Minimizing Messes Dog and cat owners have to deal with shed fur. For pet-bird owners, it’s the challenge of cage fallout — namely food, toys and shed feathers,. Fortunately, many cage accessories are designed with mess management in mind The Sand Perch, from the JW Pet, for example encourages birds to perch more toward the middle […]>>Read more
Check out these easy “Spring Clean” tips and tricks every pet bird enthusiast should try.>>Read more
Looking for a reason to update some of your home furnishings? Here are a few suggestions for swapping out potentially dangerous household furnishings with more bird-friendly designs.>>Read more
In addition to tried-and-true cage maintenance products, there are additional ways to maintain a clean and healthy environment for your feather companion. With some simple pre-planning and regular maintenance, you’ll be able to put your feet up and enjoy more one-on-one time with your bird.>>Read more
o you want to take a vacation?! Of course you do, and you want your best friend, your companion bird, to go along with you.
To Travel With Bird or to Travel Without?
The first decision to make is whether to take your bird with your, or not. Be honest with yourself and be upfront with the relatives, friends or the hotel where you are staying at your destination.>>Read more
Summer is officially here! That means warmer weather, more time outdoors and, for some, a more flexible schedule. Make sure to let your pet bird in on the summer fun! To get you started, here are three things you can do for your feathered companion to improve his health and well being, as well as add some summer-inspired fun to his day.>>Read more
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.>>Read more
Here’s an annual event that bird lovers can help celebrate — Earth Day, which takes place on April 22 each year. In honor of Earth Day, here are seven ways bird lovers can make a difference in our own neighborhoods and abroad.>>Read more
It’s easy to assume that birds must like other birds. After all, they have much more in common with each other than with people — feathers, beaks, squawks and the ability to fling food in inconceivable places, to name a few. But before you buddy up two birds consider that fact that many avian veterinarians treat bird patients that were injured by other bird housemates.>>Read more
Parrots are social creatures. They are flock animals, traveling and feeding together as a group. The majority of the activities in which they engage are done as a group.>>Read more
When we think of birds, we often imagine these fascinating creatures flying through the air. Yet, what goes up must come down. Let’s focus on birds’ feet, which allow birds to maneuver and rest while taking a break from flight.>>Read more
Providing projects that occupy busy beaks and stimulate avian Einsteins is one of the never-ending challenges of parrot ownership. The quest for that perfect bird toy takes us trekking to innumerable pet shops and bird marts, and pouring through countless catalogs.>>Read more
Summer wouldn’t be summer without backyard barbecues or time at the pool. But before you fire up your backyard grill or unroll the pool or spa cover, take a moment to see what steps you need to make to ensure your bird’s safety and well-being all summer long.>>Read more
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.>>Read more
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?>>Read more
Cage safety starts with not just what you put in your bird’s cage, but what you don’t leave behind.>>Read more
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.>>Read more
To many pet bird owners, yesterday’s news is today’s cage liner. In addition to the long-held practice of lining the bottom of the birdcage with newspaper, here are four other ways to get the most bang out of your newspaper subscription buck.>>Read more
Here is a look at furniture types that might be vulnerable to the feathered kind, and what you can do about it.>>Read more
Find out why you might want to rethink your pet bird’s cage setup, how long you leave the lights on, the type of foods you feed, and even the way you pet and interact with your bird.>>Read more
Gregory Rich, DVM, knows first-hand how devastating a hurricane can be — Dr. Rich’s clinic was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. Dr. Rich shares his Hurricane Katrina experience, as well as what pet bird owners need to do in a hurricane’s aftermath.
This is the time of year when most of us invite little neighborhood “goblins and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night” to our front doors for treats. Because this is considered the scariest time of the year, I thought it appropriate to share some of the frightening things that can happen if we are not vigilant while the festivities are going on.
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Birds like to get wet! Just watch the wild birds in a mud puddle after a rain! Water stimulates normal preening behavior. Central heat and air conditioning can make indoor environments as dry as a desert even in humid rainy places. Birds prefer cool water for their bathing pleasure. Many pet birds enjoy a […]>>Read more