19 Jun

Your photos of Think Parrots 2015

VisitorPhotosWe hope to see you at this year’s Think Parrots Show on Sunday 21st June and we would love it if you would take photos around the show and email them to us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (put ‘TP15 Photos’ on the subject line) and we will include a ‘Visitors’ Photos’ section on our website www.thinkparrots.co.uk


15 Jun

More Breeding Info

LovebirdsOur "Breeders' Directory" is for the use of dedicated aviculturalists and hobbyists who have a genuine interest for the purity and welfare of the species and who can provide expert knowledge for the birds they breed. The Directory covers all parrots and parakeets from the smallest to the largest, and will be added to on a continuing basis.

Entry in the directory is FREE and you can be included by contacting Parrots magazine by email or call us on 01273 464777 with your information. All we need is (1) your name, (2) common name of the species you breed, (3) its scientific name, (4) a landline number (if you have one), (5) a mobile number (if you have one), (6) an email address (if you have one) and (7) the county you are in (e.g. Essex, Cumbria, Cornwall etc).  Any other personal information you provide will not be shown and will not be disclosed to any other party outside of Parrots magazine unless with your authority.


05 Jun

Breeding Tips from Jim Hayward


If you’re interested in breeding parrots, you’ll find a selection of in-depth articles, specific to individual types of parrot, written for the Parrots website by Jim Hayward.

Jim is an experienced aviculturalist with many years of breeding parrots to his credit.  He has written a number of avian books, his most well known being The Manual of Colour Breeding.  Jim has been an avid supporter of Parrots magazine from the start and has contributed a wide range of valuable 'avian knowledge' to readers over the years.

CLICK HERE to visit the Parrots website breeding articles by Jim Hayward.

29 May

Back garden conservationist

CheekyCockatiel noCreditIn the next issue there is some encouragement from Jim Hayward Jnr how hobbyist breeders can become back garden conservationists.  He raises the issues of how many species are now critically endangered and how aviculture can play its part by breeding those that are rare and endangered.  He also highlights the difference between breeding rare species in a zoo environment as opposed to a back garden, and many hobbyists would find part one of his two part article in the July issue of interest, out just before the Think Parrots Show, which takes part on Sunday 21st June at Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ

22 May

Perilla oil and leaves for all parrots!

Perilla frutescens plantBudgieAre you aware of Perilla seed and why it is such a vital food for small seed eating parrots?  Also, larger parrots can benefit too from this mighty small seed.  
Find out about the beneficial properties of Perilla seed, oil and leaves, and also how to grow them.
You can read all about it in the back issue from September 2012, issue number 176, as well as lots of other interesting information.
Parrots magazine, issue 176

08 May

Think Parrots Show 2015, Masterclasses

TP15 Speakers Mark HagenThe final FREE Masterclass speaker of the day is Mark Hagen, flying in from Canada especially for the Show, who will be speaking on the subject ‘Early Education and Development of Parrots’ between 3pm and 4pm.
Mark is the Director of Research at Rolf C. Hagen Inc. and the Hagen Avicultural Research Institute (HARI).  He earned his Master of Agriculture Degree at the University of Guelph, specialising in Psittacine Aviculture.  During the course of obtaining his Bachelor of Science, Mark concentrated on nutrition and zoology, and attended a semester at the University of California, Davis, taking courses in cage bird medicine, nutrition and avian science.

He later gained hands-on experience while housing birds indoors for five years in a converted warehouse.  He founded HARI in 1985 and HARI has since gained a worldwide reputation for its ongoing studies into captive breeding, maintenance and nutrition of companion birds.

To mark its 25th anniversary, HARI opened a new division dedicated to the long-term study of the health of reptiles and small animals, particularly for dealing with common health concerns that the veterinarian community sees with species found in captivity.

Mark has also been deeply involved in supporting the avian community and is passionate about conservation, travelling widely around the world to experience birds in their natural habitat and to ascertain ways of improving preservation.

Come along to Think Parrots Show, on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex, for further information visit www.thinkparrots.co.uk

15 May

Prevent Parrot Escapes - Some useful tips by John Hayward

FreeFlyingex28 Photo Jeff KidstonWhen a companion parrot flies out of its owner’s house through open doors and windows or is lost whilst being out in the garden during a summer of fine weather, owners are left devastated.

The ‘Great Houdini’ is always the African Grey and given the chance they will always fly whenever there is any opening.  Fifty per cent of all escapees are the Greys, together with Senegals, Amazons, Hahn’s, Galah’s, Conures, Jardine’s and cockatiels.

A number of these lost birds are later found and reunited but still many end up on the missing list.  The other pity is that some of the found parrots cannot be returned to the rightful owner due to a lack of positive identification and in many instances, we are not notified of the loss in the first place.

So what can we do to try to reduce this tragic situation? Here are some tips to consider:

  1. First, be aware that your bird can fly. This might sound obvious but we know of cases where parrots have been in the family for years and have never flown until one day, they suddenly take off.
  2. Never leave any external windows or doors open, which will allow a bird its freedom.  In hot weather, keep the bird in its cage before opening windows.  In many houses the only point of exit is through a conservatory patio door.  A high number of lost birds escape this way, so do not have loose birds in this area.
  3. One simple, cheap and easy form of prevention is to make up some well fitting mesh panels to fit the openings of doors and windows, allowing for the flow of air and providing security for the bird.
  4. Many owners allow a parrot free range of the house so before the cage door is opened, contain it in one room and check the whole property for any insecurities.
  5. Parrots get out when you least expect it.  When a door is unexpectedly opened, they can be over your shoulder and gone in a flash! These are the most common causes of escape.  Consider pinning a notice up on the inside of the doors for example, 'Think Parrot'!
  6. When taking a bird out into the garden during the summer, always make sure the door or any other openings are padlocked and secure especially swing feeders.  Watch out for the cages with removable bases especially if dropped and do not leave the cage unattended whilst it is outside.  If you have a bird in a harness, be careful not to stumble and fall.  Many fly off with the harness attached.
  7. Ensure the bird has positive means of ID if ever lost or stolen and photograph any unique features for future reference.  Rings and microchips are essential.
  8. Finally we appeal to all breeders, dealers and suppliers to tell new parrot customers that their bird must be kept secure and that they can fly, even if wing clipped.

If you lose your bird, check the lost and found register on Parrots magazine website at CLICK HERE for the UK, or CLICK HERE worldwide.

For any advice call John Hayward at the National Theft Register: 01869 325699.   To email John, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo courtesy of Jeff Kidston

01 May

Think Parrots Show 2015 - Masterclasses

TP15 Speakers Mike SimmonsFollowing on from last week’s blog, the second FREE Masterclass speaker is Mike Simmons, who will be speaking on the subject ‘Advancements in training parrots’ between 1pm and 2pm.

Mike is an internationally recognised bird trainer.  His passion for his birds is evident in all that he does with them in their training.

He has displayed his birds at large venues such as Leeds Castle, Colchester Zoo and Centre Parcs, as well as lecturing at colleges and universities.  He has also been an assessor for the LANTRA falconry qualification and presented talks at the BIAZA tag.

Mike received an award from the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators in 2012 for the training achievements with Ground Hornbills, followed by an award in 2013 for his work with Training a Bald Eagle.

His company, A World of Wings, aims to share the amazing world of animals with others, so that people can experience their marvels.  The name represents Mike spreading his wings and based on his work with birds that are trained to be free - when they appear wild they seem so contented.

Mike always says to people that are starting out training or working with animals, that an animal will not work with you because you are qualified, you must qualify to them.

Come along to Think Parrots Show, on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex, for further information visit www.thinkparrots.co.uk

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