Archive for December, 2009


Nourish To Flourish

posted by Gudrun @ 17:29 PM
December 27, 2009

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I already suggested the Nourish To Flourish – A Healthy Cookbook for Parrots several weeks ago as a good Christmas gift. Since I got the book, I keep enjoying it every day. It astonishes me constantly how in 129 page can be so much information.  This is a long needed cookbook for parrots; or better for their owners.

Nourish to Flourish is really a treasure. It contains information about parrots nutritional needs, basic utensils in your kitchen, essential dietary components, how to teach your bird to eat new foods and learn to forage, which foods to avoid, many great recipes and much more. All of this combined with wonderful and fun photos. The book is spiral bound, which makes it easy to use while you are cooking.

No matter what parrot food you offer to your bird right now, this book can only enrich your knowledge and your birds diet.


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Dried herbs for parrots

posted by Gudrun @ 18:20 PM
December 16, 2009

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Like you already know, I like to use herbs for my parrot’s food. Now at this time of the year there is not much growing. I am also an avid user of herb teas. To buy them in bags is not only expensive, but it does not taste as good as tea from fresh bulk herbs. So, long time ago I started to have always a supply at hand. Eventually I thought it would be a good idea to mix some of them and offer them to my birds.

Now during winter, when there are no fresh herbs, my birds have their bowl with dried herbs in the cage. But that is not the only way they can be used as parrot food. I add them to omelets and other fresh food. They give a variety in taste and provide nutrition.

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Here are a few of the dried herbs I use:

Nettle leafs – which have a very cleansing effect and are especially good for older birds with arthritis.

Peppermint – calms the digestive system and nerves, is soothing and strengthens the heart muscle.

Yarrow – is good for the liver and the glandular system

Slippery Elm Bark Powder – draws impurities and heals all parts it comes in contact with.

Hawthorn berries -are high on vitamin C and B complex and are very good for the hearth.

Dandelion leafs – promotes healthy circulation, strengthens arteries, stimulates the liver and cleanses the blood and much more.

In case you want to give it a try, here is where I buy my herbs:

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

http://www.oregonswildharvest.com/


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Intuitive parrot feeding

posted by Gudrun @ 20:02 PM
December 10, 2009

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A while ago I wrote an article about intuitive parrot feeding for the Parrot International Press. I just saw that they have it up now. They have many interesting articles about parrot food, behavior and parrots in the wild. They really cover the whole parrot world, from pet birds to information about conservation, reintroduction in the wild and much more.

 

http://www.pipress.org/2009/11/intuitive-parrot-feeding/

 

I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season


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Hitting the Road

posted by Parrot-Friend @ 10:43 AM
December 9, 2009

parrot-crackerYou might imagine that traveling long distances in a car with your pet parrot could be a real headache. Surprisingly, the process can be painless and even fun if you prepare well ahead of time and make a few basic considerations. Your parrot will be happy and content during the duration of the ride as long as it receives food, water, shelter and some parrot cracker now and again. Make sure that the bird is well fed before the journey commences because it will be less likely to eat during the trip.

Keep a bottle of fresh water within the bird’s reach, and keep a spare ready to go within the car. Bird travel carriers are the final consideration. The carrier needs to be large enough to allow the bird to stretch its wings. Good ventilation will allow the parrot to breathe normally, so check that there are relatively large holes or vents in the carrier. Just like a common birdcage, the carrier should also feature a perch that allows the bird to stand.


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Great Christmas present

posted by Gudrun @ 14:06 PM
December 2, 2009

 

I just got the newsletter from Phoenix Landing. And their long awaited cookbook for parrot owners “Nourish to flourish, a healthy cook book for parrots” is out and for sale. You will learn a lot about parrot food and easy, healthy to prepare dishes for your birds.

The good thing is, it makes a great Christmas present and you help Phoenix Landing at the same time. All rescue facilities need every penny in these hard times. So, why not help with a book that is helpful to you and as the money you spend helps the birds Phoenix Landing is taking care of.

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Here is the link:

http://www.phoenixlanding.org/books.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BTW they have a beautiful calendar too.


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Interesting observation

posted by Gudrun @ 18:39 PM
December 1, 2009

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Do you ever ask yourself why you live with parrots? I think I do it every day. I think one reason is, so I don’t ever stop learning. LOL. I never feel alone and never get bored. There is always parrot food to prepare, something to clean, someone who wants a scratch or just a goodie. And they teach me the most incredible things. Parrots scream. Some of them more, some less. On some days more, on some days less. Sometimes I don’t even hear it, sometimes it irritates me and sometimes it even annoys me.

A while ago I was reading a book that suggested that we humans run on programs, like computers. And when there is a certain program and the outside shows something different, we get negative reactions. Cleo is a rather quite cockatoo. But not too long after I red the book, he got one of his screaming fits. I got first annoyed. Then I suddenly thought, “Oh, my program is that he should be quiet right now and that’s why his screaming is bothering me”. If I would not have this programming, this would not affect me at all. So, Cleo taught me to learn in live what I had learned in theory in the book.


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