Archive for June, 2013

Safe and Fun Bird Toys

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Dear Parrot Lover,

Parrots are very fun to watch, especially when they are playing and interacting with their toys. As a responsible and loving pet owner you have surely bought your parrot a myriad of toys.

But have you bought the best parrot toys possible? Were you aware that the bird toys that you buy for your parrot can actually have a direct and very serious impact on both your parrot’s physical and psychological health?

Unfortunately, this all very true!

What most new parrot owners do not know is that nearly every type of parrot has the mental capacity equivalent to that of a two to three year old child. And just like a toddler, your parrot continually needs to be both physically and mentally stimulated in order for them to be as happy and
as healthy as possible for their entire lifetime. It is easy to tell which parrots have not been properly stimulated, because those are typically the ones that are overly destructive. These parrots sometimes turn on themselves in frustration and become feather pluckers.

There are a lot of bird toys that are very unhealthy for your parrot to play with. Sadly, as the increase in parrot ownership rises around the globe, so does the amount of unscrupulous bird toy manufactures who think they can make a quick buck or two by creating and selling cheap bird toys. Unfortunately most of these bird toys are actually created using very harmful substances, such as using wood that comes from an apple tree. Such wood contains elements of cyanide, as does the seeds of apples, and prolonged exposure can be lethal to parrots. Other harmful parrot toys are made with harsh chemical dyes used to create bright, happy colors that will draw in both you and your parrot. Some
parrot toys have zinc bells or chains on them that could flake off in your parrot’s beak.

Remember that parrots are flock animals and will therefore not show any sign of being sick until it almost too late to get them to the veterinarian for help.

In order to make certain that your parrot has the best parrot toy possible, be sure to carefully read the label on the toy. Be on the lookout for any woods, dyes, chemicals or metals that are known to be harmful to parrots. Whenever possible, try to make your parrot’s toys on your own. That way you will always know what the components are made up of and that they are safe for your parrot.

Safe and Fun Bird Toys

Do You Trust the Toys You Give Your Bird?

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I don’t want to scare you, but I want to make sure you really, truly feel safe with the toys you give your bird.

Here’s the thing. I did too, until the toys broke with little play and pieces of metal and plastic were available for the bird to eat! Luckily, none was ingested, but if it had beenů.

Bird toys can actually be harmful for our birds. They can break; they can be made of unsafe materials such as chemicals, zinc, lead, toxic wood stains, and even formaldehyde. Plus, many toys are made inexpensively outside of the country where there is absolutely no one watching how they are made or what goes into them.

Click here to learn more about unsafe things in bird toys

There Are Safe Toys!

The good news is that there are plenty of safe toys available to you. They are not only non-toxic and fun, but they also simulate natural bird behavior. Have you ever watched your bird play with a toy he really likes? You’ll notice he likes to use his feet and his beak to investigate it. He likes to
pull at it, shred it, and in some cases, even destroy it.

Toys made of natural materials help encourage all of this natural behavior, which is great for your bird’s brain too. Safe natural materials include things like corn cobs, bamboo, leather, cuttle bone, and oyster shells.

Learn more about toxin-free bird toys

Parrots Toys by Mail Club

If you really want to have the best access to these kinds of toys, which you can’t find in your local pet store, then you are going to want to know about the Parrots Toys by Mail Club.

Each month you’ll get toys that are specially selected for your bird. They are all natural, non-toxic, fun, and best of all, you won’t have to worry about their safety. Plus, the toys are mailed to your house each month!

Check out the club now, and learn how you can receive 6 free toys every single year!

Click here to read more about the Parrot Toys by Mail Club and how to join

Nathalie Roberts

Bird Training Assistance Coming Your Way

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Dear Parrot Lover,

If you are a new parrot owner then you most likely want to jump in with both feet first and train your parrot to be obedient as quickly as possible. However, if you are also like most new parrot owners, the thought of parrot training may seem to be a very daunting process. Don’t worry!
Training your parrot can be both fun and rewarding – for both you and your parrot. But first you will have to start with a few basic tips:

First impressions always last; but with parrots, every interaction that you have with them will leave an impression. So make sure that you always treat your parrot lovingly.

You can keep your parrot calm by simply keeping yourself calm and passive.

Talking in a soft and gentle voice will help in keeping your parrot’s attention on you.

Even if your parrot is naughty or frustrates you, do not yell or scream. As soon as you raise your voice, your parrot will think that you are playing some type of game and will want to join in the fun by raising their voices and screaming at you too. It is best to stop this game before it has even had a chance to begin.

There is no such thing as punishment when it comes to parrot training. This is a human concept that is totally lost on parrots. Therefore never throw things at your parrot’s cage or smack him on the beak or tail, and never withhold food or water either. All of these are considered animal abuse. Parrots
are very fragile and can easily get hurt both physically and psychologically. Putting your parrot’s wellbeing at risk is never the correct way to deal with any type of behavior problem that your parrot may seem to have.

Instead, understand that your parrot will immediately know that he has received your disapproval simply by the way your body language and facial expressions changes when he does or says something he should not have done or said.

Try to be as comical as you can when training your parrot a new trick or when teaching them to talk. Being comical will make your parrot be very happy to see you and so will encourage them to try and mimic you in order to be happy as well.

One of the most basic parrot training commands that you must teach your pet parrot is the ‘step up’ command. This is taught by gently pushing your index finger against your parrot’s breast bone and lightly pushing your parrot with your finger while saying the ‘step up’ command. This action will force your parrot to have to move forward by taking a step up so as to regain his balance. He will then step forward onto your finger. Repeat this command over and over until your parrot instinctually steps onto your finger whenever you say the ‘step up’ command.

Bird Training Assistance Coming Your Way

Creating the Best Bird You Can

Click here to see easy ways to train your parrot

Here we are halfway through the year, and have you started training your bird yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

Training your bird is the only way to create the best bird you can. It helps unlock his abilities and makes a connection with you. It’s an excellent relationship builder whether the bird is brand new to you or you’ve had him a while. It’s never too late to start training!

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What Does Training Actually Do?

What won’t training do?!? It’s not just about teaching tricks or building his vocabulary, even though that’s neat stuff. You can absolutely teach your bird all sorts of tricks like like waving his foot, putting a ring on a peg, etc. But, even if you don’t have an interest in this kind of stuff, training tricks will help work your bird’s thinking brain, defeat his daily boredom, and bond you and your bird.

Aside from the tricks, training helps work against bad behaviors your bird may have developed. Habits like screaming or feather plucking are reversible or even preventable.

Click here to read more about training and the effect on birds

Make Your Training Time Easy

Now that you’re revved up to begin training your bird, how do you do it? Good question! You’ll want to pick a full-proof method developed by pros that is easy to follow. In mere minutes a day, you can get your bird started on the right path.

Bird Tricks was developed by pros to help you teach your bird. You have instant access to training videos that show you step-by-step exactly what to do. It can’t get any easier!

Check out Bird Tricks and see if it’s right for you. You can start out right away by seeing free videos.

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Nathalie Roberts