08 Feb

It's nearly March!

The March 2012 issue due out Thursday 16 February, has just gone to press, and is packed full of essential reading, not to be missed! Two readers tell how their feather-plucked parrots problems were solved and they regained their plumage, we offer top tips on getting a parrot off a bad diet and on to a good one, we interview a top Californian breeder who explains the secrets to breeding the Vasa Parrot, and a reader explains how she turned a scared and timid conure into a loving and trusting pet.

26 Jan

Male Sun Conure wanted

In the February issue of Parrots, a reader is looking for a male Sun Conure to enable him to make up a breeding pair. It must be close-rung and DNA-sexed. Can anyone help? If so please ring 07541 543073.

23 Jan

The Rat Pack

You've just got to read about the amazing Rat Pack in the February 2012 issue of Parrots. Angela Kemp is a real parrot lover and really seems to bring out the very best in her parrots, taking us through the ups as well as the downs. Quite a tale...

14 Jan

Not cold enough for Poicephalus?

Is the unseasonally mild weather creating strange behaviour in any of your breeding parrots?  Poicephalus parrots in particular seem to not be so interested in breeding in the mild weather, has anyone else found this?  Please let us know how your parrots are reacting.

12 Jan

Blue & Gold wanted

A reader in Cambridgeshire is seeking an adult male, companion Blue & Gold Macaw. Ideally he wants a bird that has been used to being indoors, and is at least three years old. Can anyone help? If so, please ring: 01945 780694

04 Jan

Battening down the hatches

I hope everyone came through the gales unscathed, and no aviaries were lost... Just a little reminder that 'battening down the hatches' is so important. Give your birds a special treat this morning, perhaps a plate of nice warm mash, to help them forget and get over the frigtening winds of yesterday.

06 Jan

Temporary home required in Worthing area

Temporary home required in Worthing area
Can anyone offer a temporary home, for about six weeks, to a five-year-old African Grey and eight-year-old Yorkshire terrier, while their owner goes in hospital? If you feel you might be able to help, please telephone 01903 752557

28 Dec

Misters not all the same

If you have a parrot that is plucking its feathers due to skin irritation, it is essential that it be offered a good quality mixed diet with plenty of vitamin A-rich foods. But, it is also vital to offer warm and soothing showers daily too - which is beneficial to all parrots - to help relieve the bird of the constant irritation. Some parrots happily take to misting sessions, but there are many that don't. If you have a bird that shies away as soon as you get the mister out, it may not be the shower he dislikes, but the mister!
Not all misters are the same, and using the right one can be the difference between success and failure. Tina Waters explains how she got over the problem, and stopped her Grey from plucking its feathers, in our Living with three African Greys and a Galah in the January issue of Parrots...

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