Category Archives: Caring for Birdie

Playin’ in the Band

After three days of applying the registration band onto the baby Linnie, it is finally settled!  This is such a crazy process!  There is such a narrow window of time during the growth of the chick to add the wee bracelet and the bracelet not slipping off the leg of the chick.  The ankle area […]

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Hand-shy and Biting Parrot Pets

It seems most parrot species have been given a label as being “shy” or “nippy” or “one-person birds” (my personal favourite). At Welcome Wings, myself, my daughter and husband whom I drag into the birdhouse, handle and cuddle the baby birds every day they are with us.  When you take home your new precious pet, you […]

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Why DNA test for Gender?

As is true with robins, some species of parrots are clearly recognizable as being male or female. Of the four species I raise, the babies do not come with little signs around their necks, declaring “It’s a boy!” or “I’m a girl!”  Even as I breeder, I do not like to guess the gender of […]

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Cooking for Two (or More!)

I have been spending lots of time in my kitchen, lately, cooking for my flock!  Fortunately, they are a willing, uncomplaining audience! “Birdie Bread” is a baked concoction of eggs, cornmeal, peanut butter, chopped vegetables and fruits, and several supplements including bee pollen, kelp, and minerals to enhance egg quality and production.  Diet is vital […]

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Tickle, Tickle!

Since getting my Congo African Grey parrot, I have been playing with her feet… through the cage bars and when she is not in her cage.  I knew I would have a lifetime of trimming her toenails, and wanted her to be comfortable with having her feet handled.  I gently grasp her toes and rub […]

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Feeding Time?

It is apparent to me that what seeds or pellets to feed your flock is as confusing as what kibble to feed your four-leggers!  The Great Dogfood Debate is an endless conversation. When it comes to feeding birds, the answer is the same:  read the labels!  Don’t grab the prettiest-looking pellets or the bag with […]

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The Name Game

Let me count:  I have 30 birds, currently (I think!) and each is named.  My daughter has four pet rabbits.  We have two dogs.  Around our house, we constantly play The Name Game! Like most games, it is getting more challenging as the stakes get bigger.  Our pets are family, and we have a “thing” (for […]

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Wing Trimming?

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I am often asked about clipping or trimming birds’ wings. Personally speaking, I support this practice. All my pet parrots have their wings trimmed, for safety. Birds are fast flyers, and small budgies can whip around a room at a very surprising speed! Windows and mirrors are like magnets, and untrimmed birds have been known to slam into them, in […]

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