Parrot Toy Angels: July 2009 Angel Wings
Parrot Toy Angels

Angel Wings

A monthly journal for human angels who make a positive difference in companion birds' lives.

July 2009
Volume 4, Issue VII

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In this month's issue:
    Angel Hints
    Birdy Kugel
    On The Road Again
    ParrotNutz Pepper Plopz
    Feathered Funnies
    Parrot Toy Angels
    Featured Fid ~ The Crimson Rosella
    Why Quarantine?
    It's An Honor To Have Connor
    What Is A Parrot To Eat? Part 3
    Help Us
    So You Think You Want A Companion Bird?
    Rikki Sez


Jan L. from South Carolina

Angel Toys For Angels

Featured Toys for July

Patriotic Winner
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Cherry Bomb
Cherry Bomb
Medium Birds

Las Vegas
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Angel Hints

♥ Give your dog's food some flavor and at the same time repel fleas. Mix in some brewer's yeast along with garlic capsules. Our large outdoor dog has never had fleas, nor has he been treated for fleas. Hint by Toni

♥ If your bird is not a cage bottom dweller, you can remove the bottom grate and save yourself lots of scrubbing. This only works if it does not create a space big enough for escape...found that one out the hard way. Hint by Penny

♥ We all know that wood furniture has to be treated and having birds, we are weary of the products we "used" to use. The good news is that you can mix a great polish yourself. Mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice. Apply to furniture with a soft cloth and wipe it dry. Hint by Toni

♥ To clean your stove top, barbeque grill and even caked on, hard to reach poop in your cages, make a paste of Cream of Tartar and white vinegar. Hint by Gwen

♥ I use bamboo print plastic shower curtains on my walls in the bird room. I cut the top off with the holes for rings; cut them to fit the walls and hang them. In bigger spaces you can use the plastic stick on hooks and hang. I had to do this on my chimney. No more scrubbing the chimney or washing the paint off the walls. They really add to the decor of the room and people think I painted it that way. Foods wash off easily with soap and water and then can be taken down if necessary and tossed in the washer. Hint by Penny

♥ Don't want to use air fresheners? Now is the time to bring in those gardenias from the garden. Hint by Toni

♥ Great hint for the areas around cages and play stands. I have the plastic grass mats around my cages (found in WalMart in the outdoor rug section). Most of the tossed food stays in the grass instead of bouncing everywhere. The mats are also great if your birds play on their cages as it catches poop wonderfully as well. I pick them up daily and tap them on the floor and sweep up the mess. I take them out every couple weeks and hose them off in the driveway. No more newspapers flying away or scrubbing floors. Hint by Penny

Do you have a hint to share?
Please send it to us at Editor and we'll run it in an upcoming Angel Wings.

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Birdy Kugel
By Colleen Soehnlein

Makes a good quick meal for the birds!

Birdy Kugel

12 oz. package noodles (I use curly)
16 oz. package frozen mixed veggies
2 cups chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
8 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup milk

Cook noodles according to package directions. When done add the veggies and let sit for a few minutes. Stir and drain in colander. Transfer noodle and veggie mix to large bowl. In a small bowl, break the eggs and mix well with milk. Stir in cinnamon. Pour egg mix over noodle mix.

Grease a 9 x 13" pan with olive oil. Pour noodle mixture into pan and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with a bit of cheese and milk thistle seed if desired. Cool and serve.

I store portions in vacuum-sealed bags and freeze. When I'm ready to use, I simply drop the sealed bags into very hot water to warm them.

Sweet Pea enjoying Birdy Kugel
Sweet Pea enjoying Birdy Kugel

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On The Road Again
By Lori M. Nelsen

At age 10, Gonzo has made eight round trips from Minnesota to Texas, for a total of 14,520 miles plus oodles more, to other destinations. Living and traveling in our motor home for the first five round trips was easy. I could open the fridge or the cabinets and his food, food processor, supplements, etc., were all there. It did not make any difference whether we were moving or settled for the night. Since we have purchased a house, we have traveled the last three round trips in the car. It is no longer as carefree and easy as it once was. However, it is very manageable. With careful preparation and planning, no matter what type of diet you feed, anyone can do it.

Gonzo eats Shauna's fresh food mash diet ** made with sprouts, legumes, organic fresh produce, the natural supplements of alfalfa powder, kelp, hemp protein powder, and the EFAs of flax and wheat germ oils. He also indulges in a nighttime snack of a few Harrison's pellets. I have found, over the years, that keeping to a normal routine of food and feeding times makes traveling easier for all of us. I feed about 8 am, 4 pm and a few pellets at 8 pm. He does best with this schedule, so preparing his food ahead is imperative.

The following is my personal routine to make things easy for us:

Fit & Fresh Smart Portion Chill ContainersI soak and sprout one week worth of grains - freezing them in a gallon zip lock bag. I soak and cook one week worth of legumes - freezing them in a separate gallon zip lock bag. I purchase the freshest organic produce I can find. I wash and dry the produce very well. I place small portions of produce on paper towels in the new Fit & Fresh Smart Portion Chill Containers with the freezer pack covers.

Once the travel cage is filled with new toys and tied down Collapsible Tote Basketin the backseat of the car, I begin packing Gonzo's travel tote. First the collapsible tote is filled with the following items: newspapers, portable perch, health records, and ziploc bags. I place a travel-size dish soap, dish cloth and dish towel in a gallon ziploc. I have a small flat Tupperware that will hold the spoon/fork, a knife and the supplement measuring spoons. I add a roll of paper towels, small cutting board, spray bottle filled with vinegar and water, a 2 quart glass container filled with drinking water, a package of Harrison's pellets and the almond slivers. In the last corner, I tuck the food processor and a portable perch. Believe it or not, it all fits in one tote.

Rubbermaid Auto Refrigerator The final step is to load the pre-cooled Rubbermaid refrigerator with the containers of veggies, frozen legumes and sprouts, EFAs, and natural suipplements. There also might be a corner for a can of soda or juice for each of us. A note about this refrigerator: It comes with a 12v plug for the car. I also purchased an inverter so that it can be plugged in at the motel.

At the motel, I prepare Gonzo's food for the next day. I lay out a clean motel towel on the counter. I top the towel with the cutting board and several paper towels. The sprouts and legumes, needed for the next day, are thawed on the paper towels. While they are thawing, I wash the cage bowls with the dish soap and dry them. The thawed sprouts are placed in an empty chill container. I add the processed legumes, produce, alfalfa powder, kelp, hemp protein powder, flax and wheat germ to the container and mix. I place the container in the fridge for feeding the next day. I wash up the dishes, hang the dishcloth and towel to dry, and tuck it all back in the basket.

In my little fridge there is all this great food for Gonzo -- we get McDonald's!

My packing list:
Rubbermaid auto refrigerator
Collapsible tote basket
1 cup food processor
2 quart glass water bottle
Small cutting board
Small sharp knife
Combination spoon/fork
Travel size dish soap, dish cloth, dish towel
Ziploc bags
Health records
PVC portable perch
Supplement measuring spoons
Roll of paper towels
Container of almond slivers for treats
Harrison's pellets
Spray bottle of vinegar and water for washing produce
Fit & Fresh Smart Portion Chill Containers with the freezer packs in the top

** Click here for Shauna's Mash Recipe
Thank you Shauna!

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Bobo enjoying a new Pepper Plopz
Bobo enjoying a Pepper Plopz


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The Bilingual Parrot

A parrot applied for the receptionist's job at the new AT&T headquarters. The interviewer, a bit non-plussed, told the bird that the candidate had to be able to type at least 80 words per minute. The parrot demonstrated a 100 wpm talent! Not wanting to hire a BIRD for the job, the interviewer told the bird that the candidate had to be able to take dictation. The parrot surpassed all other candidates. Finally the interviewer thought he'd be able to get rid of the parrot with "the candidate must be bilingual!" The parrot replied "Meow!!"

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Parrot Toy Angels
By Dianne Barskey

Angels in this world
Hearing the call of need
Wings that are unfurled
Toys that help indeed

Straws are twirled
Twine filled with beads
Coffee filters are uncurled
Fingers flying at high speed
Toys to be whirled
Parrot Toy Angels,
An amazing breed.

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Big Poll
Fly free Big Poll
Know that you were loved

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Featured Fid ~ The Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)
By Sue Christie-Cox
Crimson Rosella

The Crimson Rosella has always been a favorite of mine; their rich coloring reminds me of opulent velvet ball gowns.

The Crimson has distinctive crimson and blue plumage. All races have blue cheeks and black-scalloped blue-margined wings and predominantly blue tail. In the normal form of the Crimson Rosella, a crimson red covers the head, abdomen and rump. The bill is pale grey and the iris dark brown. Juveniles and females have green on their back, breast and wings with juveniles attaining full color by 16 - 18 months of age.

The Crimson Rosella is a social bird who loves to bathe and has a variety of calls: a call of shrill, quickly repeated short notes given in flight (an alarm call); a high pitched, two or three note bell-like whistle (a contact call); a lower-pitched, softer call of five to ten quickly repeated whistled notes (a feeding or roosting contact call); and a rich, musical chatter between birds in trees.

The Crimson is mainly a seed eater, but enjoys fruits, nuts, flowers, shoots, nectar and insects. They also enjoy fresh fruits & veggies such as apples, blackberries, oranges, cucumbers, sweet potato and mango. Sprouted seeds, kale and boiled egg can also be offered. In the wild, it prefers to feed in tree tops, but can sometimes be seen feeding on the ground. They are easily attracted to garden seed trays and bird tables, although feeding wildlife is not recommended.

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosellas breed between September and January. The male displays himself on a prominent branch or perch by raising his body to its full height, spreading his tail and ruffling body feathers. To end his performance, he lowers his wings and bows in an up and down motion, chattering musically. The female responds in a similar fashion, but is less animated. This is often followed by a courtship feeding. Crimson Rosellas nest in hollows located high in trees and lined with wood shavings and dust. The female alone incubates the four to eight (usually five) cream rounded eggs, although both parents care for the young. The chicks hatch after about 20 days and although they can leave the nest after around 35 days, they remain dependent on their parents for additional 35 or so days.

The Crimson Rosella is a delightful bird and enjoys similar type toys to a Cockatiel or Quaker. Rosellas do best in an aviary setting or long flight cage as they are avid flyers. Single pets can be housed in medium size parrot cages as long as they are allocated time each day out of the cage. Handfed Rosellas can still be a bit flighty and care should be taken to insure that there are no sudden movements or noises to avoid them harming themselves. They will also need daily attention and handling to remain tame or will quickly revert.

Crimson Rosella Feathers

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Why Quarantine?
By Jean Pattison
African Queen Aviaries

This is probably one of the most misunderstood necessities of owning birds. When one is quarantining a bird or birds it is to protect the old flock as well as the new. Each group of birds live in their own unique environment, and have built up immunities to the germs (good and bad) that they are exposed to daily. Regardless of where a new bird is purchased from, or how impeccable the husbandry or the reputation of the seller, quarantine should be regarded as a very necessary practice.

The new bird is crated and taken from its ecosystem and placed in a totally new environment with a multitude of germs (good and bad) that it has never been exposed to. During this move to the new location some stress will be experienced. This stress can be very minor or it can be a major upset, depending on the nature of the bird, the difference in environment and how the bird reacts to it. During this time of stress, the birds immune system may become suppressed, and the bird may not be in as good a physical shape as when it left its home. If the bird is not quarantined, it will be bombarded by millions of new germs and the immune systems will need to kick in and respond to all these new germs (good and bad). With a compromised immune system the bird will not be able to surmount a good response and may indeed fall victim to a germ that normally would not be pathogenic (disease causing) in this bird in a different situation.

The new bird now becomes ill and starts shedding vast amounts of this now (new to him) pathogenic germ, and also starts shedding germs in vast amounts that the bird brought with him from his old environment. We now have millions of pathogens in the environment that the resident birds are being exposed to. Some are new germs, and some are old that they had immunities to, but the sheer volume is more than they can handle. Now we have old and new birds getting sick, and of course one believes this disease came with the newest arrival.

Obviously, if any of the birds involved had an existing pathogenic disease, the consequences would be much worse.

Had this arrival been quarantined properly, his stress level would not have been so great and his immune response would have been able to build up to the smaller amounts of germs it was exposed to. After a gradual time of small exposures, the immune system can build immunities at a much more normal pace, and not become compromised. This gradual transition into a new environment proves beneficial, and necessary to all the birds involved.

Germs don't read one way signs.

Reprinted with the author's permission.

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It's An Honor To Have Connor
By Susan Kesler

Connor is a three year old African Grey. This little guy didn't have a great start in life, as he was born blind. It is my understanding that Connor was initially sold to a pet store that was to finish weaning him. At this pet store, they tried to do their best for Connor. They provided him with three hand feedings a day and not knowing he was blind, a play stand for out of cage exercise and play. When he kept falling from his perches, he was taken back to the breeder and it was determined he was almost completely blind. No wonder he fell a lot. He couldn't see that there was no "next step". It was also suggested that he may have some brain damage, either from birth or from one of his many falls.

He was again kept at a pet store that tried to do as much for him as they could under the circumstances. One day, a woman came to his rescue and gave him a loving home where he had undivided attention. Also Connor provided companionship to her since she was alone. That lasted only a few months before Connors new "Mom" became ill and could no longer care for him.

Back to the pet store he went.

A friend and fellow Parrot Toy Angel, knowing that I was interested in finding an African Grey and that I was a "stay at home" Gram, contacted me asking if I would be interested in giving him a home. I got in touch with the store where Connor was living. In the course of our conversations, they agreed that it would be good for him to have another chance at a life outside the busy day to day bustle of the store.

Now, my big dilemma…. Connor was about 200 miles away! Angel that she is, my friend offered to bring him half way (well more than half way actually) and plans were made.

Connor now lives here in our zoo. He still is being hand fed and may have to be hand fed forever, but that does not diminish his personality or worth. He has a relatively small cage and has learned to perch and drink from a water bottle. His perches are very close to the bottom so he can just step off and there is no danger of a fall. He loves to climb to the top of his cage and jump off. Where he gets the nerve, I will never know! Since he spends a lot of time on the bottom of his cage, I have a sea grass mat down and believe it or not, he very seldom soils it. He usually "goes" on the side under his perch that is not covered with the mat.

I have also devised a playground of sorts that I put out on my bed every day. It is made of short baskets and heavy pieces of wood that won't tip over and of course, his little stuffed bear that he loves. Connor spends most of his day climbing up and down the blocks, baskets and bear. I keep a pretty close eye on him and when he gets too close to the edge of the bed, our little dachshund, Sienna, barks to let me know. They have become quite good friends.

Every morning when Connor wakes me up at 6:30 AM with his, "I'm the baby and I'm hungry" chirps, I thank my friend and my lucky stars for bringing Connor to us. I am honored to have Connor!

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What Is A Parrot To Eat?
Part 3

By Dori Jacobson

Bird seeds line shelves in every pet store and supermarket...big seeds, little seeds, seed mixes, etc. If you look in the food bowls of those birds in pet shops, you often see them filled with seeds as well. While we all know not to feed our birds seed mixtures made for wild birds (these are often processed or treated to prevent bug infestation and to prolong shelf life), many folks feed their birds a seed laden diet.

Are seeds bad for our birds? Some are. Bird foods will often sit on the shelves of grocery stores and some pet stores for long periods of time. These seed mixtures often contain lots of sunflower seeds. These, along with other higher fat seeds, can become rancid fairly quickly if stored improperly. Sitting for months, unsold, on the shelves increases the likelihood that the seed mixture can be rancid. At the very least, it is likely to be stale. Moisture in the environment can also cause the seeds to become rancid.

Look at the expiration date on the seed package, if available. If possible, try to get a sniff of the package (you'll definitely get a few strange stares while doing so). Buy from a seller that rotates their stock frequently, and preferably one who sells their stock regularly. The seeds are more likely to be fresher if they have smaller supplies and sell them quickly. To really test the quality of your seeds, take a small amount (about a tablespoon or two) and try to sprout your seed. Most seeds should sprout within 48 hours or so. The older your seed, the longer it takes to sprout and the less nutrition it has to offer your bird.

"Sunflower seeds are bad for birds" is a common phrase bantered about. How bad are they? Well, sunflower seeds are packed with unsaturated fats, fiber, protein, amino acids, and vitamins. They provide lots of energy, and that is one reason there is a large number of sunflower seeds in packaged wild bird foods. However, those wild birds get tons of exercise each day, plus lots of other food sources in the wild to vary their diet. Our average "pet" birds do not do well with high amounts of sunflower or other seeds in their diets. It is not wrong to feed them seed, but seeds should be fed in moderation. It is also important to offer variety in the diet...seeds, nuts (again, in moderation), fresh fruits and veggies, grains, pellets (not a necessity if the diet is well-balanced, but a great option for those of us who work so that food is available during the day), etc. Sunflower seeds also make great training treats and rewards.

It is commonly thought that the little birds, such as finches, canaries, budgies, etc. need only a seed diet. That's often all you see in their cages at the pet stores that are not geared to only birds or primarily birds. Surprisingly, even these little guys love (and thrive on) greens, veggies, and fruits in their diets. They also like sprouted seeds! Millet sprays are often found hanging in and on the cages. I have learned that you can take millet sprays and sprout them as well! Unless you have a large population of small birds, it would probably be better to cut your millet into shorter pieces. Just snip a piece off, place it into your sprouting jar, rinse and then soak as normal. After soaking for about 8 hours, rinse and drain, and allow it to sprout. It should be ready to feed after about 24 hours. Remember, your sprouted millet is now a fresh, live food, and should be treated safely. Discard uneaten portions after a few hours. You can sprout larger amounts of millet, but remember to refrigerate it. It should keep safely in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

The origins of our precious birds can also be a factor in determining how much seed to allow in their diets. For example, birds living high up in the canopy of the rainforest in the wild (such as Macaws and Amazons) eat fewer seeds in their natural habitat than birds (such as cockatoos and cockatiels) who tend to spend lots of time on the ground. This by no means is intended to say that cockatoos need high seed diets, but may be something to consider when preparing your bird's meals. For example, Amazons can be prone to fatty liver disease, and their diet should take items such as these into consideration.

For variety, sprout some of your fresh seeds for your birds. Rather than just having dry seeds in a bowl, they will probably enjoy having live, fresh nutrition popping out of those seed shells!

Once again, Happy Feeding! I'm off to try making some millet sprouts for my birds! They won't touch the millet sprays, but maybe they will try a sprouted section!

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Safety Tip: PVC For Birds
By Dori Jacobson

PVC is a great material for making long-lasting toys for the larger birds, or toy bases for smaller birds. When using PVC, it should be Schedule 40 or 80. These types are the ones made for potable water and are safe for our birds. As with any material you utilize in your toy making, it should be cleaned thoroughly before use. Also, be sure to remove any ink imprinting on the PVC. Sand any rough edges if needed. PVC caps and other parts can be glued safely if necessary. Apply the glue outside, away from open windows or vents, use as little as possible and try to apply to inner portions only.

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Zig, who owns Wyspur

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So You Think You Want a Companion Bird
Part 1

By Vicki Hartsfield

Here are some considerations you need to bear in mind:

A companion bird can be the most enjoyable thing in your life. They give you their love and attention. It's really hard not to love something that loves you unconditionally and considers you the only thing in his world. On the other hand, they can be someone's nightmare just as easily.

Birds are a long term commitment. They have a wide range of life spans, with some of the larger ones easily living to be as old as a human. Purchasing your first bird should be a decision made only after a lot of research and thought. It should never be an impulse decision because the bird was pretty or the bird talked or your neighbor has one. You should consider visiting or even volunteering in the many aviaries, shelters and rescues to learn about them so as to get first hand knowledge on how they live, what they eat and how messy they are. One needs to see that it is not at all like having a dog or a cat. Birds are by no means easier to care for than a dog or cat. Birds are very social and highly intelligent and must have daily interaction out of the cage with you. Birds require this interaction and play to keep them from getting bored. Play is also a vital part of the bonding process. When bored, a bird can start biting or plucking his feathers out, sometimes to the point of mutilation. They can get emotionally frustrated (just as you and I do) with the lack of attention and can become a 'bad' bird. Birds can quickly become aggressive if left to their own devices without interaction from you.

You can see birds in these shelters, rescues and aviaries that have been purchased on a whim or as a decoration because they were cute. That is where a vast majority of these birds come from. The new owners can't handle some aspect of having a bird, whether it be messy, slinging food, biting, pooping everywhere, plucking feathers, or the loudness. Birds are highly intelligent creatures of God that He put here for a reason. That reason was not to end up being uncared for in the attic, basement or chicken house or placed in the back room and left to starve to death. Believe me, these things do happen.

Think about it. Do you really have time to devote to dealing with a bird that has the mentality of a three year old child? For life? Imagine having a three year old for 30+ years. Are you willing to make the sacrifices that are necessary for the bird? Before you introduce a bird into your busy lifestyle, think long and hard about the fact that there will be times you have to forfeit your vacation or take the bird with you, unless you can find someone willing to care for your bird. Every bird owner must also address what happens with the bird, should his life span exceed yours, considering those long avian life spans.

Birds can be wonderful companions IF you do your homework, and are totally prepared for all they entail. You really must understand all of the responsibilities - financial and otherwise. They require a long term commitment. They can be expensive - not just the initial cost, but proper housing, veterinary care, food, and toys. They can be noisy and messy. They can cause allergies. They may or may not get along with other members of your household - human and otherwise. They may also bother the nearby neighbors. They may not perform as expected for you - not every bird will talk or learn cute tricks.

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Rikki Sez

Rikki will try and answer frequently asked questions here.

Rikki, My Mommy puts me outside in the summer. She says I need some sunshine, but I get so hot that my mouth hangs open and my feathers feel like they’re on fire. Why doesn't my Mommy take me in the house where it is much cooler?
Signed, Roasting Parrot

Dear Roasting, Your Mommy is right about the sunshine being good for you, but she should never leave you in the hot sun for too long. You can get healthy sunshine stuff from the shade too. I think someone needs to tell your Mommy that you can get very sick if she leaves you out in the hot sunshine without making sure you have a place in your cage that you can go to get some shade. She also has to make sure that you have a big dish of cool water and a towel or cloth over one side of the cage so that you can go under there when the sun gets too hot on your feathers. She should never leave you out during the hottest part of the day. The heat could be dangerous for you.

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Rikki, I love sitting on my special perch while my Mommy takes her shower! I really don't enjoy getting too wet, but sometimes I can't help myself. You see, my Mommy rubs this stuff in her hair. She calls it shampoop or something and it gets all white and foamy looking. It smells SO good! Sometimes it smells like fruit and sometimes it smells like flowers. I really just want to get my talons in there and see what the heck it is, but Mommy just says "No". She says all I need to do is keep my feathers looking pretty is plain water. Why doesn't my Mommy let me use some of that good smelling stuff on MY feathers???
Signed, Sulking in the Shower

Dear Sulking, In this instance, your Mommy is right. All YOU really need is water! That stuff they use in their hair is called shampoo and while it is great for humans, we parrots do not need that sort of nonsense to keep our coifs looking beautiful. Stay away from that shampoo. It might make you itchy and it would not rinse out of your feathers. Although it smells good, it tastes horrible!!! It also can get in your eyes and they say it really burns! Maybe your Mommy will put a toy on your shower perch so that you have something to play with while you are in there, rather than wishing for that shampoo!

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