Archive for January, 2010

Step up Phoenix Landing weekend workshops 2010

posted by Gudrun @ 16:51 PM
January 28, 2010

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Phoenix Landing is going to offer 3 weekend workshops in their great new facility in the Blue Ridge Mountains this year.

Here are some of the classes of the workshops:  

How Do I Teach My Bird That?

  • Husbandry behaviors (going into a carrier, taking medicine, taking a bath…);
  • Trick behaviors to build a positive relationship and provide mental enrichment to your bird (wave, turn around, drop things in a bucket..); and
  • Good behaviors that work for your family, and avoid the problems that can cause a bird to lose their home (biting, screaming….).

 Activities for Parrots: Your Job and Theirs


 • Anatomy • Diseases • General safety • Emergencies

  • Lost birds

What should my parrot eat?


Here is the site for more information:

My next post will continue with the herbs as daily parrot food

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Hawthorn Berries – Herbs in our daily parrot food

posted by Gudrun @ 18:32 PM
January 25, 2010

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Several years ago I red a research from the university Hannover, Germany. They stated that about 30% of the pet parrots die on enlarged hearts. They assumed the cause was not enough exercise. In nature parrots exercise by climbing around and have to fly a lot to find food, water or feed their mate and babies.

There are many things we can do to get our birds to exercise. Some of mine like to hang on a boinger or sisal rope and flip their wings. Going around and around. If the environment is save it is also good to let them fly around the house. Or build a nice aviary. Though, it seems birds do not just fly around for the pleasure of flying. They seem to always have a goal when they go somewhere. May it they want to get to their owner, find some food or goodie, tease another bird and so on. I have seen the same thing with the outside birds.

Unfortunately in this research only exercise was mentioned. Not a word about the food this birds ate. I am convinced food is an issue when it comes to heart problems. If we feed our birds foods with certain fats or foods containing salt or sugar it certainly is not good for their heart. So, providing ways to exercise and feeding the right food is important. One of the herbs, which can be used as a regular food are hawthorn berries. In Europe hawthorn berries are know as a heart tonic, because they relax and dialate arteries, increase the flow of blood to and from the heart, transporting so more oxygen to it and maintain healthy blood vessels. They help the vascular system by decreasing capillary fragility and permeability, lowering blood pressure, reliving hypertension and strengthening the heart.

Hawthorn berries are save for long term use. I ad them on a regular base to my parrot food. Mostly I use dried berries and have seen great difference in quality. The best ones I found are from Oregon’s Wild Harvest. The dried herb mix for my birds contains always some hawthorn berries. I also soak them and ad them to the fresh parrot food I feed in the morning.

If you have a yard, I would suggest planting a hawthorn berry bush. Otherwise you can use the dried berries.

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Herbs in our daily parrot food – Nettle

posted by Gudrun @ 17:06 PM
January 19, 2010


There are herbs, which are best used in a health issue situation. Others can be used as food and for prevention.

I will share here some of the ones I use on a regular base and start with nettle. I like it because it is a blood cleanser and very nourishing. Nettle cleanses the blood by removing uric acid waste products from the system in using protein building blocks, so they do not pass useless into the system and so relieving strain the organs. Many issues start with the body being overloaded and can show up in symptoms like allergies, acne, eczema, gout, arthritis, rheumatism, urinary problems and more.

The good thing is that we don’t have to wait until we have one of these problems. Nettle being also a nourishing food, can be added several times a week to parrot food. Some of my parrots just love tea. So when I have a nettle tea, they get some of it. The birds, which are not so crazy about tea, get it sprinkled over their fresh food a few times a week. Nettles can also be prepared like spinach or as a yummy soup and shared with your parrots.

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Pasta for parrots

posted by Gudrun @ 17:33 PM
January 14, 2010

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When I lived in Italy pasta was often one of the 3-5 course menu’s we used to eat every day. Somehow since I came to the US I started eating them less and less. But my birds love them. Now, normal wheat pasta is not really a good parrot food anyway. So, I was happy when I discovered organic quinoa pasta. My birds are happy too, because since that time every once in a while there is pasta on the menu again.

Here is one of the recipes my birds really like:

Bring water to a boil; throw in pasta (for my 11 parrots I used one cup).

While the pasta is cooking, I put a large carrot and ½ of a small fennel in the food processor until it is a mash. You can use any vegetable for this recipe.

When pasta is almost soft, I remove the water and add one tablespoon of olive oil, stir it well and ad the vegetable mash.

The olive oil makes the vegetable mash stick to the pasta. Otherwise most birds would just eat the pasta and leave the veggies.

Buon Appetito

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Happy New Year

posted by Gudrun @ 16:59 PM
January 1, 2010

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I wish all of you, your family, including the feathered and four legged ones a very Happy 2010.

May it be a year full of health, peace, happiness and prosperity for all of us.
I will keep sharing information mainly on parrot food and other bird related issues, which I think can help us making the life of our beloved birds a better and healthy one.

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