Archive for October, 2013

Fun Time for Your Bird

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Dear Parrot Lover,

Did you know that if you owned a parrot that you it is almost the equivalent of having a two or three year old toddler in your home?

That is because parrots are extremely intelligent beings. In fact, the larger the parrot, the more intelligent they may be, often surpassing the mental capacity of two, three and sometimes even four year old children.

Everyone knows that the secret to a happy child, and a happy parent, is to have a child that is constantly kept busy! So is this true with parrots!

Parrots must be mentally, if not also physically, stimulated otherwise they will become a bit mental. They will act out, throw temper tantrums, bite, scream and become increasingly destructive.

The simple solution to these problems lies in providing your parrot with the perfect parrot toy. However, choosing such a toy can be a game in and of itself.

You can make it easier on yourself by following a few simple guidelines when choosing a toy for your smart big bird.

Firstly, read the label carefully on all bird toys. Some mass manufacturers knowingly incorporate harmful components in their bird toys, such as lead paint and toxic wood, like apple wood. A good bird toy will be made using Manzanite wood and vegetable-dyed leather.

Also carefully inspect how the toy itself is actually made. If there are small pieces of plastic, then this may not be the right type of toy for a big parrot as they can easily break off these pieces and swallow them. If there are bells on the toys, check to see if the clapper is welded securely to the bell itself. If not, see if you can remove it on your own. Yes, your parrot will have an ineffective bell toy, but they will be safer as they won’t be able to break of and swallow the clapper. Most of these clappers are constructed with lead anyway which can lead to lead poisoning immediately. A parrot will only live approximately two days with lead poisoning so please do be careful.

Other things to look out for are whether the toy has any long stringy pieces or corners where your parrot’s toes could get caught.

Toys that should be considered for your parrot are ones that help hone a parrot’s natural foraging skill and help stimulate their brain. Puzzle toys are perfect in this regard and are designed to be constantly gnawed on and eventually destroyed. These toys simply provide a learning experience for your parrot.

Parrots need at least five different toys, with each one being unique. This will ensure that your parrot is properly mentally and physically stimulated. Each toy should have different purpose, be a different color and have a different texture.

Fun Time for Your Bird

Do You Know What You’re Giving Your Bird?

Click here to see how easy it is to keep your bird happy

I know you love your bird and want the best for him, but have you considered the safety of the toys he plays with? Do you know where they are made or how? Did you know there are NO regulations for the manufacture or sale of bird toys?

That’s the scary part! Most inexpensive bird toys (as well as lots of other products) are made in China these days. In case you didn’t know, there are many problems in other pet products that come from China. All you have to do is look at the chicken jerky made for dogs or the new report of FAKE
beef being used!

The bird industry isn’t immune to this same stuff, and these cheap toys are made of unhealthy items that just aren’t safe or that easily break.

Click here to learn more about unsafe things in bird toys

A Better Option in Toys

It is possible to find safe options for your bird. There is the possibility to make your own toys in D-I-Y projects, but you have to be very careful about what you’re buying and putting together.

The safer choice is to get your toys from someone else that has already done all of the hard work for you. The Parrot Toys by Mail Club has done the research, sourced out only the safest and most natural materials, and has tested toys with real birds.

You can’t find these toys in any pet store. Instead, you will receive toys every month that have been preselected just for your bird based on his size and breed. The toys are non-toxic and made of materials like bamboo, leather, cuttle bone, oyster shells, and corn cobs. They are made to be enjoyed by your bird and help stimulate more natural play behavior.

Learn more about Parrot Toys by Mail Club

It’s Easy!

As a member, your toys will ship directly to your house each month plus, the best part, you can receive 6 free toys every single year! Your bird will have the enjoyment of new toys each month, and you’ll have the ease of getting safe toys!

Click here to read more about the toys and joining the club

Nathalie Roberts

Training Your Way to a Better Bird

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Dear Parrot Lover,

There are undoubtedly a large number of domestic parrots that frequently mistake their owners’ fingers and hands as a chew toy. Perhaps you are one such lucky owner?

If so, have you ever wondered why your parrot is biting you and, better yet, how to get him to actually stop biting you forever?

Firstly, it is important to understand that parrots bite for a variety of reasons and that it will take a little of sleuthing on your part in order to narrow the real reason down. Secondly, some parrot owners immediately stop trusting their parrots once they have been bitten. While the bite was obviously painful, this act should never be taken too personally, nor should it be taken out on the parrot itself.

Reducing the amount of time you spend with your parrot, just because you are afraid of being bitten is a pretty poor excuse. Your poor parrot will become shy and very territorial which may lead him to bite again.

Instead, prevent the bite from happening in the first place by understanding your parrot and teaching him the No Bite way.

Learn to interpret your parrot’s particular body language because this will provide you subtle clues as to your parrot’s current temperament and whether or not a bite may be imminent. Such clues include fluffed out feathers (to make your parrot appear bigger than he really is) and pinning of the eyes. These are pretty serious signs and should never be ignored.

As soon as you have mastered these clues, you will be able to not only better understand your parrot’s unique behavior, but identifying his bite-triggering factors will become second nature to you whenever you are around your parrot.

However, it is also a good idea to understand a few of the reasons that parrots bite:

  • Fear
  • Frustration
  • Reaching Adolescence
  • Molting Feathers
  • Protecting their cage/toys/favorite person
  • Jealousy

Whenever your parrot tries to bite you, you should firmly but calmly state ‘No Bite’. If your parrot is sitting on your finger at the time you can gently wobble your finger as you say it. Do not shake your finger so hard that your parrot falls off! You can also give your parrot a timeout by placing him back inside his cage and repeating the ‘No Bite’ command again. Although this may seem like a daunting process, your parrot should be able to understand this command quickly.

Together with understand his body language and stating the ‘No Bite’ command, you should never again be bitten by your parrot!

Training Your Way to a Better Bird

Reading Between the Lines…

Click here to see easy ways to train your parrot

I happened upon one of those free on-line classified listings, and I noticed that there were quite a few birds up for adoption. Unfortunately, you can see that behavioral issues often top the list of reasons for rehoming a bird:

  • Bird is a one person bird (AKA He’s mean to anyone else that comes near you or him!)
  • He needs more attention (AKA He’s screams really loudly all the time for attention!)
  • Looking for a home with someone home more often/I work too much (AKA The bird has separation issues and pulls out his feathers when stressed!)

You have to learn to read between the lines to see what someone really means when they are placing their bird into a new home, but the truth of the matter is that birds often lose their homes because of behavioral issues that someone just doesn’t know how to fix.

Click here to learn more about bird behavioral issues and training fixes

Training is the Answer

One of the most common reasons that a bird might be rehomed is simply because the bird never received the training he needed. Most behavioral issues could be prevented with proper training. Training can also help with an established problem as you work on teaching the bird a new way to behave.

The beauty of training is that you don’t have to just focus on the problem areas. Teaching your bird new and fun tricks is just another way to bridge the gap. The bird may learn how to put a ring on a peg, for example, but it’s a trust and relationship builder between the two of you. The fun stuff can go right alongside the changing bad behavior stuff.

Click here to read more about training birds

Professional Insight Can Make All the Difference

So that you don’t fall into the trap of having a poorly behaved bird, you want to turn to expert training resources. Bird Tricks is one such expert source has been successfully used by tons of bird owners.

Their program is full of resources, including videos, that help you to better understand your bird while also teaching him fun tricks. It will totally change the relationship you have with your bird!

Click here to read more about Bird Tricks and the training system

Nathalie Roberts