Thursday, April 19, 2018

ZEBRA FINCHES - All About Zebra Finches Care, Diet

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Zebra Finch - Photo   by     Orchids love rainwater 
Zebra Finches, Variety, Care, and Food
In the Australian grasslands, they have a small bird called Zebra Finch. Those finches come in a wide variety. Because of the strict policies of exportation of animals that Australia has, most of the finches are not born there. Zebra finches are very colorful birds, the males being more colorful than the females. Because of the ease in breeding these birds in captivity and the very attractive coloring, they have become very popular.

Like many other beautiful finches, the Zebra Finch has a delightful chirping song, a soft chirping that is a bit different but pleasing. A lot of finch owners find the sound pleasant and sweet. Studies have shown that the male finch is more vocal of the two sexes.

Although the zebra finch is very social with other birds they are quite shy around people. Finches are not known for liking to be held, the finch really doesn't like to be held or petted. So they are beautiful birds but if you are buying one because you would like to hold it, the zebra finch is not recommended. Finches in the wild do tend to flock together with other finches of the like, this is the reason they are so social in captivity. If you think of purchasing a finch, you might consider buying in pairs as to ensure they are happy.

Because zebra finches love to fly around it is recommended you purchase a large cage that can permit this activity. Nothing less than 25 inches across is best, you can find these sizes in affordable metal or wooden cages. Also, remember that just because a finch is small in size, do not underestimate their capabilities for escaping. If the bars are not close enough together the finch will escape. So it is vital to make sure the cage bar gape is adequate. If at all possible please avoid a cage made of brass, or coated in brass, this is toxic for your birds.

Care for your zebra finch will consist of the correct seed which is available from any local supply store. finches also need a diet supplement of greens, vegetables, and fruits. If you can get sprouted seeds this is optimal in providing the need for greens. Cucumbers and carrots will satisfy the vegetable needs. Always make sure your finch has plenty of water, and always include a bathing area, they love to clean themselves.

Also, make sure the cage is well-kept, cleaning should take place at least weekly. Making sure everything is tidy will allow your zebra finch to show off their best qualities.
Other dietary items will consist of bananas, apples and other fruits your zebra finch may love. Zebra finches have another need as well, and that is calcium. Calcium is essential as a mineral supplement. This encourages bone development as well as helping with female egg production. At your local supply store look for a Cuttlebone, this will be more than adequate.

Taking good care of your finch is important, and these birds will love you for it. They will play and sing, brightening up the household, and make everything so peaceful and relaxing. Take good care do not grab at your finches, zebra finches tend to scare easy like other finches and you do not want to cause any trauma to your birds. Always remember to have everyone in the household trained on care for your birds. This will help and allow everyone to be aware, so you can all enjoy these wonderful additions to the home.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Summer Garden for the BIRDS

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Bluetit One of the many species of wild birds which we attract to our garden bird feeders.
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There are many reasons to create a summer garden the best, however, as most gardeners are well aware is for your personal enjoyment. For bird lovers everywhere it is quite possible to have a fabulous summer garden that appeals to the bird lover in them as much as a lover of beauty that exists within us all (there are of course a few disagreements along the way as to what beauty is and is not). If you are a bird lover you should seriously consider making efforts to make your summer garden more attractive to your fine feathered friends.

There are several ways this goal may be accomplished. First of all birds like water. They need to drink water and they actually enjoy playing in the water. With this in mind make sure there is some sort of water source available for the birds to enjoy in your summer garden. Some excellent choices would be a water fountain, a goldfish pond, or a waterfall. The key in this is to make sure that the water source is not a stagnate water source as you want to attract birds and not mosquitoes. Other than that, have fun creating a neat place for your bird pals to frolic and play.

As far as attracting specific birds, you will need to research the specific birds you are interested in attracting to your summer garden and plant accordingly. The variations are virtually limitless and far too numerous to include in this brief overview. Be sure to invest some degree of time when planning your garden to check into favorite birds and the flowers or trees they prefer. You should also take the time to study their predators and avoid creating a friendly atmosphere for the predators to hang out in your summer garden while you are doing your research.

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One of several popular bird feeders in front of the visitor center
at Longshaw Lodge. (Photo credit: 
Another way to attract birds to your summer garden is by creating an environment in which they feel safe and at home. Plant trees that these birds favor for building nests or place birdhouses in your garden that will provide a great potential home for these birds to make their own.

In addition to planting flowers and trees that will attract various birds to your summer garden, you should also take care to attract food to your summer garden for these desirable birds as well. If you aren't sure about attracting food for the birds you might want to consider providing food for these birds you are hoping to draw into your summer garden. You can accomplish this by filling bird feeders (make sure you use feeders that are designed to prevent squirrels from stealing the food intended for your birds) with foods that attract the birds you are most interested in attracting to your lawn.

There is no right or wrong way to create a peaceful and relaxing summer garden. If you wish to add to your enjoyment of your garden it is quite possible to do this by taking a few extra steps and landscaping with the birds you enjoy watching in mind. The steps above will help make your garden an attractive place for favorite birds to play and build their homes. Incorporate them all into your summer garden for best results and the opportunity to live in harmony with the birds you enjoy watching.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Feather Plucking : A Major Problem for the African GREY PARROT

African grey parrot
African Grey Parrot - Photo  by    Tambako the Jaguar (cc)
Feather plucking is known to be a very nasty habit of the African grey parrot. They are notorious feather pluckers. It is said that the Timneh African Grey parrots are not as bad as the Congo African Grey Parrots when it comes to feather plucking. But this is not a proven fact.

First of all, any parrot keeper should ask himself why do parrots pluck their feathers. There are many different reasons for this nasty habit. The African grey parrot is a parrot species that need quite much attention from his human owner. If this doesn't happen then the bird will probably get bored and this can result in feather plucking. But believe me that this feather plucking problem is very complicated because it's very hard to resolve it. 

There were cases when the African greys plucked their feathers because of getting too much attention. So you just don't know exactly how to treat your bird. Dietary imbalances or environmental problems may also take to feather plucking. Some environmental problems could be smocking very much in the room where the parrot is kept or keeping him in a space with dry air. Also is recommended for African grey parrots to get regular baths or to be exposed to some kind of moist air. The African grey parrots shouldn't encounter any frightening experiences because this can take to feather plucking.

If this nasty habit appears in your bird's daily activities than you should first see a veterinarian. He will probably try to find a physical explanation for the bird's problem. It's best to try to understand what the veterinarian explains and try to find some ways of resolving the problem. It is proven that the African grey parrot is the most intelligent species. His higher degree of intelligence, along with possible incorrect early socialization at the breeders and not understanding the bird’s intellectual needs when it becomes a companion parrot often leads to neurotic habits -- such as plucking.

Timnehs African grey parrots don't pluck their feathers as much as the Congo African grey parrot. This could be because they were not as popular as the Congo African parrot. Because of their duller coloration, they weren't as licked as the congo.

In conclusion, the feather plucking is a major problem for the African grey parrots because they are very difficult birds to take care of.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The CANARY As a Pet - Varieties of CANARIES

Yellow-Fronted Canary
Photo  by Kanalu Chock 
Although the popular budgerigar is kept for its bright colours, some people would rather have a bird that can sing. The Canaries are beautiful songsters with attractive colours of yellow, golden, orange and silver. This article will take a quick look at the most popular varieties.

The Border Fancy Canary
A great bird for the beginner because it is hardy and will breed freely either in a breeding cage or in an aviary. It is a pretty bird with a small, delicately proportioned body and a well-rounded head. A common plumage colour is an attractive glossy yellow. The Border Fancy is a 'type' bred canary valued more for its physical appearance than it's song.

The Roller Canary
This canary is so called because of it's pleasant 'rolling' of a song which has been esteemed for hundreds of years. To learn the proper song, a first moult young Roller cock used to be placed in the company of an older cock Roller. Nowadays, song training is mostly done using recordings. A good cock Roller can perform a remarkable warbling 'tour' consisting of a Bell Roll, Water Roll etc. all done with closed beak with just it's throat moving in and out. It resembles a Border Canary in appearance although a little larger.

The Norwich Plainhead
Another 'type' bred canary, the Norwich Plainhead has a stocky, cobby body with a full round head and thick brows. The fluffy plumage is usually coloured a deep orange or red and to help get this rich red-orange colour, the birds can be fed raw carrot as part of their diet. Norwich canaries also come in white, cinnamon, clear or variegated colours and are can be either plain-head or crested. They are not as lively or agile as other canaries but can make quite a friendly pet bird.

The Yorkshire Canary
Perching upright like a proud guardsman the Yorkshire is a slim and shapely bird well over 6 inches long. Unlike the fluffy Norwich canary, this bird has short silky feathers giving it a tight appearance.

The Lizard Canary
This old breed of canary has a patterned plumage that looks a bit like the scales of a lizard. Each feather has a fine pale outer fringe caused by a gene which restricts melanin in the plumage. The overall effect is to give the canary an attractive spangled look especially in its first year of life. Lizard canaries are yellow and buff in colour but the terms gold and silver are used to describe them.

The Gloster Fancy Canary
This is a relatively recent breed and is smaller than the Border, although having a crest. A crested Gloster is known as a Corona and those without crests are known as Consorts. It is a small canary, very alert and an extremely quick mover and does not need a large cage. These characteristics and it's a pleasant song and rather an acute crest make it very popular as a pet and beginner's bird. A Corona must be paired with a Consort Gloster so the ensuing chicks will only have one copy of the mutant 'crested' gene. Chicks with a double copy of this gene will have thickened skulls and will not survive.

The Red Factor Canary
is a cross between a yellow ordinary canary and the Red Siskin from South America. The result is a canary with a striking plumage with colours from a very deep orange to red-bronze. These gorgeous and attractive colours are maintained by feeding a diet rich in beta-carotene. Small and lively, it is little wonder that it is popular and enjoyed by many people who find it an entertaining pet bird.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

PARROTS for Sale

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African grey parrot pet (Psittacus erithacus) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is clear some people want to have a parrot as a pet.  If you are that person, you may be anxious about getting the finest one for your personal satisfaction, care, and business.  Parrots are for sale all around, and selling such pet is 100% different from selling home commodities.  It will need time and dedication.

This will be a guide if you want to know what species you would prefer.  Here are the descriptions of selected parrots perfect for sale:

1. LOVEBIRDS - very adorable little small breed from Africa, lovebirds can be tamed like common parrots except for the aggressiveness towards opposite sex, the male rubs the perch as a distinct sexual behavior, which is quite disturbing to some owners.  They have to be housed in different cages.  Generally, lovebirds are excellent in parenting their siblings and very good inbreeding.  

2. AFRICAN GREYS - More than vanity, this parrot species is the best sound imitator from among the species.  It doesn't mean this parrot has to be on high sale just because of the talking qualities.  Owners getting disappointed with non-talking African Grey species often tend to neglect their pets afterward.

3. COCKATIELS - Lovely because of the distinctly pointed crown, this species can learn tricks easily, very affectionate, and can live a lifespan of 15 to 20 years given the proper care.  The coating on its feather can cause allergies.  Cockatiels have this distinct behavior when left in dark, which can cause self-injury. 

4. SENEGAL PARROTS - Medium-sized species good for apartments because of its more quiet behavior.  Much adept at imitating sounds of surroundings than the distinct speech of people.  It is not recommended for outdoor and spacious free walks as it can fly farther and get lost.  

5. PARROTLETS - Comes in tiny sizes, these species have no problem with dark places, considered brave.  The voice is quite small, best if you only tolerate chirping when bred in a small flat or room.  Prone to accidents, they must be looked after all the time when out of the cage.

6. CANARIES - Specifically attributed to Canary Island, after Romans named it.  The Canaries have three types.  Song Canaries are known for the distinctive voice and singing.  Color Canaries have attractive and bright colors, making the collecting of several varieties popular to breeders.  The Canaries are territorial and not so sociable.  From among the parrots, this species has the sweetest voice.

The sale of parrots worldwide happens silently.  It comes with interest and passion, but believe it or not, thinking about the small world you can give to these lovely birds is a journey.  Living with parrots is worth a quality life.