07 Jul

Feral parrots

Indian ringneckMuch has been said about feral parrots and particularly Ringnecked Parakeets (Psitacula krameri) and Quaker Parakeets(Myiopsitta monachus). In some states in America, it is now unlawful to keep Quakers, as they have been blamed for serious electrical power line problems, when building large nests on electricity poles. In the UK, there is now legislation that will allow the culling of Ringnecks and Quakers in the interests of conservation, and Quakers for health and safety reasons. What do you think? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
11 Apr

Cover your windows

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Cover your windows

Isn’t it great when the warmer weather comes bringing with it that feel-good factor and optimism. And for our birds, those rays of sunshine can only be good for their health, as aviaries are opened up and the dreary winter months are a distant memory.

But with all this, we must be aware that it is so easy for doors and windows to be left open, which gives rise to birds escaping and the grief that goes with it. Already, our ‘Lost and Found’ register is growing with an increase in escapees and the many heartaches that go with them. We must be extremely vigilant and particularly watch children who may not have such awareness of the dangers. I would urge anyone who likes the summer’s fresh air, to have grilles made up to cover windows. They can be quite simply constructed with wire mesh and fitted with lift-off hinges.

The cost would be insignificant compared to the grief and upset when your valuable companion makes for the great outdoors. Many have offered substantial rewards for the recovery of their birds when lost, so why not spend a little of that to make sure such a problem never happens. Chain-link screens can also be very effective in deterring a potential escapee.

In the April issue of Parrots magazine, we included an article by Rosemary Low regarding the large consignment of African Greys that died in transit, suspected of carbon monoxide poisoning. The issue of toxic vapours continues to worry bird keepers and in the May issue, avian vet, Alan Jones, has highlighted the hidden dangers of toxic fumes and how easy it is to lose a cherished family pet companion. This is a big subject with potential hazards coming from such a wide range of different areas that will kill our birds if not properly understood, and something we can never publicise too much about. Our lives can never get away from the deluge of chemicals and toxic fumes that surround us, we may well be able to cope, but our birds will not.

15 Jul

Download articles

You will notice that we have included a facility to download articles from our shop. The ones showing at present are from issues that are out of print.  We will be adding to these in due course, so articles that we have previously published can be accessed straight away without having to wait several days for the magazine to arrive in the post.  We feel this is more convenient for those of you who are in, perhaps, remote parts of the world where the postal service is not that speedy or reliable.
23 Jul

Have you voted?

How many of you have voted on our polls?  Why not take a look at our polls page and click 'Parrotmag Polls' on the link under 'Parrots' on the left hand side. 
23 Jul

Breeding Hyacinths

For those of you who are interested in breeding Hyacinth macaws, there is a new item by Jim Hayward under 'Breeding' (top navigation bar), or click here.
27 Jul

Parrot Polls

How many of you have voted in our polls?  There are some of your favourite controversial subjects to vote on so why not have your say? See 'Parrot Polls' on the left-hand menu.
24 Jul

New download article

If you have an interest in Breeding Amazon parrots, it might pay you to look up our 'download articles' page as we have just added one by Brian Eddy, from a past issue of Parrots magazine. It comprises of 14 pages and provides a mine of information on this popular species. All for just £1.99 or $2.99 in North America. By downloading it, you will have it to print out in minutes!
04 Aug

Post an ad for FREE!

For those of you who want to sell your birds or surplus bits and pieces, we now have a Free-Ads page. Yes, I did say 'free'. All you have to do is register and post your ad - you can even include a picture. If you have any queries, please call us on 01273 464777. You could have a sale within minutes!

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