Help – My Catalina Macaw Is Chewing Everything!

I have ordered toys from you previously. To be quite honest, I have probably ordered at least one toy from every place I’ve found online. 

I have a 5 yr old Catalina Macaw that I have had since he was 6-1/2 weeks old. At 6 months old, he broke the bars of his first cage, then we got him a big “Kings Corner” Cage, and it didn’t take him long to learn how to open the latch on the door, so we have been duct-taping that for quite some time now. (more…)

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Why Patience is Essential When Introducing New Stuff to Your Bird

As the weather is warming up not a day goes by when we don’t have somebody coming into the Birdie Boutique, e-mailing us or calling us to find out what size flight suit or harness their bird could wear. “It’s warm out and I want to take my bird outside how soon can I get it”? And therein lies the rub.

We talk about making toys interesting so our birds will engage them. We spend countless hours wondering why the new perch or ladder seems to be scaring the dickens out of them. Heaven help us if we want to try a new bird food that might be a tad more nutritious.


So we experiment through trial and error over days and sometimes weeks as we figure out how to overcome the hurdles involved in introducing something new to a customer’s feathered companions.

We, humans, have our schedules and with our busy schedule fun time is usually pretty limited so we want it now. Birds, on the other hand, are creatures of habit. We urge you to change everything in your bird’s cage at the very least, once a month to keep things interesting.

Socializing your bird with other people in and out of your household will help to make them less skittish. BUT birds have their limits and intimate changes like the introduction of a flight suit or harness or water bottle to replace the water dish may take some time – a few hours or days or even a week or two.

Take a flight harness for instance. You are somewhat curtailing the use of your birds wings, which is about the most counterintuitive thing you can do to a bird. So if you expect to open the flight harness package, fit your bird and expect to go outside right then, you’re setting yourself up, and your bird – for failure.

I use the term “intimate changes” intentionally because birds don’t like things that interfere with the complex feather systems. The same would hold true of introducing a Lixit water bottle. Although they’ve been proven to be effective for more than 20 years, just because you put in the cage, what if your bird doesn’t figure it out immediately while you’re away for the weekend.This can lead to dehydration without them having been acclimated to use it first.

As a third example, you may want to travel with your bird this summer and put some sort of travel carrier in the car. So there you are trying to get an early start on the open road and you find out there’s no way in hell your bird is going to get in that new carrier just because you want to take a trip this week. To overcome any of these changes it’s important to have a strategy and utilize patience.

Here’s some start up strategies for these three issues. Beginning with the harness or flight suit, the first thing you want to do when you get it out of the package is to simply put it in your birds field of vision. Your bird assumes objects out of the ordinary could be potential threats, so let it see it for day or two or three. The next step before trying to get them to wear something is to take the harness (or flight suit) and to lightly drag it across your birds body so they get a feel for what it is. make it friendly Do this for two or three days before you attempt to put it on. You’ll find you’ll have much less resistance by using this method when you finally decide to dress your bird.

We can’t emphasize enough acclimating your bird to the travel carrier, especially before you need it. Generally speaking once a bird realizes that the travel carrier means they get to remain with you and not be left at home cooped up in the cage all alone, they may be happy to go along for the ride and soon look forward to it. Just like the harness, if you buy a new travel carrier simply place it in your birds feel of vision for a few days before asking them to enter. Once they begin to realize it’s not a harmful object it’ll be easier to shag their little butts inside. If you plan on traveling with your bird over great distances a few practice runs in the family jalopy is a good practice to make sure your bird doesn’t get carsick. You’ll also thank yourself for having the foresight to do this should an emergency arise such as a God forbid, fire, hurricane or power failure forces you to evacuate in a short amount of time.

Lixit water bottles are the best investments you can make for a captive bird. They all but ensure your bird will have a consistent source of clean and bacteria free water. Once again introducing something new into the cage does not guarantee your birds going to embrace it immediately. That’s why we don’t want you to hang them in the cage and split town immediately, because it may take a day or two for your bird to figure out there’s a new source for water. Placing a new Lixit water bottle directly over an existing water dish for the first couple of days will usually signal your bird that they can get water from both places. Once you see the level of water in your new water bottle consistently go down for couple of days you’ll know you are good-to-go and that your bird “get’s it” We just want you to be certain your bird has made the correlation, before you vanish for a day or two.

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Written by Mitch Rezman CMO
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What Causes Small Moths in a Home With Pet Birds?

Great question Ron,
So here’s the deal, birdseed is a natural product harvested from the ground outside. All bird seed contains bug eggs. They could be weevils, grain moths, and so forth. These eggs are present in all birdseed. If the bird food is not stored in a cool environment or it is not used in a timely fashion the eggs become larva and the larva become in your case, moths. 
If you keep your seed in a dry storage area it’s best to keep the food in a clear Tupperware type container so you can see any activity before you open the container daily. Also, it’s best to not buy more food than you can use in two to three months because that’s when insect infestation can become a problem. In the meantime, if it sounds like you are a candidate for our moth traps which are very effective you can find them here.


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Help for a Yellow Head Parrot
Yellow headed parrot perched on a tree branch

Help for a Yellow Head Parrot

Good Day! I have a beautiful Yellow Head Parrot that has been with me since birth. we grew up together! My mom bought him,(Chico) When I was born, and according to my mother, he had just been born. I am now 56 years young, LOL!! 
He is very healthy and happy.
He is my little companion and I have just decided to remodel his cage and give him some more love, do something different.

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Will Your Bird have the Same View for 50 Years?

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In the video below its stated quite succinctly.

In the wild, parrots spend 50 to 70% of their daylight hours foraging for food.


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Changes in the Product Lines of Foraging Toys

We were recently interviewed for a pet magazine article with some interesting questions. We thought you’d enjoy our answers

1. Have you seen any noticeable changes in the product lines of bird foraging toys/ foraging treats in the past five years or so? Are more companies expanding into the foraging marketplace (bird companies that didn’t previously offer them)?

Yes, we have seen a larger offering of Foraging Toys on the market due to bird researchers and bird owners learning that parrots need more mental stimulation in order to prevent boredom, plucking, and self-mutilation due to long hours of being left to their own devices.

The days of a simple bell on a chain and a set of Olympic Rings are long gone.


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Button Quails as Pets


Button Quails aka Chinese Painted Quails are an oft-overlooked aviary bird. They are classified as Galliformes which simply stated, they’re ground-eating birds (like chickens, turkeys, peacocks, and pheasants). Button quails can fly but most of their time is on the ground and they even enjoy taking dust baths. They use the sand for grit as well which helps with digestion.


The State bird of California is a California Quail, the button Quail is about half the size and does not have had plume. Button Quails come in white, silver, reddish-brown, and even speckled colors.


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How Does Winter Stress Your Bird?

Most birds that we find in our homes come from the equatorial regions of Earth. There’s a large difference in temperature between the Midwestern United States and South American rain forest. Aside from maintaining your bird’s optimal physical health during the winter, climate changes are counterintuitive to your bird and can be stressful.
Having a humidistat near your bird’s cage gives you an idea of the relative humidity your birds experiencing. Winter (depending upon your geography) and the resultant heating process in your home guarantee a dry environment. This can be offset by keeping a humidifier near the cage (unless you have a whole house humidifier), and making sure your bird gets a bath of some sort. It can be a spray mist or a romp in the sink or shower. For smaller birds keeping a birdbath in the cage with just enough water, they could get their chest wet is really all that’s necessary.

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