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A Great Discovery for Older Parrots

Many of you already know of my Yellow Nape Amazon, Jose.Yellow Nape Amazon, Jose picture.  Jose was named by my son many years ago. Jose was a well known baseball player at the time, Jose Conseco. Well, Jose turned out to be a girl.

Jose was an import back before the laws were changed. So, the exact age of her will always remain unknown. However, I have had Jose for approximately 25 years and so she is considered a senior parrot.  Jose has generally been a good eater, accepting a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.  However, her affinity to pellets has been somewhat of a challenge. Until now!

Lafeber recently came out with a new product called, Senior Bird Nutri-Berries. They are not seed based, as are the original Nutri-Berries. Instead, they are 61% pellets, 26% grains, and 13% fruits and herbs – herbs such as milk thistle for anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effects and dandelion for bone health and liver function. Ginger is also part of this food, another powerful anti-inflammatory herb to help ease tendonitis, lower cholesterol and blood pressure. In addition, glucosamine has been added to fight osteoarthritis and chondroitin for joint pain and swelling.

The moment I offered Jose these round nutritious nuggets, she immediately went over and began to eat. She absolutely loves them. I give her half of the Senior Nutri-Berries along with half of our Bird Paradise Build-a-Blend as her dry diet. In addition, she also gets a generous amount of fresh produce each day, including broccoli, sweet potatoes, kale, squash, green beans, kiwi, mango, papaya, etc.

Keep Your Bird Safe in a Multi-pet Household

Birds, dogs, cats, oh my!    One rule to never break is indexalways supervise pet birds when they are out of their cage. When other pets are present, supervision is even more critical.

Birds and Cats – If a cat bites or scratches a bird, it can infect it with Pasteurela bacteria, which can be fatal. A scratch may not even be noticeable underneath feathers.

Birds and Dogs – Whether or not a dog and bird can live peacefully together is a very individual matter. Never assume it will be a match made in heaven. If a dog jumps or barks whenever the bird flaps its wings or makes any kind of movement, this is cause for concern. This situation can cause undo stress for the bird and is a warning that the dog is in predator mode.

Birds and Snakes – Snakes are predatory and many parrot species are instinctually fearful of snakes. Never house a snake in the same room as a bird.

Birds and Fish – A tank with fish can be visually entertaining for birds but, there is the possible danger of the bird falling in the tank and drowning. The tank should be covered at all times. However, it is possible that the noise of the filters and pumps could interfere with your bird’s sleep.

Birds and Small Mammals – Rabbits and guinea pigs are prey animals so there is no need for concern. However, most small mammals are active at night and this could interrupt your bird’s sleep.

However, there is concern for ferrets. They may be small but ferrets are true carnivores and have a natural desire to hunt. Never allow a ferret to be housed in the same space as a bird.

Birds as Aggressor!

Of course there are occasions when you need to protect other pets from your bird. Some birds are territorial around the cage, especially when hormonal. A larger bird like a cockatoo or macaw might climb down and chase another pet. A parrot’s bite is certainly strong enough to inflect injury.

Another concern is if your bird is in the habit of throwing down bits of food. Nuts and raisins can cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs. Rabbits , too, might look for spilled food and develop digestive problems. Also, a vocal parrot can be irritating to the sensitive hearing of other pets.

Bottom line: always supervise your pets and wash your hands especially after handling litter boxes or using flea/tick treatments on your dog/cat fur. If washing handsyou are lax on proper hygiene, you are likely to transfer harmful bacteria or chemicals to your bird.

14 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides

vegetables for parrotsAll birds need an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetable as part of their diet, in addition to one of our custom Ultimate Blends.  It is important to be aware of those produce items which contain a large quantity of pesticides. These foods should never be purchased as conventional, always organic.

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Cherry tomatoes
4. Cucumbers
5. Grapes
6. Hot peppers
7. Nectarines (imported)
8. Peaches
9. Potatoes
10. Spinach (limit the amt. of spinach given to birds since it contains oxalic acid, which binds to calcium; given frequently, spinach can cause a calcium deficiency.)
11. Strawberries
12. Sweet bell peppers
13. Kale/collard greens
14. Summer squash