When Wild Birds Move Into Non-Traditional Habitat

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Two of my birds bathing under a sprinkler. (For those who are concerned about water conservation: I use tank water.)

 

One of my flock’s favourite ways to bathe is outside under a sprinkler. I set the sprinkler up on top of their aviaries and let the water fall down on them just like rain would. Everyone except for my macaw happily screams and shouts and plays under it. My eclectus gets as close to the sprinkler as possible as he prefers to ...

 

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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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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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Have You Noticed Your Bird’s Increased Appetite Lately?

Umbrella cockatoo. Linus

I know I am not the only person that has suffered through another crazy spring breeding season this year. I hate to use expressions like misery loves company, but I have to admit that while Linus was threatening to use my body parts as nest lining, I was glad to have those around who truly understood my frustration. This year has been hard on everyone it seems.

Thankfully, it appears to be drawing to an end for most of my birds. While their behavior is only somewhat improved, I ...

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