- Dirty words and birdy toys: a "parrot's beak" editorial: Seems like there's been a recent proliferation of bird toy companies with risque names thinly disguised with puns and double entendre. Flying to mind are Mother Pluckin' Toys and I Got a Woody Bird Toys. We tend to agree with the late, great George Carlin that words are not in themselves inherently dirty or harmful; the power is in one's perception of them. In any case, social media like Facebook have pretty much let the dirty word genie out of the bottle with little chance of it ever being corked back up. Anyway, once you wryly smile - or get over your moral indignation - the novelty and/or shock value wears off pretty quickly.
- Kaytee Products is recalling several bird treats and greens items due to possible contamination of salmonella from parsley flake ingredients supplied to Kaytee by Specialty Commodities, Inc.,Kaytee Recalls Bird Treats and Greens Due to ... - Business Wire For more: http://www.kaytee.com/learn-share/news/kaytee-recalls-several.htm also http://www.kaytee.com/assets/021/41844.pdf and http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130219007144/en/Kaytee-Recalls-Bird-Treats-Greens-Due-Salmonella From Lara Joseph, Les Embrey, Audrey O and Sheldon Orloff.
- Endangered parrots score card: Kakapo: No Stork Coming For Rare Native Parrot | Stuff.co.nz referred by Barbara Heidenreich. -- The approximate 1000 Cape parrots left in the wild are under siege by disease and depletion of their favorite food source. Dr. Steve Boyes' program benefits the birds, the trees and the local human population. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJtyNnHL5XU&feature=share&list=UUHJOuXqy7E91BRCxkSPxR0Q> Kathy Heaton.--More on rescuing the Cape parrot: http://goo.gl/ZN4Lr alerted to us by WindyCityParrot.com
- Short subject theater: A cockatoo romance story http://www.juliusbergh.com/cocky/ From Kathy Heaton.-- Maxie says, "Thank you!" - YouTube is from Steve Lazicki.-- My two mischievous imps, Giggy and Ziggy, are up to no good hi... Cockatiel friends of Fran Giallorenzi.
- Parrot "how to" advice": How much do you know about full spectrum lighting for birds? Click http://goo.gl/XplbO From WindyCityParrot.com -- Parrot care help: http://theparrotparent.com/ Recommended by Deb Coco Henderson -- Parrot Care | Parrot Training | The Bird School by Ann Castro
- Most "pet" parrot owners aren't going to like this perspective from the US Humane Society that : No-Fly Zone: Denied Their Natural Habits, Millions of Pet Parrots ...
-Toy story: Why does my bird hate bird toys? http://goo.gl/0E87A From WindyCityParrot.com -- Jayden on her ring toy Diane Cardullo.-- Marnie loves her stuffed bunny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB52iP2a_MY from Kathy Heaton.
- A-tha-tha-that's all, folks: Last Wishes In-Home Pet Hospice and Euthanasia Thanks to Kathy Heaton.
- Trivia time: Clint Eastwood kept parakeets who would perch on his shoulder. Thanks to WindyCityParrot.com.
- Parrot joke: A lady was walking to work sees a parrot in a pet store window. The parrot saysr,"Hey lady, you are really ugly." The lady furiously stormed past the store.On the way home she saw the same parrot who once again says, "Hey lady, you are really ugly.Well, she was incredibly ticked now! The next day she saw the parrot and it says to her, yet again, "Hey lady, you are really ugly.The lady goes into the store and says that she would sue them and kill the bird. The store manager said, "I am so sorry, ma'am," and promised the parrot wouldn't say it again.The next day, the lady walked past the store after work and the parrot said to her, "Hey lady..." She paused and said, "Yes?" The parrot said, "You know." From Dawn Korpalski.
- Parrot people: Barbara Heidenreich's Parrot Training Workshop is Sunday hosted by the Bird Lovers Club http://birdloversclub.net/ . She'll also be at Simbad's in Miami on Monday from 5-7 answering questions and doing training demos. Upcoming stops include Germany, Norway, Austria and Finland. http://www.goodbirdinc.com/calendar.html -- Decisions « Parrot Nation A blog from Patricia Sund; who also describes how she had a heckler at one of her chop presentations.http://parrotnation.com/2012/08/31/controversy-- Robin Shewokis of Weymouth MA's Leather Elves at Parrotz r us seminar on enriching pet birds lives this Sunday in Lakeland, FLA.
- Clubbin': Flapping Feathers of New Jersey meets Wed. 2/27 at 7:30 at Land & Sea Diner, 20-12 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ. Lots of door prizes!-- Charnwood Bird Club in England meets Thursday, 2/28.
- It's showtime: In'tl Association of Avian Trainers International Conference Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore 5303 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FLA 2/27-3/2.-- Long Island Pet Expo, Suffolk Community College Expo Center, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood, NY. Fri. 3/1 4-9, Sat. 3/2 10-7, Sun. 3/3 10-5 -- Tim Vogle's Southeastern Exotic Bird Fair, Atlanta State Farmers Market, 16 Forest Park Pkwy, Forest Park, GA Sat. 3/2 9-5; Sun. 3/3 9-4.-- Exotic Bird Fair Expo, Circleville Volunteer Fire Dep't., 129 North Robbins Station Rd., North Huntington, PA Sun. 3/3 10-4. -- South Florida Pet Expo Sat. 3/16 at the South Florida Fair! Free admission and pets are welcome. www.SouthFloridaPetExpo.com for details!
- Rescue me: Just why so many birds end up in rescues. http://blog.birdsupplies.com/parrot-rescue-why-birds-end-up-being-relinq... Referred to us by Linda Bringle Pearl. --Veterans help parrots at the 5:36 Parrot Sanctuaryby VeteransHealthAdmin 5064 views - YouTube Thanks to Steve Lazicki. -- Exotic birds abandoned, left to die in Pleasant Valley home rescued Thanks to Linda Bringle.--Viki Bullock"Change for Wings" Spare Change for Rescue/Sanctuary Birds Avian Stainless 15% off the purchase of a Gift Certificate made out in the name of a Rescue or Sanctuary only!-- Center for Avian Rehabilitation and Education in Wisconsin needs donations to help with vetting birds. They will have a photographer in on Sunday. A woman with a hoarding problem passed away in her home. She had 14 large birds and five dogs. This house has already been condemned and the animals all were removed Wednesday night. The Center took in 11 of the 14 birds (they kept three to use for education up there): 6 amazons, 3 macaws and 2 congo african greys. If anyone can help, please send funds directly to our vet, the address is: Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital and Exotic Care, N48 W14850 Lisbon Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051, for the CARE account. Or you can donate directly via PayPal on the web site. http://www.centerforavianrehab.org/ "
-Reading material: "Australian Bird Keeper"magazine is now available on iPad, iPhone, iPod, eReader or android device. http://www.ilovemagazines.com.au/ -- The latest "Winged Things"; Karen Wingrove's newsletter just out.
- Green and yellow parakeet lost since 2/21 near New Britain (CT) High School. Contact (860) 874- 5343. From Connecticut Parrot Society.
- Avian specialist Lara Joseph on "height dominance" - "If a bird out of reach or in a high area and does not want to step onto my hand or a perch when offered, whatever consequence it is getting from being in the area it is has more value to the bird than what I am offering. Many times I see birds running from handlers to avoid undesired consequences such as going to an area (cage, etc.) that gives undesired consequences to the bird. Why would the bird not continue to run from us? If I raise my hand above my head and ask a bird to step up and it opens its beak and lunges at me, of course I will remove my hand but if that bird does not want my hand near it, it has just learned the open beak and lunging has a desired outcome. I have budgies flying all over the Birdroom. The training of these birds flying to my hand did not begin when they were flying all over the Birdroom. It began the first few days of me getting to know them and getting them to understand that I am one of their deliverers of THEIR very desired outcomes. It began in their original cage and by pairing my walking by their cage with the delivery of millet. Otherwise, I am of no initial use to these birds.I also want to add that the cage does not have to be an undesired place for birds to spend time. By consistently pairing their return with a valued treat or favored interaction from us, being returned to their cages can be a very desirable behavior."
- Last word of the day: African grey speaks 20 languages Cute Animal Video of the Day: The Smartest Bird You'll Ever Meet ... from Care2.com causes
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