Getting a Second Opinion

Ah, social media.  Originally when social media began, we all were probably thinking,” this is the coolest thing since sliced bread”.  The ability to connect and chat with people all over the world in an instant.  How cool!?  Or is it?social media

For some it’s become a hinderance into development and the thinking process.  It’s even helped hinder an entire new generation of human beings.  There appears to be a new generation of people appearing in the social media stratosphere.  I call them the non-thinkers.  These non-thinkers are so preoccupied with getting things correct, they forget to remember that no one person has ALL of the answers.  Before the world of the internet, you had to get a professionals first opinion, possibly a second opinion and sometimes a third if you had a problem.  That meant you doing research into these opinions from experts and weighing out your options.  At that point you came to your own conclusion and made the determination of  what works better for you, not what some stranger on the Facebook tells you.

second_opinionNow don’t get me wrong, there is some amazing advice out there from people who have years and decades of experience with all things bird .  However it’s up to you to question them.  I know for a fact there are tons of new advances some of these experts don’t know about.  There are also things that “new” experts have never heard of because they lack the experience of someone who has been in the aviculture world for decades.  This is when it comes to you, the researcher (see what I did there, I put you in the category of the researcher or the person who is questioning) to get many opinions and weigh them.  Weigh the validity.  Weigh where they are coming from, weigh how long a specific item has been in practice.  Then you make the decision, not others making those decisions for you.  

With the new non-thinker, it’s easy to get an opinion and instructions and then do exactly that.  However when those instructions don’t quite work out perfectly or when those instructions don’t work out at all, the non-thinker now will place blame and take absolutely no responsibility for their lack of research or accountability for their actions.  Without understanding and admitting your own failures you cannot begin to learn from them.  Sometimes you learn more from your failures then you do your successes.  

“But an expert told me to”…. is what I have heard and seen numerous times, and my question is “did you do your research?”.  Of course that may sound a bit callous and that is absolutely not my intention.  My intention is to inspire you to ask questions. Ask your vet, groomer, boarder, toy maker, mail man, whatever. Just ask.  Keep questioning boundaries, that’s what the best scientists and explorers have done for centuries.  That’s how finding out how dangerous an all seed diet is, someone questioned what was told to them and the research began. The same thing is true about processed foods vs fresh food, simply, someone questioned what they were told instead of blindly following.   

researchNow before some of you get into a tizzy, I am not saying that using google or bing makes you a formidable force and you should go up against your avian vet with said information. I’m just saying it’s important to know what is going on and have all of the information possible.  Personally I prefer to be proactive with my animal’s health and not reactive when something unforeseen goes wrong.  I take the time, so I know the options before I weigh them.   

So the next time something comes up about your birds, before you have that knee jerk reaction and do something just because someone has told you to. Open up that computer, phone or tablet and use whichever nondenominational browser you choose and start reading.  Information is power and it’s up to you to use it! 

Copyright – Parrot Earth – 2016 – Getting a Second Opinion

Got a light?

As you know, or you should know, birds have one of the most sensitive and efficient respiratory systems in the animal kingdom. In days of old, miners took canaries into mines with them for this very reason.  For a wonderful explanation of how and why watch the video below!

Pretty amazing, right?  I remember doing all of my research on candles, perfumes teflon and any other non-natural items, before bringing Dexter home and why all of these items are harmful if not fatal to our feathered companions.  So, we are on the same page as far as this goes?  I hope so.  
Now that being said, let’s talk about cigarettes, e-cigs or vaping and marijuana with your pets.  
parrot-smokingYes, in this day and age, with all of the science out there and with this thing called the internet, people still smoke around their animals.  It baffles me.  I’m confused why you would trap your animal in your house, while you puff away on your Marlboro red and think that’s ok.  Firstly animals have different respiratory systems than humans, clearly.  But why would you take an animal with the most sensitive respiratory system in the animal world and smoke around it? I understand smoking is an addiction, and I smoked a pack a day for many years.  I also, never smoked in my house.  Hey I’ll be honest, I still enjoy the occasional cigarette when I have a cocktail, I find it’s refreshing. But, my birds aren’t around and it’s always outdoors.  A few years back we helped a friend of ours who smoked in her condo for two years and asked us to prep it for selling.  During this process, we washed walls and windows, which were saturated with nicotine.  It was so bad in some areas it looked like tea running down white walls and glass.  I could only imagine what was on the furniture or on the dishes in the cabinets.  
vaping-300x200For those of you who “vape” in your house, I have news for you.  You may be taking out some of the chemicals from cigarettes and your e-cig may have those fancy flavors, but you are still expelling nicotine and other hazardous chemicals.  Nicotine that is going to get on your furniture, clothes, walls and be more importantly inhaled by your birds and other pets.  
I understand that the way you live your life is your choice, yep I totally and absolutely agree. That is your constitutional right and it’s none of my business. But when it comes to the lives of your animals, they didn’t ask you to spark up and I doubt they ran over and grabbed a match to help you light up either.  
Living in a state where marijuana is legal has its challenges.  I don’t have a problem with someone using marijuana, as long as it’s done responsibly and legally.  I do have a problem with hearing when people “smoke up” indoors with their animals, or when they purposely get them high.  You have no idea what the adverse reactions can be and you never know how much marijuana is going to cause marijuana toxicity. Yes it happens. Chatting with a few of my friends who happen to be veterinarians, it happens more than anyone really talks about (click here).  It’s also usually lied about in the beginning stages and then eventually confessed.  Sometimes the animals survive and other times they do not. Also, let’s not forget it can be illegal. 
SV-no-smokingSo, what have we learned?  Get off your butt to have a but.  Go outside and smoke whatever you are going to smoke.  Don’t be selfish and jeopardize the health and well-being of your animals. It’s pretty simple and it’s just common sense.  
For harmful ingredients in smoking, click here.
For harmful items in e-cigs click here.
For marijuana toxicity in your pets, click here.
Copyright – 2015 – Parrot Earth – Got a Light? 101

The Cartoon Loving Parrot(s)

As parrot owners we are constantly looking for news way to enrich our feathered companions.  After years of searching, it’s not the easiest to find something that your parrot hasn’t done a thousand times, or isn’t already bored of.  Novelty is key.  scooby

The world of birds has many enrichment toys designed to keep that little nugget of information working, however if you birds are like mine, it gets solved after spending twenty minutes and is never touched again.  Granted it will depend on the species, but again, birds are different and some just have a hankering for solving puzzle toys.  At that point the forty-five dollars you spent on this magical wheel seems pretty frivolous.  Little did you know there are small things like cartons or paper towel rolls that will give you just as much time, but that’s a different article.

Before we had our current house, we had our birds in the living room.  To be frank, they loved it.  They got to spend time in the midst of everything and for our greys and lovebird it was a wonderful way to keep them mentally stimulated. Now the birds have their own bird room, and it’s lovely.  They have their own space, air filtration, UV lighting closet full of newspapers, toys, plants and even stencils on the walls. However I noticed something was missing after the move.  There were no boxes that weren’t unpacked, nothing that was missing in their cages.  So what could it be?  

Noises.  When we would leave in the other house I made sure they had the radio on, or the cartoon network.  I wanted them to be able to hear a diverse amount of sounds which would keep them from focusing on the fact that we were gone.  It also worked great with our dogs and kept them from focusing on the traffic or the mail man delivering mail in the mail slot.  What I didn’t realize is what would happen next.  They began immitating the lovely sounds from Scooby Doo and other favorite toons from our past.  Zoink, Boing, Zap and other noises began flying our of their little beaks.  

Not only do they get to hear sounds from the tv, but they get to see bright colors and that will also keep them using their minds.  I am very particular about what I play for the birds.  Anything that is going to possibly frighten them, I steer clear of.  I also play them jungle sounds off of YouTube, and they love hearing all of the various bird calls and continually attempt to communicate with them.  I figure it is the best way to give them a sense of the outdoor wild world, which they will never get to see.  

Rio-2-Movie-wallpaper1The key is getting to know what your bird responds to.  My birds like any cartoon or animated movie with music.  You will usually find one bird dancing along with a song break in the middle of Rio, Aladdin or The Little Mermaid.  They even love the classic cartoons like Garfield and The Gummy Bears.  

So the next time you leave the house, leave the tv on or even the radio.  They will love the company and you may come home to find some fun and novel Zoinks or Jinkees coming out of their beaks!  

Copyright 2015 – Parrot Earth – The Cartoon Loving Parrot

 

Teas from Greywood Manor

7aFirstly I am sitting here in our bird room, looking around and realizing how blessed we are. Parrot Earth started with a simple blog that has become so much more. People are reading my experiences into my journey into aviculture and are getting something out of it. To be honest, the parrot earth blog started out as my own sounding board and I wanted to put it out there, so maybe someone could relate with adopting or rehoming an older bird.  Granted Dexter was that “old” when I got him, but he had some baggage.  Together we have grown leaps and bounds, parrot earth has become the website it is from the support of the readers.  Parrot Earth is the source of good quality information, of which I originally wished was out there when I began.  It’s truly become the “Ultimate Companion for The Parrot Owner”.

Now, we at Parrot Earth are so very happy to announce the newest journey in Parrot Earth’s expansion.  Greywood Manor Tea & Provisions is a new tea company that we have formed with your pets in mind.  Yes, I said pets, not just birds.  When we got together with Jason Crean and collaborated on these tea mixes, we realized that bird owners own many more companion animals than just birds.  Chickens, pigs, rodents, guinea pigs, reptiles are just a few of the new line of teas we are offering along with our avian line.

teabagYou may be saying “Tea for my pets?”, yeah you read that correctly.  I originally did a “Chats” interview with Jason Crean and we talked about his experience with teas and a holistic approach to avian care.  I fell in love with this concept, not only because eastern medicine has used teas as a holistic treatment for centuries, but because they are principles, I have seen work.  I’ve been asked “where are the studies” to support these findings?  My response, “show me the studies on broccoli, kale, quinoa, or the many other ingredients we as bird owners feed in chop, mash or vegetable diets”. In life we have to think outside the box and some of the greatest concepts and ideas in life all took one person taking the first step.

Where do animals drink in the wild?  Puddles.  Puddles that have run off foliage, plants trees, grasses…. you get the point.  These puddles are an essential collection of nutritious oils, enzymes, minerals and other nutritious vitamins.  So why not offer your companion the opportunity to have a concentration of essential nutrition that they would otherwise consume in the wild?

Hyacinth_macaw_drinking_at_small_water_holeThe greatest thing about adding teas to your bird or other animal’s diet is the sheer fact its common sense science.  You don’t have to have a degree in biology to see the benefits from tea or other organic ingredients.  You just have to believe in the power of mother nature and look at another spectrum of health maintenance.  It’s really that simple.  We have formulated blends for your birds who have inflammation, skin and feather conditions, need daily immune boosting, need a bit of help during the hormonal times of the year, just to name a few.  

Our teas are designed to be brewed, some can be brewed and sprayed, some can be fed in daily diets, dry.  It all depends on the formula, and your animals.  For more information on our product, please visit Greywood Manor and take a look.  

Tea from Greywood Manor, may just be the thing that your pet’s wellness is missing.  After all, your animals are worth it. 

copyright – 2015 – Parrot Earth – Tea from Greywood Manor

 

 

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

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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