Parrot Toy Angels: September 2008 Angel Wings
Parrot Toy Angels

Angel Wings

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

October 2008
Volume 3, Issue X

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In this month's issue:
    Fall Auction Preview
    Pumpkin Muffins by ParrotNutz
    Birdie Stockings
    Angel Announcements
    Feathered Foodles
    Halloween Safety Tips
    Rikki Sez
    How to Get Your Bird Back In the Cage
    Safety Today
    Anti Ants
    Featured Fid ~ Budgerigars
    Who You Callin' Handicapped?
    Angel Tips
    Parrot Diet Chart
    Feathered Funnies

A big thank you to the Newsletter Committee. Ya'll rock!






Welcome
Cindy M. from New Hampshire
Angel Toys For Angels

Featured Toys for October

Paper Popper
Paper Popper
Small to Medium Birds

Bagel Chain
Bagel Chain
Small to Medium Birds

Round N Round
Round N Round
Medium to Large Birds

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Angel Toys for Angels

now!


Kei
Kei enjoying an Angel footer

Parrot Toy Angels Fall Auction

Thursday evening, October 9, 2008 'til Sunday, October 19, 2008
Mark your calendars!!

Fall Auction Preview

For sneak peak at some of the auction goodies, click this button



See ya there!

Mission Fish

You can also access our auction by visiting our eBay store here:
Parrot Toy Angels eBay Store
Both links will be active on 10/9/08

ParrotNutz

ParrotNutz Pumpkin Patch

Fall is in the Air!!

Fresh pumpkins abound
Choose from 4 flavors of our always popular pumpkin muffins

♥ Great Pumpkin
♥ Golden Pumpkin
♥ Harvest Pumpkin
♥ Pumpkin Sunrise

Have a special request?
Just drop us an email

$14.95 15 mini muffins
(Approximately 1 - 1.5 lbs.)

Click Here to order

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Limited Time Only!

Personalized Caique Stocking  Cockatiel Stocking TIRED of sad little faces glancing at the mantle?
Little eyes wondering
"Where oh where will Santa leave my presents?"
Light up those faces now with our Holiday Stockings!

You can find ready-made Holiday Stockings at:
Stockings
or, special order.
You can also personalize the stocking so there is no confusion!!

Please allow 2 weeks plus shipping time to custom make your stocking. Not only will your fidlets love their own...but they make great gifts for any occasion.

Special Pre-Holiday Pricing ends 10/31/08!
Order Now!

Personalized:
Reg Price: $23.00
Sale Price: $18.00

Non-Personalized:
Reg Price: $20.00
Sale Price: $15.00

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ANGEL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Watch for upcoming events, news, website updates, etc. here

   

Toy Making Kits

See How We've Grown

ONLY $14.00
All supplies included to make complete
"See How We've Grown"
3rd Anniversary toy.
Step by step instructions included!

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>>C O U P O N<<
10% off any item on the
Parrot Toy Angels site
Coupon expires
11/05/08

Offer not valid
for food purchases

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Feathered Foodles

Nutty Fruit Roll Ups
By Machelle Earley

Large Flour Tortilla
Peanut Butter
Choppped Apples & Bananas

Spread tortilla with peanut butter and cover with the chopped fruit. Roll up and slice in wheels. Serve and watch your bird dig in.

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NJ-NY-PA-DE
Area Bird Lovers

Get out your calendars and circle Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19, and come to Bird Paradise for Parrot Palooza 2008!

The two day event will include guest speakers Dr. Irene Pepperberg, Sally Blanchard and Lara Joseph speaking on foraging and enrichment and Madeleine Franco, who specializes in problem behavior such as plucking and is considered a "refeathering specialist."

Besides great speakers, free BBQ and food from Carraba's Italian Grill, toy making contests and free prizes. Parrot Toy Angels will have a table featuring our Stainless Steel Toy Buckets and exclusive Foot Toys. Also attending will be many rescues from the area, including several who have been Angel Project recipients and several bird clubs. Please stop by our table and say hello.

Go to the Bird Paradise website for details, bio's on the speakers and directions to the store located at 551 E. Route 130 South, Burlington, NJ.

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MN Area
Bird Lovers

Lakes Area Caged Bird Club in Brainerd, Minnesota is having their Fall Bird Expo October 26, 2008. Many vendors and breeders will be attending from all over the state. This event will be held in the Brainerd National Guard Armory, 1115 Wright Street in Brainerd, MN. Doors open at 10 AM until 4 PM. Admission is $2.00 at the door.

Wyspur of wyspurcreations will have a large selection of handcrafted toys for parrots. Stop by pick up a flyer and learn more about how you can help parrots in need with your contributions to the nonprofit organization Parrot Toy Angels. See you there.

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Halloween Safety Tips
By Nancy Goulding

Arty at Halloween

I don't know about you, but Halloween is not one of my favorite days any more. Now don't get me wrong. I love the costumes, the candy, the kids, but what it does to my birds and other critters is enough to make me want to pull my hair out. I have tried to put together a helpful list of things that might help make the few hours of goblins and creatures invading the street and doorways easier.

♥ Don't let the birds get into the chocolate! Make sure that candy is secure and away from mischievous birds and other critters.

♥ Don't let your bird fly out an open door!

♥ Shield your bird from the frantic door ringing and scary costumes.

♥ Try to cut off trick or treating at a reasonable time so as to keep your bird on a normal schedule.

♥ If you have birds that are able to look out the window, close the curtain or blinds so the flashlights and Jack-O-Lanterns don't scare them.

♥ Keep birds away from candle flames. (Note: PTA does not advocate the use of candles around birds).

♥ Keep paper decorations away from your birds. Some contain unsafe dyes or stings that birds can get tangled in.

♥ Use common sense when it comes to your bird. It is only one day a year. Maybe it would be best to cage them for a few hours. When it's over take them out. Give them an extra birdie treat and scritch.

After all, it "is" Halloween and we all could use a treat!

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Rikki Sez

Rikki will try and answer frequently asked questions here.

Rikki, Last week we had some big loud noises and lots of water coming from the sky. I peeked out my window and saw trees flying (I didn't know trees could fly!). Mama and Papa kept us safe, but if the big airs and flying trees visits other peoples this year, can you tell their mamas and papas what to do to keep them safe too? (PS, don't tell my Mama and Papa I peeked!)
Signed, Scared

Dear Scared, If your family is leaving before the big winds start to blow, they can take you with them in a carrier with a low perch and a towel in the bottom. They can put a couple of heavy crocks in the bottom for your food and water. They can take grapes and other high water content fruits for your snacks so you won't get dehydrated. They should remember to take your favorite food and a few toys to keep you happy. If they are staying at home, they can move your cage or carrier to an inside room so you will be safe and not so scared. Next time, don't peek or I'll tell your Mama!

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Rikki, My mama took all of my toys with beautiful strings hanging from them and cut all of the strings very short. I worked hard picking and pulling at those strings to get them long and loose. Why did she do that?
Signed, Stringless

Dear Stringless, Your mama loves you and she knows strings can be dangerous to a bird. I hope she cut them short enough so they can't wrap around your toes or legs and hurt you. You should keep working on getting those strings loose though, it's fun to do and you need to give your mama something to do to keep her busy. Try throwing all of your toys to the floor for your mama to pick up. They love that game.

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Rikki, Sometimes my Quaker hangs onto his perch real tight and just flaps his wings real fast. Can you tell me why?
Signed, Quaker Slave

Dear Quaker Slave, Since we don't get to fly as much in captivity as we do in the wild, we parrots have to simulate flying to get the wing exercise we need.

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Rikki, I am traveling with my mom and dad to the south. We stopped at a rest stop and mom got out. My dad stayed in the car with me and the air conditioning running. How come they did not just leave me in my cage in the car and both go in?
Signed, Confused

Dear Confused, They couldn't turn the car off because you would get too hot, but if they left you alone with the car running they were afraid a smart bird like you might figure out how to drive away and leave them behind. Just kidding. You are such a special bird, they were afraid if they left you alone somebody would see you and want to take you home with them. They love you and they want to protect you so one of them will always stay with you while you are traveling.

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How to Get Your Bird Back In the Cage
By Regina M. Jankowski

Okay, my first instinct was to write this similar to the "How To Give A Cat A Bath" email we've all received. We are owned by birds. We get excited when we drop $50 on a toy we know they'll destroy in a day. We actually look forward to how much they'll enjoy it. We have a sense of humor. Seeing as how this topic is as serious as it is funny, I'll try to keep the jokes down to a minimum. However, if you feel like sharing your humorous memories, by all means email us!

This problem was new for me back in August when I adopted a Senegal into my flock. Until then, I just put the birds in their cage. It was a non-issue. Sure, I had to pick up the caique (feet dangling in the air) and plop her on a perch, but I could do it. I honed my Jedi-Reflexes and the caique and I lived happily with this method. The Senegal was not as accommodating. If he steps-up onto your finger, bye-bye finger. Add that to the fact that his Jedi-Reflexes are much more precise than my own, I had a dilemma on my bloody hands.

Hand-held Perches
The first piece of advice I came across was a hand-held perch. Teach the bird to step up onto a hand-held perch and you can easily put them back into the cage without injury. Sounded easy enough. Most birds are wary of a hand-held perch and you should start by putting it across the room in their view. When they accept that, move it closer little by little in one or two day increments. Next step is to move it into their play area and wait until it's accepted. Wow, how easy! Obi, my sennie, will scream non-stop bloody murder if he can spy a hand-held perch. Pick it up (across the room) and he waddles around, wings out, screaming as if you just put a poisonous snake in his room. Seeing how his feelings were so strong, I gave up on this thought, at least for now. My intent is not to make him limp with heart failure, just get him in his cage.

Treats/Trickery
Moving on to the next piece of advice: put a treat in his cage and close the door when he goes in to get it. Sounds logical. Not only does he get rewarded for being in the cage, there's little effort on my part. This worked, once. When I closed the cage I did reward him through the bars with another treat. After that, forget it. He would turn his head down, look at the treat, then look back up at me with hopes of my immediate death. I quickly learned that this just made him angry. This had worked for me with birds in the past. Obi feels this is trickery and gets very mad at anyone implying they are smart enough to trick him.

I used to tempt him onto his cage door by touching his cage grate. When he slid down the open door to bite me, I closed it. I was quite impressed at my superior intelligence. The next day he eagerly waited for me to try again. I cleaned that grate till it shone. He just sat on the outside of the cage door, biding his time. One of the other birds crashed a toy on their grate. I glanced to make sure they were okay and CHOMP! He must have made that plan with the other birds while I was at work that day. Cockatoo laughter while you're holding your finger together is humiliating.

Training
This turned out to be my solution, although there were times I doubted it would be. It took a lot of time and reinforcement on my behalf. First I made the inside of his cage far more exciting and fun than the play top. He has a basket of toys on top, and another in his cage. I switch the baskets and some of the toys around to keep it interesting. Inside is a virtual rainforest of toys. Next I set a routine. He is allowed out in the mornings while I get all the birds and their food set for the day. He is also allowed out from the time I get home from work until it's time for every cage to be covered. This helped him realize that being in the cage was not permanent. He knew when he'd be allowed out again. This was very important for him to realize, and the security of the routine helped him to be less anxious and relax. Every time he ventured into his cage around the time he was supposed to, I closed the door. I then stayed by him, praising and complimenting him. He also got a favorite treat that I will only give when he's in his cage. I made sure to mention he was a good boy for getting in his cage while I praised him. This made it easier for him to understand what "getting in his cage" meant.

The final step was our agreement, crazy as it sounds. He gave me nothing but trouble getting back in when I wanted and not when he wanted. I was at my wits end. I considered his extremely high intelligence level and we had a talk. When he was in an agreeable mood I explained that he couldn't come out as often anymore because of his refusal to abide by the rules. To be honest, I meant that. He would get himself so upset and worked up when I tried to get him in the cage against his will that I was more worried about him having a heart attack than him having "free time". From that day forward, I didn't have another problem. When it is time to go in, I simply ask in a pleasant voice. I show him treats and sit on the couch near his cage. He climbs right in. I praise him and he usually gets two treats for being such a gentleman.

This will always be a work in progress. A few days ago I asked him to go in and he expressed that he didn't want to. I asked again and he went in. While giving him his treat, he ripped open my index finger. Guess he felt that I wasn't listening to him and he needed to express himself a little more clearly. Sometimes he doesn't want to go in his cage at night. I turn out the lights and sit by his cage illuminated by a nightlight. After a few minutes of considering his possibilities, he climbs in. Since our pattern became routine, those problems are few and far between. He has less anxiety attacks and I use less band-aids!

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Safety Today
By Susan Kesler
Safety Committee Chairwoman

You know those cute little straw hats you see at craft and hobby stores? They look innocent enough don't they? Birds love to shred them and they make cute, inexpensive additions to our bird toys. You can even make great foraging toys with them by attaching two together with a nut or other safe treat inside. All my birds love them and chances are you even have some in your collection of toy parts.

Be careful though, there's danger lurking in that cuteness. Many are sewn together with a thin continuous thread that can be hazardous when the straw is chewed away. Many birds have injured themselves getting tangled in these threads.

The good news is that you can still use them! Just take a minute and clip the string every few stitches. This prevents any long strings that birdie may get tangled in.

So play it safe, clip the strings!

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Anti Ants
By Sue Christie-Cox

Ants. They are an essential part of the environment, but I don't want them trailing their way through the house up into Bella's cage, or across the kitchen countertops.

When I noticed a trail starting across the floor, I followed it to find the source outside. They seemed to be gearing up for a mass invasion, so I needed to get in first before they became a huge pest in the house.

First, I found where they were coming from and interrupted the trail from the outside, so no more could come in by shaking some powdered washing detergent across the trail. I have heard that if you draw a line in chalk through the trail that will work too. That slowed them up as they had no trail to follow. They seemed to retreat back to the nest to come up with a new plan. A few ants remained outside scouting about to find a new route inside so I had to squash them so they could not report back.

This gave me a chance to deal with the ones inside. To stop anymore from getting into Bella's cage, I slipped plastic plates under the legs of his cage and then filled them with water. The ants couldn't get across the water so that stopped them there.

Then I sprinkled corn starch across the remaining ants in the trail and vacuumed them up. The corn starch suffocates them in the vacuum cleaner, so when I empty it they don't take up residence in the trash can.

Next comes cleaning up the ones in Bell's cage. I wipe the legs of the cage catching any that are walking up and down in a cloth soaked in vinegar and warm water. This removes any food smell and lots of ants. Remove the bottom tray of the cage and wash that outside with the vinegar and water solution and replace with clean paper and a light sprinkle of corn starch. By this time all that remains are a couple of stragglers that are easy to pick off and squash.

I rechecked my outside defenses and found the ants had given up and had started off in another direction.

I hosed off the powdered detergent, which had the benefit of giving the outside patio a good wash, and erased the scent of the trail in case they decided to try again.

There are other ways of course, but I prefer not to use chemicals or poisons so the natural way works for me.

Step 1
Follow the ant line to its source. It might be a window, moulding crevice or floor crack.
Step 2
Form a temporary barrier at the source with boric acid or laundry detergent in powder form.
Step 3
Remove any food the ants have attacked and discard it in a garbage can outside your house.




Kermit
Kermit, Green Cheek Conure
who owns Nancy
Featured Fid ~ The Budgerigar
By Sue Christie-Cox

Blue This small bundle of feathers is one of the world's most popular kept birds and there are hundreds of good reasons for that. The "budgie" as it is commonly known, is a small parakeet, about 19 cm or about 7 1/2 inches and comes in just about every color, blues, yellows, greys, and many others, although only the green naturally occurs and is found in the arid outback of Australia where these birds originate from.

Budgies have lots of character, personality, are easy to train and can be taught to talk, though the males tend to be better talkers than females. Researchers believe this to be because the male mimics the call of his mate and therefore can identify her in a huge flock.

It is easy to sex a budgie, as you need only to look at your budgie's "cere". Dinky just hangin outThe "cere" is the area above the beak and surrounding the nostrils. With adult budgies if the cere is bright blue, the budgie is a male and if the cere is brown, the budgie is a female. When a female is in breeding condition her cere will be dark brown and may become rough and crusty. The above applies for most adult budgies except for some color varieties such as albinos, fallows, lutinos and recessive pieds. With young budgies the ceres of both sexes are the same color, a purplish shade, so it is difficult to decipher their sex until they have been through their first moult at three to four months of age. Only then will the adult color show. It is easy to tell the difference between a young bird and an older one too. On a young budgie, look for the horizontal bars on the forehead of the bird. After the first moult, (at about 3 or 4 months) these bars will disappear.

Budgies are a joy to live with and a very easy bird to care for, making them an ideal Kocacompanion for both young and old alike. As with all birds the bigger the cage the better but in my opinion, the minimum cage requirement for one budgie are:
Across - 18 inches or 46 cm
Wide - 12 inches or 30 cm
High - 12 inches or 30 cm
No matter what size cage, longer rather than higher is preferable, as it allows them to fly easily from perch to perch. Cages made of cane or wood are not safe for budgerigars as they quickly chew their way to freedom. As a member of the parrot family, the budgerigar likes to climb and a wire cage should have some horizontal wire bars to allow this. Be aware of the bar spacing, as many budgies can slip through a small space (as a guideline: just under 1/2 an inch or just over 1 cm). Budgerigars are also entertained by bird toys, such as swings, short strings of pony beads, ladders, bells, mirrors, etc., but not so many that the cage is cluttered and the bird's ability to fly is restricted. Buy a cage with a secure latch as budgerigars often learn to open their cage door! Perches should be either small branches or natural hard wood dowels to give your budgie a good grip and help to keep his claws and beak trim. Perfectly smooth perches of all the same diameter should be avoided because they can cause foot and joint problems. Perches should never be positioned above food or water dishes so as to avoid contamination from droppings.

Dinky enjoying veggiesFeeding a budgie is pretty simple. They should be fed a good quality seed mix (some of it soaked and sprouted) plus fresh fruits and veggies. Some will eat pellets, but budgies are natural seed eaters and they enjoy finding a seed and hulling it. I did feed pellets to mine for a short time, but I reverted back to a seed, fruit and veggie diet when I didn't find the birds showing any remarkable difference in health or feathering. I must say they were very happy birds when the seed came back into the cage.

Suggested fruits and vegetables are:
♥ FRUIT: apple, grape, guava, kiwi fruit, mango, melon, nectarine, orange, peach, pear, pomegranate, plum, strawberry, tangerine and watermelon
♥ VEGETABLES: bok choy, broccoli, carrot (chopped or grated), celery, chard, lettuce (but small amounts of lettuce and not too often as not a lot of goodness), peas, silver beet, spinach, sweet corn, watercress and zucchini
♥ PLANTS: chickweed, clover and dandelion
Favorites with budgies tend to be apple, carrot, silver beet, spinach and sweet corn. As with all foods, always feed in moderation. A special treat for budgies is a millet spray, but only feed as a treat and again in moderation.

The last 3 years is the longest I have been with out a budgie in my life and I do miss their cheerful and easy going nature. I would recommend them for anyone who would like a small, easy to care for bird and especially anyone who may be restricted by proximity of neighbors. The happy chirping of a budgie is never shrill or loud.

Budgies at the waterhole
Budgies enjoying the water hole

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"Who you callin' HANDICAPPED?!?!?!?!"
By Susana Emberg

When Sprite and his sister Pixel first came to live with Sprite & Pixelus, they were really a mess! Both had been picked bald and really abused by their parents. The lady who had them was frantic to find someone to take them in and care for them. Aside from being bald and somewhat undernourished, Pixel was okay, but it became apparent there was more wrong with Sprite. Instead of trying to fly, or even walk around much, he just sat huddled in a corner and would only eat something if it was right in front of him. When we looked him over, we found one foot curled under him and when he tried to walk, he stumbled and fell constantly.

We took both to the vet. Pixel got a relatively clean bill of health. SpriteThere was nothing wrong with her that some good food wouldn't fix. Sprite was another story. Not only could he not use one foot, he was also weak all over one side. His wing barely worked. After a ton of tests to rule out anything that could be fixed, the final diagnosis was that Sprite had suffered a "brain injury", something akin to a stroke in humans and that he may or may not get better. Of course, the possibility of putting him down came up, but we decided he deserved a chance to get better.

We set him up in a comfy cage with soft fleece lining the bottom, low perches and food and water easily available. Within days, it was almost impossible to keep him in there. He wanted to be out and about with the rest of the cockatiels. Amazingly enough, Sprite was accepted by everyone. Kali, my wonderful 'mama tiel', followed him around, protecting him and seeming to want to show him where everything was.

It didn't take long for Sprite to learn to deal with his 'handicap'. SpriteSoon, he was on the highest perches in the house, bossing the rest of the 'tiels around and amazingly enough, learning to fly! When he wants to fly across the room, he can't seem to fly straight from one place to another. Instead, he makes a loop, flying a half circle from his starting spot to his landing spot. We're guessing this is because one wing is a lot weaker than the other, but it doesn't seem to bother him at all!

Sprite is about 3 years old now, and quite a character! SpriteHe has special 'calls' for each of us which he sings when we walk by. He spends part of his time with Gromit and Kali, part with another pair of 'tiels and is fascinated by baby birds, always wanting to hang out and 'baby-sit'. He loves to play and nothing is too high or too hard to get to for him. The only real 'problems' he has is that we have to constantly trim his nails and be on the lookout for pressure sores on his bad foot. Oh, and he can't keep tail feathers - when he lands on a flat surface, he always curls his tail under himself for a 'soft' landing.

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Angel Tips
By Devi Tow

♥ When washing cuddle rings, put them in a pillow case; close the pillow case with a rubber band. Wash on cold, gentle cycle then air dry. For extra large items, gather a sheet around the item(s), use a rubber band to close it, wash on cold, gentle cycle then air dry.

♥ Are your bead holes too small for the wire or cordage? Use a bead reamer to enlarge the hole. Bead Reamers are only a few dollars at a craft store (they can be found with the beading supplies and tools).

♥ Trying to save money and time for bird meals and treats? Put some mash in ice cube trays and freeze it. Once frozen, put the cubes in a Ziploc bag. Take out what you need and thaw in the fridge.

♥ Made some birdie bread? Cut into bird sized portions. For corn bread and other breads that aren't sticky, throw in a Ziploc bag and freeze. Take out individual portions. For the stickier breads, wrap the portions in foil, Saran Wrap, etc. Freeze, take out what you need, unwrap, and thaw.

♥ Bought a large jar of applesauce and can't use it fast enough? Freeze in smaller portions in Ziploc bags and/or ice cube trays.

♥ Don't want to waste juice? Freeze it into portions. You can either freeze it in ice cube trays then transfer the cubes to Ziploc bags, or you can pour the juice in portions into Ziploc bags (I often put them in 1/4 cup portions. I do this for people items too, like chicken broth).

♥ Want to freeze eggs? Whisk the eggs, and then pour the egg into Ziploc bags. I do one egg per bag. This is great when you don't eat eggs and don't want them to go bad.

♥ Here's a super easy way for bird sized portions of scrambled eggs. Heat up a pan, once the pan is hot, add a bit of water and let that get hot. Add a chipped off piece of the egg you froze. Cook. This makes light, fluffy eggs.

♥ Have too many bananas? Remove peel, cut into portions, freeze on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper (cover them with foil or waxed paper). Once frozen, transfer to Ziploc bags. Bananas are great to use in birdie breads. You can also do this with berries and cantaloupes.

♥ Wanting to wash your rope before using but expect a huge tangle when it's washed? Loop it then zip-tie it together. Throw it in a pillow case tied closed with a rubber band (or zip-tie). Wash on cold, gentle cycle. Air dry. It'll dry faster if you snip the zip-tie before drying.

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Parrot Diet Chart
By Lori M. Nelsen and Lynn Edman

Choosing the best food for your bird can be confusing. This chart will help you make the right decisions when planning the menu. Your bird will thank you and your vet will be happy with the results of your next well-bird checkup. Approximate percentages can be adjusted for each species as well as individual needs. Please keep in mind that "approximate" percentages are just that, approximate, and the amount of greens, orange foods, veggies, etc. can be varied.

Seasonal GREENS 25%
Collard ~ Jalapeno ~ Mustard ~ Kale ~ Dandelion ~ Cilantro ~ Carrot Tops ~ Endive ~ Escarole ~ Turnip Greens ~ Water Cress ~ Romaine ~ Bok Choy ~ Lettuce Mix

AND OTHER VEGGIES
Broccoli ~ Cabbage ~ Brussel Sprouts ~ Zucchini ~ Chayote Squash ~ Snap Peas ~ Cucumber ~ Kohlrabi ~ Green Beans

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Seasonal ORANGE VEGGIES 10%-15%
Carrots ~ Squash ~ * Sweet Potato ~ Pumpkin

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Seasonal OTHER 5% or more%
Parsnip ~ Beets ~ Jicama ~ Celery ~ Corn ~ Chili Pepper ~ Red Pepper ~ Cauliflower ~ Potato (limited) ~ Radish ~ Tomato ~ Green Pepper ~ Asparagus

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GRAINS 30% (sprouted and/or cooked)
Millet-Hulled, Yellow ~ Oats ~ Rye Berry ~ Kamut ~ Quinoa ~ Amaranth ~ Buckwheat ~ Barley ~ Brown Rice (small amount preferably added to other grains) ~ Wild Rice (this is actually a grass and grains should accompany it) ~ Spelt Berry ~ Red Proso (millet) ~ White Proso (millet) ~ Spray Millet ~ Red Rice (small amount and should always be accompanied by other grains) ~ Basmati Rice (small amount and should be offered with other grains) ~ Black Rice (small amount and should be offered with other grains) ~ Rice Noodles-VERY limited amount ~ Kasha (roasted buckwheat) ~ Oatmeal
Very LIMITED amount of Soba noodles
Very LIMITED amount of Pasta from above whole grains

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LEGUMES 15%
Adzuki ~ Mung ~ Garbanzo ~ Peas ~ Lentils
All of these need to be fully sprouted or cooked to be fed without gastric upset.
Feeding 2 parts grains to 1 part legumes makes a complete protein.

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Seasonal FRUITS 10%
Orange fruits- beta carotene:
Papaya ~ Mango ~ Cantaloupe ~ Apricot ~ Peach
Other fruits: Oranges ~ Apple ~ Banana ~ Mango ~ Papaya ~ Cranberry ~ Blueberry ~ Raspberry ~ Strawberry ~ Grapes ~ Cherries (pitted) ~ Dried Fruit (unsulfured) ~ Lemon ~ Kiwi ~ Pineapple ~ Melons ~ Pears ~ Blackberry ~ Peaches ~ Passion Fruit

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ADDITIONS (including seeds (preferably sprouted) nuts)
ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) just a splash on food
Nuts (amount in diet depends on species)
Seed Mix

SEASONINGS
Curry (cooking only) ~ Cayenne Pepper ~ Chili Powder ~ Cinnamon (cooking only) ~ Fennel (limited) ~ Ginger (fresh or powdered) ~ Cumin ~ Turmeric (cooking only) ~ Lemon Peel

EXTRAS:
Sesame Seed ~ Pumpkin Seed ~ Almond Butter ~ Unsweetened Coconut

Garlic (about 1/4 clove for a med sized bird)

Juice:
(Juicer that uses/includes whole food is preferred)
Keep in mind that juice is a very concentrated food!
Fresh made fruit juice
Fresh made veggie juice

Animal Protein:
Bit of organic or free range Chicken (1 time a week) up to 1/2 tsp.
Bit of wild caught salmon (1 time a week) up to 1/2 tsp.
Cooked egg up to 1/2 tsp once or twice a week
Organic yogurt up to 1/2 tsp once or twice a week

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SUPPLEMENTS ~~~ WHEN
** Garlic ~~~ Monday, Wednesday, Friday or up to 5 times a week
Ground Flax Seed ~~~ Daily
Alfalfa Leaf ~~~ Daily or you can alternate with a cereal grass
*** Kelp ~~~ Daily (1/10 of 1/4 tsp.)
Barley Grass ~~~ Alternate with Alfalfa grass if desired
**** ACV in water ~~~ First week of month, if you like.

* NO Sweet Potato for Feather Pickers!

** Garlic isn't really a supplement but an immune boosting herb. You can give it a few times a week or every day. It's more of a food and herb than a supplement. Just a small amount of a clove is more than enough FINELY minced even for a large parrot.

Alfalfa can be given daily or you can alternate with Barley or Wheat grass if you like. Alfalfa should be 4-5 days a week if you alternate, the other day's cereal grass. Alfalfa is a superfood rich with nutrients.

*** Kelp. BE extremely careful with kelp as not to give too much. For a medium sized parrot, one TENTH of 1/4 tsp. is one days suggested dosage. If more is given your bird's thyroid may become sluggish, which could possibly lead to feather picking.

**** For ACV (Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 1 tsp. to 1 quart distilled water for drinking) This isn't necessary if your bird is healthy. This is treatment for yeast infections and should probably be saved for such times. Yeast infections in healthy parrots are not common unless they've had a long course of antibiotics or their diet or husbandry is lacking.

For further information on healthy avian nutrition, please check out Feeding Feathers

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FEATHERED FUNNIES

Calling All Dogs
By Machelle Earley

My African Grey, Merlin, is 3 years old now and learning several words a week. Once he learns them, he repeats them incessantly and they will sometimes come out in the middle of a mumble. He has been starting to put the words together and using them at the appropriate times. As with most families, our routine is to let our dogs, Sisco, Roxy and Mo, out first thing in the morning after we get out of bed. The kids will let them out again when they get home from school. My alarm clock is the only one that goes off in the morning as I wake everyone else in the house up. I have one of those old fashioned clocks with the little hammer in the middle of 2 bells on top of the clock itself. Every morning, when the alarm goes off, I immediately hear "outside? Rocky, Kicko, Mo, outside?" coming from the living room. Obviously, Merlin has learned our routine, however, he hasn't quite been able to properly say Roxy and Sisco and this in itself brings a smile to my face. When my kids get home from school, they call me when they walk in the door. While I'm on the phone with them, I hear the same phrase "outside? Rocky, Kicko, Mo, outside?" The dogs have already left the house the minute the kids opened the door. Merlin knows they are supposed to go outside when the kids get home. Every time I hear Merlin call the dogs in the morning, it starts my day with a giggle. Now I'm just waiting for the dogs to start paying attention to Merlin when he says it because they get all riled up when they hear the word "outside". Apparently they don't pay a lot of attention to Merlin at the moment.

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