, it can become very difficult to change his mind. You may not know you made a mistake until it is too late. ONLY use the AVIATOR when your bird will be having a fun experience. If he is having fun, he will soon forget the harness and associate the AVIATOR as a positive experience. Do not put the harness on to get him used to wearing it. He will get used to wearing it while having a rewarding experience.

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Preparing your pet to meet The AVIATOR

Following these very important steps will make it easy to install and use The AVIATOR.

First: You will need to groom your pet to accept two new behaviors that will facilitate installation of the harness.

  1. Most birds allow the owner to pet under the wing but few birds experience their wings being held up when nothing else is going on. Birds normally do not like this position, they feel vulnerable to predators. Work with your pet until he allows you to hold his wing straight up for a few seconds. The exercise will progress faster if you gently pet his side when doing this exercise. As soon as he resists, let the wing down. Try this several times a day, a few seconds each time.
  2. Most birds never had anything placed over their head or around their neck. Practice wrapping your hand around his head and neck as though you are slipping the harness over his head. Using a toy that is familiar to your pet, approach his head touching and rubbing his beak, head and neck. Start with a favorite toy. Once he freely accepts the exercise try different toys.

Second: Do not attempt to put the AVIATOR on until he is familiar with it. Introduce your pet to the harness in the same way you would introduce a new toy. This is easy for birds that look forward to new toy. For the others the slow approach is necessary and can take several days.

Suggestions:

  • For difficult pets place the Aviator in sight and slowly move closer to your pet over a few days.
  • Wrap harness around your wrist or neck when you are with your companion.
  • Lay the Aviator on a table or the top of the cage where the bird will end up standing or walking on it.
  • As you play with your pet alternately lay the harness and leash on and around him.
  • Hang the Aviator in the cage just as you would a new toy.

Installing the Aviator

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The first few times you put on the AVIATOR will be a learning experience for you and your pet. The biggest inconvenience he is likely to experience is being pushed off balance while you learn to tighten the belt. If the experience begins to get frustrating for you or your pet, stop and try again later.

  1. Expand the belt of the harness, pulling leash #1 through slide #2 to a diameter large enough so that after you slip the belt #1 and collar #3 over the bird’s head, you can pull one wing through the space #4.
  2. Place the bird in front of you on a stable surface. Right-handed owners face your pet to your right.
  3. Orient harness assembly so the back of the harness #5 is on top and the expanded belt loop #6 is directly in front bird.
  4. Move harness assembly toward bird passing the belt loop #6 first, and the collar #3 second, over birds head until the belt is around the wings and the collar #3 rests on the neck.
  5. With collar in place around the bird’s neck, pick up left wing and pull through space #4 between belt and collar.
  6. Pull the belt to the right side of the bird until it is tight against the left side. Pull the right wing through space #7.
  7. Tighten belt by pulling leash #1 through slide #2. Tighten until belt is snug around the waist leaving just enough space to insert your index finger, between the bird and belt, on medium size bird. Space is necessary for the bird to breath and for the slide to rotate from the chest to back.

Using the Aviator Harness and Leash

Inside Bird Aviaries Benefits

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Aviaries Benefit You and Your Birds

Want lots of room inside your home for your winged pets? 4, 6 and 8 foot diameter cages are available with flooring and flashing that can be filled with your favorite bedding and then periodically sifted for cleaning. Now you can easily convert that extra room into a bird paradise!

While some view bird cages as a necessity or commodity with sometimes little attention given to the pets’ point of view; we think of bird cages as habitats. We encourage owners of pet birds to consider a roomy indoor aviary instead of small traditional bird cages…..even for smaller species, right at first. Why?

First time bird owners usually intend to purchase a large bird cage “at some point”, but usually end up buying a small bird cage to satisfy their immediate needs. They reason that there will be time to “upgrade” later. Unfortunately this many times never happens. Additionally, indoor aviaries give you the space benefit for even large species while at the same time provides you with as little as ½ inch bar spacing needed for smaller pet birds.

Most of these cages can also be purchased without the grate, trays, and casters to create a virtually maintenance free outdoor cage environment. Since this cage is outdoor ready, many people use them indoors for the winter months and outdoors in the moderate months. With Designer Cages by Aviary Connections, you have options!

How much simpler would your life be if your cage cleaning chores were cut by up to 80 percent? Outdoor aviaries will do that for you and more, even if your pets are outside for only several hours per day. They easily sit on existing decks, slabs, or inexpensive pavers from your local home improvement store. Simply hose it off and PRESTO….. the clean up is done!

Additionally, more and more veterinarians and pet bird behaviorists are starting to teach something that we’ve known for years. And that simple truth is that it is exceedingly healthy for your pet birds to have an outdoor environment that they can live and thrive in for at least regular periods each day.

In many, many cases undesirable traits like feather picking and excessive screaming have been minimized or even totally disappeared.

Freedom Buffet Stainless Steel Bird Cage Feeder

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The Freedom Buffet™

At last! Unique roll-top bowl covers that make it easy for anyone to tend your birds! Birds can’t bite the attendant or escape while the cage is being serviced. Externally mounted feeder system increases inside cage space. Safety! Sanitation! Will save ou time and money.

Partitions reduce cross contamination of food and water. Significantly reduces spilling of food and water on the floor. Protects food and water from bird droppings even when birds are on top of cage! 3 removable and dishwasher safe roll-top bowl covers.

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Free Bird Toys from Household Items

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Toys from household items
  • Cornhusks
  • Adding machine tape
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Nuts hidden in nested paper cups
  • Phone book slipped through cage bars
  • Wrapped straws cable tied
  • Cable Ties
  • Fortune cookies with wrapper
  • Saltine cracker packet
  • Junk mail
  • Cotton swabs
  • Doggie rawhide
  • Shoelaces strung with beads or Cheerios
  • Breakfast-food bowl with newspaper taped to top