Monday, August 30, 2004
Allan Sweet says,
Hours of every wild cockatiel’s day are spent chewing the leaves and branches of the loafing trees probably to maintain their bills and to take in lysine and methionine (amino acid goodies that develop healthy beaks & feathers).
Cockatiels still eat insects too and are very adept at digging insects out of dead trees or ripping strips of eucalyptus bark off the branches to get at any grubs living there. There are other reasons why they strip bark from eucalyptus trees; they need the cambium sap and certain elements in the oils of both the soft bark & leaves for their oil glands.
Parrot Pesto has these elements
Thursday, August 26, 2004
As previously reported, Poppet the lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo fled the nest leaving his partner to look after their eggs. As Poppet shirked his parental responsibilities and winged his way to freedom, a massive search was launched.
He was eventually tracked down and caught at Humberston Fitties.
One week after the two lovebirds were reunited, the eggs hatched and the owners of the Jungle, Al and Bet Verlaine, hoped it would be a case of happy families.
But the parents rejected their offspring.
Mr Verlaine said: "Parrots can reject their babies if something traumatic has happened.
"I think the trauma of Poppet flying away probably led the couple to reject the babies.
"Bet has been the mum to them really. I have been helping out.
"At first, they needed feeding every two hours, but now they can manage with a feed about every four hours.
"They are both advancing really well. We are delighted with their progress.
"It is always nice when there are babies around. It is lovely to have new life, but it does mean we miss out on some sleep.
"The lesser sulphur-crested cockatoos are very friendly birds. They are not as noisy as some other parrots."
The month-old babies have been eating a special baby parrot mix. They live in a cage, in a back room in the zoo, with a blanket over the top to reassure them they are being protected from predators.
Mrs Verlaine said people could see them at various times of the day if it fitted in with the baby cockatoos' routine but they were not on view all the time.
The birds, which are native to Australia, are now starting to develop the distinctive sulphur crest.
Mrs Verlaine said: "It is like having your own children. At first, all they were interested in was food, but they are now beginning to take more interest in what is going on around them.
"In a few weeks' time, they will be flying around.
"We are not sure of their gender yet, it is not really possible to tell until they are adults.
"The parents, Poppet and Baby, are both doing very well."
What would you call the babies.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Make no mistake about it: Birds use language knowingly.
Like the parrot that calls, "Here kitty, kitty, kitty" to get the cat to come. Or the bird that says, "I'm starving!" when it's time for dinner. Or the bird that tells another squawking bird, "Be quiet, please!"
Did you know that male parakeets, properly known as budgies, are prodigious talkers, but females don't learn to speak?
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
We haven't the knowledge of experienced Australian Bushmen, who have studied budgies in the wild, to give any reasonable lifespan of budgies in the wild.
In captivity lifespan can be expected of 10 to 12 years, provided we give essential growth enhancers. http://www.budgieworld.net/budgie_advice.htm
Sunday, August 22, 2004
If you are unable to give time and attention consider having a cage as large as possible ie:12"x12"x18". It is also very important to give budgies 'natural' perches. By this I mean not uniform dowel that creates a lack of toe movement and encourages long claws.
Look at what Pete discovered
Tough eucalyptus wood makes the best perch your bird could ever have!
Eucalyptus branches also provide trace elements and minerals that are beneficial to your bird’s health. In the wild, budgies are very active in the morning and evening, but spend most of their day resting in the eucalyptus trees and chewing the branches. Natural (unrefined) eucalyptus oil from the bark is also a germicide that stops diseases of the feet in all Australian birds
Saturday, August 21, 2004
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Parrot toys are essential to keep your bird happy, alert and occupied. In the wild, Parrots spend their time foraging for food, finding nesting sites and shelter, avoiding predators (man mainly) and other challenging activities.
It is our duty to provide enough variety of Parrot toys to keep them entertained and interested every day. Wouldn't you get bored of just the same old toy for months on end?
As well as natural branches (clean them thoroughly first though) provide a selection of toys for chewing.
Monday, August 09, 2004
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Here's what satisfied owners say about the budgie leaves
I gave my birds 2 leaves yesterday. Bobby, the more adventurous eater of the lot, munched right into them immediately and never gave the others a chance for a look in,
Natural Eucalyptus tree products for your budgerigars from Down Under.
Made from the trees wild budgies eat, nest & roost in.
The Makers of Budgie Butter
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
I have two budgies and they sit next to each other and rub their faces together. What does this mean?
When they rub their faces together, that's a very affectionate kind of play, it's like little kids holding hands. Bird friends can do this and so can bird lovers.
Monday, August 02, 2004
In the wild budgies nest in a hollow limb, 3 to 5 white eggs being laid. Incubation : 18 to 20 days with both parents attending to eggs and young. Season : spring to summer, depending on rain.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
The nuts from this tree are large and very hard. Australian cockatoos and parrots love to crack them open to get at the seeds inside. We collect and sun-dry them in the harsh South Australian deserts where many different species of cockatoos, parrots, rosellas & lorikeets live. The sun-drying process hardens them so your bird won’t go through them too quickly. By the time they’re dry the seeds have dropped out but the aroma is still there and the birds are attracted by it. They’ll keep your birds amused for a long time. Many Australian parrots spend a good deal of their lives visiting Illyarie trees.