Tea Time with Your Toucan

Photo by Dave Womach Location: Costa Rica Shown: Keel Bill Toucan  The only way to test for iron storage disease in toucans is to do a liver biopsy and when Dave and I did so with our Swainson Toucan years ago, we found she was very high in iron because when we first got her we were told she couldn't have tap water but that bottled water was ...
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Training Toco Toucans

Photo by Dave Location: Musha Cay, Bahamas Shown: Toco Toucans   A toco toucan is one of my "dream birds" and I finally got to work with some! They were wild caught and sold as "hand fed tame babies" which they were clearly not. They turned out to be wild caught. My job was to tame them enough that they would actually enjoy human interaction ...
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Change Up Those Birdie Toys!

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Shown: Swainson Toucan "Fiji"   I can't stress enough that no matter what type of bird you have, you need to change their toys around at least once a month! It's so essential for their well being and mental health. They need change and fun and play - just like we do on a daily basis. So make sure your...
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Food Finding Foraging Trees

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL On Foraging Tree: Swainson Toucan "Fiji" Ever wish you could have your bird out while you hang around the house but not have it be all over you or getting intro too much trouble? This is what food finding trees were created for... and you can create them yourself, too!  Simply hang toys all over a tr...
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Bird Sitting My Military Macaw... Can ANYONE Handle It?

Photo by Missi Bellande Location: Naples, Florida Fighting Macaws: Military Macaw "Cash" & Blue and Gold Macaw "Bailey" So right before my trip to Moab, Utah a friend of mine, Missi, asked, "Would you ever consider rehoming your military macaw, Cash?" She was on the look out for a mature, independant macaw that was on the larger side and ...
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Sprouting For Parrots

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Of: Sprouts for parrots After hearing talk about peanuts being very unhealthy for parrots, I got into a "health-nut" state (no pun intended) and called up a very good friend who is very knowledgable of parrots. I was on a quest to find the healthiest foods for my birds - she suggested sprouting among ot...
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