Christmas Cookies for your Parrots [ Healthy Treats]

Christmas Cookies for your Parrots

[Healthy bird Treats]

Birdie Christmas cookie

Not only are these cookies healthy, a great source of vitamin A, but they smell, Oh so Divine! During the holiday seasons, it's a great idea to bake for your parrots and birds. I know they want to dig into the shortbread cookies and the gingerbread house, so why not bake a special cookie just for them. 

This cookie ensures they are getting something healthy, has nutrients, and will be flavorful for our parrots. Not only this but this will allow our feathery friends to join in with all the festivities. 

You can change the flavor by simply using pumpkin or another squash, add crushed berries or apples. If you are using mashed pumpkin, you will need two cans for this recipe. 

The first time I made these cookies, I guess I had too much sweet potato so my batter was moist and I couldn't shape them into fun Christmas shapes. 

However, I adjusted the recipe, for it to be handled better. This cookie dough should be great to create cut-out shapes. If you do find it to be too moist, just add more flour. 

It's such an easy, easy recipe, you can not try it. 


3 sweet potato cooked 
1 cup flour (any kind) 
1/4 tsp cinnamon (Ceylon)
1/4 tsp vanilla


Preheat  oven to 350 

Cook your sweet potato, microwave, steam, or oven. 

Mash your sweet potato in a bowl, add flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. 

Use a scoop to measure out cookies on a cookie tray which is lightly sprayed with cooking oil. 

bake for 30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. 

Birdie Christmas cookie recipe


Author Monika Sangar 

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

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Calcium Deficiency in parrots [pet health]

Calcium Deficiency in parrots [bird health]

Calcium deficiency, or hypocalcemia, is very common in parrots. Calcium is a mineral and even though it is the most abundant mineral in animal bodies,  including parrots, its insufficient absorption rate causes the deficiency.

Parrots eating kale

Calcium is needed for skeleton strengthening, muscle contraction, blood clotting, and eggshell formation. Calcium is a co-factor for many enzymes to function and also hormones secretion and can affect the muscles, heart, and nerves.

So if calcium is so abundant, why do parrots become calcium deficient? 

Sunlight. One of the main issues is no sunlight. Parrots need sunlight for the absorption of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is a very important vitamin that helps the absorption of calcium by the body. Without sunlight, or vitamin D3, the calcium can't be absorbed and therefore calcium deficiency occurs.

The second is oxalates. Greens, nuts and other food which are high in calcium have oxalates compound. These compounds bind to calcium making them insoluble, in other words, unable for parrots to absorb by digestion.

Depending on the severity of this deficiency, it can become life-threatening and/or serious illness can emerge.

calcium issues in parrots

Prevention of Calcium Deficiency

No, not supplements. An adequate diet with plenty of sunlight or a full spectrum bulb.  Supplements can do more harm than good. The best way to ensure your parrot's well-being is by providing fresh food daily. There is many fresh food with high amounts of Calcium

Food with high calcium

Feeding your parrots with fresh food will natural help them keep their vitamin levels normal and no need for supplements. (Unless there's a medical issue)


Never go crazy on Vitamin supplements, because too much calcium (or any vitamin) can also cause server damage. Hypercalcemia, or elevated calcium levels, can cause serious toxicity and be fatal. Symptoms include vomiting, pain, unable to lay eggs, kidney stones.

elevated calcium level symptoms

It is always important to follow direction and not overdose if your doctor does recommend supplements.


Author Monika Sangar 

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)


Complete Guide to choosing Parrot toys [5 questions answered]

Complete Guide to Parrot Toys [5 questions answered]

pinewood parrot toy
Pinewood bird toy

I received many questions about parrot toys since I sell them to create funds for my sanctuary and for my flock. There are many different types of parrot toys, all having their own function.

The main purposes of parrot toys are mental stimulation, free of boredom, and exercise. Parrot toys encourage the natural behavior of the wild. Most parrot owners want to create the best habitat for their parrots, and toys help do that. We can provide them with a variety of parrot toys to help them forage, chew, destroy and solve puzzles. This creates a good balance environment for your parrot where they can be challenged, stimulated, and have fun. 

Foraging Toys:

Foraging toys are toys where you can hide food items, and make your parrot work to get the food. These types of toys come in all different varieties and the internet is full of them. Foraging toys allow your parrot to find food, which they do in the wild. 

Seagrass mat with foraging cup bird toy
Seagrass mat with foraging cup bird toy

Shreddable Toys:

Shreddable toys are to rip, destroy, and chew. Chewing is a major natural activity in the wild and enriches parrots' well-being. Parrots love the shred, tear and rip these types of toys. It's a natural behavior. Shreddable toys are made from all parrot-safe, shreddable items:  paper, egg cartons, pinewood, balsa wood, vine items, cardboard, etc. Depending on your parrot's personal preference, they might like soft paper shreddable toys or need wood toys. This helps them maintain and challenge their natural instincts and activities.

shreddable bird toy
shreddable bird toy

Foot Toys:

Foot toys are essential for parrots. Different shapes and sizes help with motor development, coordination, and balance. They also love carrying around small toys and throwing their favorite foot toys.

balsa foot toys for birds
balsa foot toys for birds

Puzzle Toys:

Puzzle toys are amazing. They are made from durable plastic and come in different sizes and puzzles. The purpose of these toys is to make your parrot solve the puzzle. Puzzle toys stimulate the brain and help develop skills. It can be opening little drawers, turning, or pulling. Or they will surprise you and find a completely new way to solve the problem.

Noise Maker Toys:

Stainless-steel toys or talking, animated, pet toys are annoying and loud but parrots love the interaction. It is great to keep them engaged when you're not there. They love making loud noises and banging toys around; stainless steel is perfect for this.

stainless steel parrot toy
stainless steel bird toy

Exercising Toys: 

Exercising toys are toys that make your parrot move around in different ways making them work different muscles. In nature, everything isn't straight, so having bungees, cargo nets, and swings is a great way to make them exercise, gain muscles, and work on balance.
Birch bird swing
birch bird swing

Preening Toys:

Preening toys help feather plucking parrots to relax. They are usually made of non-pill fleece, leather strips, or other materials, and the parrot can preen, and chew on this toy. 

duck preening bird toy
duck preening bird toy

Leather Toys: 

Vegetable-dyed leather is a great material to use for parrots. It's great as a preening toy or just another texture. Thick veg-leather strips are great to chew on, make foot toys or add to any seagrass mats. 

Those are all the different types of parrot toys to help parrots be outside their natural environment. They are highly intelligent animals and with that, they need mental stimulation and lots of exercises. 

leather bird toys
Leather bird toy

My 5 most asked questions about bird toys are answered below:

1) Do parrot toys need to be colored? 

Will, my parrots chew pine wood, the purple, and red ones first. However, when I got this question, I decided to do more research. 

Parrots see more color than humans. Not only do parrots have three cones color receptors, the same as humans, but they have a fourth, an ultraviolet cone.

This extra UV cone in parrots is very important, and part of your parrot's life. For matting, females can see reflective patches on males' feathers which are unseen by humans. For foraging and food, the UV cones help them detect the bright waxy reflective food in the dense green forest. 

So yes, color is needed for mental stimulation.

However it is also true that many parrots will chew un-dyed woodblocks, and there might be other parrots who might only prefer certain colors.

With time you will find out what your parrots like and want. 

large block parrot toy
Large block bird toy

2) What if my parrot doesn't play with toys?

You play with it first. The best way is to get a small toy and play with yourself and show your parrot how much fun it is. 

That is the best way to get your parrot to become interested. Sooner or later he/she will have to check out what was so exciting to you. 

3) What toys should I start with?

The small wood toys, larger acrylic toys.
Small wood toys, to see if your parrot will chew wood. Some don't. If they chew the small wood too fast, go to the medium wood toys.

Larger acrylic toys because smaller toys can be more dangerous to parrots because they might easily break the plastic parts. 

4) My parrot is afraid of toys, what should I do?

Introduce the toy. If your parrot is comfortable with you and trusts you,  then if you're able to hold the toy, it means it's safe too.  

Place the toy outside its cage and let your parrot go to the toy.  Once your parrot is comfortable with the toy, you can place it inside its cage.

5) What is the best type of parrot toy? 

There are a few different types of parrot toys. All are important and have functions to keep your parrots happy and stimulated.

Foot toys, shreddable, wood toys, puzzle toys 

It's best to have different types of toys for your parrot to enjoy. It does take time to figure out the best toy for your parrot, but when you do, your parrot will appreciate it so much.

Always remember, new toys should be supervised when first given. 

pinewood bird toys
pinewood bird toy

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Author Monika Sangar 

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

DIY Parrot Wood Blocks [complete guide]

DIY Parrot Wood Blocks [complete guide]

pinewood bird blocks
Pinewood parrot toy
pinewood bird blocks

Have you ever wondered, how parrot wood blocks are made? 
or maybe you wish to learn to do them yourself. 

Here I will go step by step so one can appreciate the effort and love that goes into making and building pinewood bird toys.

Where to buy wood for your birdie block parts?

You need to buy untreated pine wood from your local lumber yard. Pinewood is a soft white wood that Home Depot, and Lowes carries in different sizes. Most parrots love this wood because they can easily chew it into toothpicks. 

Before you head towards the lumber yard, bring gloves and a pocket knife. Gloves to prevent splinters. Knife to open new bundles of lumber.

There are a few different sizes. 
1 by 2
2 by 2
1 by 3 

If you need something larger, you can go for the 2 by 3 and 2 by 4. Those are usually Fir, which is still safe, but harder. Great for Macaws, Cockatoos. 

When purchasing lumber you want straight pieces with minimal knots. I know knots make it look cool, but for our purpose, no knots. 

You always want to look at the color of the wood. Make sure there's no discoloration, which can be a sign of mold. If you're unsure, leave it, and find another piece. 

Your lumber pieces shouldn't have any sap, or stickiness. If it does, it's no good.

For perfect pieces of parrot wood blocks, make sure your lumber has all corners, throughout the whole length. Yes, I spend a good time at the lumber yard, inspecting every piece of lumber I buy.

pinewood bird toy
Pinewood parrot toy

What do you do with all this lumber?

Now it's time to cut your lumber into Bird wood blocks.

You can cut them into any thickness, any length, any width. 
Sometimes your cuts will depend on your toy designs but most times it will depend on your parrots. 

Most parrots like nothing thicker than 3/4 inch. 

Small parrots will like thinner pieces, up to 1/8th of an inch. 

You might want a 1-inch or greater thickness if you have a wood chopper.

Cutting wood blocks for birds
cutting wood blocks for birds

Next, drilling holes

Mostly 3/8th inch hole is good enough for wood pieces. For larger wood blocks, larger hole will be needed for the larger chain or thicker rope

drilling wood blocks for birds
drilling wood blocks for birds

Coloring wood

Now the real fun begins when you start dyeing parrot wood blocks with different colors. We dye ours outside, with lots of room. 

Use food coloring: Wilton, Americolor, or any other human grade-food color.  You will also need 70% isopropyl alcohol.

large block parrot toy
large block parrot toy

Side note: Alcohol will not be consumed by the parrot. During the drying stage, the alcohol will evaporate. I use alcohol because I find it easier to use, and it disinfects the blocks.

Mix 1:15 ratio of color: alcohol. With gels, you might need to work it a bit more. The ratio can be changed on personal preference. But 1:15 is a good place to start.

Place your color in a bucket and then submerge your wood blocks, take them out and dry on wire or newspaper. I use the same dye for all my wood, vine items, and paper cups. 

After you're done selecting, cutting, drilling, and dying your wood parts, you can start making wood bird toys. 

colored wood bird blocks
colored wood parrot blocks

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Author Monika Sangar 

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

The day my wish came true

I saw her, Tina, picture and thought to myself, She is beautiful, I wish he will give her to me. I couldn't pay the rehoming fee.

The person interested in her, contacted me for my help. I helped her get into contact with the owner, and to come down on the rehoming fees. She took her in and was ready to give her a new life. 

Luck will have it that after a day or so, she called me asking me to take her In.

My wish that day came true. I wished for her to come to me, and they did. I couldn’t pay the rehoming fee, so the universe played its game.

Tina Passed away April 19, 2018

Bhodi's Story

Bhodi is an Indian ringneck who we rescued along with his two brothers. 

Bhodi camouflage
Bhodi camouflage 

All three of them have splayed legs. A condition where legs are deformed due to improper care during the first few weeks of being born. Prince, whose both legs were splayed, didn't make it and passed away two days after rescuing him. Bhodi and Lotus are still living with us in our sanctuary. 

Mr. Bhodi's leg was pretty badly bent. But he manages very well and uses both his legs. Of course, his good leg is used more. Lotus has a curved spine and one splayed leg. 

Mr. Bhodi broke his leg and we took him to the vet. Everything went fine and he healed. A few years later Bhodi had a scrape on his leg. Since he has splayed legs I assumed he caught his leg somewhere or another bite him. I applied healx. 

Birds heal fast. I mean fast. But after three days he was still attacking his leg. This is not normal because the pain should have subsided by now and he should be healing but instead bleeding. 

sweetest bhodi
Sweetest Bhodi

I took him to see Dr. Nemetz. He took many X-rays.

My previous vet left the pin in his leg three years ago when Bhodi fractured his leg. Dr. Nemetz told me around 5 different mistakes, Dr. Brat made with Bhodi's fracture. Bhodi body is rejecting the rod and causing self-mutilating because of the pain. 

The 5 mistakes:

The pin was not required, a tape splint could have worked.
The pin was the wrong size
The pin was inserted the wrong way. 
The pin was completed inside, without leaving room to take it out. 
The pin was inserted from the wrong side of the leg. 

Dr. Nemetz tried several techniques to take out the pin but was unsuccessful. 

The next step was amputation. Dr. Nemetz did try to save the leg and he collaborated with his colleagues, but the best plan was to amputate.

Bhodi's surgery went well and he's adjusting. However, he is continuing to self-mutilating and maybe fantom pain since all his medical tests are clean.


Quinoa Salad Recipe [ Bird recipe]

Quinoa Salad Recipe

A great way for cooking something healthy and nutrient-rich for all types of birds. 

Quinoa is a great source of protein and contains all 9 amino acids and antioxidant benefits. Quinoa is high in fiber and contains many minerals. 

Sweet potato has high amounts of beta-carotene which converts into vitamin A once digested. 

Greens provide detox, anti-inflammatory, heart health, and much much more. Greens provided a great punch of nutrients with hardly any calories. 

Chia seeds are heart-healthy, bone health, and inflammatory healthy.

Flax seeds high healthy fat source that provides omega 3 and fights against cancer and heart disease. 

Lemon Juice provides a nice dash of Vitamin C 

  1. Cooked Quinoa
  1. Cooked sweet potato
  1. Your greens: In a food processor chop your greens: kale, dandelion greens, cilantro...etc
  1. Seeds: chia, flax, bee pollen, etc
  1. Tsp of Lemon or Orange Juice.
  1. Red Chill Flakes
  1. Mix everything together
PS: vary the greens and add fruits etc.

For the human version:
  1. Add salt.
  1. Add more lemon juice
  1. Don't add the chill flakes

This is a great recipe to add flowers and/other herbs that your parrot might need. You can also add Avicalm.


Author Monika Sangar 

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)


Most parrots love to bathe, which softens dirt on the feathers and skin and encourages preening.
If you bathe your parrot regularly, you will notice that their feathers will begin to waterproof, become shine, due to preening.
Bathing is important for parrots,  skin can become dry and itchy leading to plucking, if not bath often enough.
It’s also important that any pollutants be removed from the bird’s feathers so that it doesn’t ingest any toxic stuff while preening. During the summer you can bathe and soak your parrots down to the skin 3 times a week. During winter you want to have a warm place for them to dry off.
Spray bottles, a bowl, shower are all great ways to shower them.
Don’t use any soap or bathing products.


Author Monika Sangar 

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

Beak Trimming

Normally, daily activities like chewing, foraging, rubbing the beak are enough to keep a beak trimming. Natural wood perches, and cuttlebones, given your parrot tree branches to chew on, is a great way to keep them busy and their beaks trimmed.

Sometimes the beak does overgrow, because will it grows, just like our nails.

A dremel is what I use to trim the beaks, it's easy and I go slow, taking my time not to hurt him or myself. 1) remember to keep the dermal moving and avoid overheating. 2) take many breaks and check my progress, to make sure you are not overdoing it.

If you go to0 far, you can cause pain because the beak does have nerve endings. Uncontrollable bleed could also occur. So always follow the natural beak line. It's better to do less than to do too much.

Our suggestion:

Watch your vet first before doing it at home so you have a better understanding. 

If the beak grows too fast or abnormally, it can be a medical issue like liver disease. A CBC (blood test) is needed for any diagnose of medical issues. 


Author Monika Sangar 

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

Easy Carrot Quinoa Pudding [birdie healthy recipe]

Easy Carrot Quinoa pudding [birdie healthy recipe]

Need more ideas for parrot recipes, wondering what to do with extra parrot chop which isn't enough for the whole flock. 

I love making up recipes which include me using Chop, healthy ingredients, and of course orange veggies. 

Carrot quinoa pudding can be made with sweet potatoes or another orange squash. I used carrots because my guys get plenty of sweet potatoes, and I wanted something different. 

This recipe has a lot of natural antibiotic foods: cinnamon, lemon zest, and lemon juice.


1) 1 cup of mashed carrots (steam about two to three cups of carrots, mash)
2) 1/2 cup cook quinoa
3) Added 1/2 cup nuts, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp lemon zest, and a Flax egg to a bowl
Mix all the ingredients together

Bake for 25 minutes at 350

Remember you can add berries, flaxseed meals, to change the flavor and add different nutrients. 

*flax egg: To make a flax egg, mix one tablespoon ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water. Mix together, and let sit until thick.

More Recipes: 

Birdie Sweet potato cookies 

Birdie Quinoa Salad recipe


Author Monika Sangar 

PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926)

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