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Posted by midlandparrots on 05/02/2018

How important is fresh water?

Even when you spray your bird, it is very important that you remove the old water, clean the spray bottle and replenish with fresh clean water.
We had a message asking us if we could help as the gentleman had a Blue Fronted Amazon which was vomiting, had runny poo and was not eating.
The only advice we could give was get the bird to an avian vet.
He had already been to the local vet, but lived nowhere near an avian vet. We still suggested that he find an avian vet and take the bird as soon as he could.
The vet had issued antibiotics for the bird.
Having asked the gentleman to update me, I received a message to say that the antibiotics were working and he had also discovered what had caused the problem.

He sprayed the bird regularly with normal water, however, the one thing he didn’t do was replenish the water daily or clean the spray bottle regularly.
The bird is on the mend, however it could have ended in tradgedy

Yet another reason why we always say.

“Every Day is a School Day”


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Lara the African Grey

Posted by midlandparrots on 29/01/2018


The African Grey

Some of you will be aware that we take on and give a forever home to some unwanted parrots.
One of our latest re-homes was Lara, an 18 month old African Grey
When Lara was taken on or should I say ‘Dumped on us’ she was chewing her own feet. We didn’t know whether she would stop self mutilating her feet, or in fact wondered if she would actually survive. Her previous owner had been to the vet but of course tests were needed and that meant a cost. It would be cheaper to put Lara to sleep.
Unfortunately parrots to me are little children and I made the point “would you put your son to sleep” Of course as always they haven’t got the answer to that.
Anyway, no point in going on, We took her on board. That was on the 28th October 2017. The first few days I was scared to look around the door when I went down in the morning, We tried using all sorts of things, but still she chewed on her feet, We have a customer who is a farmer and I asked him if he had any spray in his van, which I knew we should not generally use on parrots, but having exhausted all other avenues, I felt it was worth the risk, I had two chances, doesn’t sound right but it was a kill or cure.   

As you can see our day was turned sour on the 28th of October when young Lara appeared on the scene looking like this.



The photograph on the left shows Lara’s feet on the underside, Goodness knows the pain and discomfort that she must have been in. You could tell by her face and movements that she was in extreme pain. The thought of putting her down never entered my head and we had a customer actually break down in tears when she saw the state she was in.
Easy to critisise but as I explained, she has perhaps done the best she could, although I wish that we knew the true facts as to her condition.
The Picture on the right shows Lara at the Leicester Parrot Club on the 14th December some 6 weeks after her arrival.

The 7th of January this year we can see Lara at our Long Eaton shop sharing a cage and a jelly pot (her favourite treat) with 9 year old Jack.
Lara now comes home every night and travels to the shop daily, she enjoys his company and the attention she gets from everyone.

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East Midlands Parrot Club

Posted by midlandparrots on 29/01/2018

Did you know that Midland Parrots run the East Midland Parrot Club which takes place on the second Tuesday of each month?
The venue is Pride Park Veterinary Centre at Riverside Road, Derby.

The club is open to Non Members, so you can come along on the evening and of course you are welcome to bring your parrot with you (provided he has a well behaved adult with him)
Our aim is to bring together parrot people, in order that they can discuss their experiences and pass on advice to other members.

Put the date oin your diary and come along, Midland Parrots have always got the shop there so you can purchase your parrot food, toys and accessories.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Complete Diets for your Parrot

Posted by midlandparrots on 29/01/2018

P15 Tropical
We get a lot of customers come and ask “Why should I feed my bird a complete diet?”
Ok so the answer is that in our opinion there are a number of reasons
First of all, there is less mess, which means less waste.
But the most important part of a complete diet is knowing that your bird is getting all the vitamins and nutrition that he needs to make his body function properly.
We sometimes think that pellets are something totally different to his normal diet when the truth is that they are not. It is only a different concept of feeding your parrot.
You are basically getting the same as you would normally get in a bag of see but formed into a pellet
We use Nutri-bird P15 for most of our birds although we still give them seed as well, So in the morning they get P15 and in the evening the P15 bowls are then replace with a small amount of seed.
Of Course they still get their fresh foods as well.
Sometimes the parrot will turn his nose up at the new food, however we tend to give in before them.
Why not try Nutri-bird P15 for yourself, our trained staff will always give you the help and guidance required to convert your bird.
Why not call us today on 01530 263399 to discuss it further and place your order

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Posted by midlandparrots on 29/01/2018

Are you one of the parrot owners that prefer not to give your parrot any sunflower seeds or peanuts?
If so, then the new mix from Johnston and Jeff is for you.
Johnston and Jeff are renowned for their very popular Low sunflower mixes for both African Grey’s and Large Parrots.
Recently they have brought into the market the Lean and Fit mix which has taken off very well.
Johnston and Jeff have been producing foods for well over 100 years and did a lot of research into the new mix

If you feel that you want to try the mix then we would suggest that your purchase a small bag to start with and change him over.

Compared to similar products, the mix is very competitively priced for the quality

To order your bag of contact us on 01530 263399
Tell the assistant Blog 10 and receive 10% off your first order

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How many times have you been told to dump your teflon ?

Posted by midlandparrots on 05/07/2017


Teflon. Is it really that bad?

I wish I had a pound for every time I hear someone tell me that they have got rid of all their pans because they are non stick.
Do you need to bin all your Teflon coated cookware?
The simple answer is NO it isn’t. Not unless you can’t cook without burning everything
Teflon, which is the coating Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is absolutely fine under normal cooking conditions and ok, because most foods cook well under 530 degrees Fahrenheit.
For example, water boils at 212 degrees, eggs fry at 350 degrees and deep fat frying occurs at 410 degrees.
Customers tell me they have been told or read on the internet to get rid of all their Teflon cookware. My first question is, “Why” can’t you cook without burning everything?”
It’s the old scaremongering thing,
Yes of course it can kill your bird, and shortly after breathing in the toxic fumes he will have breathing difficulties.
We all think of a frying pan when we mention non stick. But of course we sometimes forget the obvious.
Bread Makers, George Foreman Grills are just a couple of things to mention but of course, what about self cleaning ovens, bread makers, etc
we come out of the kitchen, there are still traces of Teflon, I have heard people say that they have sprayed their parrot and then dried him with the hairdryer, they are of course Teflon coated to avoid anything sticking to the fan, heat mats, and would you believe your container that comes with your Chinese takeaway also has a thin coating of Teflon.
Ok. So look around your house. Your umbrella, your hiking and camping equipment, carpet and furniture are coated in Teflon too, work wear, and would you believe some food bags like the ones you get popcorn in are coated, as are sauce bottles, yes your good old HP Sauce has a coating of Teflon to stop the sauce sticking to the bottle.
Your hair straighteners also use Teflon technology so as not to damage your hair.
Now for the one that nobody thinks about.
We have greasy skin, someone who has greasier skin than others may use a cosmetic that contains Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) which prevents the product from fading and melting on the skin.
So back to the main question “Is Teflon really that bad”?

When was the last time you let your bird snuggle into your face, or even eat something off the carpet or couch.
Of course as always, it’s your decision, if you want to gt rid of your pans then feel free to do so.

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Posted by midlandparrots on 18/06/2016


I wish that I was given a pound (£1.00) for every time someone says to me

“I have been told not to give my parrot sunflower seeds”

Why Not?

I’ve read it on the internet, or a friend who knows all about parrots has told me.

I wish I got another £1.00 for taking the time talking to people, and explaining the big picture about sunflower seeds
The key, as with everything we give to our parrots, is Quality and Quantity.

So what do we know about sunflower seeds?

Why would you Not give them to your parrot?

We have all heard that we should avoid sunflower seeds because they are just full of fat. They are always blamed for causing serious health problems in parrots, such as Thyroid Dysplasia and Obesity, Fatty Liver Disease and Nutritional Disorders.

I often get told that sunflower seed has no nutritional value and is unhealthy for parrots.

Are sunflower seeds really bad for parrots?

Do you know sunflower seeds are excellent sources of various vitamins and minerals?

Sunflower seeds are actually a very good source of Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Copper, Selenium, Iron, Manganese, and Zinc and a very good source of Vitamin E

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is actually a fat soluble antioxidant and is an important element in reproductive hormones. Deficiency in Vitamin E can lead to health problems in parrots, such as poor fertility, appear lethargic, muscle disorders, poor skin and plumage conditions.

Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is a water soluble vitamin and helps in the break down of proteins. Deficiency in this can lead to poor growth, loss of appetite and poor egg production.

Vitamin B1
Vitamin B1 is also a water soluble vitamin in the vitamin B complex group. It helps to maintain a healthy nervous systems in parrots. Deficiency in Vitamin B1 can lead to loss of appetite, lethargy, seizures and even death.

Magnesium serves several important functions in parrots. It helps in the relaxation and contraction of the muscle. An important element for the production of proteins, and converting carbohydrates, proteins and fats into energy. Deficiency in Magnesium can lead to poor growth, lethargy and even death.

Potassium is an very important mineral for proper growth. It helps in the metabolism of carbohydrates. Deficiency in Potassium can result in poor growth rate and kidney disorders.

Phosphorous is another important mineral needed for proper growth and bone formation. Deficiency in Phosphorous can result in bone problems.

Copper is an important mineral that helps in the formation of red blood cells and also keeping the blood vessels, nerves, immune system, and bones healthy. Deficiency in Copper can lead to anemia and bone deformities.

Manganese is yet another essential mineral that helps in the formation of strong healthy bones. Deficiency in Manganese can lead to bones problems.

Selenium helps create antioxidant enzymes that helps to repair damage cells. Deficiency in Selenium may impair the reproduction system.

Iron is a very important mineral which is required to make the oxygen-carrying proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin. Iron deficiency can result in anemia.

Zinc is an essential mineral. It plays a vital role in wound healing, regulation of blood-sugar and strengthening the immune system. Deficiency in Zinc can lead to slow and poor growth, and poor feather conditions.

As well as the minerals and vitamins  that sunflowers contain, they are also a great source of protien and dietary fibre.

Traces of linoleic acid are also found in sunflower seeds. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid. It is an important element for proper growth, wound healing and reproduction.

Of course sunflower seeds are high in fat, we know that, however as mentioned above, the key is give a reduced amount to your parrot, and are of course a great addition to your parrots diet.


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Low Sunflower Diets

Posted by midlandparrots on 25/04/2016


We at Midland Parrots are always aiming to give you high quality products at competitive prices.

With over 150  parrots of our own we understand the need for quality food. That’s the reason why as part of our bird’s diets we use a Johnston & Jeff Parrot Mix.
Johnston & Jeff have been producing seed mixes for well over 100 years and produce a Low Sunflower Diet for both African Greys and Larger Parrots.

We have tried to keep our prices as low as possible for you.

Large Parrot Low sunflower mix is £30.00
Low Sunflower mix for African Greys £25.00

large parrot

Some parrot owners have stopped giving sunflower seeds.

Does your bird need sunflower seeds?

Whatch this space, our future blogs will let you see why you should be offering your parrot sunflower seeds.
You may be surprised !!!


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Leicestershire Parrot Club Meeting

Posted by midlandparrots on 24/04/2016

Midland Parrots will be at the the Leicestershire Parrot Club this Thursday 28th April 2016.
We will have our usual table of supplies for your parrot.

Don’t forget that you don’t have to be a member to come and enjoy the fun.
Meet other parrot owners and discuss problems that you may have with your bird or indeed give advice to other members.
Leicestershire Parrot Club meets on the last Thursday of each month so put the date in your Diary and come along

If you requre anything special from our shop then please do give Heather a call on 01530 263399

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Posted by midlandparrots on 24/02/2014

We have some fantastic offers during the month of March.

Palm Oil is on a Buy ONE get ONE FREE

Liberta Cages are on Special, SO if your bird needs a new cage n0w is the time to buy

Quiko Classic Egg food, comes with an extra 1kg and also a free 400g Quiko rusk

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