To the person thinking about rehoming…I get it

I’ve been a proud parrot slave for over 4 years now, and a mom to a human child for about a year and a half of that. I’ve always been that person that couldn’t understand how anyone could give up their pets shortly after becoming a parent. Afterall, the feathered and furred children came first, right? How are they so easily replaced? I have judged those people all my life until the past few months.

 

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My son (18 months old) with Jingo

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A New Judge Has Arrived!

After the escape of our green cheeked conure, Koopa, in May of this year, our poor quaker, Jingo, has been so lonely. He was screeching, dive bombing, biting, stealing food from the baby…a host of problems. I am not one to recommend getting a bird hoping bad behaviors go away, but he was miserable. We debated for a long time on who we wanted our new addition to be, from the species to gender to age to tame, etc.

Then we saw this post on Facebook:

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Full Spectrum Lighting

This is a very complex subject, and honestly one that I am not fully qualified to discuss. However, I will attempt to share with you what I have learned, from articles as well as from people in the online avian community.

Our birds need Vitamin D – specifically D3. It is a crucial component in the calcium-phosphorus-D triangle. A problem, whether too much or too little, of any of these, can cause issues with the other two. Not only does it help with calcium metabolism, it is also important to cellular function, bone mineralization, and helps regulate other body functions. Vitamin D3 is manufactured by the skin; thus it is not found in plant based sources (aside from lichen, I’ve recently learned). It can be found in egg yolks, beef liver, fish oil, and a few other sources. Because D3 is 30-40 times more potent than D2, it is considered insufficient in the diet, as a bird would need to eat more than they are physically able to in order to make up the deficit.

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Video: Making a Loop

It came to my attention that when I say something like “make the end of the rope into a loop” that it is not as straightforward for some people as it is for me! Thus, here is a video showing you how!

 

And here is how you can make a double strand:

 

Want 4 strands to make a toy without a toy base?

 

Hopefully that clears it up and explains it a bit more for those of you who needed extra assistance!

Opinion: Bird Bread and Its Place

For those that don’t know, bird bread is something popular in the avian community. It is a way to get pellets, fresh foods, etc into our birds when they decline to eat it themselves. Some feed it as a treat, others as an integral part of their feathered companion(s) diet. Birds universally seem to love bird bread so it is an effective tool for this purpose.

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Bird Bread

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Grain Bake in the Crockpot

If you don’t know what a grain bake is yet, you should take a look at Patricia Sund’s blog Parrot Nation. The idea of a grain bake is to throw a bunch of dry goods like grains, beans, pasta, fruits,etc, cover with water, and bake until the water is absorbed. What could be easier than that?

Maybe the crockpot?

I don’t know if it’s technically easier, but it fits into my lifestyle. I throw my goods in the crockpot, cover with about an inch of water, cover and turn on the heat! That is really all there is to it.

Here is a before picture:

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