Archive for September, 2009


Normal Behavior or a Warning Sign?

posted by Parrot-Friend @ 15:08 PM
September 28, 2009

parrot-in-cageIt often takes some time for new bird owners to make sense of their pets’ behaviors. To the uninitiated, many of a parrot’s actions might seem random and illogical. In some cases, a perfectly normal aspect of behavior could be misconstrued as a sign of displeasure or discontent. If your parrot begins to lose some of its plumage, don’t fret; molting is occurs on a regular basis for all birds, and it can depend on environmental factors more than anything.

Don’t be dismayed to see your bird throwing its holistic parrot food around the cage. Parrots have an instinctive tendency to chuck the remaining seeds after they’ve finished eating. Theoretically, this behavior would send seeds to the jungle floor in the wild, perpetuating a plant that’s vital to the bird’s livelihood. Unfortunately for you, that mess of extra seeds will begin to pile up at the bottom of the cage if you don’t clean it regularly.


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Harvest time for your parrot food on the porch

posted by Gudrun @ 14:09 PM
September 26, 2009

 

organic parrot foodThe days are getting shorter and the temperatures lower. Do you have any of your ‘organic parrot food on your porch’ left? Than it’s time to harvest and prepare them for winter use.

Here is what I do: I buy food grate paper bags. Then cut the herbs (I have basil, lovage, different mints, thyme, oregano), wash them, let them dry, put one kind of herb in one bag and close them with a sisal rope. Then I hang them in a dry cool place, like the garage, and let them dry. During winter I ad this herbs to the fresh organic parrot food. I also like to make an herb mix for my parrots. If you mix your dried herbs and offer them to your parrot, they will be able to pick out what is to their liking at any given time. You can also leave them in the bowl at a place where the bird can’t ad water, without running the danger that they spoil. Sometimes I buy some single dried herbs to ad to the herb mix.


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Parrot food and other seminars on the East Coast

posted by Gudrun @ 16:46 PM
September 21, 2009

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One of my favorite parrot rescue organizations is Phoenix Landing. I met many of their members and still admire their dedication. What really impresses me is the variety of educational programs they offer. “Nourish to flourish” is a regular class on how everybody can feed a healthy diet to parrots. But parrot owners can learn much more than why and how to feed organic parrot food. This Fall is full of seminars like “A Parrot’s Point of View”,  “Foraging Fun, Hands-On Ideas and Contest”, “A HAPPY HEALTHY PARROT IN AN EVER-CHANGING LIFE”,  “Behavior Workshop”, and much more. Here is the link to their newsletter, so you can see which ones are in your area:

http://www.phoenixlanding.org/2009FallPhoenixLanding.pdf

 I also want to congratulate them to their Education Center in Asheville and hope many parrot lovers will join them in giving parrot a better life there.


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Humans eating their parrots food

posted by Gudrun @ 16:05 PM
September 15, 2009

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For a long time I thought, I am the only one who first tastes a new food for my birds. When we started to make and deliver Totally Organics pellets, I saw often how our customers grabbed some of the pellets and popped them into their mouth. Our vet grabbed some ate them and kept grabbing more eating them. Until her assistant said: you are eating bird food. This is an all organic parrot food. So there is no harm in eating it for humans. I am sure it is healthier than what many people eat on a daily base. None less I have to smile every time I get another email, telling me how tasty the TOPs pellets are.

 

 

The Tops pellets are yummy. But the Tesoro Treats are for some people irresistible. More than one customer told me that they really have to organic parrot foodhold themselves back, so their birds will get at least some of them. One store owner called me and he said: I need more Tesoro Treats, my wife ate them all, again. I had to laugh and told him to order a certain amount just for his wife. The good thing is, we have always something to eat at home and it is healthier than what we mostly eat. LOL


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Totally Organics TOP Pellets news

posted by Gudrun @ 14:43 PM
September 11, 2009

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Over the last  year the number of our customers increased, who voiced that they love TOP pellets, but would be happy if we could remove the corn. They were concerned about allergies. During the same time period, mycotoxins seemed to become more and more of an issue. Though, corn is a good source of fiber, folate, vitamins B and C and potassium, it is also the second most prevalent ingredient in foods processed in the US today. Not only in human food, but in parrot food too. At the same time corn allergies seem to become more common; in humans and in parrots. It looks like corn is one of the foods which, when eaten daily, can trigger allergies.

After researching this issue for a while and consulting with nutritionists, we decided to change the TOP pellets formula and replace the corn with a higher amount rice, millet and alfalfa. To be able to sell our pellets in all states we took the amaranth out. In some states amaranth is not allowed in pet food. We also replaced the barley grass and wheat grass powder with nettle leafs and kelp.

 And here is the new recipe of the organic TOP Pellets:

Rice, hulled millet, barley, alfalfa leafs, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, quinoa, buckwheat, dandelion leaf, nettle leaf, carrot powder, spinach powder, purple dulse, kelp, rose hips (powder and crushed leafs), orange and lemon peel powder, rosemary, cayenne, red chilli.
Crude Protein min 13.02%, Crude Fiber min 12%, Fat min 7%.

 Our birds here love the new formula. We hope yours will too. Oh, one of our trial customers said that the pellets taste great.


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Wheatgrass: Spicing Up a Bird’s Diet

posted by Parrot-Friend @ 15:40 PM
September 10, 2009

wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is a tasty, wholesome grain that can be used to supplement a parrot’s diet. It goes without saying that your bird still requires a balanced array of seeds, fruits and other healthy parrot food, but you can add a bit more variety to the mix by offering wheatgrass as a treat. There are a few small risks associated with wheatgrass, but those only apply when it is eaten in excess.

Feed this iron-rich grass to your parrot no more than four times a week. Serve it after cutting the grass approximately one inch above the seed. As is the case with most green grasses, wheatgrass has a long shelf life. You can leave it in your bird’s cage for him to graze off of at his leisure. In the long run, this dietary addition will improve the parrot’s circulation.


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Living and Learning with Parrots

posted by Gudrun @ 14:19 PM
September 7, 2009

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Organic parrot food is important for a healthy, happy parrot and their owner. But there is much more to what a bird needs.

One thing is, that we learn how to understand the behavior of our  ‘fids’ better. And one of the best teachers I know of to help us there is Susan Friedman. She does a really great online course. But you have to wait about 18 month, when you sign up for it. This in my opinion shows how greatly respected she is, not only by myself. Next Saturday (September 12th) PEAC organized a whole day workshop with her in San Diego. I think this is such a great opportunity to learn directly, in a hands-on way, that I just had to tell everybody. I am surprised that there is still space left at this event and wish I would live closer to be able to attend.

If you are in the San Diego area, have a look at the link below and don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about your parrot’s behavior.

 

http://www.peac.org/docs/Living_and_Learning_with_Parrots.pdf


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Summer herb omelet for my parrots

posted by Gudrun @ 10:19 AM
September 4, 2009

I did not much care for omelets until I lived with parrots for a while. Now I am a fan of them. All my birds love them. They make a good food to parrot foodhide things, like fresh vegetables and herbs, a bird otherwise don’t want to eat.

In Italy I learned to make, the Italian version of an omelet, called frittata with onion, garlic and zucchini. Shortly after discovering that parrots need some animal protein and most of them love eggs, I started to play with this recipe. By now omelets are once or twice a week on the menu list of parrot foodparrot food in my house. The great thing is, they are so yummy, that if you have only one or a few birds you can share them with them. And you can throw in almost everything you find in your garden.

Just an example here:

I harvest about 10 leafs each of one of the mints, basil, lovage, and oregano and chop them up into small pieces. Chop a small clove of garlic. Ad all of this to beat up two eggs and mix it well. Heat some coconut oil a pan and fry the omelete mix on each side by medium heat until each  lightly brown. Don’t eat it all, leave some for your birds;-).


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My daily parrot feeding schedule

posted by Gudrun @ 15:51 PM
September 1, 2009

It seems, like there are as many ways to feed a bird as there are people owned by parrots. I always love to hear how other parrot slaves feed their birds. My experience is that we constantly try to find new foods and recipes to spoil our birds. That’s why I share recipes here on this blog.

Today I want to share my daily feeding schedule.

The morning is fresh food time. My fresh, always organic parrot foodorganic parrot food consists a few times a week of cooked quinoa with 2-3 different pureed or cut vegetables and 1 or 2 fruits on top. Sometimes I just cut some fresh vegetables and fruit. Other days I soak some of the All-in-One Soak mix and feed it the next day, with or without some fruit. Or I make an omelet with vegetables. During the day my birds have the TOP Pellets to chew on. In the afternoon is goody time. Every bird gets an ounce of All-in-One Soak mix or Napoleon’s seed mix and some nuts or fruit and a piece of the Tesoro Treat. The Napoleon’s seed mix is rather for small birds. Though my big guys like them too. So, once a week they all get the small seeds and enjoy them.


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