Archive for December, 2018

Gain Super Bird Knowledge!

Monday, December 31st, 2018

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

Keeping Your Bird Safe and Entertained

Thursday, December 13th, 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