Archive for October, 2009
Hookbill birds, especially parrots and cockatoos, occasionally require some bill trimming when they’re kept in captivity. Bird owners begin to run into problems, however, when they “go it alone” and attempt trimming a pet’s beak without precise knowledge of how it should be done. It’s important to note that parrots which receive high-quality healthy bird food don’t require a beak trim in the first place.
If it turns out that your bird could benefit from a beak trim, use the birds from a professionally handled zoo as your guide. You can use a diamond nail file to grind and shape the beak. Have an assistant or family member restrain the bird during this process. Err on the side of caution when trimming, as birds have sensitive living tissue beneath the hard exterior beak layer.
Today I am not going to write about parrot food. Just forwarding a video I just received from the World Parrot Trust.
As much as I love my birds, I often think they should not live in a house, even less in cages. There is nothing I can do, but to do my best to give them a good and healthy live. But I also do what I can to help organizations, which work for helping parrots to survive in the wild.
Part of helping them is not to buy and/or recycle materials, which let to more of destruction of their habitat.
I hope you will enjoy this beautiful, though sometimes sad, video.
Feeding parrots can sometimes be frustrating; because of all the food we have to throw away. It is natural for them to spread some of their food all over. In the wild that would make sure that new plants grow and provide their future meals. Though throwing away a good part of the fresh organic parrot foods every day, sometimes really hurt me.
But I have a dog. She gets raw meat with some fresh vegetables every day. One day it dawned on me that I don’t have to throw away at least the fresh food, which the birds left in their bowls. Now I collect the rests from the parrot food and mix it into the meat for my dog Deva. I am really glad that I finally got this idea and waste less of my fresh organic parrot food.
I love to eat. And when I cook, it relaxes me. But I don’t feel like doing it every day. Since I live with birds I prepare fresh organic parrot food every morning. And I often don’t feel like cooking for myself another time the same day. So, I want dishes that are easy and fast to prepare and at the same time healthy and nutritious. Therefore I am really thankful that I lived in Italy and learned many recipes, which are easy and fast to make. When you prepare every day two meals with at least 3 courses, you can’t spend hours for every dish. And many Italian recipes are really fast, easy and yummy.
Sometimes I meet people who tell me that cooking is just too time consuming. I never understood. I also never understood, why many cookbooks contain elaborate recipes only. Then I was talking to a friend about this and she said: people who write cook books probably think, you know already the simple daily dishes and use the cookbook only when you want to make something special. Now that makes sense. But it does not help someone who never learned to cook and wants to start.
I already shared some of the recipes I make for myself and I can also use as parrot food. I will continue doing this, so some people can start using them and see how easy it can be to cook for your entire family, including the FID’s, one healthy, yummy dish.
There’s a general misconception among new bird owners that all parrots, parakeets and similar birds like to dine on the same foods. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, pet birds can be separated into five distinct groups, each of which boasts its own unique set of dietary needs. These include florivore, granivore, frugivore, omnivore and nectarivore.
Florivores function best when fed a steady diet of organic parrot seed, fruits and berries. As their name suggests, granivores such as the cockatiel thrive on grains and seeds. Frugivores like the blue-throated macaw flourish on a combination of fruit and flowers with seeds acting as a supplement. Omnivores eat a bit of each of the above foods in addition to small invertebrates. Finally, nectarivores like the lorikeet eat nectar, pollen and some small insects.
I ordered some eucalyptus branches from California. When the package arrived I was not here and the postman left it on the front door. When I came home there was a green bug sitting on top of the box. It stalked away when I grabbed the box. I had never seen such thing. It looked like a grasshopper, just bright green and much bigger (about 4 inches). Over the next few days it mostly hung out on the screen of my living room window. Which enabled me to get a very close look at it. I finally found it on the Internet. It is a praying mantis. Every once in a while it climbs down and (I assume) eats some bugs. Then it goes up the screen again. We keep looking at each other and I am totally fascinated. They usually live in warmer climates. Though, so far it is still pretty warm during the day. I wonder if it will survive here.
I know this has nothing to do with parrot food, but I did not even think that something like this might happen every once in a while. I don’t know how often a critter sneaks into a box and gets shipped like this, to end up in a total different state than where it is at home.
I am glad to live in an area where we have 4 seasons. I can’t imagine that pumpkin pie tastes as good in the south with 80 degrees than here, where it is getting cold. I also love the golden colors of fall. Many of the gold colors now are in the grocery store, which are full of all kinds of pumpkins. And they are a great parrot food, which can be severed in many ways. How much easier can it get, than cutting a squash or pumpkin in big chunks and let the birds have fun with them for the rest of the day.
I like to bake them for myself. What I don’t eat, I cut in cubes the next morning and another parrot breakfast is ready in not time. It is a joy to see how they welcome the food they did not get for several month.