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We strive to provide you, the client, with the best quality hand-reared pet parrot available. We do this by providing the parent birds with the best environment possible to live in, the best fresh foods and pellets to eat and the most stress free life possible. All our baby birds are raised with their siblings, fully socialised with adults, children and animals. We stay in touch with clients for as long as they deem fit. We offer 24/7, lifetime support by email and telephone, as well as our exclusive web based forum. All our babies are bred by us, raised by us, and sold by us. We do not supply pet shops or other hand rearers

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Myths & Facts

There are many myths or misconceptions, about parrots. Some are old wives tales, some are taken as gospel, for the new parrot owner how do you know what is true, and what isn't, here we will try and put some of these 'myths' where they belong...and they a myth, or a fact

Myth: Parrots must always have grit to enable them to digest their food.
Fact: Parrots shell their seeds, there is no need to give them grit. It can actually impact their crop, and lead to starvation.

Myth: Parrots don't get lonely.
Fact: 'Parrots are extremely social animals, and thrive on attention. They live in flocks in the wild, and in the home YOU are their flock. If you don't give your bird enough attention, you will end up with a totally different creature than the sweet one you brought home from the breeder! Parrots can easily become feather pickers, screamers, or just downright cantankerous if not handled , talked to & played with daily.

Myth: Squirting with water is an effective training method.
Fact: Your bird will never allow you to mist it again. You cant expect a bird to know the difference between a 'lets have a nice bath' and a 'squirt in the face as you are being naughty', which is it, treat or punishment, its not surprising it confuses them.

Myth: Babies you finish weaning yourself make better pets.
Fact: There is absolutely no evidence in this. In fact inexperienced hand feeders can make mistakes that may result in crop burns, infections, starvation, and perhaps death.

Myth: Parrots don't need baths, because they preen themselves.
Fact: Birds naturally take baths in the wild, most do it daily. Misting your parrot helps to relieve itchy skin when it is moulting, as well as controlling dander. It makes the feather sheaths soft, easier to remove, and more comfortable for your pet. Baths also improve the overall feather condition of your bird.

Myth: Clipping one wing on the parrot is better than clipping both.
Fact: NO ! Clipping one wing will make your bird lopsided. It will not be able to balance and will do a spiralling nose dive. Clip both wings evenly, which will allow the bird to glide to the ground, instead of crashing into it . Also clipping of one wing only will result in uneven chest muscle development which is bad for the bird

Myth: It is cruel to clip a bird's wings.
Fact: Clipping is a personal choice, and we have members that do clip and members that don't. Clipping does have its advantages it does it not hurt the bird (it's like a person getting a haircut), it helps keep you more in control of your bird, but it should ALWAYS be carried out by a avian vet

Myth:  If my bird is clipped I can take him outside without a harness or cage as he cant fly away

Fact : Outdoors is a whole different ball game to indoors, a breeze can lift the bird to inaccessible places or carry them for miles just 'gliding', a parrot should always be in a cage if taken outdoors with padlocks on any doors, feeders.....anything that may open. DON'T RISK LOSING YOUR PARROT


Myth: Seed is the best diet for my bird, it's what they get in the wild!
Fact: Seeds are high in fat. Birds on an all seed diet more prone to diseases. Birds on seed diets usually have shorter life than those on a mixed diet. The argument "it's more natural!" is often used, owners forget that wild birds spend a huge amount of their time just in search of food! Because of this they get far more exercise than our house pets that have food given to them on a plate. Anyway, birds in the wild eat more than just seeds - they eat greens, fruits, nuts, and flowers too! A good diet for your pet bird will include pellets, veggies, fruits, pasta and rice, and a VERY small amount of seed

Myth: When my bird screams, I should flick it in the head.
Fact: Never, ever hit a bird, they do not understand ! Flicking the bird will only make it angry and possibly violent. First try and find out what is wrong, parrots usually scream for a reason, then just ignore the screaming. Reacting will only make the bird continue, because it has learned that through this negative behaviour, it gets attention.

Myth: All African grey parrots bond to a human of the opposite sex
Fact: Rubbish. Greys bond to the person who interacts with them the most. All members of the grey's "human family" have to ensure they spend equal amounts of time with the bird. It will then not bond to anyone in particular


Myth: Vitamins should be added to the parrots water!
Fact: Adding vitamins to your bird's drinking water is creating an open breeding ground for bacteria. If vitamins must be added, and only if your avian vet recommends them, add them to their daily pellets. Try and offer them a variety of veggies and other foods instead of using vitamins


Myth: My birds won't breed if I don't provide them a nestbox.
Fact: They'll lay their eggs in their food bowls or on the bottom of the cage. The only foolproof way to prevent your birds from breeding is by separating them.

Myth: When your bird lays an egg, if you take it away, she'll stop laying.
Fact: If you take away your bird's egg, she will lay more to make up for it. Best let her sit on it until she gets tired of it, or remove it and replace with a "dummy" egg.


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