The Cartoon Loving Parrot(s)

Written By: B.D. Butler - Dec• 03•15

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

Written By: B.D. Butler - Oct• 26•15

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

Written By: B.D. Butler - Sep• 11•15
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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

Written By: B.D. Butler - Aug• 31•15

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.

Written By: B.D. Butler - Aug• 12•15

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:

1trust 

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  

1Will

noun

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