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Parrot Breeder Information

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

There is not one standard when it comes to breeding and raising parrots. However, most breeders follow these simple rules. The first concerns handling the baby parrot after it hatches. It is imperative to get nutritious food into the small hatchling right away. Some breeders feed the hatchlings by hand to insure the parrot ingests the proper nutrients. After the initial feeding the baby parrot must be weaned from that diet and introduced to solid food. For some birds this can be very traumatic and it is best to feed it a diet of fresh produce, warm soft food as well as acceptable seed. Usually a young bird won’t starve. It will eat when it becomes hungry. If you try to force it to eat it might become stressed and most breeders can tell if this is happening.

Another key element of breeding is to let the young bird spread it wings. This is very natural behavior for most birds-parrots or otherwise. You will find that the most experienced and humane breeders will not clip a baby parrots wings until it has mastered this natural skill. The reason is that birds that are allowed to learn the skill of flying seem to be better adjusted and socialized. Another words, they are better pets and show less negative personality traits. After your parrot has learned this skill it’s OK to clip the birds wings to prevent it from damaging your furniture.

A key development skill is taking a bath. In the wild most birds enjoy this simple pleasure. It is a hygienic matter for the young parrot and it can affect the emotional development of the bird. Visit your breeder’s aviary. It is a good way to get a feeling for how the breeder conducts the development process for their birds. Most breeders are proud of their facilities and welcome any questions potential clients have. It is worth it for the difference in cost to use a breeder. It’s a surefire way to guarantee that the history and background of your potential parrot purchase is readily available and that information is critical to a happy healthy and well-adjusted parrot.

Bird Watching More Popular Than Snowmobiling

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Bird houses, or nesting boxes, as many people refer to them, are built for many reasons. The primary reason, of course, is to provide a home for many bird species. But, many people view them as art pieces as well. In fact, you’ll find many bird houses treated as art sculptures in many living and dining rooms across the nation. But another reason that many people build bird houses, especially crafty people, is that they simply enjoy the act of building them.

For example, prior to the practice of raising chickens and hens in pens as a food source, some societies built their early versions of bird structures to attract birds to their area. Then as the birds matured, the homeowners would regularly poach the bird houses and consume the birds as food. This doesn’t happen so much these days as the modern homeowner feels more comfortable in harvesting their birds (such as chicken, duck, turkey) from the local grocery store instead of an outdoor nesting area.

But birds have not only been used to feed us. From of earliest days of farming, they have been use as our allies as well. One of the primary food sources for birds are insects. Very early on, in the pre-pesticides era, farmers discovered that attracting birds that were the natural prey of many of the insects feeding off of their crops was a good way of protecting their foods. And even today, farmers who are intent on growing organic vegetables and fruits will often attract birds to their orchards and groves to control insect pests.

Birds and mankind have a long history of co-existing. Amateur naturalists have recorded the habits and adventures of their favorite local birds in their diaries since the earliest forms of drawing and writing. And this fascination with birds shows no signs of diminishing. Even today, bird watching or birding is one of the biggest hobbies in the United States. Over the course of a year, more people will be involved with bird watching activities than will be golfing, snowmobiling, or even sunbathing.

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