Your 2017 Pet Bird Keepers To-Do List

Last Updated on February 21, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

My bird(s) will get proper lighting using a timer to provide an accurate light cycle

I will work with my flighted bird to make him or her a better flyer. If my bird is not flighted I will consider allowing the wings to grow out for a more confident bird that screams less. (more…)

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Christmas With My Parrots

Last Updated on April 25, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

I just love this time of year with my parrots. Currently we’re singing and dancing to rambunctious Christmas carols while hubby wraps presents. It’s time to think about gift giving for your beaked family. Homemade toys are the answer, because like me, you probably have lots of things around, like wrapping paper tubes to make into foraging toys. Husband wraps with the pretty foil paper which isn’t suitable for them.

Most gift wrap paper tubes today don’t have glue on them, but check to be sure. I wrap all of my presents in newspaper for my human family. What parrot doesn’t enjoy a crumpled up ball of newspaper tossed in their direction? Or a newspaper house? May as well let the fun begin now.

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My Caique Chews on Everything in Sight – Help

Last Updated on December 12, 2021 by Mitch Rezman

Hello

 

I love your birdie brunch and read it first thing every Sunday. Thank you!

 

I hope you can help me. I have an 8 yr. old white-bellied Caique. Conrad has owned me since he was 3 months old. I am also a strong proponent of flighted birds (seems to me they were made that way), so Conrad is fully-flighted.

 

He’s delightful and we are strongly bonded. He’s really a great bird and good company. HOWEVER, I don’t seem to be able to stop him from chewing on everything in sight. He has numerous toys of varying types and textures in all his houses (currently 3, not including travel), but when he’s out he chews on furniture, window sills, molding, electric cords, shoes, to name a few.

 

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Is Sugar in Bird Food Good or Bad for My Bird?
Red-masked parakeet (Psittacara erythrogenys), individual perched on the branches while feeding

Is Sugar in Bird Food Good or Bad for My Bird?

Last Updated on April 27, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

Hi Windy City Parrot.

All this blogging about food but I really need to know what you feed the budgies – and what they actually will eat. Standard seed mix? Any pellets? Avicakes? (molasses = sugar)

People food? Mine eat an uncolored mix (millet, canary seed, oats) and Harrison’s pellets, which they seem to eat more of than the corn pellet bits that come in their seed mix.

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Is Human Food Killing Your Bird?

Last Updated on April 26, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

One of last week’s posts was entitled Comparative Human and Bird Digestive & Respiratory Systems – it was a bit heady and I think the point was lost on the majority of readers. The message was that avian and human digestive and respiratory systems are very different.

We need to ask ourselves the motivation to feed our birds human food in quantities that I’ve never seen. A post in a Facebook bird group really tripped my wire.

BTW – Now that the majority of my energy is no longer necessary in rebuilding the Windy City Parrot website I’m returning to social media. Aside from selling thousands of pounds of bird food monthly, I’m also now a companion to a flock of five birds.

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Comparative Human and Bird Digestive & Respiratory Systems

Last Updated on April 25, 2022 by Mitch Rezman

Comparative Physiology: Human and Bird

The human body uses food and liquids for energy, growth, maintenance and repair. Before it can use food and liquids for these purposes, it must go through a process called digestion, which is carried out by the digestive system. The digestive system consists of the following organs: Mouth, salivary glands, oesophagus, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, stomach, large and small intestines, duodenum, rectum and the anus.

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Making Your Own Bird Safe Birdcage Perches

Last Updated on May 16, 2022 by Catherine Tobsing

If you are considering making your own birdcage perches from trees in the backyard or local forest preserve, it’s important to know which wood species are safe and which ones are not. Please use the list below as a reference.

If you do introduce outside wood into your bird’s cage you should disinfect the branches with a good quality disinfectant like Mango Pet Focus – and allow them to dry completely before putting them in your bird’s cage.

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Windy City Parrot Videos- November 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghkn57fQw_A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmitjN24eYI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yQMbVhtnGk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZUzJgpboRw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLXmc7l5DKc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GIJ1BBe5EE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUaVdivyDsQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8BZuzkmark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh4Bu89h02U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE3KR3eWQTc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXMpDW48uA0

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My Parrots Love Eating Any Kind of Fruit or Juice, Nuts or Seeds, but Aren’t Interested in Any Other Kind of Food

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by Mitch Rezman

My parrots love eating any kind of fruit or juice, nuts or seeds, but aren’t interested in any other kind of food I think is good for them. How can I change this?

 

My answer:

 

Shelly

 

The problem is that’s not a balanced diet as they’re not getting enough protein.  I would advocate introducing a product like Lafeber’s Avi-cakes.

They are considered a sweet treat but they offer 100% nutrition to your bird because they contain a high percentage of pellets. The pellets are wrapped with seeds and nuts and fruit held together with molasses.

In addition to the Higgins Sunburst Cockatiel seed blend that our cockatiel Popcorn fed on regularly she goes through a package of Lafeber’s Classic Cockatiel Avi-cakes about every two weeks.

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Why My Bird Doesn’t Know What Size Perch to Stand On

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by Mitch Rezman

Rant-> Why we don’t know Jack about proper perch sizes for caged birds.

All these bloody geniuses on the Internet. YouTube rock stars of bird care. “Where are you getting your information?”

Avian vets have the of ability to predict the outcome of interactions between multiple birds. “Don’t put that bird near the other bird – an attack is imminent!”

Humans with no credentials will make videos about bird care without a stitch of evidence to present that the information they present is accurate.

We have 10-year-old pages on our website that will tell you precisely the diameter of perches certain size birds require. 

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