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The Sibley Guide to Birds #ChewyInfluencer

I received this item free of charge from Chewy in exchange for my honest review.

Spring is finally arriving in my part of the world, and with it, the return of many birds! Because we usually have a lot of snow and cold winters, a lot of birds leave for warmer climates before making a return when the weather warms. Robins are always the first to come back, but there are many birds that we see that we haven’t known the names of. Luckily all that can change this season as we look at the birds with our new guide, The Sibley Guide to Birds!

This guide is amazing, beautifully illustrated, and full of information. I love how each page has a map showing where you can see each species. This is a book that covers all the birds in the world, so you could certainly take it with you on a trip! From the birds we see all the time, to the very rare species, they are all included. I also like that it includes information about their behaviors, and their habitats.

If you are looking to get into bird watching, be sure to visit Chewy to find this volume and other great books to help get you started.

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Adoption; The Humane Choice

It is the primary mission of every animal refuge to find a loving home for cats and dogs in desperate need of one. Could it be possible that your home is that loving home? Even a very comfortable shelter is no substitute for a warm home and an adoring family. While a responsible shelter that follows the policies of The Humane Society sees that all their animals are satisfactorily supplied for, these precious animals really need a safe and loving forever home with a pet parent who can give them the care and attention only a best friend can provide. As compassionate and competent as a shelter’s chosen volunteers may be, only a full time family can give an animal the necessary tender loving care such a social creature deserves.

This Is Why You Should Adopt

There are so many valid reasons to adopt a pet. This infographic will give you ten wonderful reasons to get your next pet at a shelter. The following reasons will hopefully convince you to help an animal in need by being a kind and responsible companion. An adoption counselor will work with you to help you find the perfect furry friend for life.

Adopting a dog from a shelter allows them to better look after the many more displaced animals that need their attention. Please, don’t support the kitten and puppy mills that exploit vulnerable animals. Save your money and a defenseless animal’s life by adopting. You may also persuade your family and friends to adopt. The more people who adopt pets, the fewer strays there are aching for a loving home. You’ll not only be helping an animal, you’ll be helping yourself by opening yourself to the experience of loving a creature who takes you just as you are.

Shelter Pets Are Good Pets!

Due to fostering and caring volunteers, shelter animals are socialized to accept that people are friends. These animals want more than anything to be your friend. On the occasion a shelter does get an animal with health or behavior problems, they should do all they can to solve this issue. Many people looking for a pet may have a preference for a pure breed. However, mixed-breeds tend to be more vigorous and long-lived, thus often displaying the best traits of all the breeds they’re descended from. Shelter animals get proper veterinary care, including spaying or neutering. As adorable as puppies and kittens are, it’s better for everyone if the population is kept in check.

People Who Adopt Pets Are Gracious And Magnanimous People!

America prides itself on being the land of the free, but its streets are no place for a dog or cat to roam about with no food, shelter or protection. We are a great nation because the people who live here are kind, charitable and benevolent. Won’t you please express your good will by adopting a cat or dog in need today? The animals and the people who care for them will thank you.

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Everything You Need To Know Before Getting A Pet Parrot

Owning a parrot is very rewarding. However, as any parrot owner knows there is a lot more to ownership than meets the eye.

colorful parrot

ExoticDirect insurers of exotic pets have compiled a 12 point checklist offering some handy advice and guidance.

How big should your parrot’s cage be?

Your parrots cage should be as large as possible. The diameter should be at least twice the wing span of both wings when stretched open, and the height should be at least one and half times the height of the bird, from head to tip of the tail.

Where should you keep your parrot’s cage?

Locate your parrot’s cage in an area where your parrot likely to receive lots of family interaction, but not get startled.

All parrots need stimulation, and whenever left alone in the house, a radio or tv left on is always worth considering for this purpose. You should avoid locating your bird near a kitchen due to the increased risk of exposure to toxic fumes.

Entertainment and toys for your birds

Provide your bird with entertainment and toys. Parrots are intelligent birds, and can be prone to psychological disorders if they become bored. Ensure the toys you buy do not have parts that can be removed, will not get tangled around your bird, and are not toxic.

Register with a specialist avian vet – pronto!

Whether you’ve just bought your parrot, or whether you’ve owned your parrot for years, you should register with an Avian vet.

Traditional ‘cat and dog’ treating vets often won’t treat exotics, and sadly referral fees can be high. Referral fees occur because the vet you’ve been referred to may charge you a higher rate as they also need to report findings back to the original vet you saw. This is an unnecessary cost for you, which can be avoided.

Purchase pet insurance.

Should your parrot become poorly, the last thing you want to be worrying about is escalating vet fees. It’s a worrying time, and you just want your bird to be better.

Birds are very sensitive to fumes

Birds are very sensitive to fumes. Exposure to Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) fumes, more commonly known as Teflon can be fatal. It is often used on non-stick cookware. When PTFE is over-heated, it can break down, causing fumes which are highly toxic to parrots.

….And smells

Other common household items can also be toxic to birds. This includes perfumes, deodorants and room scents. Careful research should be conducted before bringing items into the home.

Your parrot’s diet

Your parrot’s diet should include a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and meat. You should never just rely on parrot pellets from the pet shop.

You should fully research the food that parrots can eat. Some foods can be toxic, for example chocolate and avocado.

Perches for your parrot

You should provide natural perches inside your parrot’s cage, in order to enable your bird to flex its feet. Fruit or sycamore branches are recommended by experts like the Parrot Society.

CITES regulation and parrots:

Some parrot species are listed on Annex A of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). If listed on Annex A, the vendor should hold, by law, an Article 10 certificate and the bird should be rung with a closed ring or be microchipped.

Microchip and ensure your bird is rung

Parrots can easily escape, or at worst, be stolen. By ensuring your bird is rung, or microchipped, you are providing evidence that your bird is yours. The details can help reunite you with your bird, should it be lost or stolen.

You should record the identification details, and keep them in a safe place. The Parrot Passport designed by the Parrot Society is a great place to keep the information. You should also keep pictures of your bird, especially of unique identifiable features.

If your bird is lost or stolen you can contact the National Theft Register for lost and found animals run by John Hayward – this central database logs the information of lost pets, and can be vital in helping to reunite lost pets with owners.

Buyer beware!

If you’re buying a parrot, ensure you know its history. Ask whether the bird has had any previous illnesses or temperament issues, and ask about previous owners.

If the bird has had multiple owners, it could mean that those owners have had problems with the bird.

Or sadly, as a result of multiple ownership the bird may have developed psychological issues. Bird’s are very sensitive, and bond with their owners. Multiple owners could affect the bird’s mental health, resulting in potential physical problems.

This checklist is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of parrot care information. With the right knowledge, love, care and attention you and your parrot should have a long and happy life together.

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