Monthly Archive March 2018

Safe Foods for Birds

As we all know parrots can be very finicky eaters.We are tempted to feed them what ever we can to get them to enjoy eating. DO YOU KNOW…there are foods that are toxic or they just don’t benefit from them.
Here we would like you to research foods that are both safe and non- safe to birds.

Safe Fruit:
Apple … no seeds
Custard Apple … no seeds
Dates – dried
Dragon fruit

Finger Lime
Goji Berries
Lychee – no seed

Nashi Pear
Nectarine – no seed
Paw Paw
Peach – no seed
Plum – no seed
Star Fruit

Safe Vegies:


Bok choy

Brussel sprouts

Leafy greens
Peas and Pea pods


Snake Beans

Snow Peas

Sweet Red Potato

CALCIUM is usually high on the list of minerals required by our parrots. Many birds simply don’t get enough calcium in their diet. There are quite a few high calcium vegetables and other foods you can easily add to their diet.
What some people are unaware of is that there are some great sources of CALCIUM found in commonly sourced vegetables. There are so many vegetables that benefit our birds.To properly take care of your birds, you need to be maintaining a good diet. This is a great first step in ensuring your birds health.
Best greens, kale, bok choy, broccoli, Chinese cabbage can be easily found in grocery stores.
There are other sources of calcium for your birds.
Dried figs, sesame seeds and almonds are rich and easily found sources of calcium so you have many choices for your birds diet


Theobromine and caffeine, which are both classified as methylanthines, can cause hyperactivity, increased heart rate, tremors, possibly seizures, and potentially death in pets if it is ingested at a toxic dose. As a general rule, the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the more potentially toxic it is to your pet.

All parts of the avocado plant contain persin, a fungicidal toxin that has been reported to be a cardiac toxin to birds. Small birds like canaries and budgies are considered to be more susceptible; however, clinical signs have been observed in other bird species. Clinical signs like respiratory distress usually develop 12 hours after ingestion and death can occur within one to two days.
Onion and garlic toxicity is well recognized in dogs and cats. Those in concentrated forms, such as garlic powder or onion soup mix, are more potent than the raw vegetable form.
While diced apple is ok for pet birds, the apple seeds contain cyanide and should always be removed prior to feeding apple to your bird. Pits from cherries, plums, apricots and peaches also contain cyanide so never allow your bird to chew on them.
RHUBARB the whole plant is toxic

Bird Species

Greencheek Conure

Scientific Name: Pyrrhura molinae
Origin: South America
Size: 10 inches in length
Life span: 20-30yrs

Noise: medium


Sun Conure

Scientific Name: Aratinga solstitialis

Origin: South America, specifically north eastern Brazil and Guyana. 

Size: 12 inches in length

Life Span: Up to 30 yrs

Noise: Loud ….can get screechy. Most people can tolerate them though

Plum Head Parrot

Scientific Name: Psittacula cyanocephala  

Origin: Indian sub-continent and China

Size:  13.5 inches in length to tip of tail

Life span: 15yrs +

Noise: Quiet most times

Janday Conure

Scientific Name: Aratinga jandaya

Origin: Brazil, South America

Size: 12 inches in length

Life span: 20yrs +

Noise: Loud…can get screechy. Most people can tolerate them though



Scientific Name: Nymphicus hollandicus

Origin: Australia

Size: 12 inches in length

Life span: 25yrs +

Noise: soft – medium   



The right cage for your bird!

Selecting the right cage … prior to bringing your Parrot home
This is the first major purchase before selecting your new Feathered Friend.

There are a number of designs and styles available that we will happily help you choose the right one for your bird. A simple design will be easier to clean and maintain.
A parrot will treat it’s cage as it’s own territory and will happily spend majority of the day in it. The same as we do in our home. A cage is never be too small as a bird must be able to spread it’s wings freely without touching either sides of a cage.

Cage preparation prior to housing your bird…
Wash your cage down with 1part water to 2 parts white vinegar. Spray on the entire cage rails n wired areas. Leave for 15 mins and rinse off. Best to do outdoors if you can before assembling it.
Always assemble indoors incase your selected cage doesn’t fit through a doorway.

At the bottom of the cage should have a slide out rail that sits above the bottom tray.The tray needs to be covered with something that can be changed daily. The best covering is old newspaper, as its readily available in ones home,so that it can be changed daily.

Location of the cage is also very important…
Birds are very sensitive to fumes and gases.
Should you notice a smell or fumes move the cage to another room with good ventilation. Fumes are a source from cleaning products: Aerosol sprays, new paint, cigarette smoke, Teflon cookware, cooking gas, self cleaning ovens and car exhausts, etc.

Cages should not be positioned in the kitchen as fumes from everyday cooking can prove fatal.

Cages should not be placed in the window or near door ways because of the risk of draughts. Never to be placed in direct sunlight where the bird may overheat.

Best cage perches to use..
Remove dowel stick perches that come with the cage, as they provide no stimulation to your birds feet. Replace with a dead gumtree branch to suit the length. As the branch has different thicknesses, it benefits your birds feet.
You can also have one placed across the top corner section as birds like to roost in the highest peak of a cage if there is that area provided for them.

One very important method securing the door. The best and fool-proof method is by using a small padlock/clip.
Last thing you don’t need is someone in the home letting your bird out unexpectedly.
Even your bird learning that itself…..after you’ve been showing them unaware though,every time they come out. Birds watch everything you do!