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    Recall training

    Being able to recall your parrot is very important if you want them to remain flighted.  Flighted birds are healthier, stronger, have a better quality of life, and are safer if they ever escape or become lost. In order for…
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    Nail Trimming

    Nail Trimming My preference is to have our vet or a trained third party to trim my birds’ nails as they can be the “bad guy” … however many trim their bird’s nails successfully. Ensure you have styptic powder, corn…
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    AnAG Supports Birdline Canada Parrot Rescue

    Birdline Canada Ltd. exists to help not only the parrots in need of rescue and or rehab from such situations, but to assist in the event a family member passes away, moves away or life circumstances change that may result…
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    AnAG Reading List

    My favourite books include: For the Love of Greys (Bobbi Brinker) Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot (Barron’s) The Parrot Who Owns Me (Joanna Burger, Ornithologist) Sally Blanchard’s Companion Parrot Handbook (aka The Happy Bappy Fun Book) Good Bird! (Barbara Heidenreich)…
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    First Aid Kit

    How to Prepare an Emergency First Aid Kit Always be prepared. That’s a great motto for every pet and bird owner. You should always have a basic bird first aid kit on hand as well as a small carrier or…
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Apr
22

“Instant” Single-Serving Birdy Bread

For those of us that don't want to bake big batches of birdy bread, or who are in a rush.  You only need a few specialized ingredients: Abba Green (hand-feeding formula), aka Abba No 92 Pureed baby food (fruit or vegetables) - any brand, but organic is my first choice Small seed mix (millet & safflowers, for example) Live-culture plain yogurt   For a single serving (for one African Grey): In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix together: 2 level teaspoons of Abba … [Read more...]

Feb
15

Recall training

Being able to recall your parrot is very important if you want them to remain flighted.  Flighted birds are healthier, stronger, have a better quality of life, and are safer if they ever escape or become lost. In order for your bird to survive outside and to be recoverable, it is not only important that they remain flighted, but also to be trained for recall (to return when beckoned/commanded.)  Training must be done with positive reinforcement, strengthening the bond between parrot and human … [Read more...]

Sep
17

DIY Buddy Perch

Our long-standing member, Birdlette, came up with a quick and safe way to handle a bird that has a tendency to bite the hand that feeds him.  It's the homemade version of the Buddy Perch. Cut the top off of a large plastic soda (pop) bottle and insert a large wooden dowel (one that fits fairly snuggly) into the neck.  And, voila!  Instant Buddy Perch.  The only real cost is the dowel. To use this device, you hold the dowel like a hilted sword with your hand inside the bottle top.  This … [Read more...]

Aug
14

Cage Safety

There are many different aspects about cages that require us to be diligent when it comes to our birds' safety. CAGE MATERIALS The best cages are made from surgical stainless steel, but the cost is prohibitive to most parrot keepers.  Alternately, powder-coated steel cages or anodized aluminum cages are more economical and very durable if cared for properly.  Bird feces is highly corrosive to paint and other protective coatings, so it needs to be removed completely as soon as possible.  … [Read more...]

Aug
14

Bathing Birds

All parrots need to bathe in some fashion on a regular basis.  Often they will create ways of avoidance that we can find perplexing, if not downright ingenious.  Still, we need to encourage our birds to get wet in order to keep their feathers clean, their skin moisturized, and to cut down on the amount of powder down that is released into our environments. Some parrots love to take a bath, but many others detest it, or at least appear to dislike it vehemently.  For them, finding some … [Read more...]

Aug
14

DO NOT FEED List

Fruits and vegetables are important in any bird's diet, BUT there are some things that need to be limited or eliminated entirely... Things that should not be given to your parrot include: raw potatoes (except yams - the orange sweet potato) onions, raw & cooked (green onion, white/yellow/red, leeks, scallions, etc.) avocado pips/seeds/stones from apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries fava beans aka broad beans (raw) peanuts in shell (due to the fungus that grows on the … [Read more...]

Jul
10

HELP!! ….My Bird Just Flew Out The Door

With diligence and persistence, it IS possible to get back your wayward bird, but you need to act FAST.  If your bird is already out of sight, or you did not see which direction he flew, then ..... Time is of the essence. The best times to search are at dawn and dusk.  This is when they are roosted and not on the wing.  If you can enlist help, that would be useful.    if possible, have another bird in its cage out in the yard or on a porch/balcony, this alone can help to … [Read more...]

Jul
10

KING’S CAGE hatchway latch refit

by Beakertrout This is how you spring load the retainer on the feed doors. A small spring from a ballpoint pen inserted behind the latch plunger. You might have to cut the spring in half. Beaker was not too happy about his escape avenues being fixed. In addition: The plastic latches are replaceable, see the Kings Cage website for replacement parts. … [Read more...]

Jul
09

Living and Learning Parrots

Living and Learning Parrots is an online course that is provided by Dr. Susan Friedman Ph.D and her team. The course is designed to teach participants how parrots learn. If we can take the time to understand the fundamental principles of learning and behavior and the associated teaching technology, caregivers can facilitate successful parrot behaviors for lasting companionship. Course information is available at the website listed below Behavior Works For more information on the … [Read more...]

Jul
09

AnAG Feeding Success Stories

Willem, 24 November 2013 Well, I learned to keep trying. Previously I would offer veggies and if it is refused, try again in a month or two. Now I offer veggies everyday, if she did not eat some today she will tomorrow. At the moment Shanti is only eating corn, carrots (cooked) and spinach leaves. I offer green beans and peas everyday and sometimes mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, without success so far. She loves apple and grapes. She also eat pears and some watermelon. No … [Read more...]

Jul
09

DIY Harness

Written for AnAG by "Fleur" Here are the photos of my parrot harness you will note the similarity to the Tinkerbell Ultra Light Harness. This one however does not have a head loop. Picture one shows the harness ready to put on. The loops are named A,B,C and D. Lie the harness on the parrot's back with the collar draped round the neck. In photo 2 I have put in a different colour belt to make it easier to see what is being put where. Bring loops A & B together round the bird's … [Read more...]

Jul
02

Parrot Food Pyramid

  Download article --> Parrot Food Pyramid -- AnAG Files Original Article --> HolisticBirds.com … [Read more...]