Heated Perch Working for this Scarlet Macaw

 

We bought the large thermo perch for our scarlet macaw, just to be on the safe side. Even though we keep his room nice and warm, sometimes when I get him out of the cage in the morning, his feet are cold.

 
He was perching on it the first night, and has continued to use it, as well as the original “sleeping” perch that we also left in his cage. 
 
Small Heated Thermo-Perch for Smaller Birds 
 
I feel better knowing that he will always be warm, no matter how cold and blustery our winter gets here in Kansas City.
 
We are very happy with this product. It’s very sturdy, as well as a safely made product to use around my baby.
 
Elaine
 

 

Hawk Head Parrot – Handicapped – Help

I just adopted a 4 mth old Hawk Head Parrot. He is deformed. Puts most of his weight in his right side. I wanted to get him a sleeping tent or ledge.

 
Something he can rest comfortable in. He will be having xrays and testing in a few weeks to see the extent. I just wanna try to make him comfy. He’s a very active parrot though the deformity doesn’t seen to slow him down!
 
What would parrot supplies would you recommend? Thanks!!
 

 
Your parrot was born as he was, he has nothing to compare himself with so he does not think he is deformed at all. He is lucky to have you.
 
I am not familiar with Hawk head parrots enough to be able to know if they will use a pet bird tent. Some birds do, some don’t. A bird hut he can enter without difficulty like the Snuggle Hut or the Scooter Z tent may be better than a bag type bed like a Snuggle Sack.
 
Your parrot may prefer a solid surface as well. The Prevue corner bird cage perch may be well received. Or the Prevue Bird Cage Sun Deck may work well too, he can sit easier, but not in a tent.
 
Are you in any Hawkhead parrot forum groups online, done any research on what they like? Google Hawkhead parrot support or Hawkhead Forum and you may find some advise.
 
Here are links to these items.
 
 
 
 
I hope this helps.
Catherine
 
 

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Hawk Head Parrot – Handicapped – Help

I just adopted a 4 mth old Hawk Head Parrot. He is deformed. Puts most of his weight in his right side. I wanted to get him a sleeping tent or ledge.

 
Something he can rest comfortable in. He will be having xrays and testing in a few weeks to see the extent. I just wanna try to make him comfy. He’s a very active parrot though the deformity doesn’t seen to slow him down!
 
What would parrot supplies would you recommend? Thanks!!
 

 
Your parrot was born as he was, he has nothing to compare himself with so he does not think he is deformed at all. He is lucky to have you.
 
I am not familiar with Hawk head parrots enough to be able to know if they will use a pet bird tent. Some birds do, some don’t. A bird hut he can enter without difficulty like the Snuggle Hut or the Scooter Z tent may be better than a bag type bed like a Snuggle Sack.
 
Your parrot may prefer a solid surface as well. The Prevue corner bird cage perch may be well received. Or the Prevue Bird Cage Sun Deck may work well too, he can sit easier, but not in a tent.
 
Are you in any Hawkhead parrot forum groups online, done any research on what they like? Google Hawkhead parrot support or Hawkhead Forum and you may find some advise.
 
Here are links to these items.
 
 
 
 
I hope this helps.
Catherine
 
 

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Hawk Head Parrot – Handicapped – Help

I just adopted a 4 mth old Hawk Head Parrot. He is deformed. Puts most of his weight in his right side. I wanted to get him a sleeping tent or ledge.

 
Something he can rest comfortable in. He will be having xrays and testing in a few weeks to see the extent. I just wanna try to make him comfy. He’s a very active parrot though the deformity doesn’t seen to slow him down!
 
What would parrot supplies would you recommend? Thanks!!
 

 
Your parrot was born as he was, he has nothing to compare himself with so he does not think he is deformed at all. He is lucky to have you.
 
I am not familiar with Hawk head parrots enough to be able to know if they will use a pet bird tent. Some birds do, some don’t. A bird hut he can enter without difficulty like the Snuggle Hut or the Scooter Z tent may be better than a bag type bed like a Snuggle Sack.
 
Your parrot may prefer a solid surface as well. The Prevue corner bird cage perch may be well received. Or the Prevue Bird Cage Sun Deck may work well too, he can sit easier, but not in a tent.
 
Are you in any Hawkhead parrot forum groups online, done any research on what they like? Google Hawkhead parrot support or Hawkhead Forum and you may find some advise.
 
Here are links to these items.
 
 
 
 
I hope this helps.
Catherine
 
 

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The Skinny on Bird Cages – Part 2

We’ve chatted about the components in the center of the bird cage now let’s talk about the top and the bottom. You’ll see six examples of bird cage styles below each one serving a unique purpose.

Solid top bird cages

In most cases the solid tops on an aviary serve a couple functions. If the aviary is outside it, keeps rain from falling into cage which is why you’ll always see a sloped roof.

Read moreThe Skinny on Bird Cages – Part 2

Parrot Travel Carrier for International Flight

So we get a review for this parrot travel carrier 

the other day

Milano Purse Bird Carrier with Sandy Perch

  Fits my blue fronted amazon with space to spare. Squished down to fit under airline seat. Travelled from Brazil to US in comfort, no squawking. Warm and cozy for cold spot like onboard plane. CANNOT TELL that bird is inside — looks like regular purse. Fits small dog or cat too I would think.
  Reviewed by: liz from chicago, IL. on 11/5/2011

(Click here to see more info on this parrot travel carrier)

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the carrier had been used on an international flight. Especially for a bird the size of Blue Fronted Amazon parrot. So this was good information that we can use for future customers. We posted the review to the website, and put “blog post about the Milano parrot travel carrier”on our to do list.

A couple of days later a customer comes in to the Birdie Boutique seeking a travel carrier for her to Quaker parrots for an international plane trip to Israel in a few months. She has some ideas and was thinking about a hard plastic bird carrier but was concerned about water and how to mount a water bottle into a bird carrier.

I walked her over to the computer on the counter and showed her the review that we had just posted which certainly got her interest. She was concerned about the water issue on the long flight, so I reached out to the customer that posted the review and asked her how she kept a the size of an Amazon parrot bird hydrated during the long flight.

Here’s the answer we got back from our customer 

Hi Mitch, the trip from Brazil to Chicago is 10.30 hours, plus wait time, boarding time, arrival time, etc.

Midway through the flight, I took her (in the bag) into the bathroom and served her a few gulps of water from an empty airline size liquor bottle which I filled with water.

I know the trip to Israel is longer, and may require a connection through Paris, Frankfurt or Athens (I have made this trip many times myself).

As long as the folks understand this bird carrier is for ON BOARD, CABIN travel, accompanied by people, and not IN BAGGAGE as cargo, they should be fine.

I hope that helps! Be sure to check which airlines offer in cabin pet birds. The information you get in the US is different than what they say abroad — here United told me NO, cargo only. In Brazil, United told me YES, never in cargo! 

Also check to see if there is a quarantine period in Israel, and be sure have them get a vet certificate about 72 hours prior to departure.

The least said, the better, as far as travelling with birds, although I was honest and paid the fee for pet cabin travel.

Best Liz

That response triggered some more questions

Hi Liz, 

How does this tall looking bag with an Amazon in it, collapse DOWN to fit under the seat in the airplane? where is the perch located in the bag? or is there no perch?

And did the airlines give you a hard time when you showed up with this bag? ….like telling you it wasn’t “airline approved”?

thanks

Mitch I will send you a pic of my bird full adult in the bag (see pic below). Plenty of head room. Yes it comes with a good sandy cement perch that anchors on both sides, though Jade preferred the floor which I covered with newspaper. 

She did shred the netting a bit, but nothing serious. So there is plenty of headroom under the seat since there is about 6 inches of head clearance. Soon as I got the bag, I stuffed it full of my pc, all the uusual junk in a woman’s purse and used it prior to travel for a week, to get it all nice and stretchy. More pliable if you see.

These are airline approved parrot travel carriers at least by United, Korean Air, etc. Frankly if you just shoved it birds and all thru the xray machine they would never notice. However I didn’t want any hassle. Just tell them its IATA approved (the international pet airline travel authority). No one is going to take responsiblity for a bird in cargo all the Israel (or anywhere that long without a break).

They asked me when booking, wow — is it a peacock? a falcon? ha ha. I said a parakeet, these people don’t know the difference. Some airlines seem anti-parrot cuz of noise concerns but my parrot, who can be very happy, loud, shrieker, she slept all the way.

Oh, have the birds sleep in the carrier for a week prior to travel to get used to it. There are pockets in the carrier for other stuff. Avoid any other purse, no one will even notice. Maybe leave the carrier on its’ side on the floor and let the birds explore it on their own, put their favorite treat inside, make it no big deal.

I only had one night to get my bird used to it, however I used to travel with her alot in those bird backpacks. They will NOT fit under the seat, and a pet dog or cat carrier is too cold for a bird, and no perch. I don’t like those acrylic ones, I feel a bird who is used to having its cage covered at night won’t perceive a big difference.

 Hope this helps. It really is a great product.

Liz

I have a very picky female eclectus parrot

From: Susan M
Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 8:07 PM
 

I have a very picky female eclectus parrot. I have tried every food that I could find in pet stores etc. Someone told me about Windy city Parrot . 

 
After checking out their products I purchased eclectus mixed seed, food to cook, and food to soak. My parrot took to the food immediately.
 
You can smell how fresh it is and my bird is now satisfied after she eats. Any products I’ve purchased from Windy City Parrot are exceptional. 
 
I now order only from Windy City Parrot. Thanks Windy City!
 
Susan ordered the following bird foods
 
 
 
 

Bird Food Factory Sealed for Freshness

Close up Military Macaw parrot eating
 
Like any good retailer, we constantly check our competition on line. Sometimes we see prices on some of the same bird food pellets or bird seed that is priced just too low to make sense and like anything else in life, you-get-what-you-pay-for.
 
Upon investigation we often find that the bird food or pellets they are selling have been rebagged in zip locks, canisters and boxes. We’ve even seen the term “heat sealed.” (Remember Seal-A-Meals?)
 
Aside from offering
  • Free shipping on orders over $49
  • All bird food shipped from our facility is clearly marked “perishable”
  • Rewards points for free bird food shipped free
  • Bird food inventory replenished 2 – 4 times a week
  • All bird food bags are factory sealed for freshness

The value of clean, fresh and warrantied bird food is invaluable. Bird food that has been re-bagged can suffer from the following:

  • No expiration date on the bird food bag. (You don’t know the age of the bird food or parrot pellets)
  • Bird food manufacturer warranties are voided. (No bird food company will honor a claim of lack of freshness or insects if the food is not in its original packaging with the UPC)
  • Bird food manufacturers draw out oxygen and inject CO2 (this is for a reduction of insect egg hatching – insect eggs are in all bird seed – all bird seed is grown outside. This practice lowers the inevitability of nature that cannot be prevented with re-bagged food)
  • Insects can be found in bird food pellets
  • Once the seller opens the factory bag to re-bag the bird food, the bird food is now exposed to oxygen and insect development will begin.
  • Insects can enter bird food that is sold in bins or tubs and infest it.
Stores that sell bird food in bulk bins rarely will remove, clean out and thoroughly dry the bins before dumping more bird food into them, thus mixing old bird food with new bird food. If the bird food bin is damp, mold can grow at the bottom and infect the bird food as well. If birds are kept, bred or sold in the same vicinity as bins, tubs or bird food e-bagging areas, the bird food can be contaminated as well with droppings, dander and feathers.
 
Many online sellers store their bird foods in garages, musty basements or leaky barns thus exposing it to heat, cold, humidity and rodents. They place huge orders to get maximum discounts, but in the end the bird food that sits for much longer than it should in conditions that are not ideal. They may sell at bird shows. Stacking, transporting and restacking causes bird food to physically break down. Pellets will crumble.
 
Be assured, that all bird food sold at Windy City Parrot has not been in our temperature & humidity controlled store for more than a few weeks before it is sold in factory sealed bags or containers with clear expiration dates. We sell no livestock. We don’t sell at bird shows.
 
We insist that all manufacturers we purchase bird food from <spanstyle=”font-style: italic;=”” “=””>have expiration dates, best if used by dates and/<spanstyle=”font-family: arial,=”” sans-serif;=”” font-size:=”” 10pt;=”” color:=”” rgb(34,=”” 34,=”” 34);=”” “=””>or will fully guarantee the quality of the product. We will not sell bird food from manufacturers who don’t meet these criteria.
 
We have no insects in our store, no rodents, no moths. We do not sell, carry or keep birds or animals in the facility. We are constantly told by pet supply company representatives that we have “the cleanest store they have ever seen”.
 
Be assured that we will not ship out-of-date or re-bagged bird food. We took the birds out of the skies and made them live bird cages and houses for our entertainment. The birds deserve the best quality bird food and avian products possible while they are in our care.
 
Catherine Tobsing
President
Windy City Parrot, Inc
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