Category Archives: Life with parrots

Sweet Beak

In the wild, birds move around from food source to food source, skimming the best of the crops and discarding over half of what they don’t eat. This foraging style makes them enemies of people raising crops and the friend of animals that can’t get up into the trees. What motivates birds to eat one thing and not another? Continue reading

Mice Eradication, Round 2

Poison is often the only thing that works on pests. I use Avian Insect Liquidator with excellent results against ants. I use a potent gel bait, Advion, against roaches. And I use d-CON bait stations for mice. We have little trouble with ants these days, the roaches are at a minimum, but the mice come and go around my ability to keep up with the bait stations.

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What Did You Say?

One reason people want parrots is that they love the idea of a talking bird. To me, this means they don’t know enough about parrots, they will get frustrated quickly, and the poor creature will end up being rehomed early on. I try to educate people about the situation, but most don’t think I know what I am talking about. Continue reading

A Turaco in the House

A turaco is a bird from Western Africa. If you search Pinterest for Guinea, you will probably see some of the many species of this beautiful creature. Turaco feathers are special because they do something different than other bird feathers. They use an actual green pigment rather than combining a yellow pigment with a blue prismatic shape of the feather. You can get the details here. Continue reading

Sunny Returns

About 10 years ago, I had mostly finches, cockatiels, and parakeets in my flock. I wanted an African Grey or maybe a macaw but knew I didn’t have the funds to care for one at that time. I hung out at Yahoo groups for bird interests, learning all I could about various larger birds. That is probably where I picked up my attitude that even a little bird needs lots of cage space. Continue reading