FTP – Episode 3 – With Special Guest Dr. Karen Becker


Click here for the podcast!

I have to say that this newest journey into broadcasting a podcast is bringing new and exciting opportunities to the forefront.  I have met some new and exciting people because of it and I also feel like I have met some wonderful colleagues because of it as well.  The last show was a true testament of the dedication into feeding animals, not just birds, healthy and unprocessed diets.  I know I joke on the show that I am starstruck with Dr. Karen Becker, but in reality, I really kind of am.

When I was doing my research into parrots and their basic everyday needs, I came across a video about UV Lighting and parrots, by none other than Dr. Becker.  She was light, airy and to the point. Not a bunch of hub-bub and dribble before getting to the meat of the educational dinner.  And, let’s just be honest, who doesn’t love a good educational video from a real avian vet that isn’t geared to get you to buy that certain product or a bird trick training video, right?

On the show we also chatted about traveling with your parrots, and yes it can be done, we do it all the time.  It can be a little time-consuming, but the simple key is planning and getting all of that together days before.  If you want more information on traveling with your birds, listen to the podcast or click here for the tagged archive on the blog.

During the podcast we chatted about a rather interesting artcle from HuffPost Green entitled “Parrots Don’t Make Good Pets – Get a Cat Instead”.  I read this article and immediately shared it with a few bird buddies out there and asked for their opinions.  Needless to say, it ruffled some feathers in the avian community with its second hand bird handling experience knowledge and lack of a solution for the totally correctable behavioral issues they were facing.  It’s important that you look at the other coin when you write about animals and their owners.  You also need to be able to take it, when the reactions don’t go the direction you intended, while writing said article.  You also need to be ready if it backfires and goes south, you stamped your name on it, so you have to deal with the backlash.  As a writer, I have experienced this very thing.  It makes your tougher and more selective about the stuff you put out there.

Dr. Karen Becker has more information in her pinky than most people do collectively in the avian community.  She can tell you educate you on nutrition like no one else, and I think I could have listened to her speak for another few hours on the topic of sprouting.  I will be doing a follow-up article about my endeavors into sprouting.  Especially because I don’t have the experience that some people do, I hope it inspires people to get involved in it with me.

If you’re interested in sharing topic ideas or are have an idea for an upcoming show, please feel free to email fromtheperch2015@gmail.com

The next show is coming soon… so Stay Tuned!

Copyright – 2015 – Parrot Earth – FTP – Episode 3 – With Special Guest Dr. Karen Becker


FTP – Episode 2 – With Patricia Sund

Ah, episode 2 happened!  Jason began the episode by talking about the American Federation of Aviculture’s convention and all of the participants, and events that happened.  I personally cannot wait to be able to attend next year.  The convention is in Connecticut and should be an amazing time, had by all.


I got my photo of Patricia Sund at here.

I got my photo of Patricia Sund at here.

We were very excited to get Parrot Nation’s, Bird Channel’s and birds.about.com’s own Patricia Sund for Episode 2 of From The Perch – Aviculture Today.  Jason has known Patricia for about 20 years and I have had her as a colleague in this crazy world of aviculture for about five years, so needless to say, we had a lot to talk about.  Firstly I can tell you, we had a ton of fun doing the interview and if we would have had more time, I am sure it would have gone on for hours.  We can genuinely suck up the oxygen in a room.

Editing for the episode was fairly quick, I wanted to make sure the commercials were ready and it all go edited pretty quickly.  To be honest, because I was so damn excited about having Patricia on and the chemistry of the three of us.  It was exactly the show I wanted, nothing stuffy, just three friends sitting around talking about the things they love.  I really thing it translated as that.

I have to say there is a certain freedom in recording a podcast.  The level of communication increases for me, and I am allowed to introduce my tones and true personality into topics we are discussing.  Where as with writing, it can get lost in translation at times.  I do try to write very conversationally and pretty close to how I speak, but again you can’t insert inflection and tone into words on a page.

FTP.logoI am so happy and excited about From The Perch, we have taken an idea and come to a new and exciting medium for the newest generations of companion bird lovers and also brought our devoted and experienced owners along for the ride.  From The Perch is not a show just about one person’s ideas and agendas, it’s about a collaborative effort of two people who have many opposing views, coming together as an example of how differences of opinion shouldn’t matter in the end, because it’s the birds that matter the most.

Click here for a listen to Epidode 2 with Patricia Sund.

Copyright – 2015 – Parrot Earth – FTF – Episode 2 – With Patricia Sund



Planning for the Future.

FutureI just read a post online and it gave me the writing jolt.  For those of you that may not know, writing comes when it comes, and you have to strike while the iron is hot, as they say.  This post had resonance and is rattling around in my brain, “I’m planning on a trust for my birds, because I want to make sure they are taken care of”. Pretty powerful words, right?  I mean, we all love birds, and we want the best for them, right? We’ve looked into planning for our retirement, yet, how many of us have taken the proactive initiative to plan for their future? 

While typing this, I realized that we actually don’t have current and up to date wills. To be honest, there was a time in my life where I lived pretty “freely” and wasn’t much of a planner and just thought I would “figure it out”.  Of course I think that’s before you get to the certain mind-set, where you realize your mortality.  One of my favorite quotes for aging is “you spend the first 40 years trying to kill yourself, and the last 40 trying not to”.  Aging isn’t for the faint of heart and it isn’t something that is for the faint of heart.  Taking a step back and making sure that your birds have protection and there is a clear and concise plan of where you, as their owner, want them to go is so important.  You are the one that makes them breakfast every morning and cleans cages and knows all of their little habits and quirks, of course you should have a say in their final home.  

While helping a few birds here and there find their way, we have run into the story of “my mother/father died and I need to find a home for her birds”, and the first question I always ask, “was there a will,were there any final wishes or arrangements made?” and nine times out of ten the answer is, “no”.  

Personally I want to have a hand in where ALL of our animals go, and make sure they get the same quality of care they would receive in our home.  I think that would be the biggest peace of mind if you were ill and could no longer care for your pets.  Knowing they will be taken care of down to the smallest detail, would definitely give me peace of mind.  trusts

There are ways to start planning:


noun \ˈtrəst\

: an arrangement in which someone’s property or money is legally held or managed by someone else or by an organization (such as a bank) for usually a set period of time

Trusts are set up to hold money and a trustee will make payments to the sanctuary or home of your choice.will  



A will is the legal instrument that permits a person, the testator, to make decisions on how his estate will be managed and distributed after his death.

There are now a lot of options for a will if you cannot afford an attorney to draw one up for you.  However I have seen some do their own wills and I would recommend you get a professional to help, if you can.  

pet_collagePreparation is important, because in the end, our animals won’t have the voices that we want them to.  They won’t be able to speak up and say where they want to go.  So, do them a favor and do some prep work.  Think about if you weren’t around, where you would want them to go or who you would want them to be with.  Many think parrots are going to be a burden and they look for the nearest sanctuary.  However that is not always the case, you may have struck a chord with a relative that would love to take your flock in, or maybe a neighbor that helps house sit or a friend from work that comes over for happy hour?  There are so many options, get creative and ask around.  

Because you never know what can happen when you’re Planning for the Future and trust me, they will thank you for it.

copyright – 2015 – Parrot Earth – Planning for the Future


From The Perch

FTP.logoFor years I have been trying to get things together to expand Parrot Earth, yet again.  It began as a simple blog and then grew into a website with links to merchandise, product/movie reviews and links to national and international parrot events.  

In this day and age it is important to keep up with the times and as much as I necessarily don’t like it, technology is the wave of communication and getting knowledge out there. As a kid I loved magazines and radio broadcasts, so I thought, “why not merge the two?”. Then the idea for From The Perch – Aviculture Today (click here for the about page) came from.  I had done some work with Jason here on Parrot Earth blog and I immediately thought he would be a perfect choice.  We have some things in common, but we are totally opposite personalities and to be honest, that’s what makes shows work.  The listener needs to be able to related to someone involved in the broadcast.  

I am not the person who keeps secrets well, and it’s been a struggle not to let the cat out of the bag.  However, I managed.  Especially after a couple of cocktails at our favorite watering hole, I wanted to let so many people in on it.  But, I knew it would need to be a splash entrance.  

Jason nor myself CLAIM TO BE EXPERTS.  From The Perch is about friends and colleagues in the avian community, sitting around, sharing ideas and discussion topics. In no way does it substitute for good old-fashioned research, but hopefully our listeners can learn something along with being entertained by everyone involved.  Every episode will have people interviewed and we hope that will bring the newest ideas, topics and education in a new and exciting media medium.  Click here and “like” the FB page.  (The sound may be a little off here and there, but we are still mastering the equipment and format).  


lara.too.shoulderFor episode one we had special guest, Lara Joseph in studio.  She is an internationally renowned trainer and an overall wonderful person.  Anyone who can train pigs, goldfish, parrots etc, is okay in my book.  For more information about Lara, click here!!

We look forward to many more shows and many more guests!  Thanks for your support …

and now I can say thanks for reading and thanks for listening.

copyright – 2015 – Parrot Earth – From The Perch 

Birdie’s Day Out

jail_break_1127455A week ago, I was perusing our local neighborhood blog, I saw someone had listed a “found” parakeet.  I read the post and looked at the picture, they had the poor little guy in a kids laundry hamper with a bowl of water.  There was also a description of the situation and the little guy wouldn’t even eat a “cracker”.  This made me a little nervous.  I was not sure how long he had been out, how long it had been since he ate and if he was ill.  The Pacific Northwest is going through a dry and hot spell.  Temperatures are soaring into the 90’s and for up here, that is a lot.  The Seattle area is usually a lovely and comfortable 78-82 degrees for most of the summer, however we have been dealing with 90+ reading for weeks.  

I immediately emailed the person who had the parakeet and let them know who I was and what I do.  Come to find out, the person was an old friend of mine and someone I use to see quite often.  He said they had no idea what to feed him, or what to do, his wife was terrified of the little bird and would not handle him. Within five minutes we were putting on clothes (this was at 11:30pm) and grabbing our lovebird’s travel cage.  

keetWe arrived at the house, which was just three minutes away and had the little guy in the cage and on our way home.  It wasn’t until we got home I realized something wasn’t right.  His beak was covered in what appeared to be scales. For anyone that is familiar with Scaly Mites or Knemidokoptes pilae, and you have other birds in the house, it makes your cringe.  Thankfully we always take precautions when bringing in a “new” or unfamiliar bird into the house and put them in quarantine in the basement office. Because of everything I assumed this little guy had been through, surviving a number of days in the wild, in high temperatures with limited food and water, I figured he probably just wanted to sleep.  I made sure I threw in some millet in the little food dish in case he wanted some comfort food (and I also figured if he was going to eat anything, it would be millet), so I covered the little cage and hoped for the best.  

keet.3The next morning I woke up, asked my husband if he was still kicking and the answer was, “yes”.  “Wonderful”, I replied.  It was time to put out the bat signal online. I asked for advice from some of the most knowledgable people I know, and I got a ton of information, on how to treat the mites to how long.  Because other birds are susceptible to scaly mites, I had some pondering to do.  I made the decision that I didn’t want to risk an outbreak.  I called around and chatted with an acquaintance of mine, who works at a local pet store.  They would be able to treat him in a quarantine area and also put him on antibiotics immediately.  Ah, a breath of fresh air.  

keet.2I made sure all the Lost/Found and local neighborhood blog was aware that he had been taken to the pet store and no one has made any inquiries about the little guy.  I talked to the pet store (they think he is well into his teens) and they are going to make sure he goes to a loving home or find a rescue for small birds, where he can live out the rest of his days.  

This time of year, it’s easy for accidents to happen.  Heat goes up and windows and doors get opened.  Unfortunately, I have spoken to some people who believe that it’s ok to set their birds free during this time of year.  Since exotic birds aren’t acclimated to eating outdoors, nine times out of ten, they starve to death or are killed by predators.  Please, take measures to make sure your bird doesn’t escape.  Also, make sure you have the information from bands (if they have them), photo’s and take recordings of your birds whistling and communicating. This will help if your bird gets out and needs a way to find his way back home.  

Copyright – 2015 – Parrot Earth – Birdies Day Out