How To Tame Your Pet Bird

December 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Featured, Pets

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Having your own pet bird can be a very rewarding and fun experience, especially when your bird is from the parrot family, as it can live for several years. This variety of birds can also be easily tamed and taught to do tricks, as well as to talk and sing with surprising clarity. When tamed, a pet parrot can provide a life long friend and be a cherished companion. Many people who own a pet parrot enjoy teaching their bird to speak, and unlike regular pets such as cats or dogs, you will find it really brightens up your day to hear your parrot wish you a “Good Morning!”
Before you start trying to teach your bird how to talk, you must first win its confidence. The best way to do this is to help your pet get used to being around you, as well as anyone else living in your home. The easiest time to start taming your bird will be when it is aged between two and six months old, so keep this in mind, because anything older than that takes a lot more time and patience. Fully grown parrots can also be inclined to bite quite hard if you don’t take adequate care – so try not to make any sudden movements that could scare your pet, or it will defend itself by the only means it knows how, which is unfortunately by lashing out.

Stroke your pet’s head or give it a very soft scratch to help it warm up to you, while giving it food from your other hand, such as celery, corn, nuts or grapes. You should also give your bird fruit juice or milk from a small drinking cup – but never, ever let it touch your leftovers from a meal when junk food such as meat or anything with a high calorie count is involved.

If you are able to use its appetite to your advantage, taming your bird will be even easier. The method is regularly used in bird parks al over the world. When your pet hasn’t eaten in a few hours, simply set the food on a plate near you and encourage your bird to come to you for food. It will undoubtedly be nervous at first, however when it becomes used to this it will be confident when approaching you for food.

If your pet is quite untamed when you first acquired it, you should consider putting the cage next to you as you go about your day, doing regular things such as reading, surfing the internet or watching TV. This was it is only a matter of time until your pet gets used to being around you and becomes comfortable. If it is large you can also consider a little gentle rough housing, like with a kitten or puppy, giving it pats and soft scratches around its head and back. It is best to use a towel or gloves at first until it sees you as its master, just to be on the side, until it comes to expect this kind of attention from people in your household.

At least once a month you will need to check your pet bird over for abnormalities, including and ingrown nails, feathers or a beak that could need trimming. You will also need to watch out for any possible signs of liver problems, which comes in for form of a dark or swollen abdomen. Gently wash your bird’s legs with warm, never hot, water – this will get rid of any dried on gunk or droppings, then apply vaseline to make your pet’s scales soft and help kill any lice. If you are patient and kind to your pet bird you will have a beloved and loyal companion for many years to come.

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Attracting Birds Into Your Yard

November 11, 2008 by  
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Blue Jay / Geai Bleu
Image by Eric Bégin via Flickr

Birds, like other creatures, can easily be drawn to your home and garden just by making food, water and shelter available – three things that all animals enjoy having access to. I’d like to share how I’ve made my own little bird friendly area in my yard that now attracts them all year long.
Firstly, you should find out which species of bird live in your region. Then you need to discover which of them will come and go depending on the season, as well as whether or not they are migrant birds, or birds who stay in the area all year long. There are a lot of ways to find this out, but the most reliable source of information is probably your local Audubon Society – they will usually have a list of birds that are local to your area, as well as plenty of information for each variety on that list.

Secondly, you  will need to find out what birds are suited to your habitat. Do you live in a heavily wooded neighborhood? Is your area near a lush green forest, or perhaps more of a desert region with palm trees? Are you located in a big city or out on a farm in the country somewhere? Different bird species live in different climates an environments, and you must take this into account when it comes to which birds you are attempting to attract to your home, as well as what bird feeders and houses you should be using. A decent field guide on the subject will come in handy, so if you get the chance you should definitely pick one up.

Thirdly, now that you know what birds live in your local area and could be drawn to your yard, what do you do? You start setting up bird feeders! Birds of course have no need for feeders, they get by fine on their own, but if you want to see them then you need to set them up near to your house; this means you will need to choose the right feeders, both for the birds and for your home’s looks – there are plenty of different ones to choose from. The best way to handle it is to set up a number of different feeders with various foods in them; try everything from a tube feeder with sunflower seeds to a hanging tray of fruit or a small bird house with millet.

Fourth, whichever kind of bird feeders you decide to set up, ensure that they will be safe from potential predators – especially cats as they are the number one killer of birds. Make sure that your feeders are safe from cats, but also if you have a cat consider keeping it indoors; even a bell wont save every bird. If there are squirrels in your neighborhood ensure that your feeders are set up so that they cant get to your bird food, or buy squirrel proof feeders.

Fifth, remember that water is important for your feathered friends. Not only do they need water to survive, but they also love to bath and play in it! Even if you don’t want to set up bird feeders you can still attract plenty of birds to your yard with a nice fountain or bird bath. If you have the option, choose a fountain with moving water as it will attract more birds, as well as other native wildlife, than the still water of a bird bath will.

Sixth, you need to make sure your bird visitors have shelter. The joy of watching birds go about there day in their little houses, perform mating rituals and take care of their young is unmatched, and you will need bird houses to make sure you get to witness it. Keep in mind that not all birds will use bird houses, however, and that you will need to pick out bird houses that suit the species in your local area.

Seventh, you will need to landscape your yard to appeal to birds from your area; try using native plants. You will be able to find a list of suitable plants from either your local plant nursery or arbor society.

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Bird Feeding From Windowalert

September 18, 2008 by  
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Bird - Robin Red Breast Eating Bird Seed
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Bird feeding depends on the kind of bird you want to feed. The same as people, who eat various kinds of food to keep healthy and strong, birds also like some variety in their diets. Bird foods can range from birdseed to suet for insect eating species, to nectar for humming birds. Black sunflower seeds are also very good for a number of birds and are sure to draw a wide variety to your yard. You could also consider leaving out a little thistle seed and mullet, which have plenty of fat in them.

WindowAlert has a wide range of bird foods that include good quality seed, suet as well as cute and decorative foods. You can pick from different kinds of seeds depending on which species you want to feed it to. It also has a wide combination of high quality seeds without any filler, as this prevents wastage and wont attract any undesirable wildlife.

The decorative and cute food from WindowAlert are available in festive floral designs which attract a variety of birds. They contain sunflower, back oil, red millet and white millet. They also offer seeds for wild birds that can attract rare breeds to your garden – they aren’t only great for attracting new friends however, as they also make the perfect gift for bird enthusiasts.

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