08 Sep

World's smallest parrot

For those of you who would like to see the world's smallest parrot, go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8236000/8236410.stm
12 Sep

Lost Amazon found

Take a look on the forum and read about the fantastic outcome when Leroy was recovered and is now back home safe and sound!
29 Sep

The Stafford Show

Parrots magazine will be at Stafford on October 11th and there will be special offers for subscriptions and other items. These specials will be for the show day only so why not visit us and save some money? It is always good to meet new people and, of course, to meet old friends again!
24 Nov

FREE Advertising

Our new free ad service is attracting quite a few ads that are appearing on the FREEADS page.  There are also many others published in the classified section of the magazine.  If you have any birds you want to sell, are looking for any, or have some accessories to dispose of, you now have an opportunity to do so for FREE!   This service is free to all Parrots magazine readers and website visitors.
14 Jan

Breeders' Directory

Despite the awful weather we are experiencing in the UK, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and hoping it will be better than the last one. 

We are now including a breeders' database where you will be able to search for your ideal bird from people who are producing them and who can offer expert advice.  The site is in its early stages and will be added to on a week by week basis.   Anyone who would like to be included can send in their details - the information is in the text on the Breeders' Directory page.

 The February 2010 issue is now out to subscribers and will be in the shops 21st January 2010.

09 Mar

How important is enrichment?

How important is enrichment?

We hear a great deal about enrichment these days and how it is important in our lives, whether man or beast? But how important do we really think enrichment is and what can we do about it?

Enrichment, by whatever means, provides us with pleasure, and pleasure makes our lives more fulfilling, so it is important that we are able to enjoy the things that make us happy and more content. Some will say that a happy person, or animal, is a more healthy one, as depression can be extremely detrimental.

On page 30 of the April edition of Parrots magazine we have an article on enrichment, and I hope all who read it will take careful note. Try to imagine what life would be like shut in a room with meals turning up from time to time, and then sometimes food that you can’t stand. Well, some environments in which birds are kept are just that, with nothing but boredom to contemplate. Aviaries with yards and yards of concrete and wire mesh to look at all day, and if indoors, row after row of flights, all in regimented order, cannot be enriching. They might look good to the eye, but not for living in. They can look more like intensive rearing stations rather than ‘environments’, which provide the things to make lives more interesting for the occupants.

I have heard various breeders over the years complain that their birds are not producing, while other peoples’ are. Of course, the reason could be one of many things, but are these birds happy? Could it be because they are sitting on a boringly uniform dowel perch and looking at a lot of wire and brickwork - no stimulation at all! I have seen many birds that appear to be bored out of their minds, looking as though the world is coming to an end! I urge all those who are breeding parrots and parakeets to read this article.

18 Aug

Say NO to 070 !

There is an increasing number of websites that are offering 'free' ads - but are they? They may well be free to post, but as soon as you connect to the advertiser, you could be in for a shock when you check your next telephone bill.

An increasing number of 'free ad' websites are using numbers starting with 070 that are listed on each posted ad. These numbers are classified as 'personal' numbers and can cost a small fortune, should you be talking to the advertiser, which is often the case. There may well be a connection charge, and call rates are uncapped, some can reach as high as £1.50 per minute. And there is rarely a warning message to tell you the call rate as with many 090 numbers. 070 numbers should not be confused with mobile numbers that also start with 07. If you need to clarify further, call the UK regulator, OFCOM on 0300 123 3333 or 020 7981 3040 or visit their website http://www.ofcom.org.uk/contact-us. They are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Alternatively enter "070 numbers" into your search engine.

21 Apr

Feather-plucking parrots can come up smelling of roses!

Rose-waterWe were recently asked about an article that appeared in Parrots magazine concerning the exceptional properties of rose-water and glycerine.

The article suggested an inexpensive remedy that may help a feather-plucking parrot to regain its plumage, and kick the habit.

If you would like to read more about rose water, the article appeared on page 16 of the February 2011 edition (issue 157). This magazine can be ordered as a printed copy HERE or as an eMag (with instant download) HERE.


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