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The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Dear Parrot Lover,

Just like with any other companion pet, parrots require certain things and care in order to flourish in their new home with you.

Trying to find out what this particular information is can be difficult as many places offer inaccurate advice. To make it a little easier for you, here are few things you need to know on how to raise the perfect parrot.

If you haven’t chosen your new parrot yet, you will need to make sure that the parrot you do choose is perfectly healthy. It can be a bit tricky to distinguish between a healthy baby parrot and unhealthy baby parrot. You can usually avoid this dilemma by purchasing your baby parrot from a reputable breeder as the nursery is usually kept better sanitized than at a pet store. Parrots sold through pet stores can be exposed to such harmful things as diseases and even physical and emotional abuse. This could have terrible long-term effects on the well-being of your parrot.

It is easy to find a great breeder! Simply do an online search for breeder websites and join parrot forums. Once joined, you can then ask other members for recommendations to good breeders. Forums are also a great place to learn more about the breed of parrot that you have chosen; plus you can also ask other owners questions about your parrot.

Once you have a list of possible breeders, you should always ask to see if you can visit with them and meet some of their parrots. Not every breeder will actually allow you to go inside the baby bird nursery because of the risk of airborne illnesses and diseases. But they may allow you to interact with the breeder parrots and pet parrots too.

When you do meet with the breeder, take a look around at their breeding facility. Take notice of whether it is clean; keep an eye out for birds that seem to be unwell or overly afraid or aggressive of the breeder and/or you. Parrots that have suffered mental abuse, or that have a developmental oddity can sometimes be harder to ascertain. But some of the more common signs include being unable to walk, play, or eat as well as other peer parrots. Young, malnourished parrots will have what appear to be large breastbones. However, this is really a sign that their overall muscle mass has diminished.

The parrot that you ultimately choose to take home with you should have feathers that have a slight shine to them and are not dirty. There shouldn’t be any signs of feather plucking either. Their eyes must bright without any discharge from the eyes or nostrils. Watch how the parrot walks as well; if they are young and healthy they should be able to walk or shuffle without any problems.

Once you have selected a parrot, make sure that you visit with him or her every day, or at least as much as possible because you want to have your parrot become accustomed to you as quickly as possible. This will make the transition to their new home with you much easier.

The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird

Do You Want to Know the Secrets to Having a Bird?

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

If you’ve never had a bird before or you’re maybe wondering what you could do better for your bird, I’ve got the secrets for you. Birds are delicate creatures that we just don’t know as much about. The average bird owner purchases a bird from a local pet store without knowing all of the ins and outs of bird ownership. This can make for learning about birds the hard way!

Instead, if you know the simple secrets to bird care, your bird can live a very long, happy, and healthy life.

Click here to read about the secrets of bird care

Did You Know?

Did you know that a bird should live, on average, decades? Did you know that he won’t make it this long without the right nutrition and care?

Did you know the secret to proper bird care really is boiled down to 3 main factors:

1. Correct cage setup: knowing what kind of cage and where to place it

2. How to maintain those nice conditions within the cage. Dirty cages help breed diseases!

3. The right way to feed a parrot for total nutrition.

These 3 factors are the keys to a healthy bird! Diseases can occur if his living environment isn’t clean or he can become sick if it’s located in the wrong spot. Plus, using the wrong food can be detrimental to his health and lead to a shortened life as well.

Click here to learn more about bird care

Learn from a Pro

You could scour the internet for bits and pieces of information about bird care and health OR you could do it the simple way: learn from a pro with decades of experience. He’s sharing all of his knowledge learned over the decades in an easy-to-read e-book called Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird. He offers details in non-technical language that allow you to easily learn how to care for a parrot. He shows you how easy it really is to prevent many of the diseases and issues that cause premature parrot death.

It’s a perfect book to start you on the path to a healthy bird!

Click here to read more about Raising Polly:
How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Gain Super Bird Knowledge!

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Dear Parrot Lover,

Parrots are complex creatures, that when cared for correctly and loved intently, can provide you with many years of happy companionship.

The life of a parrot is directly related to his health. His health is directly related to the care that he receives from his owners. It is therefore very important to know how to care for your parrot so that he can be as healthy as possible.

The easiest way to guarantee your parrot’s health right from the start is by providing him with nutritious and healthy food. A parrot that lives in captivity requires a different diet than a parrot living in the wilds of South America, Africa and Australia. A proper captive diet would be one that includes a good mix of either dried or fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a good ratio of nuts, grains and pellets.

However, try to steer clear from commercially prepared parrot seed and pellet foods that contain a large amount of colored pellets. This is because these colorful pellets are actually died with food dye in order to obtain the bright coloring. The food dyes used are high in sugar and too much sugar, ingested in any form, is harmful to a parrot’s short and long term health, especially if fed for years.

Pellets are a great way to ensure that your parrot receives all the necessary nutrients, but instead of feeding those sugar-coated colorful pellets, opt instead for pellets that are all-natural as these do not contain any sugar and are healthier for your parrot to consume.

There are, of course, many other foods that should never be fed to your parrot and some of these can be lethal. A few of the worst culprits are avocados, rhubarb leaves, chocolate, alcohol, and any food that is high in salt, fats, and caffeine. Although fruits are great to feed your parrot, when feeding apples, make sure that you de-seed the apple slices first. Apple seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide which can cause death in parrots. However, since each parrot breed has a unique diet, it is best to do your own research on what your parrot can and cannot eat.

The next vitally important element in having a healthy parrot is to always ensure that your parrot has fresh, clean water at all times. Some days you will have to replace your parrot’s water three or four times in one day just so that they can have clean water. This is important to do because there are plenty of bacteria that can grow in soiled water and your parrot should not drink dirty water as he can get sick from it. In addition, many parrots prefer their food to be dipped in water before consuming it. Particles of food left behind can also create unhealthy water.

Make sure that your parrot has a Well Bird Exam at least once a year with a certified avian veterinarian. This exam is a unique health checkup conducted by a veterinarian that is qualified especially to treat parrots and birds. Since parrots can mask illness very well, it can be hard to know if your parrot is sick or not. Therefore, such an exam can help pinpoint any health issue that you may not have noticed. It also imperative that if you do see a change in your parrot’s eating habits or behavior, that you immediately see an avian veterinarian.

Gain Super Bird Knowledge!

Do You Know All About Birds?

Become An Expert On Parrot Care Health!

It can be hard to learn as much about birds as we need to know in order to properly care for them. Sure, the pet stores sell basic books and the internet has articles here, there, and everywhere, but is any of this information any good? Plus, have you tried finding a quality avian veterinarian yet? It’s not as easy as locating a dog or cat veterinarian!

That means you’ve got to learn all that you can so that you can take the best care of your bird. Where to turn to? Dr. Joel Murphy!

Click here to learn just who Dr. Murphy is

What Can You Learn about Birds that You Didn’t Know?

Dr. Murphy is a longtime respected avian veterinarian that decided it was time to write a book for all of the bird owners. He realized there was a need for it, and he knew that bird owners needed to know there were many mistakes in bird care that could easily be avoided.

Inside Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird you’ll find valuable chapters of information on subjects like:

Pet bird misconceptions: Simple myths could be the root of poor care.

Pet bird nutrition: Did you know the #1 cause of bird illness is malnutrition? It’s easy to avoid when you know what you should be feeding instead.


Veterinarian: How to actually find a proper veterinarian for your bird. Learn what a good bird doctor looks like.

Bird illness: Learn to recognize the early symptoms of illness and to know when you need to see the veterinarian.

Bird care: How to housetrain your bird and properly care for him to keep him healthy.

Emergencies: Learn to spot the difference between just illness and emergency!

Beak issues: Understand more about your bird’s beak and the disorders that could affect him.

Feather plucking: Learn the reason this occurs in the first place and what can be done to stop it.

Parasites and how to deal with them if they occur.

Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe.

Baby birds: For those of you that may have baby birds, learn the right way to care for them as well as how to detect any disorders.

Aviary management: Basic and advanced information for optimum bird care.

Click here to see more of the table of contents and peek inside the book

So, Is he Really a Knowledgeable Person I Can Trust?

You don’t have to take my word on this. Everyone agrees that this is a fantastic book for any bird owner! The experts agree that Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird is a valuable book for anyone:

Susan Chamberlain, a Contributing Editor for Bird Talk, says, “How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A “must have” reference for every birdkeeper!”

“Dr. Murphy has produced a very useful book, written in an easy-to-understand style. This text should prove an invaluable resource for pet bird owners and aviculturists alike,” adds Phillip Samuelson, Technical Editor for Bird Talk as well as a bird breeder.

Click to read other testimonials for How to Care for Your Pet Bird

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Dear Parrot Lover,

Just like with any other companion pet, parrots require certain things and care in order to flourish in their new home with you.

Trying to find out what this particular information is can be difficult as many places offer inaccurate advice. To make it a little easier for you, here are few things you need to know on how to raise the perfect parrot.

If you haven’t chosen your new parrot yet, you will need to make sure that the parrot you do choose is perfectly healthy. It can be a bit tricky to distinguish between a healthy baby parrot and unhealthy baby parrot. You can usually avoid this dilemma by purchasing your baby parrot from a reputable breeder as the nursery is usually kept better sanitized than at a pet store. Parrots sold through pet stores can be exposed to such harmful things as diseases and even physical and emotional abuse. This could have terrible long-term effects on the well-being of your parrot.

It is easy to find a great breeder! Simply do an online search for breeder websites and join parrot forums. Once joined, you can then ask other members for recommendations to good breeders. Forums are also a great place to learn more about the breed of parrot that you have chosen; plus you can also ask other owners questions about your parrot.

Once you have a list of possible breeders, you should always ask to see if you can visit with them and meet some of their parrots. Not every breeder will actually allow you to go inside the baby bird nursery because of the risk of airborne illnesses and diseases. But they may allow you to interact with the breeder parrots and pet parrots too.

When you do meet with the breeder, take a look around at their breeding facility. Take notice of whether it is clean; keep an eye out for birds that seem to be unwell or overly afraid or aggressive of the breeder and/or you. Parrots that have suffered mental abuse, or that have a developmental oddity can sometimes be harder to ascertain. But some of the more common signs include being unable to walk, play, or eat as well as other peer parrots. Young, malnourished parrots will have what appear to be large breastbones. However, this is really a sign that their overall muscle mass has diminished.

The parrot that you ultimately choose to take home with you should have feathers that have a slight shine to them and are not dirty. There shouldn’t be any signs of feather plucking either. Their eyes must bright without any discharge from the eyes or nostrils. Watch how the parrot walks as well; if they are young and healthy they should be able to walk or shuffle without any problems.

Once you have selected a parrot, make sure that you visit with him or her every day, or at least as much as possible because you want to have your parrot become accustomed to you as quickly as possible. This will make the transition to their new home with you much easier.

The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird

Do You Want to Know the Secrets to Having a Bird?

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

If you’ve never had a bird before or you’re maybe wondering what you could do better for your bird, I’ve got the secrets for you. Birds are delicate creatures that we just don’t know as much about. The average bird owner purchases a bird from a local pet store without knowing all of the ins and outs of bird ownership. This can make for learning about birds the hard way!

Instead, if you know the simple secrets to bird care, your bird can live a very long, happy, and healthy life.

Click here to read about the secrets of bird care

Did You Know?

Did you know that a bird should live, on average, decades? Did you know that he won’t make it this long without the right nutrition and care?

Did you know the secret to proper bird care really is boiled down to 3 main factors:

1. Correct cage setup: knowing what kind of cage and where to place it

2. How to maintain those nice conditions within the cage. Dirty cages help breed diseases!

3. The right way to feed a parrot for total nutrition.

These 3 factors are the keys to a healthy bird! Diseases can occur if his living environment isn’t clean or he can become sick if it’s located in the wrong spot. Plus, using the wrong food can be detrimental to his health and lead to a shortened life as well.

Click here to learn more about bird care

Learn from a Pro

You could scour the internet for bits and pieces of information about bird care and health OR you could do it the simple way: learn from a pro with decades of experience. He’s sharing all of his knowledge learned over the decades in an easy-to-read e-book called Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird. He offers details in non-technical language that allow you to easily learn how to care for a parrot. He shows you how easy it really is to prevent many of the diseases and issues that cause premature parrot death.

It’s a perfect book to start you on the path to a healthy bird!

Click here to read more about Raising Polly:
How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Dear Parrot Lover,

Just like with any other companion pet, parrots require certain things and care in order to flourish in their new home with you.

Trying to find out what this particular information is can be difficult as many places offer inaccurate advice. To make it a little easier for you, here are few things you need to know on how to raise the perfect parrot.

If you haven’t chosen your new parrot yet, you will need to make sure that the parrot you do choose is perfectly healthy. It can be a bit tricky to distinguish between a healthy baby parrot and unhealthy baby parrot. You can usually avoid this dilemma by purchasing your baby parrot from a reputable breeder as the nursery is usually kept better sanitized than at a pet store. Parrots sold through pet stores can be exposed to such harmful things as diseases and even physical and emotional abuse. This could have terrible long-term effects on the well-being of your parrot.

It is easy to find a great breeder! Simply do an online search for breeder websites and join parrot forums. Once joined, you can then ask other members for recommendations to good breeders. Forums are also a great place to learn more about the breed of parrot that you have chosen; plus you can also ask other owners questions about your parrot.

Once you have a list of possible breeders, you should always ask to see if you can visit with them and meet some of their parrots. Not every breeder will actually allow you to go inside the baby bird nursery because of the risk of airborne illnesses and diseases. But they may allow you to interact with the breeder parrots and pet parrots too.

When you do meet with the breeder, take a look around at their breeding facility. Take notice of whether it is clean; keep an eye out for birds that seem to be unwell or overly afraid or aggressive of the breeder and/or you. Parrots that have suffered mental abuse, or that have a developmental oddity can sometimes be harder to ascertain. But some of the more common signs include being unable to walk, play, or eat as well as other peer parrots. Young, malnourished parrots will have what appear to be large breastbones. However, this is really a sign that their overall muscle mass has diminished.

The parrot that you ultimately choose to take home with you should have feathers that have a slight shine to them and are not dirty. There shouldn’t be any signs of feather plucking either. Their eyes must bright without any discharge from the eyes or nostrils. Watch how the parrot walks as well; if they are young and healthy they should be able to walk or shuffle without any problems.

Once you have selected a parrot, make sure that you visit with him or her every day, or at least as much as possible because you want to have your parrot become accustomed to you as quickly as possible. This will make the transition to their new home with you much easier.

The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird

Do You Want to Know the Secrets to Having a Bird?

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

If you’ve never had a bird before or you’re maybe wondering what you could do better for your bird, I’ve got the secrets for you. Birds are delicate creatures that we just don’t know as much about. The average bird owner purchases a bird from a local pet store without knowing all of the ins and outs of bird ownership. This can make for learning about birds the hard way!

Instead, if you know the simple secrets to bird care, your bird can live a very long, happy, and healthy life.

Click here to read about the secrets of bird care

Did You Know?

Did you know that a bird should live, on average, decades? Did you know that he won’t make it this long without the right nutrition and care?

Did you know the secret to proper bird care really is boiled down to 3 main factors:

1. Correct cage setup: knowing what kind of cage and where to place it

2. How to maintain those nice conditions within the cage. Dirty cages help breed diseases!

3. The right way to feed a parrot for total nutrition.

These 3 factors are the keys to a healthy bird! Diseases can occur if his living environment isn’t clean or he can become sick if it’s located in the wrong spot. Plus, using the wrong food can be detrimental to his health and lead to a shortened life as well.

Click here to learn more about bird care

Learn from
a Pro

You could scour the internet for bits and pieces of information about bird care and health OR you could do it the simple way: learn from a pro with decades of experience. He’s sharing all of his knowledge learned over the decades in an easy-to-read e-book called Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird. He offers details in non-technical language that allow you to easily learn how to care for a parrot. He shows you how easy it really is to prevent many of the diseases and issues that cause premature parrot death.

It’s a perfect book to start you on the path to a healthy bird!

Click here to read more about Raising Polly:
How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

A Veterinary Perspective on Bird Health

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Did you know that malnutrition is one of the most common illnesses experienced in captive pet birds today?

Sadly, this is mostly due to parrot owners not feeding their parrots a proper diet. This can easily be changed by simply learning about each parrots unique dietary needs. Each species of parrot has their own nutritional requirements and understanding them can truly make the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy parrot.

Every parrot in the world, wild or pet, must have access to seeds, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. But those parrots that are kept in captivity as pets must also have a diet that is fortified with extra minerals and vitamins.

There are many commercial parrot food companies that manufacture and sell extruded parrot food. These can be good places to start to provide your parrot with extra nutrients. However, be careful when feeding your parrot a pelleted diet, especially commercially prepared parrot seed and pellet mixes that contain plenty of brightly colored pellets. These pretty pellets essentially consist of sugary food coloring to make them look more appealing to parrots and their owners alike. But these colorful pellets can be harmful to parrots when they are eaten over a long period of time.

There are also other foods that are highly toxic and should never be fed to pet parrots as they can be quite lethal:

Chocolate

Avocados

Rhubarb leaves

Alcohol

Caffeine

Salty foods

Fatty foods

Feeding a nutritional sound diet to a parrot also includes providing them access to clean water at all times. This means changing out their water bowls every time they get soiled. A few parrots are picky eaters and prefer to dunk pieces of their food into their water bowls, which means that you will need to change their water as soon as possible to avoid harboring any bacteria in their water bowl.

All parrots also need to be able to take baths to help keep their dander in check, especially during the summer months when temperatures can soar. You can help your parrot by placing a small bird bath or extra bowl at the bottom of his cage for him to use as a bath. If this is not possible, such as in the case of a bigger parrot and not enough room at the bottom of their cage for a bath dish, then simply use a spray bottle filled with room temperature water. Always use a very gentle mist when spraying your parrot. Never use a stream option as that can actually hurt your parrot.

A Veterinary Perspective on Bird Health

Do You Know Who Your Veterinarian Is?

Become An Expert On Parrot Care Health!

If you have ever had a dog or cat, you know that its pretty easy to find a qualified veterinarian if your pet gets sick. Youve got an absolute ton of choices at your discretion.

Now, if you have a pet bird, then you know that its just not that easy. First, there arent many avian veterinarians, and if you do find one, that may be your only choice. You dont get to be nearly as picky. Thats why its so very, very important that you know a lot about bird care and health so that you can hopefully prevent most diseases from happening in the first place.

Click here to learn more about avian veterinarian care

A Must Have Reference Book for Bird Care

There are a lot of ways you can try to learn about the best way to care for your bird, but youre always best to reach for an expert, if you can. In this case, the must have book comes right from a well-respected avian veterinarian, Dr. Joel Murphy who has 21 years of clinical veterinarian experience from The Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor.

How to Care for Your Pet Bird takes everything Dr. Murphy has learned in his decades of experience and puts it into an easily accessible e-book. In 22 chapters, you will learn more than you ever thought possible about important bird care subjects like:

Choosing the right bird

Pet bird nutrition

Pet bird misconceptions

Selecting a veterinarian

Bird care

Bird illness

Emergencies

Beak issues

Feather plucking

Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe

Parasites

Baby birds

Aviary management

You wont find a more comprehensive e-book!

Click here to view the whole Table of Contents and information about the book

Dont Miss Out on This Book!

How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A must have reference for every birdkeeper! Susan Chamberlain, Contributing Editor, Bird Talk

Click to read more testimonials for this book and Dr. Murphy

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Gain Super Bird Knowledge!

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Parrots are complex creatures, that when cared for correctly and loved intently, can provide you with many years of happy companionship.

The life of a parrot is directly related to his health. His health is directly related to the care that he receives from his owners. It is therefore very important to know how to care for your parrot so that he can be as healthy as possible.

The easiest way to guarantee your parrot’s health right from the start is by providing him with nutritious and healthy food. A parrot that lives in captivity requires a different diet than a parrot living in the wilds of South America, Africa and Australia. A proper captive diet would be one that includes a good mix of either dried or fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a good ratio of nuts, grains and pellets.

However, try to steer clear from commercially prepared parrot seed and pellet foods that contain a large amount of colored pellets. This is because these colorful pellets are actually died with food dye in order to obtain the bright coloring. The food dyes used are high in sugar and too much sugar, ingested in any form, is harmful to a parrot’s short and long term health, especially if fed for years.

Pellets are a great way to ensure that your parrot receives all the necessary nutrients, but instead of feeding those sugar-coated colorful pellets, opt instead for pellets that are all-natural as these do not contain any sugar and are healthier for your parrot to consume.

There are, of course, many other foods that should never be fed to your parrot and some of these can be lethal. A few of the worst culprits are avocados, rhubarb leaves, chocolate, alcohol, and any food that is high in salt, fats, and caffeine. Although fruits are great to feed your parrot, when feeding apples, make sure that you de-seed the apple slices first. Apple seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide which can cause death in parrots. However, since each parrot breed has a unique diet, it is best to do your own research on what your parrot can and cannot eat.

The next vitally important element in having a healthy parrot is to always ensure that your parrot has fresh, clean water at all times. Some days you will have to replace your parrot’s water three or four times in one day just so that they can have clean water. This is important to do because there are plenty of bacteria that can grow in soiled water and your parrot should not drink dirty water as he can get sick from it. In addition, many parrots prefer their food to be dipped in water before consuming it. Particles of food left behind can also create unhealthy water.

Make sure that your parrot has a Well Bird Exam at least once a year with a certified avian veterinarian. This exam is a unique health checkup conducted by a veterinarian that is qualified especially to treat parrots and birds. Since parrots can mask illness very well, it can be hard to know if your parrot is sick or not. Therefore, such an exam can help pinpoint any health issue that you may not have noticed. It also imperative that if you do see a change in your parrot’s eating habits or behavior, that you immediately see an avian veterinarian.

Gain Super Bird Knowledge!

Do You Know All About Birds?

Become An Expert On Parrot Care Health!

It can be hard to learn as much about birds as we need to know in order to properly care for them. Sure, the pet stores sell basic books and the internet has articles here, there, and everywhere, but is any of this information any good? Plus, have you tried finding a quality avian veterinarian yet? It’s not as easy as locating a dog or cat veterinarian!

That means you’ve got to learn all that you can so that you can take the best care of your bird. Where to turn to? Dr. Joel Murphy!

Click here to learn just who Dr. Murphy is

What Can You Learn about Birds that You Didn’t Know?

Dr. Murphy is a longtime respected avian veterinarian that decided it was time to write a book for all of the bird owners. He realized there was a need for it, and he knew that bird owners needed to know there were many mistakes in bird care that could easily be avoided.

Inside Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird you’ll find valuable chapters of information on subjects like:

Pet bird misconceptions: Simple myths could be the root of poor care.

Pet bird nutrition: Did you know the #1 cause of bird illness is malnutrition? It’s easy to avoid when you know what you should be feeding instead.


Veterinarian: How to actually find a proper veterinarian for your bird. Learn what a good bird doctor looks like.

Bird illness: Learn to recognize the early symptoms of illness and to know when you need to see the veterinarian.

Bird care: How to housetrain your bird and properly care for him to keep him healthy.

Emergencies: Learn to spot the difference between just illness and emergency!

Beak issues: Understand more about your bird’s beak and the disorders that could affect him.

Feather plucking: Learn the reason this occurs in the first place and what can be done to stop it.

Parasites and how to deal with them if they occur.

Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe.

Baby birds: For those of you that may have baby birds, learn the right way to care for them as well as how to detect any disorders.

Aviary management: Basic and advanced information for optimum bird care.

Click here to see more of the table of contents and peek inside the book

So, Is he Really a Knowledgeable Person I Can Trust?

You don’t have to take my word on this. Everyone agrees that this is a fantastic book for any bird owner! The experts agree that Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird is a valuable book for anyone:

Susan Chamberlain, a Contributing Editor for Bird Talk, says, “How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A “must have” reference for every birdkeeper!”

“Dr. Murphy has produced a very useful book, written in an easy-to-understand style. This text should prove an invaluable resource for pet bird owners and aviculturists alike,” adds Phillip Samuelson, Technical Editor for Bird Talk as well as a bird breeder.

Click
to read other testimonials for How to Care for Your Pet Bird

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Just like with any other companion pet, parrots require certain things and care in order to flourish in their new home with you.

Trying to find out what this particular information is can be difficult as many places offer inaccurate advice. To make it a little easier for you, here are few things you need to know on how to raise the perfect parrot.

If you haven’t chosen your new parrot yet, you will need to make sure that the parrot you do choose is perfectly healthy. It can be a bit tricky to distinguish between a healthy baby parrot and unhealthy baby parrot. You can usually avoid this dilemma by purchasing your baby parrot from a reputable breeder as the nursery is usually kept better sanitized than at a pet store. Parrots sold through pet stores can be exposed to such harmful things as diseases and even physical and emotional abuse. This could have terrible long-term effects on the well-being of your parrot.

It is easy to find a great breeder! Simply do an online search for breeder websites and join parrot forums. Once joined, you can then ask other members for recommendations to good breeders. Forums are also a great place to learn more about the breed of parrot that you have chosen; plus you can also ask other owners questions about your parrot.

Once you have a list of possible breeders, you should always ask to see if you can visit with them and meet some of their parrots. Not every breeder will actually allow you to go inside the baby bird nursery because of the risk of airborne illnesses and diseases. But they may allow you to interact with the breeder parrots and pet parrots too.

When you do meet with the breeder, take a look around at their breeding facility. Take notice of whether it is clean; keep an eye out for birds that seem to be unwell or overly afraid or aggressive of the breeder and/or you. Parrots that have suffered mental abuse, or that have a developmental oddity can sometimes be harder to ascertain. But some of the more common signs include being unable to walk, play, or eat as well as other peer parrots. Young, malnourished parrots will have what appear to be large breastbones. However, this is really a sign that their overall muscle mass has diminished.

The parrot that you ultimately choose to take home with you should have feathers that have a slight shine to them and are not dirty. There shouldn’t be any signs of feather plucking either. Their eyes must bright without any discharge from the eyes or nostrils. Watch how the parrot walks as well; if they are young and healthy they should be able to walk or shuffle without any problems.

Once you have selected a parrot, make sure that you visit with him or her every day, or at least as much as possible because you want to have your parrot become accustomed to you as quickly as possible. This will make the transition to their new home with you much easier.

The Key to a Happy and Healthy Bird

Do You Want to Know the Secrets to Having a Bird?

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If you’ve never had a bird before or you’re maybe wondering what you could do better for your bird, I’ve got the secrets for you. Birds are delicate creatures that we just don’t know as much about. The average bird owner purchases a bird from a local pet store without knowing all of the ins and outs of bird ownership. This can make for learning about birds the hard way!

Instead, if you know the simple secrets to bird care, your bird can live a very long, happy, and healthy life.

Click here to read about the secrets of bird care

Did You Know?

Did you know that a bird should live, on average, decades? Did you know that he won’t make it this long without the right nutrition and care?

Did you know the secret to proper bird care really is boiled down to 3 main factors:

1. Correct cage setup: knowing what kind of cage and where to place it

2. How to maintain those nice conditions within the cage. Dirty cages help breed diseases!

3. The right way to feed a parrot for total nutrition.

These 3 factors are the keys to a healthy bird! Diseases can occur if his living environment isn’t clean or he can become sick if it’s located in the wrong spot. Plus, using the wrong food can be detrimental to his health and lead to a shortened life as well.

Click here to learn more about bird care

Learn from
a Pro

You could scour the internet for bits and pieces of information about bird care and health OR you could do it the simple way: learn from a pro with decades of experience. He’s sharing all of his knowledge learned over the decades in an easy-to-read e-book called Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird. He offers details in non-technical language that allow you to easily learn how to care for a parrot. He shows you how easy it really is to prevent many of the diseases and issues that cause premature parrot death.

It’s a perfect book to start you on the path to a healthy bird!

Click here to read more about Raising Polly:

How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Caring For Your Pet Bird

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Caring for the health of your beloved pet parrot is most probably your number one concern, regardless of whether your parrot has just been weaned or if your parrot is an older bird that you have just adopted. Your parrot’s overall wellbeing is very important as a parrot that is well cared for will live a very happy and healthy life for many years to come.

The first thing to consider when trying to put your parrot on the right path to good health, is to make sure that they are eating right. A good diet makes a good parrot!

Parrots should eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies daily. But they should also be allowed to experienced human food such as cooked pasta. Make sure to remove any leftover fruits, veggies or cooked foods when your parrot is done eating them as they might spoil and will make your parrot very sick if she eats them.

Supplement your parrot’s diet with good pellet mix. Try to choose one that does not contain Ethoxyquin, a preservative found in most pellet mixes. This preservative has been the cause of many parrot deaths over the years. Also, choose a pellet mix that does not contain too many colored pellets. While your parrot will certainly enjoy the bright colors offered to her, these colored pellets are actually made with colored sugar to give them their vibrant hues. Too much sugar is actually quite bad for a parrot’s health and wellbeing. A proper parrot diet should include a mix of pellets, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables and grains.

Avoid foods that are salty, fatty, contain caffeine, contain alcohol, or consist of chocolate, avocados, apple seeds or rhubarb leaves as these are all very toxic to parrots. Each type of parrot species has a unique dietary requirement. It would be in your parrot’s best interest for you to research what your parrot would eat in the wild and try to mimic that at home.

Of course, you should also make sure that your parrot has clean, fresh water available to her all the time, even if this means that you have to replace your parrot’s water three or four times a day. This is because there is a lot of bacteria that can grow quickly within dirty water that can make parrots very sick very quickly.

At least once per year, you should take your parrot into see a certified avian veterinarian for a checkup. This checkup is commonly referred to as a Well Bird Exam and should ideally be completed at least once every 6 months. The vet you see must be certified to treat birds, regular vets lack the special advanced training necessary to detect illness and injury in a pet parrot.

Always watch your parrot carefully and bring your parrot into the vet as soon as you notice any change in their behavior. Parrots will hide any injury or illness until it is almost too late to help them. So it is up to you be very vigilant to ensure your parrot’s wellbeing.

Caring For Your Pet Bird

Do
You Know How to Keep Your Bird Healthy and Safe?

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your bird for optimal health

With dogs and cats being the most common pets in homes, the information on how to properly care for pet birds is not near as great. Many owners learn their skills through trial and error, which sometimes results in sick, dead, or ill behaved birds.

With this in mind, a leading avian veterinarian stepped up to write a guide for all bird owners, new or advanced. Dr. Joel Murphy has created a book that is a must have for all bird owners!

Click here to learn just who Dr. Murphy is

What Can You Learn that You Didn’t Know?

It might surprise you to know how much there is to know about bird care! Many mistakes can easily be avoided and your bird can have a long and healthy life. Inside Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird you’ll find valuable chapters of information on subjects like:

Pet bird nutrition: Easy approach to correct nutrition. Did you know the #1 cause of illness is malnutrition?

Pet bird misconceptions: What are those myths and misconceptions about birds that might be a problem? Learn the truth!

Veterinarian: You need one for your bird too, and it’s not that easy to find one. Learn what a good bird doctor looks like and how to find that person.

Bird care: How to housetrain your bird and properly care for him to keep him healthy.

Bird illness: Learn what early symptoms look like and when you need to go to the veterinarian.

Emergencies: When is it an illness and when is it an emergency situation? Learn to spot the difference and know what is an emergency for your bird.

Beak issues: Learn more about your bird’s beak and what disorders he could suffer from.

Feather plucking: Why does he do it and how to help stop it?

Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe.

Parasites and how to deal with them if they occur

Baby birds: Caring for baby birds and how to detect any disorders.

Aviary management: Basic and advanced information for optimum bird care.

Click here to see the table of contents for a look inside the book

Experts Agree

The experts agree that Dr. Murphy’s How to Care for Your Pet Bird is a valuable book for anyone:

“Dr. Murphy has produced a very useful book, written in an easy-to-understand style. This text should prove an invaluable resource for pet bird owners and aviculturists alike.” Phillip Samuelson, Technical Editor, Bird Talk and Bird Breeder

“How To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A “must have” reference for every birdkeeper!” Susan Chamberlain, Contributing Editor, Bird Talk

Click to read what other experts think

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Healthy Parrot

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

It is currently estimated that there are over 5 million homes in America that have pet parrots and other birds. Even though these brightly colored and highly intelligent creatures are members of the family, they can still unwittingly pass on germs to their human family. There are a few diseases that parrots can pass onto their people:

1. Cryptococcosis

This fungus is typically found in contaminated pigeon droppings and although it is somewhat rare in pet birds, people can still contract it by inhaling the contaminated dust or if the fungus spores land inside an open wound. Parrots can become infected if there are pigeons in their environment; for example pigeon droppings on a window ledge near a parrots cage. People who have been contaminated with Cryptococcus will have symptoms that resemble pneumonia: coughing, fever and shortness of breath.

2. Avian Tuberculosis

Avian Tuberculosis is a disease in which bacteria is spread from birds, parrots and other creatures to people. Parrots that are infected with Avian Tuberculosis will show such symptoms as diarrhea, depression, and lethargy and weight loss. Infected animals and birds will actually shed or molt the bacteria in large amounts throughout their environments.

Although scientist are unsure exactly how Avian Tuberculosis is transmitted to humans, they do know that people get from environmental exposure to the bacteria. Those humans affected usually already have a compromised immune system. Symptoms in people include diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss and being tired all of the time.

3. Parrot Fever

Parrot owners are more susceptible to Parrot Fever than any other pet owner. It is transmitted when a person breaths in the bacterial secretions of an infected parrot, or other psittacine bird, or from wild birds and poultry. Some parrots will show obvious signs of having Parrot Fever; while other parrots may live out their whole life without showing any symptom at all. People with Parrot Fever will experience headaches, muscle aches, fevers, chills, coughing and breathing issues. These symptoms start between five and fourteen days after the person was first exposed.

The best ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pet parrot, is to practice cleanliness and take your parrot in to see the vet for routine Annual Well Bird Exams. Remember to always wash your hands with warm soapy water after you have handled any bird, or touched their droppings. Keeping your parrots cage as clean as possible will also be a great benefit.

The Healthy Parrot

Long live the bird!

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

Parrots are a lot more delicate than they may first appear. We all know they can and should live decades. Large parrots can live anywhere from about 50-70 years. The smaller birds can even live over 2 decades. Unfortunately, captive caged birds often don’t enjoy as healthy a life and don’t reach these natural lifespans.

Some of the most common reasons a bird won’t be healthy is actually fairly preventable. Viral and bacterial infections can be prevented with proper housing and cleaning and keeping the bird’s stress levels low. Vitamin deficiency and poor nutrition can be avoided with a full, complete, and nutritious diet.

Click here to learn more about how birds can stay healthy

Learn to be observant

Knowing your bird and his everyday normal behavior is one of the best ways to detect a problem. Birds don’t always appear ill until they are seriously ill, but they often exhibit subtle signs that indicate poor health or disease before then. Make sure you know what is normal for your bird but also spend time with your bird and handle him to know what feels normal too.

Nutritional deficiencies can cause respiratory stress or even seizures over time. Parasites, even internal ones, can cause a bird to pick and itch at himself. Pay attention to a change in his stools and droppings. Also take note of how noisy or verbal he normally is because a drop in communication can indicate a problem too.

Read more about what is normal versus abnormal to be prepared

Raising Polly

How can you know all of these things and be prepared? Raising Polly is a book that contains everything you need to know about how to raise a well-adjusted and healthy bird. You’ll learn the basics of nutrition, cage care, stress reduction, training, and more. You’ll know how to take care of your bird to prevent problems as well as how to recognize when a problem happens.

In addition to the e-book Raising Polly, you’ll receive the audiobook version as well as an e-book about training your parrot. All of this is risk free. You’ll have a 60 day no question asked money back guarantee if you’re not happy.

Click here to learn more about Raising Polly and how it can help you

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Simple Parrot Care

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Although most baby parrots are brought into their new homes already weaned, there are some parrots that will still need some extra TLC before they are completed weaned and can eat on their own.

Here are a few tips on how to hand feed a baby parrot:

1. Before you bring your new baby bird home, make sure you have the breeder or an Avian Certified Veterinarian show you how to hand feed first. Make sure to ask plenty of questions and have them watch you a couple of times.

2. Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap before you begin, and make sure you wash them again afterwards.

3. Commercial baby parrot food can be bought at most pet stores and are easy to make up at home. Always feed a fresh batch of formula and keep the temperature between 100 degrees and 108 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on your species of parrot. The younger your parrot is the more liquid he will need.

4. Avoid crop burns by not heating the formula in the microwave. When microwaved, hand feeding formula can sometimes create hot spots which can cause serious injury to baby parrots. Rather heat up the formula by using a double boiler method. The bowl should stay in a dish of warm water to keep the formula warm whilst you feed. You can self-test the temperature by placing a drop of the formula on the inside of your wrist.

5. Try feeding your baby parrot with a syringe, spoon, and/or a feeding tube, to see which one he likes best.

6. With your baby parrot sitting on a cotton towel, gently hold his head from behind and carefully stretch his neck slightly. Your finger or thumb should be resting underneath his lower beak.

7. Touch the side of your parrots beak with the feeding syringe and angle the tip towards the opposite side of your parrots throat. A parrots esophagus is situated on the parrots right side so your left when your parrot is facing towards you. A parrots windpipe runs down the middle part of the neck.

8. Your baby parrot will start making pumping motions as you slowly start to release the formula down his throat. Be very careful not to feed to fast as you could flood his trachea. Always go slowly.

9. The quantity of feedings depends on the age and species of your parrot. Most parrots will require more feedings during their 2nd and 3rd weeks. Once fed, your parrots crop should feel full, but then should empty out within 3 to 4 hours afterward feeding. If the crop is still full of food after this time, frame immediately see your Avian Veterinarian.

10. Purchase a scale and be sure to weigh your baby parrot both before and after all feedings. If there are any major discrepancies, consult your Avian Veterinarian as soon as possible.

Simple Parrot Care

Did you know it’s actually pretty simple to care for a parrot?

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

It can be daunting when you first have a parrot to know if youre doing the right things. There are fewer bird professionals like veterinarians located near you than if you had a dog. Turning to the internet can be a lifesaver for information, but how do you know what the truth is?

The truth is there are really 3 secrets to proper parrot care:

1. Correct cage setup: knowing what kind of cage and where to place it

2. How to maintain those nice conditions within the cage. Dirty cages help breed diseases!

3. The right way to feed a parrot for total nutrition.

Thats it!

Click here to read more about how easy it is to care for a parrot

Healthy is happiness

Parrots live for decades. Its not uncommon for a parrot to live 60 years, and many even outlive their original owners. If he doesnt have the right living environment his life can be drastically shortened, and he might not even make decade.

When you follow the 3 keys to care mentioned above you really do set him up to be both healthy and happy. His cage needs proper placement and cleanliness to minimize chances of disease. His food needs to be more than just seed to help promote nutrition. Lastly, clean toys he can play with help to promote brain engagement and reduce potential behavioral problems. This is a healthy bird you can then train for all sorts of things!

Click here to see what other things you can do for your parrots health

Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird

The e-book Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird was written by a professional parrot breeder who has over two decades of experience with birds. His experiences and knowledge have been put into one valuable resource. He outlines and details exactly what you need to do to keep your parrot 100% healthy and happy.

In addition to the e-book, youll receive two bonus items:

  • The e-book Training Your Parrot: 12 Simple Tricks Any Parrot Can Learn
  • An mp3 file of Raising Polly so you can listen along to the book

Plus there is a no-risk 60 day guarantee, but we know youll love the information you find!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts