Parrot Health and Happiness
The Golden Conure or Queen of Bavaria Conure
This extremely rare bird (in the wild and captivity) was once considered to be of the Macaw Family, because of it's head size (large) and tail size and shape, but; was recently reclassified to the Conure family after further comparisons were made.
In the wild, its habitat is restricted to northeastern Brazil, south of the Amazon River, from the west bank of the Rio Tapajos, Para and east to northwestern Maranhaao. They prefer hilly upland areas of terra firma rather than verzea, or flooded forest.
There is no proven life span record, established yet (that this writer can locate), but; estimates are 20-35 years, if living in an ideal domestic situation. Like the Hyacinth Macaw, (these birds are so near extinction in the wild, due to loss of habitat, hunting for their feathers for adornment and of course the pet trade in South America and other countries who still allow importation that the World Parrot Trust is striving to re-establish their numbers and save the species.
They are covered all over with bright yellow feathers, which are in striking contrast to the dark green primary flights. They average 14 inches in length and weigh 8.8 ozs (249 g). Because of their massive head and beak, many people feel the Golden's more closely resemble macaws than conures. Immature birds have scattered green feathers on the upper wing-coverts and cheeks and are rather slimmer in build. They are among the most expensive conures both to purchase and to care for, although many owners feel that the benefits outweigh the cost.
DO THEY MAKE GOOD COMPANIONS? Yes of course they do (with the exception of their very loud Screech, referred to by Conure lovers as the Conure Nuclear Alert (CNA). All Conures need to be well socialized in order to make good companions. The Golden is no exception. The more family commotion and activity to participate in, the better they like it. They love to be petted and touched and do very well with children who are taught to be gentle with them.
TOYS: These birds are wood chewers extraordinaire. Make sure that they have plenty of wooden toys to chew and a very large cage. These birds need room to climb, play and explore; they enjoy foraging and putting treats or food in a crumpled piece of plain paper is a wonderful game for them.
HIDING PLACES: Golden Conures enjoy paper bags big enough to crawl into and boxes that are clean and free of excessive ink. If you are the fortunate companion of a Golden Conure, please take stock of their cage size, bar spacing and interior roominess. If you need help in selecting the perfect house for your precious Golden, give Korey at Bird Cages Galore at call or post to him on our Bird Cages Galore Facebook Page. He will show you a great selection of cages at super prices.
THIS MONTH IN AVIAN HEALTH:
Cleanliness is next to Godliness
BIRD CAGE HYGIENE CAN KEEP YOUR BIRD HAPPY AND HEALTHY.
A companion bird is a member of the family and brings much love, joy and happiness to their humans. We can give them a full and healthy life with regular veterinary checks, and proper nutrition; but without a clean, safe environment; your precious companion can become ill without you even knowing why.
Companion birds are sensitive and aresusceptible to a variety of illnesses. Take note of any unusual signs or behaviors from your bird (look at the poop daily) and call your veterinarian if anything seems unusual.
As with any creature, cleanliness is vital for your bird's good health. Parrots are very smart and quickly learn the cleaning game. If they see you cleaning other parts of the house and their house as well, they will quickly learn to accept and even enjoy cleaning time. This is a time when you can interact with your bird and take care of the chore at the same time. They will soon show their appreciation by making comfort sounds like cooing and kisses.
While cleanliness is important to your bird's mental and emotional health, there are other reasons for cleanliness. Bacterial Diseases such as Psittacosis or parrot fever can be reduced by having a clean environment for your bird. Psittacosis is especially serious because it can be passed to humans and is spread through contaminated water, food, and by proximity (airborne). While there is a cure, many birds each year die from this because it is not caught early. Did you know that dried fecal matter from a parrot with psittacosis can be hazardous for 3-4 months? Some people believe that when the poop is dry it is no longer dangerous, this is not true and the rest of your flock could become ill.
Cleaning your bird's home is a daily activity that reaps huge rewards. While your bird will be happy they live in a clean home, they will also preen more often and are more apt to keep their plumage unsoiled and beautiful. However, when a bird's home is run down and dirty they give up their personal hygiene and degenerate into slovenly behavior. So, let's give them a home that both of you can be proud of and enjoy for many years.
| Rehabilitation in Progress....
NOTE: Janet Howell has told this story so eloquently, the there is nothing that Bird Cages Galore should or could edit. Please visit www.mytoos.com for more stories that will make you realize how unique and sensitive Parrots really are. (Jan Santor)
Noelle is a plucker and a self-mutilator. We began our journey together on December 26, 2008. She was taken in a few weeks earlier through The Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary, where I serve as a Co-Director. As with most rescues, her history is very sketchy, but we do know that for an extended period of time in her former life, she was banished to live in an outdoor shed.
The sanctuary's avian vet did a comprehensive work-up on her. Besides a 2 cm hole in her chest, she was underweight, malnourished, and had an intestinal parasite (Giardia). For the first couple of weeks she was fostered by one of our volunteers, and she was allowing the hole in her chest to heal. Then the mutilation began again.
I made a 6 hr drive to Georgia to meet Noelle and her foster dad, to bring her home to Florida with me. Even though she was being treated and had been seen by the sanctuary's vet, it was important to me that my avian vet see her. Her records were faxed to his office and we had our first appointment that Monday (12/29). My avian vet believes that her life of abuse began as being captured in the wild, because the injuries to her toes are classic to those done by trappers. Trappers will maim a bird in this fashion, and then chain or glue them to a tree, so their cries attract other birds (for capture). Upon examination, several areas of scarring from previous mutilation were evident on her poor, tattered body.
Noelle was bandaged to protect the wound in her chest and while both my vet and I hoped to see new feather growth, we both knew it was doubtful because it was evident that this little girl had been abusing herself for a very long time. A couple of follow-up visits later, our suspicions were confirmed. Except for some down feathers on her rump, there is not one hint of new feather growth. Because avian skin is so thin and because of her long history of abuse Noelle's skin is very traumatized. The bandages allowed the hole in her chest to heal, but otherwise irritated her skin, and speckled her with body with tiny lesions. After two weeks, the bandages were removed, and we discussed collaring her, which both of us preferred not to do unless absolutely necessary. Thanks to a friend of mine who had sent Noelle a sweater, my AV and I agreed to try Noelle in a "dress", made from the sleeve of a sweatshirt. Even the softness of this fabric irritated her fragile skin.
In addition to dietary changes, a clean, healthy environment, open cage door policy and lots of enrichment, my vet is treating Noelle holistically. Adjustments will be made, if needed as time passes. Besides receiving pro-biotics in her water daily, along with The Missing Link, she is receiving a supplement made by my vet using Noni-extract, which is known for its medicinal purposes. Her skin is being treated with 100% Emu oil, and there is marked improvement. My vet also believes that it is a strong possibility that Noelle will never be able to come out of her dresses for any significant period of time. But for now, once a week, I remove her dress, bathe her, allow her to dry completely, and massage her with Emu oil and put a new dress on. Once her skin is blemish free, we will take the dresses off - watch, hope and yes, pray.
My other 5 cockatoos readily accepted Noelle into their flock and she instantly gravitated to my other female Moluccan, Echo. A friend of mine commented that she believes that the meeting between Noelle and Echo did more healing for Noelle than any human could in 50 years. I believe this to be true.
As for Noelle's personality, she is a gem. For all she has been through in her life, she is calm, trusting, forgiving, active, funny and an inspiration to me everyday!
I am honored that Noelle has been chosen as Mytoos current "poster bird", but it also saddens me that any bird has had to endure the pain and suffering that she has in her life. She gives me a great sense of joy everyday as she hoops and hollers with the other birds, plays with toys, eats new foods, closes those soft eyes of hers as she receives a full head pet and loads my cheek up with kisses, or gobbles down her before bedtime warm oatmeal (spoon food) which contains all of her "meds". I enjoy making dresses for her and am constantly brainstorming ways to improve them.
In addition to the daily joy she brings, she is also a painful reminder that this isn't how she or any bird should be living their life. Noelle should not have been ripped from her homeland, maimed by trappers and endured a life in captivity, especially one of abuse, neglect and suffering. And Noelle is only one, of how many? I shudder to think. She is also a painful reminder of what captivity does to these birds, how cruel human-beings can be and why these birds need their God given right to remain in their native land, and live their lives as they were meant to, free with their own kind. Not pets in our home.
Happy March eberybirdie!!! I bees so glad dat dis monf came here wike a wittle lam an hope dat de mean old lion stays away from yewer homes.
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Hab yewer hooman by a box of someting cawled oyster cwackers wib NO SAWT on dem.
Den dey gets a biggy piece of pwastic wrapp an way it on da cownter. Spread da cwakers on da pwastic wapp an spway fwoot joose on da crackes wib a spway bottle. Den sprinkle on sum gud, gud, gwound up awmonds an cinnamon powder - not 2 much cinnamon, doe. Den dey jus fold up da pwastic an puts dem tweets in a zipwock bag an shake til de cwackers are coateded. Hab yewer hooman spred da tweets out on a coookee sheet an bakeded in da oben at bout 250 fer 20 minutes to take da soggies away. Dese can den be kept in da frigerbator in a pwastic bag to keep dem fwesh.
DESE ARE YUMMY FER YEWER TUMMY, ME BIRBY FWENDS, BUT NOT TOOO MENY AT A TIME, U NO!!!!!!!!!
Until nex monf, dis be Molly b. saying 'HAPPY BIRBIE COOKIN"!!!!!!!!
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