Birds can’t have some of the treats we associate with Valentine’s Day, like chocolate and spirits, so lets see if there are substitutes they will enjoy more. I’ll try to include finches, small parrots, and the big parrots as much as possible.
You don’t have to go far into the Avian Community to find people willing to share recipes and things they do to keep their birds foraging and happy. I love one recipe that calls for a pipe cleaner, cereal loops like Cheerios, peanut butter, and a favorite seed. Slip the loops onto the pipe cleaner, add a layer of peanut butter to them, and dip in the seed. A treat and a toy in one! Find a lot more fun recipes at Birds ‘n’ Ways: http://www.birdsnways.com/birds/rtreats.htm
Here’s something I didn’t know: Fruit juice is actually good for birds! Not the sparkling kind, and low sugar is preferred, but one vet actually recommends giving apple juice instead of water daily. It gives the birds more nutrients and can mask the taste of antibiotics or other medicines that need to be administered through drink. http://www.raho.com/Birds A discussion on the Avian Avenue Parrot Forum covers the different kinds of fruit juice used, and how many birds love it. Not recommended for soft bills! So no wine or champagne for the fids, but break out the apple juice and let them enjoy it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUi4vW_8IR4
Next, a bouquet of flowers for your sweet birds. Many blossoms are edible and are a treat for your bird. Dandelions are always good, in first flower form for bigger birds and puff form for finches and canaries. Gladiolas and honeysuckle, jacaranda blossoms and pansys, and of course roses, are all safe for your flock. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-magazines/bird-talk/2008-february/bird-safe-flower.aspx
We can become so engaged with our birds that we might consider something silly like giving them a ring to wear. Just be very careful. Birds have met horrible fates when trapped in links or rings of a toy. Here are some tips on making safe toys if that’s your wish. http://www.superbirdtoys.com/articles/safety.htm
The best ring to give birds would be something like this ring perch. Just watch the rope covering for wear.
Finally, a card that says I Love You! Birds usually love to chew on paper or cardboard. So find some cardboard and draw or trace a heart on it with a simple pencil. Then get some red food coloring and use your index finger to make dots on the heart drawing. There you have something the birds will love to chew on, something safe, and something that says I Love You.
Have a great Valentine’s Day! Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.