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Low Level Toxins in the Parrot Environment

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Low Level Toxins in the Parrot Environment

About five years ago, the avian community was buzzing about two African greys that had died suddenly within twenty minutes of each other after eating grapes imported from Chile where there is little regulation and farming methods make it impossible to eliminate pesticides from food grown there.Several months later, a flock of four green cheek conures succumbed to fumes when floors were being polyurethaned at the opposite end of the house. The owners of the birds didn’t get them far enough away. These two tragic events are examples of acute toxicity. Thankfully, little by little, people are learning about the...

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Congo African Grey Learns to Talk

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Congo African Grey Learns to Talk

Backstage during one of our shows about three weeks ago, our Congo african grey parrot, Cressi, who is about 8 years old now, said her name from her travel carrier. It was in an adorable little voice that called, “Cressi!” just like I say it. 

I quickly said, “good!” and rushed over with a treat. I couldn’t find a clicker fast enough, and in the chaos of being backstage it really wasn’t going to happen. 

Many days passed without Cressi uttering her name again. Then the day of our bird show came around, and while on stage telling the story...

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Things I wish I Had Known When I First Got A Parrot

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Things I wish I Had Known When I First Got A Parrot

People who are new to parrot keeping will agree on one thing: having a bird in the house is a challenge. There is a lot of reading you should do to understand a bird’s needs and wants, and how to keep them safe in the human environment. This is all vital information.

Here, though, are some tips that I have stumbled across during my own journey with my birds that you won’t find in the parrot care books. I wish I had known these things from the beginning…

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The 3rd Biggest Mistake We Make With Our Birds

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The 3rd Biggest Mistake We Make With Our Birds

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article entitled "The Biggest Mistake We Make with Our Parrots".  Following that post I wrote another article called "The Second Biggest Mistake We Make with Our Birds".

Both of these article explain ways we unintentionally sabotage our own efforts with our parrots. Our third biggest mistake is yet another stumbling block we place our own paths. Sometimes we make things much ...

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Your First Month With Your New Parrot

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Your First Month With Your New Parrot

Your bird’s behavior in the first few days…

It is always highly recommended that anyone considering getting a bird deeply research the species they are interested in before bringing her home. It will help you make the right decision about which bird will work best in your home. However, this information will not be helpful in the weeks immediately following your bird’s arrival. For the time being, you should throw any expectations out the window.

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