Gardening for Parrots and People: Ten Easy and Nutritious Foods to Grow for Your Flock

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My Senegal Parrot helping my garden

Gardening for parrots is not the nightmare you might imagine, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t have a green thumb! Now that spring is here, it is the perfect time to start planting for you and your flock — or to begin planning for the summer. Start small. Anyone with a garden or little patch of grass can grow their own produce, and doing so is a great way to save money. Feeding your flock is, after ...

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3 Big Diet Mistakes Made By Great Bird Owners

Camelot macaws enjoying sprouts

One of the hardest things to explain to people about parrot nutrition is that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Too many nutrients can be as unhealthy as too few.

I read a comment on Facebook from someone explaining that he doubles the recommended amount of vitamins for his bird every day. His pellet of choice is Harrison’s High Potency Bird Food. He went on to explain that the extra vitamins were assurance that his bird would be healthy and it is commonly ...

 

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Introducing Aspiring Rescue Owner Sarah Stull

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Green-winged macaw feathers.

 

My flock started off rather by accident. Despite knowing what a bad idea it was, I ended up going into a pet shop near my university one day before a lesson. I saw two adorable wee canaries and had to have them. My boyfriend, Oliver, reluctantly agreed. How much trouble could two fluffy songbirds bring?

Quite a lot, as it turns out – though indirectly! It was through my belated in-depth research on canaries that I discovered parrots.

I knew right away ...

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Cooked Vegetables Are Better Than NO Vegetables

 

Camelot macaws

I recently wrote a blog post that discussed how important it is to try mimic nature in the environment we provide for our birds. Being undomesticated animals so new to captivity that some of their their grandparents may have lived their lives in the wild, they will certainly appreciate that level of attention to detail.

But recently, I had a conversation with someone specifically about looking to nature for guidance in the parrot diet. It brought to light how very confusing this message might be – in fact, we actually ...

 

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Milk Thistle And Miracle Cures For Parrot Liver Problems

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You're interrupting me preening, shove off.

 

There is a danger attached to writing the words “my bird is sick” and then putting that out somewhere on the Internet or on social media for others to read. Whether you want it or not, you’re going to get people trying to help you. That in itself is a great thing because it is a sign that people care enough to try. The problem is that some of the advice you can get from the Internet is ...

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