|Posted by Karen on February 4, 2016 at 4:55 AM||comments (0)|
Too many Birds...Too many Aviaries...Too much Trouble to Organise a Holiday...Too much Guilt at leaving birds?
Does this sound familiar to you?...it does to me.
I made a commitment to myself several years ago that my Family would take at least one block period of time each year away from the birds on a true Holiday. Not only to have a relaxing break, but also to visit bird parks, meet bird people and enhance our bird lives further by actually being AWAY from the BIRDS.
How do you do this?... simply... cultivate "Bird Friends'. There are many bird people out there in the same boat who would love a holiday, but simply can't "Fly Away" due to their bird commitments.
The best thing about "Bird Friends" is that they already know how to care for birds, what to feed birds, what to look for if a bird shows signs of illness and what to do in that case. You don't have to train them....they already know...AND THEY CARE ABOUT BIRDS,,,, and you can return the Favour so they too can have a BIRD FREE HOLIDAY.
|Posted by Karen on December 16, 2015 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Rainbow Lorikeets are the CLOWNS OF THE BIRD WORLD. They never seem to know which is the right way up. They are just as happy swinging upside down from your fingers to chasing little balls across the lounge room floor.
Rainbow Lorikeets make wonderful pets for the Teenager and the Young at Heart. They are outgoing, full of fun and mischief. One minute they are snuggling under your hair and the next minute they are tearing around the floor after their toys.
Rainbow Lorikeets can even talk. Whilst not the world's best linguistic specialists, they can certainly say a few phrases quite clearly.
Rainbow Lorikeets LOVE TO PLAY, whether that be wrestling with your fingers, or chasing small balls or pieces of paper across the floor, they are a powerhouse of FUN. So if you are looking for a bird that loves to physically interact and wrestle with you, then its hard to go past a RAINBOW LORIKEET.
Lorikeets do however come with a warning sign" NOT SUITABLE FOR CARPETED AREAS"... There is a down side to lorikeets, and that is, they have "Squirty Poos". However this is not a problem as long as you have hard surface flooring as it just wipes up easily and doesn't smell. Not recommended for homes with carpet.
For great videos of all our burds, just check out the VIDEO section on our webstie
Happy Birding ... KAZ
|Posted by Karen on October 25, 2015 at 1:05 AM||comments (0)|
So you have made the decision to welcome into your home a new feathered friend. You have done your research, you have set up a wonderful cage, you have told all your friends and now you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your new pet parrot... WOW.... Now the nerves set in..... What is her favourite food.... what is his favourtie play thing..... what if she doesn't like me.... what if he bites me....What if.... What if.... What if....
Well stop right there.... The experience will be fine, just take everything slowly for yourself and your new baby bird and build up TRUST.
When you get your new baby bird home:
SOOO.... the best way to settle in your new baby bird?....... SLOWLY
|Posted by Karen on October 5, 2015 at 5:35 AM||comments (0)|
People often ask us "Why wont my bIrd eat vegies?... Well we need to ask.."From a Birds Point of View what is a Vegie?"".. In the wild birds dont wait for their broccoli or spinach or apple to be served up to them. Birds in the wild have to forage for what ever they can get. To a bird there are many types of "vegetables". Ever thought about MILK THISTLES......DANDELIONS....... BINDIS...... GREEN SEEDING GRASSES,....... CHICK WEED??....These are all Vegetables to a Bird.
Also consider the amount of time that birds spend in trees just chewing on the leaves, branches and flowers of various Australian Natives. These are all "Vegies" to a bird.
So if you are having difficulty getting your Pet Bird to each their Veges, dont stress over the limp untouched brocolli, or the browning piece of apple. Go out and grab a fistfull of weeds and branches from your back yard.... Weeding and Triming never was so much fun!!,..and your Pet Bird will thank you for it.
|Posted by Karen on September 19, 2015 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
Many people ask us if we think that their pet bird or pet parrot needs a feathered friend.
The answer to that is usually " It depends on how much they have bonded to their Human Friends." A pet bird who think the world of their human friend, calls out to them when they come home, snuggles up against them to watch TV and plays games is most likely to resent any other feathered friend and actually see them as an inttruder into their already cosy arrangement.
Birds by nature can be very territorial and very jealous. They may view the new feathered friend as a direct competitor for their Human's affection and attention and go out of their way to warn the new entrant off their human property.
Birds can be quite selfish... "What's Mine, stays Mine.." and may be reluctant to share the Human which they consider to be their sole property.
If you are introducing a new feathered friend into the household, make sure they have their own cage, at least for a while, then if the pet birds are accepting of each other you may try and house them together. Always have a back up plan
|Posted by Karen on September 4, 2015 at 5:40 AM||comments (0)|
Many potential pet bird owners often ask " But will it Bite?". The answer I usually give is "Will Dogs Bark?".....however this line of thought is for another post.
What people are usually thinking is "WOW that's a BIG BEAK.... It's going to HUUURT"!!
My response is "If a cockatiel or a lorikeet has ever bitten you on the quick near the fingernail, then you will really know what HUUURT means.
Bird beaks act like two levers that pivot on a fulcrum, now for those of you who remember the dim dark days of school science will know that the closer to the fulcrum point the stronger the force, and the further from the fulcrum point, the lesser the force.
For example, a cockatiel or a lorikeet can deliver a very strong bite for such a small beak as the upper and lower beak are close to the fulcrum point. A Toucan however, has a long, large beak and the end of the upper and lower beak are much further from the fulcrum point, thereby delivering a softer biting capacity.
So when sizing up a bird for its biting potential, dont be fooled by the "small beak"
Happy Birding Kaz
|Posted by Karen on August 28, 2015 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|
The short answer is YES YES YES YES.........!!!!
The long answer is.......IT DEPENDS ON YOU!!!!
As with all birds, it boils down to how much love, care and effort you put into your relationship with your pet parrot. Think of your pet eclectus as you would your young child. Encourage them to play, encourage them to explore within safe boundaries, provide them with a stimulating environment, and set them some "tasks" such as picking up buttons, chasing a ball across the floor, fetching a cockroach from under the couch.........??
Eclectus parrots are visually stunning and highly intelligent pet birds. As such they require a bird owner to be dedicated to providing their pet ecelctus with a great diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, fresh branches, flowers and foraging activities on a daily basis. This is not a bird that you can just "set and forget" and expect them to have a loving relationship with you.
In our experience both boys and girls are equally good natured and loving. Both boys and girls have an amazing talking ability and both boys and girls love to interact with you, hang around you whilst you watch TV, read a book, play on face book etc....
When you are out for the day at work or school make sure your pet eclectus has a large enough cage so that you can place branches, foraging toys, pine cones, pandanus nuts and all sorts of destructible natural toys in there for them to amuse themselves. Once you come home, set a time for them to come out and play and interact with you.
WHAT YOU PUT IN = WHAT YOU GET OUT....
|Posted by Karen on August 20, 2015 at 7:05 AM||comments (0)|
Have you ever noticed that the best way to motivate people is to apply the 'WHATS IN IT FOR ME" principle?. Well with pet birds this principle works in much the same way.
Pet Birds are basically as self centred and selfish as us humans. Forget all the cuddly, sweet little looks that they give you, their main concerned in looking after NUMBER ONE...ME. Why are we surprised?, as this is generally how human beings and all other species manage to survive and thrive.
So when you are looking at enjoying some quality play time with your pet parrot apply this principle. Provide your pet bird with special treats and affection when ever you would like them to interact with you in a positive way. If you make it "worth their while" to interact with you, then you will be onto a winning combination.
Just like humans, we are on our BEST BEHAVIOUR when the principle of WHATS IN IT FOR ME is applied
Happy parroting Kaz
|Posted by Karen on August 5, 2015 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Karen on July 29, 2015 at 4:55 AM||comments (0)|
Here I am, your new baby bird. I may look all grown up with my beautiful new feathers and my inquistive eyes, however I am only a baby,
please be patient;
You may want to cuddle and stroke me, I may lunge at you and try to scare you. I may nip at you and try to look fierce, however I am only a baby,
please be patient;
I may not want to come out of my cage everytime you want me to. I may try and get away from your long arms with those wriggly things on the end, however I am only a baby,
please be patient;
Sit with me, talk with me, coax me gently, let me check you out whilst I am in the safety of my cage. Let me have some quiet times. Afterall, I am only a baby,
please be patient;
Let me get to know you, let me get to ttrust you, let me build my confidence, it may take a month or so, afterall, I am only a baby
please be patient;
As I grow I will learn your ways, I will learn to trust you, I will learn to love you, however I am only a baby,
please be patient..............................
|Posted by Karen on July 22, 2015 at 6:05 AM||comments (0)|
To clip or not to clip??...ANSWER: YES and NO
In our experience the best outcome for you and your pet bird is for your pet parrot to have fully flighted wings.
|Posted by Karen on July 15, 2015 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
The Bird Cage to a Pet Bird or Pet Parrot is the equvilent to their home. We all know from our own experience that the quality of our "Home" depends on the time and effort we put into MAKING OUR CAGE OUR HOME. We can live in a run down negelcted dump, or we can add those extras that make us feel like we are Living the Life of Royalty.
The same with a bird cage. The bird cage is where a pet bird can feel secure and safe, chew up and destroy toys and branches, dine on delectable delights and view the world from a safe and warm environment. Much like us humans
We always recommend that you purchase the BIGGEST CAGE you can afford. That way there is a lot of room for your pet bird to stretech its wings, rummage around, hand upside down and enjoy themselves. You can have fun making toys from natural products such as paper and branches and hang these toys in the cage for you pet parrot to enjoy.
Of course, when you are home your pet bird can come out of their cage and enjoy one on one quality time with you.
The question of whether a bird cage is a Palace or a Prison?...... TOTALLY UP TO YOU.....
|Posted by Karen on July 8, 2015 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Karen on June 24, 2015 at 7:05 AM||comments (0)|
For years Australians have thought of pets in terms of cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rats. Pet Parrots have been on the back burner when families are choosing a new family member.
Pet Parrots are incredibly fun, interactive and intelligent little beings in their own right. What other pet can talk, call, mimic the crying baby and scream like your mother on steroids one minute and then snuggle up under your chin and go to sleep on your shoulder whilst nibbling your ear. Certianly no dog or cat will even match that.
Some one once said to me "But Birds Cant Play Ball!".. well check out our great videos of Big Ted our Eclectus Parrot playing catchies. Our website also has great videos of our Scaly Breasted Lorikeet chasing balls around the lounge room. Scaly will often wander off and fetch balls (and on occasions the dead cockroach) from underneath the lounge.
Of course then there is the Internet Sensation Snowball the Cockatoo and his amazing dance moves
|Posted by Karen on June 20, 2015 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
Mr GOOGLE has made changes in the Internet World, therefore so that all our friends and members can still find us easily we have re vamped our website to make it Mobile Friendly.
Our new web site is designed especially for the Parrot Lover and Bird Enthusiast. Lots of great Parrot and Baby Bird Videos, Parrot and Baby Bird Photos and lots of great information about caring for your pet parrot and baby bird.
Make sure you visit our new Video page and check out all our revised Parrot Pages. Dont forget to check out the new baby bird hatchings and the new baby birds for sale page. Lots of cute photos and videos to come as the weather warms up and lots of baby birds and baby parrots start hatching.