Incoming Category 2 Hurricane & You’re Chasing a Bird Under Furniture

Re-posting this on 09/01/2017 with hurricane Harvey as a stark reminder of mother nature’s dark side.

Parrots and Evacuation Kits are one of my favorite subjects. Nora wrote this post but my introduction is from someone who has been there – us. June 23rd 2005 Windy City Parrot burned to the ground – long story.

If you have a pet bird or any pet for that matter – what’s your plan in an emergency? Floods, fires, frogs, locusts?

Sure you’re on your game with the latest high-tech smoke and high water sensors in your home but let me quote from some recent headlines.

6/25/15 Boston – New England Record Snow Tracker: Boston Breaks All Time Seasonal Snow Record in 2014-2015

(What’s your backup heat source?)

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Birds That Work for Money – You Won’t Believe Some of Their Jobs

Cormorant's with siherman and fish on pole on boat

The Police featuring Sting, one of my favorite artists (and groups) were singing a great little ditty the other day on satellite radio and it got me thinking. The name of the song was Canary In A Coal Mine.

The theme of the song was “you live your life like a canary in a coal mine”. We’ve all had friends like that, but I digress.

For the unindoctrinated or too young to know about this, years ago caged canaries were brought down into coal mine shafts.

They acted as the first warning sign that oxygen was being depleted and replaced with dangerous gases such as methane or carbon monoxide. Their method of warning the coal miners – was to die (in most cases).

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Zen And The Art Of Budgerigar Maintenance

blue and white budgie eating on a plate with dry cereal

budg·er·i·gar
ˈbəjərēˌɡär
noun

a small gregarious Australian parakeet that in the wild is green with a yellow head. It is popular as a pet bird and has been bred into a variety of colors.

This article about budgies was originally written April 14, 2010. Fast-forward to the fall of 2016 when we acquired Bacon our first budgie.

Today our family includes 4 budgies, Bacon, Eggs, Toast, Jam which we appropriately named the Breakfast Club. (and Peaches our Rescue Senegal too!)

If you going to talk the talk then you must walk the walk” has been said an infinite number of times over the years.

Cleaning and feeding 4 millet loving budgies and a Senegal on a daily basis provides lots of insight which allows me to understand what all of you go through daily to one degree or another.

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How can I make a constantly loud parrot permanently silent (or at least quieter)?

Screaming Red-Winged Parrot Aprosmictus erythropterus in profile isolated on white

Elucidating Parrot Problems Posted in Aug, 2017

How can I make a constantly loud parrot permanently silent (or at least quieter)? from Quora

With between 300 and 400 species of parrots across the planet to say they are ALL noisy is patently untrue.

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What should a 1st time bird owner know before they buy?

attractive woman touching a budgies beak with her lips

To start with, begin understanding the scope for your choice of pet birds. Here is a list of more than 500 species you can choose from each having its own nuances.

I stress making this distinction because so many people talk about things like “make sure you don’t get a bird larger than a conure or a parakeet”.

If you break down that statement it’s really nonsensical because conures range from 64 grams (green cheeks) to 280 g (pategonians) the size of a timneh african grey.

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Poicephalus – 9 African Parrot Species not Ending in Grey

nian niam parrot (poicephalus)

Editor’s note: this post was written almost 4 years ago to the day. I’m using it in an answer on Quora regarding how to quiet birds.

There was no way to have predicted at the writing of this article that we would become companion to a Senegal (poicephalus) parrot. The universe is too complicated to be arbitrary.

Thank you to Ann K. one of our Facebook fans. She’s planning on getting a Cape Parrot soon and was unable to find a lot of information on this particular species.

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Can Soy Contribute To Bad Parrot Behavior?

Cryptomyte for growing soybeans label with amazon parrot

Hello! I have a question concerning Indian Ringnecks.

I have 2 males, ages 9 and 11, both rescues, each very unique, due somewhat to their reasons for rescue.

I just read that soy might contribute to hormonal behavior. Agni, full flighted, gregarious, toy lover, loves soy beans.

Eats them every day with fruit and other veggies. Should I cut him off in Spring time?

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People Underestimate The Complexity Of Keeping Captive Birds Which Leads To Failure

meme 4 thumbnails of cockateils working through complex mathematical formulas

Mitch..thanks so much for the great article on parrot ownership!! I’ve had birds for over 35 years and also volunteered at a parrot rescue.

Periodically I would do a TV appearance with a couple of our birds. Like you, I was honest..they are noisy, they bite (the little Severe Macaw I had with me obligingly bit the host right on cue) and they are messy.

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