All posts by Diane Grindol

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What Scares Your Pet Bird

A few of their scariest things …

Halloween is just around the corner. We are scared of zombies and ghosts, and perhaps even the thought of a whole community of children eating sugar. But what’s scary to your small companion bird?

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10 Ways To Celebrate Your Bird

Being a bird person affects your life in so many ways. You prepare your meals with your bird in mind, and you pay attention to the type of cookware you use to keep your bird safe from toxins. You put extra effort into efficiently tackling your to-do lists so you have more time to spend relaxing with the flock. Here are 10 more ways to throw some love your bird’s way.

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Nanday Conure

How To Find A Pet Bird Sitter

You love your companion bird, but he can’t always travel with you. So how do you find a person willing and capable of caring for your feathered friend?

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Food for Cockatiels

3 Tricks Your Cockatiel Can Do

Small birds like the friendly and outgoing cockatiel can be taught to do behaviors on cue — and It’s easier than you think. Our small companion birds have many natural behaviors that lend themselves nicely to trick training. Better yet, the very act of teaching your pet cockatiel to do a specific task/trick upon request means that the two of you will spend some fun, one-on-one time together.

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Airplane Travel & Your Pet Bird

So you want to take a vacation?! Of course you do, and you want your best friend, your companion bird, to go along with you. Use these tips to do it right.

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Tips To Get Your Bird Back In The Cage

Our small birds love their time out of the cage. How do we know this? We know because sometimes it’s soooo difficult to get them back in the cage. Plan for this by training your pet bird. Here are some tips to try for when you need to get your small bird back in the cage, now.

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3 Tricks Your Budgie Can Do!

There are many behaviors that a budgie will do naturally. With some practice, you can give a cue for the natural behavior, and then have a nice behavior your budgie can perform upon request.

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Why Cockatiels Make Great Pets

Small size parrot
Most of the qualities you’d really like in a parrot are found in the gentle, amenable cockatiel. This is truly a bird that can perch on your shoulder safely and meet friends without biting. A cockatiel stays nice into maturity and is a really good size for your abode, even if that’s a studio apartment. Your bird can get plenty of exercise in your home and his cage will fit, too.

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Green Cheeked Conure

Conures: Sun Vs. Green Cheek

No wonder conures are a popular pet bird companion. They are smart, active, cuddly and social. There are many species of conure, and each group has its own unique set of traits. See the similarities and differences between the fiery-colored Sun conure of the Aratinga genus to the diminutive green-cheeked conure of the Pyrrhura genus.

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Green Parakeet

Perks of Owning a Pet Parakeet

Parakeets as pets are a manageable size, entertaining, social, and talkative. Small enough to fit in your apartment and travel with you, parakeets can make great pets. Check out these 7 perks of sharing your life with a parakeet.

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Pacific parrotlet

Lovebird or Parrotlet?

At a glance, parrotlets and lovebirds look a lot alike. What do these short-tailed, compact birds from entirely different continents have in common, and what makes them different?

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PeachFaced love bird

Small Bird Taming & Training Basics

Don’t let the small size of your small parrot – your budgie, cockatiel or lovebird – deter you from teaching him or her some behaviors on cue. Some commands are really helpful in managing your pet bird. Here are three things to teach your small pet bird.

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Lovebird

Five Pet Parrot Facts

Parrots are structured to survive as flying, flocking, feathered denizens of the sky and trees. Check out these Five Fun Parrot Facts and you’ll have an even greater appreciation of your bird’s uniqueness!

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lovebird, masked lovebird

Parrots As Pets

You may be a pet person. You’ve had a dog or a cat for a pet, and maybe several of each. But now you’re a bird owner. Wow! Here are some of the things that make companion birds interesting, and things that make them different from dogs and cats.

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Green Parakeet

Budgie Sounds

Budgies (parakeets) chatter a lot, as budgie owners will have noticed. What does all that chatter mean? Here are some common budgie sounds and what they might mean.

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Diane Grindol

Diane Grindol

Diane has written for the American Cockatiel Society, American Cage Bird Magazine, the American Federation of Aviculture’s magazine’s AFA Watchbird and Bird Talk magazine.

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PeachFaced love bird

Pet Bird Sitter Prep

Don’t wait until the last minute to prep for your pet sitter; put your plan in place before you leave so your sitter has all the information he or she needs to take wonderful care of your companion bird.

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Finch

Finch Or Canary — What’s The Difference?

If you’re considering adding a finch or a canary to your family, you might be surprised to find that a canary is a finch. Zebra finches, society finches, also called Bengalese finches, and canaries actually have a lot in common.

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Green Parakeet

Budgie Vs. Cockatiel — Which Right For You?

For years, budgies, also called parakeets, were the most numerous companion birds, and only recently were overtaken by cockatiels. If you’re looking at getting one or the other, how do they compare?

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Top Toys For Parakeets

Give your budgie (aka “parakeet”) some toys! You will be wildly entertained as your budgie plays, and your budgie will stay active and engaged without getting into any mischief from boredom.

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