The Mavi Chronicles: ‘I Love You, but I Want to Bite You.’

My Senegal parrot has always had anger problems. If something is wrong in his life, he takes that out on me, and if I'm not around, it's the nearest person or toy. Recently, my poor boy is feeling very... ahem... unstable about the move overseas, quarantine, and probably the time when I left him alone with O. beforehand.... Continue Reading →

Evidence of an Issue: Parrots as Pets.

With spring so tantalisingly close, I couldn't resist taking the birds out in their carriers for some sunshine today. It was divine, but the warm weather and lengthening days both come with a catch. Hormones are in full blast at this household - and at many others besides. With work on my flock's diet, things are manageable, but it's not an... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Sun to Parrots

Parrots need sunlight. It has been instrumental in the healing of our umbrella cockatoo, Bobo, since he went to live at the Island Parrot Sanctuary in Scotland (and for the mental and physical recovery of all parrots there), and it has helped my birds, too, although they are not emotionally traumatised as Bobo was. If... Continue Reading →

Chop-Chop: Get cooking for Parrots

Chop for parrots is simpler than you ever imagined: Faster and easier even than grain bakes. As you may guess from this post, I, too, am a chop convert. The concept: Put ingredients into a food processor and press the button to grind it up finely enough that the flock can't pick bits out. It really is... Continue Reading →

Seven Reasons Why Parrots Are Not Good Pets.

Are parrots good pets? What is owning one like? In my opinion, no, they are not good pets at all - caring for them properly will consume your life, not that this is necessarily a bad thing. This article was inspired by my previous post, where I realised that I never defined why I feel parrots... Continue Reading →

For and Against the Breeding of Pet Parrots.

  I recently read a post on the Feathered Angels Blog that sums up perfectly what I feel about the responsible breeding of parrots. It spurs us to ask ourselves if can there really be such a thing as 'responsible' breeding, when few birds remain in their forever homes - even those specially selected by breeders? The... Continue Reading →

Twelve Foods that Can Be Foraging Toys All By Themselves.

Foraging for parrots doesn't have to be hard or take a lot of thought. One of the simplest ways to create a foraging 'situation' is to wrap food up in little paper wrappers. But there are some fabulous foods that are toys all on their own - and this really is foraging for parrots made... Continue Reading →

Cuddles Mean Sex.

Good, now that I have your attention, let's talk about cuddling and what you're really telling your parrot when you snuggle up and pet him outside of his head, neck, and feet! Cuddles like that mean sex to a parrot. Not companionship or love - at least, not the way owners are thinking. To a... Continue Reading →

On Keeping Our Pets Healthy

Our parrots love seed, nuts, cheese, chips, crisps, biscuits, crackers, and all kinds of other fatty, sugary, and salty things that aren't good for them. They may also love sipping on your soda, sleeping in your bed with you, getting 'sexual snuggles,' or chewing on something toxic. But we have to stop them. We play... Continue Reading →

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