Enzymes Parrots Do Not Produce: Lactase & Cellulase

Enzymes Parrots Do Not Produce: Lactase & Cellulase

February 15, 2018

We hear it all the time “birds don’t produce lactase, the digestive enzyme necessary to digest lactose in dairy products. Therefore we should not be feeding dairy to our birds.” Then doesn’t it stand to reason...

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The REAL Truth About Oxalic Acid in the Parrot Diet

The REAL Truth About Oxalic Acid in the Parrot Diet

February 15, 2018

First of all we need to understand what oxalic acid does to the internal organs of our birds, specifically the kidneys. Like humans, birds can develop renal calcuri (kidney stones), a buildup of calcium oxalates. Most often this...

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Annual Well-Bird Exams

Annual Well-Bird Exams

October 25, 2017

Annual well-bird exams and tests are paramount to maintain avian health and nutrition! Many of us religiously take our pet birds in for annual veterinary exams and lab tests, but are we asking for the correct and complete tests...

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Molting: What is the Purpose?

Molting: What is the Purpose?

June 25, 2017

Since highly processed foods became available over two decades ago, we have witnessed less and less molting in companion birds. Is molting necessary? What is the purpose of molting? How much molting is optimum...

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Organic Certification: My “Beef” With the Process Of Becoming Certified Organic

Organic Certification: My “Beef” With the Process Of Becoming Certified Organic

January 18, 2017

Right from the start let’s get something straight about certified organic foods and uncertified, conventional foods – the former, certified organic is not necessarily more nutritious, but it is healthier. The latter, uncertified, conventional...

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Self-sprouted Seed Inside Papaya

Birds: Foods Consumed in the Wild & How They are Consumed

December 03, 2016

The photo is of a papaya that is overly ripe containing sprouted seeds that sprouted endogenously (within) the fruit itself. We will address all the phases of ripening in this article further down. In all of…

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Clay: Is It Really Important In Our Birds’ Diets?

Clay: Is It Really Important In Our Birds’ Diets?

August 25, 2016

If so, why and what kind? “Geophagy“, or the practice of “eating dirt” may be somewhat uncommon to us, but birds do it all the time. In fact it’s part of a healthy diet for birds of the wild. I…

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Vibrant Plumage: How Do Our Birds Get Bright Feathers?

Vibrant Plumage: How Do Our Birds Get Bright Feathers?

August 07, 2016

See the vibrant coloring of these Macaws? Do you think they are this vibrant only because they are wild? All parrots, regardless of wild or captive should maintain vibrantly, neon, bright plumage...

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Let’s Talk About Yeast Infections (In Our Exotic Birds)

Let’s Talk About Yeast Infections (In Our Exotic Birds)

April 23, 2016

Yeast infections are a common problem in our companion exotic birds, but they don’t have to be. Most of us know what yeast infections are, but let’s go over the medical explanation for those who may be new to this infection...

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Essential Oils, Spices & Herbs

Essential Oils, Spices & Herbs

March 13, 2016

So recently one of my Facebook “friends” posted that they have a “mild allergy to black pepper.” They were at an event and took a bite of the finger snacks that were served, and didn’t notice there was a hidden black peppercorn...

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VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds

VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds

February 27, 2016

I’m sitting here writing this blog post feeling as though I am recovering from a weekend drinking binge. The truth of the matter is, I don’t drink. We recently took in a new resident in our Providence Exotic Bird Sanctuary...

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Lectins: What You Wish You Knew Years Ago

Lectins: What You Wish You Knew Years Ago

February 14, 2016

Lectins – What You Wish You Knew Years Ago ~ Lectins aren’t something we here our avian community talk about much, if at all, but it’s time we begin exposing the truth so that we begin feeding our birds the... Read More

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