Archive for June, 2018

Keeping Your Bird Safe and Entertained

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Dear Parrot Lover,

As parrot owners we want to ensure that our parrots receive the very best care, the very best food and the very best cage. But we should try to make sure that our parrots also receive the very best parrot toy too.

Not one that just looks pretty, but a toy that is truly safe for your parrot to play with is also important.

Take a look at your parrot’s current selection of toys. Can you honestly say that they are:

Created using tanned vegetable leather

Not created using formaldehyde in any form

Created with iron or stainless steal

Not created with a zinc coating

Created with woods that are vegetable dyed

Not created using paints, lacquers, glues or adhesives

Created with chains and links that are made out of stainless steel to attach the toys to the cage bars

If you can’t, then those toys may actually be detrimental to your parrot’s health. If you are unsure how your parrot’s toys were created; or if you do not know what those toys are made of or what they are made from, don’t worry, you are not alone! Nearly every unsuspecting parrot owner in the world today cannot honestly say that they truly know how their parrot’s toys are made or where they actually come from.

A large majority of parrot toys are manufactured in foreign countries and then are imported into the USA. Although this is usually due to cheaper labor, it is also due to cheaper components too. Sadly, most of these foreign countries have rather subpar standards than what the USA has, especially when it concerns the proper health care of our cats, dogs and parrots. This means that the toys your parrot may be playing with right now may actually contain harmful components that could injure them or cause them to be ill.

Caring for your parrot should also extend to making sure that their toys are safe and healthy to play with. To this end it is important to realize that there are certain woods, dyes, chemicals, metals, and other such components, that are absolutely harmful to your parrot’s overall wellbeing, especially toys that contain Lead or Zinc as these can lead to poisoning over the long run. Parrot toys that are made with wood and leather should also be checked thoroughly as there are some woods that are poisonous to parrots, such as Apple. Leather that has been dyed with anything but vegetable dye can also cause your parrot to become ill. Therefore it is important to choose your parrot’s toys wisely.

Keeping Your Bird Safe and Entertained

Birds: The Curious Brain

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

Birds are such interesting and intelligent creatures that have an almost insatiable curiosity about the world around them. In the wild they can be found flying miles in a day, discovering all sorts of new things.

In our captive lives, it is important that we still simulate our bird’s brain to a high level. We can’t offer the miles of flying per day, so we must offer a high level of toy interaction that stimulates his curiosity.

Click to see how new toys stimulate your parrot’s brain

How Would Your Bird Like a NEW Toy Each Month?

As bird owners, like all pet owners, we tend to purchase a few initial toys at the pet store when we’ve popped in for new feed. Those toys are limited in their selection and aren’t always made of the highest quality, particularly for the largest of our pet birds.

Has your bird been looking at the same tired set of toys for the last few months? Has he grown tired of pushing beads, looking in the mirror, or has his perch become frayed?

While these toys were once great fun perhaps, they have lost their luster. Imagine if your bird could have access to new bird toys each and every month, and they arrived in the mail so you didn’t even have to go to the store to get them?

Click to learn about the Parrot Toys by Mail club
and receiving toys each month

Toys that are Safe!

Did you know many of those toys in the pet stores are cheaply made in other countries and use materials that can be toxic to your bird? It’s not uncommon to find materials like arsenic, lead, zinc, formaldehyde, and stained woods to name a few. These can all lead to very serious health problems in your bird and even death.

The Parrot Toys by Mail club only creates toys that are totally natural and safe with materials like coconut fiber, corn cob, oyster shells, safe leather, sisal cord, cuttle bone, bamboo, and more. These great toys are safe and fun!

Click here to check out what toys are in the Parrot Toys by Mail club

Nathalie Roberts

Is Your Bird a Biter?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Dear Parrot Lover,

Every parrot owner wants to know the secret to owning a happy, and well-behaved, parrot.

The secret is quite simple, actually. A trained parrot is a happy parrot.

Much like training your dog, training your parrot helps him learn boundaries and what behavior is acceptable and what is not. A well-trained parrot is one that is quite content in his surroundings and does not need to rely solely on his owner for stimulation.

But training your parrot can seem like a very daunting process, especially if you are new to owning a parrot. The key element is to never give up, and to never stop training your parrot. Understand that, at first, your parrot may be resistant to training and you may endure bites, scratches, and be subjected to screaming tantrums. But know that the more you stick with a training regime, the better things will be in the long run. However, when training your parrot to do anything, the most important thing to remember is to always interact with your parrot in a happy and positive way. Parrots thrive on positivity and will learn faster when you teach them with kind words and smiles, rather than stern looks and shouting.

So, before starting your training session for the day, do a self-check and make sure that you are in a positive and calm mood. Leave all your stressful troubles at the door. Parrots are more perceptive than their owners give them credit for, and your parrot will very quickly pick up on any stress that you may be feeling. This will make your parrot feel uncomfortable and he may be hesitant that usual during the training session.

When scheduling a training session, make sure that you choose a time when there will be the least amount of distractions in your home. This includes distractions from the radio, TV, and other family members. Always stick to a time limit. The shorter and sweeter the session, the quicker and better your parrot will learn. Otherwise you run the potential of your parrot becoming bored and irritable, which will cause the training session to be cut short.

Never raise your voice at your parrot, in or out of a training session. Parrots have wonderful memories and will remember your raised voice for a long time. Yelling at your parrot will only make him become afraid of you; and a parrot that is afraid will bite to defend itself. It is better to give your parrot a disapproving look than it is to yell.

At the end of the training session, allow your parrot to have some free time to himself to play. Reward him by allowing him to play on his play tree or elsewhere outside of his cage. Remember too, that you every parrot is as unique as human children, and will therefore learn at different paces. So practice patience, remain calm and happy, and your parrot will quickly become a happy, and well-trained, parrot.

Is Your Bird a Biter?

Biting is common in pet birds

Biting is common because it is a normal reaction for birds. It often is used to express fear. For example, if a bird is afraid of being touched or being approached, he will express that fear through various movements or vocalizations. If this doesn’t stop the movement or touching, the bird will bite. Biting is really to teach a person to stop touching. And it works! Biting is painful.

A bird should never be punished for biting since this is a normal reaction and is one of the last ways a bird can express its discomfort. But there are ways to help him become less fearful.

Click here to learn more how birds use biting as a tactic

Working through his fears

The only way to stop a bird from biting is to systematically teach him that there is nothing to fear from you. He needs to learn to trust you, and you need to fully respect him in order to make progress.

Will you be bitten in training? It is possible, but ideally there is no need for you to be bitten as part of the training process. The reason why is that you are going to teach him positively in small portions that don’t make him uncomfortable enough to bite you. It really does work, and it comes down to the use of a clicker.

Click here to learn how to avoid being bitten in parrot training

Using a clicker and The Power Pause

A clicker is a small tool that makes a consistent noise each time a button is pressed. It is commonly used in dog training as well as the training of other animals, chickens included! The clicker is a very useful tool for training parrots and other birds as well.

The Power Pause is a technique that utilizes a clicker. You are going to click and reward the bird for remaining calm as you approach him. The reward at this time is actually going to be you walking away when he remains calm.

Here is how it works: you approach the bird and stop several feet short of the bird. As soon as he stops talking and closes his mouth and settles down, click and walk away. Once he no longer reacts at this distance, you move closer. By working in incremental levels that the bird is comfortable with, you can teach him that you approaching (and eventually touching) is a good thing. You can ultimately stop his biting with this technique.

Click here to learn more about the Power Pause

Nathalie Roberts