Monday, November 29, 2004

Giving Parrots The Care They Need

Sandi Madsen holds a small parrot named Maya, which had been pulling out its own feathers from stress when Sandi rescued it. Many of the birds Sandi takes in show signs of environmental stress which Sandi patiently works to overcome before finding new owners to adopt the birds.

Sandi runs Ollie's Parrot's Perch, a boarding house for parrots, and A Place To Call Home, a parrot rescue service. Both are operated out of her rural home."Birds take to me, and that's how I got involved," she said.Sandi's mother had a bird that seemed to dislike everybody in the family except for Sandi. She became intrigued and wanted to find out more about the bird's behavior.Eventually, Sandi's interest led her to open the boarding service to those who wanted to drop off their birds while they were out of town.
"When I started, I thought there were no parrots out here," she said. "Boy, was I wrong."While several people used her service, others came asking if Sandi would permanently keep the birds. Some owners grew tired of the parrots, which Sandi described as being like two-year-olds."You need to find the right person for the bird," she said. "It takes patience. "Sandi characterizes the birds as being very needy and requiring a lot of attention."People don't realize parrots have attitudes," she said. "They get jealous."
Some parrots have come to A Place To Call Home after being abused or abandoned."Unless you understand why they do what they do, it's difficult to have them as a pet," According to Sandi, some owners don't realize that their parrot must become familiar with them. She said they cannot force the bird to do things."When you go to grab them, they have to know you," Sandi suggests owners read books aloud while sitting next to their birds' cages so that the birds become familiar with their owners' voices. Sandi currently has about six birds in her house. Some of them were rescued, others are part of the boarding service. Only two of them are hers. Sandi said she tries not to become too emotionally attached to the birds. She doesn't want to keep them all for herself."I love them to death, but if I find the perfect home I know they are better off." DeKALB

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Budgie Butter Working

Remarkable Budgie Butter

I recieved this note this morning.

My name is Misty Jones and I ordered a jar of Budgie Butter 2 weeks ago. I fed it to my sluggish feathered buddy by putting it in his food and now he is so full of energy! He sings all day. I am going to make Budgie Butter a part of his regular diet and his 'little brother' will be raised on it. Thanks for this wonderful product.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Rare birds successfully migrate to Tasmania

Researchers are celebrating after a number of birds, bred in captivity and released, successfully migrated to their traditional home in Tasmania.

Six orange-bellied parrots, one of Australia's most threatened bird species, were released from Victoria in August.

Two have since been sighted in Tasmania, their traditional breeding grounds.

Richard Loyn from the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research says as well as mapping the birds movements, researchers have been working to improve their natural habitats.

"I've been delighted how successful the breeding project has been," he said.

"In the early stages we were quite surprised at that. But we've come to accept it now and we know we can produce quite a lot of orange-bellied parrots in captivity.

"The main challenge now is making sure there's habitat for them to live in once we release them."

Budgie Feathers Flocking Together

BUDGERIGAR breeders from throughout the region are expected to display up to 250 birds at the Border District Budgerigar Societys spring show tomorrow.

Among them will be David Hallawell, 11, of Kiewa, whose young grey yellowface has won the junior champion titles at both the Myrtleford and Albury shows in recent weeks.

Young Grey Yellow Face

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Eucalyptus and Budgies

I recieved an enquirey about Eucalyptus leaves being poisonous for budgies. Here is the enquirey and my reply.

Recently I was in a discussion group where I was told I was probably poisoning my budgies by offering them Eucalyptus Leaves. I was told that there was no evidence that budgies ate Eucalyptus and that they seem to only chew on the bark and leaves.

My Reply

Budgies are sometimes slow to try Eucalyptus leaves or Budgie Butter, the reason being that they have been bred in captivity for many years and don't know what Eucalyptus is.

By following our suggestions of giving 3-4 leaves daily and 1/4 teaspoon butter daily, budgies will get used to them and enjoy the benefit.

I have a cockatiel who was also born in captivity, but when I give him 3-4 leaves and leave him alone, he goes mad really enjoys them.

I sometimes don't give him any for a couple of weeks and he really enjoys them when I give him them after a rest.

The only possible way budgies or any parrot species can be poisoned by Eucalyptus is when the Eucalyptus trees are grown in a polluted environment.

By this I mean grown in a smoggy atmosphere or having herbicides or pesticides applied near them.

We are selective in our material and are sure it doesn't contain any poisonous substance.

I also recommend not just trying leaves or butter once but continuously throughout the year, this amounts to 3 to 4 orders from us over a yearly period.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Rainbow Lorikeet enjoying nectar from flowers

Rainbow Lorikeet enjoying nectar from flowers

We had a very rewarding afternoon when a Rainbow lorikeet came to enjoy the nectar in the yellow flowering bottlebrush on our verge.

He took a long time to enjoy the flowers that were tightly packed on the branches, swinging and diving from 1 flower to the next, then getting in behind the foliage to discover stronger nectar that was hidden from the sun.

After about 30 minutes he was disturbed by noisy miners and flew off, I fortunately took a couple of photos.

Then about 15 minutes later he returned with his mate and they proceeded to divulge themselves in more rich nectar.

A most rewarding sight.