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What do you feed your Parrot

What do you feed your parrot?

 

 

The most important thing for any parrot is his diet. We
read and are told what is good and what is bad for your
parrot. Most vets recommend a complete diet.
So what do you feed your bird.?
Do you feed your bird a complete diet (pellets) or do
you feed your bird a seed diet?
Is there something else that you feed to your bird.?
There is so much conflicting information and the
internet, although a fabulous source of information, are
you getting the correct information.?
Every owner has different views, some which you may
agree with and others which you don’t.
Sometimes we are bullied into what to feed our bird or
in fact, what is best for our bird.
Every bird is unique and therefore the only person that
knows what is best for your bird is You.
Tonight we will discuss what we feed our birds and
why. This is a club discussion.
Remember it’s your bird and you’re decision on what
to feed your own bird.

So you want a parrot?

My Name is Rupert

How many times do you have a friend come round to visit you, see your parrot, hear him speak and say “I must have one of them”?

We get it all the time. I want a talking parrot that talks, or one that we can train to talk.

We at Midland Parrots spend a lot of time trying to explain that not all parrots talk, and in fact, we have some that are over 20 years old and have never said a word.
But my neighbour has one and it talks.
That may be the case but what we are saying is that there is never a guarantee that any bird will talk.
So, what is needed before you take on one of these wonderful creatures?

  • Make sure that everyone in the family is happy with having a parrot.
  • Have you got the space for the bird?
  • Are you able to ensure that the space you have will be suitable for the cage that the parrot needs?
  • Do you have the time to interact with the parrot? making sure that you have given enough, but not too much because that is what he will expect.

Have you got neighbours?  Have you considered them?

The last thing you want to do is to fall out with your neighbour because of a noisy bird. These are just a few points that need to be looked at before you even consider buying a parrot. They completely change your life.

  • They are not a pet but a companion.
  • They have a long lifespan and may need to be passed down through the family
  • There are many household products that you cannot use for fear of damaging your parrot’s health.
  • The can bond with one person and dislike other people in the household.

Parrots are very special creatures and don’t generally do as they are told, everything is done on their terms, not ours.

Before you think of taking on a parrot, please do research on them, see what parrot would suit your household, suit your lifestyle and be a big part of your family.

They don’t deserve to be passed from pillar to post or be put on the parrot merry-go-round.

Just think before you bring a parrot into your life. You will have a 4 year old child for many years.

Feeding your Parrot (Why Chop)

Feeding Your Parrot

We read regularly on parrot forums and on social media sites that some owners are feeding their parrots Chop. We read that owners have made three or four weeks worth of chop and put it in the freezer.
So, the controversial question that we would ask is Why Chop, what exactly is it and what exactly are you giving your parrot.
Chop is all your fruit and veg, basically liquidised into a baby food and then offer it to your bird.
Let us look a little bit closer at your parrot.
One question we always ask is “what does a parrot do that other birds don’t?” Generally the answer is that he can talk. No!, the correct answer is that he picks things up in his foot. So we ask the question, why on earth would you you liquidise food when it is not what he does naturally?

We have had owners say that he will only take a little bite and throw the rest on the floor. Ok, so what does he do in his own environment ?
Exactly that, he will pick some berries or fruit from a tree and take a bite and drop some on the floor. In the wild however he is actually feeding a lot of the animals on the ground who will pick up and eat what the parrot drops.
In the home of course we don’t have all the wild animals and creatures that enjoy the food he drops so we have a mess on the floor or the bottom of the cage to clear up after him.
we are not saying that you can’t give your bird something different, but are we really giving him a natural environment?
Ask yourself if your bird actually enjoys the chop you make or would he rather pick up a bit of fruit and veg in his foot?

Complete Diets

 

Complete Diets

Discussed at the East Midlands Parrot Club

Last month we spoke about feeding your companion bird a complete diet.Most Avian vets will advise you to feed a complete diet to your parrot. As I said last month there are always the owners who say that “Parrots don’t eat pellets in the wild. No they don’t, but they are of course wild birds and not companion birds, don’t forget that we have actually changed their lifestyle. In the wild they need to find their own food and of course they will not only eat seasonal but need to survive and will eat whatever they can find .In captivity we change their lifestyle and of course the way they live.A parrot in the wild will live on average around something like 20-25 years whereas in captivity they can live to a ripe old age and in fact we all know someone who has a parrot that is over 40 years old.
Nutrition and vitamins are important to your bird and what we sometimes don’t realise is that feeding a complete diet is only a different concept of feeding
Your bird is getting exactly the same as he does if you offer seed, but only in a different way and with some added vitamins and minerals to keep him fit and healthy. Less mess and all you are really doing by offering a complete diet is taking away the selective eating.

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”

 

Lara the African Grey

Lara 

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.

East Midlands Parrot Club

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.

Complete Diets for your Parrot

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

LEAN & FIT

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

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

 

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.