Parrots magazine readers letters

Dear Parrots magazine,

Understanding

Eb’s column has always fascinated me with his natural outlook when dealing with parrots. I have learnt a great deal from him and in the last issue of Parrots I was further intrigued by his article on ‘How smart is your parrot?’.

Read more: Understanding


Dear Parrots magazine,

Natural is best

I have an African Grey and have always used natural perches in his cage, although he spends most of his time sitting on top of it. When I first put the perches in they were from a neighbour’s apple tree, which were fitted in position complete with bark.  That was about five years ago and what he did first of all was to strip all the bark off, which gave him hours of pleasure and although he has chewed some chunks out of this perch, it has been his favourite all this time.  Well for some time, he has been having a real go and actually chewed through it when I heard this crashing from his cage as he fell off it when it broke.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Much to learn

I read Sally Blanchard's Poicephalus Consultations. She made me aware that a parrot's anger comes from fear. I have had a rescue Senegal for 15 months, apparently he maybe 10 years old. So we've rubbed together all this time as best we can because he does not like hands. And I've worked my way round it by 'training' him, with patience, to step up on to a perch to move him from A to B.

Read more: Much to learn


Dear Parrots magazine,

Harness Success

I read a lot about harnesses and I so wanted to take my Orange-wing outside to enjoy the fresh air and sun, so I bought a harness. That is when the fun started!

Read more: Harness Success

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