A collection of tips (‘life hacks’) for people with parrots in their lives, making those days just a little easier.
Parrot life hack #1: The office mat
Parrot life hack #2 Drop cloths out of old flat sheets
Parrot life hack #3 The only cleaning agents you’ll ever need: White distilled vinegar, steam, mild dishwashing soap, and GSE (grape seed extract). Parrot life hack # 4 Build your own aviary – try checking out the Parrot’s Workshop for ideas and advice
Parrot life hack # 5 UV lights and direct sun
Parrot life hack # 6 Chop (which you should freeze in ice cube trays)
Parrot life hack # 7 Homemade toys as per the Parrot’s Workshop… or, let your parrot be your shredder.
Parrot life hack # 8 Recall training
Parrot life hack # 9 Station training
Parrot life hack # 10 Homemade harnesses
Parrot life hack # 11 Fruit frozen in ice cubes
Parrot life hack # 12 The bath in a sink (in a bowl) Parrot life hack # 13 Grain bakes – picky parrot’s delight
Parrot life hack # 19 ‘Parrot Wine’ and syringe training
Parrot life hack # 20 Removing stains (hint: get them while they’re fresh!)
Parrot life hack # 21 Unused popsicle sticks and coffee stirrers as toys
Parrot Life hack #22 The cat carrier
Parrot life hack # 23 ‘Parrot T.V.’
Parrot life hack #24 Buy many, many extra bowls. Dozens. More than you think.
Parrot life hack # 25 Clicker training. Not so much a ‘hack,’ as a must-try.Parrot life hack # 26 Cheap toilet roll (paper)
Parrot life hack # 27 Hide medicine or veggies in almond or peanut butter whole-grain toast
Parrot life hack # 28 Wrap millet or nuts in some plain computer paper
Parrot life hack # 29 Iceberg secrets a calming substance
Parrot life hack # 30 Different styles of perches
Parrot life hack # 31 Lightly spray the bottom of the cage/the papers before pulling them up
Parrot life hack # 32 Skewer a box full of paper and treats for foraging. Put this in the cage before you have to leave the house to keep them occupied
Parrot life hack # 34 Grapes, cored apples, and other watery/sugary fruits are good for travel
Parrot life hack # 35 Buy up too-small or round bird cages and make them into travel cages or art sculptures
Parrot life hack # 36: The water-fountain bath by Thun Fisch
Life hack # 37 Cornstarch, not styptic powder, for wounds!
Life hack # 38 Your blender’s food processor attachment
Life hack # 39 Baby toys whose parts can’t be broken off/aren’t toxic can be sanitised and given to parrots
Life hack # 40 Courtesy of BirdTricks: Freeze several bowls half full of water and place these beneath the birds’ regular dishes of fresh food, as if stacking them. Keeps it fresh a little longer in hot weather.
Life hack # 41 Stainless steel pans
Life hack # 42 In your emergency birdie first aid kit, add some organic baby food pouches
Life hack # 43 Spice their food up
Life hack # 44 Use a blanket in aviaries to provide a shaded place
Life hack # 45 Vacuuming means bath time?
What are your tips for making life a little easier with parrots?
Students with Birds Blog was founded by me: Sarah, a parrot slave with a penchant for research and a knack for training animals. I strive to help others by sharing my own experiences and posting useful taming and training tips, animal facts, and helpful articles and blogs.
In 2018, I rebranded my site as Three Birds and a Cloud Blog. The cloud in question is a Samoyed puppy named Atlas. Currently, we also have (as the name suggests) three birds, a fat cat, rats, a hamster, and a cloud-dog.