May 24, 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.






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May 16, 2018

Spicy Apple, sweet potato parrot cookies

Our parrots love to put their food in their water bowl. For that, they need something hard, healthy, and nutritious, which isn't easy to come by.

Most pet stores don't cater to parrots. There are no parrot cookies or biscuits unless you make them yourself or order them from Canada. 

Since I bake, I thought It shouldn't be hard to make healthy parrot cookies. Just omit all the bad and add healthy stuff.

Flour, I use organic whole wheat. I love adding carrots or sweet potatoes to their dishes so I know they are getting their vitamin A.

My recipe below is simple as possible. My parrots love dumping their cookies in the water and then eating the soup. I hope your parrots and or other pets love my recipe. 

Note: Parrots can handle spice. If your pet cannot, please leave them out. 




Angel like to dip his spicy apple, sweet potato cookie in his water.

Ingredients: 
3 cup whole wheat flour or 1 cup rice flour, 1 cup chickpea flour, 1cup wheat flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp red chili flakes
1 apple, cored, peeled and food processed into apple sauce
1 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4-1/2 cup water (note: the apples add moisture, so only add extra water if necessary)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a cookie sheet.
Core and grate apples; peel (I used a food processor).
Stream or cook sweet potato then used a food processor to make mash
In one bowl, mix the flour, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and mix in the oil, and grated apples and sweet potato. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl and mix completely. Use water if needed to form a dough.
Carefully roll ‘dough’ out and cut out the desired shape with a small cookie cutter.
Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until apple juices are soaked and biscuits are firm.
After biscuits cool, feel free to share with parrots and or other animals.

Marty's Story

We received a call on October 31, 2013, about a scarlet macaw a breeder was wanting to sell. I canceled all plans and went to go pick him up.


Upon coming home and doing a little probing, we found masses of fat on the tummy and both legs. He was in a little cage with no perch and has only 2 toes (claws because they’ve never been filed). He got sores on the bottom of his feet, so time for a new soft rope perch.
Mom always says people who do this to animals should never wonder why bad things happen in their lives. We are the masters of our own lives, we create our karma. Keeping parrots in garages, sheds, feeding them sunflower seeds, in cages too small for their bodies that they can’t sit up. How is this legal?

He will now go on 4 weeks of aloe detox, 4 weeks of milk thistle, ACV water, wing-flapping exercises, fresh food, toys, and yes lots of hugs.


November 15, 2013.  Somebody lost weight…his tummy is turning normal!
Wrestling to get medicine in his mouth is working.
Scarlet lost over one pound, started getting some feathers back by 2014.



After that, we decided to give him a new home. With lots of searching, and making sure we are getting the right home, Scarlet found a wonderful person who loved him from the beginning. She sends us updated information on him and gives him lots of love.

There is a recent picture of our scarlet who was once locked in a small cage, is now free as can be.

Bodhi, Lotus, Prince

Bodhi, Lotus, and Prince were rescued, in 2013, from a 
a breeder who didn’t want parrots with splayed legs. 




We at Prego Dalliance Sanctuary, hand-fed the munchkins, tried to fix the legs, and provided care and attention. Everyone pitched in, even Kismet.






Prince didn’t make it and passed away the second day.


Bodhi and Lotus are doing very well, a bit on the chatty side. They both pick up new words, can talk a storm up. Right now they are learning the song “you are my sunshine.”


They love eating their fruits and veggies.




They especially love pomegranates




Sometimes there is sibling rivalry





However, even today, they sleep together, fly together and sit where they are not supposed to, together.



Liver Issues [ parrot health]


Liver Issues [bird health]




1) Milk thistle seeds


You can buy them at any health food market, or online.
Just put them in their bowls and let them eat them whole.


2) Aloe Detox (green bottle)

lily of the valley (brand)

The first week dilute 50 % with water or any other liquid.
Give about 1ml twice a day (for medium size parrot)
Can give more if wanted by syringe

After the first week dilute: 25 %
give about 1 ml twice a day


Marty, Scarlet Macaw, came to us, weighing 3. 6 pounds. That's one pound over weight and he had fat deposits all over his body.

We put him on aloe detox. Followed the instructions above for one month and healthy diet (few seeds: lots of fruits and veggies, chop) and exercise. 

Marty lost one pound of weight, fat deposits, significantly.

After one month, we stopped the aloe detox and kept up with the healthy food and exercise. He continued to do well therefore didn't do another round of aloe detox.

Charlie, red-lored amazon, have overweight and with fatty liver disease. After a diet change and aloe detox, Charlie lost weight, got rid of his fatty liver disease, and now learning to use his wings to fly.






Birdie Sweet potato cookies [healthy recipe]

Birdie Sweet Potato Cookies [healthy recipe]

This recipe is great for any pet including parrots. It's an easy recipe with not so many steps. 

Baking for your pet gives us great joy. Most of us sometimes are unsure what pet food or treat is safe, without allergens, or preservatives. By baking ourselves, we can eliminate or add ingredients according to your pet's life. 

If you need to eliminate flour, feel free to. I know animals have allergies to certain grains. Most cookies are made with whole wheat flour. But you can substitute coconut, rice, gram, or any other flour which might be better for you. Just google the substituting ratios as some flours are denser than others. 

For eliminating eggs. My favorite and only one which I would recommend is flaxseed meal. 



This pet recipe includes sweet potatoes which can be brought fresh, then peeled, cooked, and mashed. To save some time, you can also purchase canned carrot, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin mash) 

Vitamin A deficiency is very common in parrots which causes bacteria infections and other illnesses. Therefore providing them with sweet potatoes is a great way to battle this deficiency. 

Sweet Potatoes Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2cup mash sweet potato (you can also use canned carrot, sweet potatoes or pumpkin) * see note below
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 cups flour. (Whole wheat, coconut, chickpea, etc)
  • 2 tablespoon of flax meal
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

 Directions:

1. Mix all the ingredients into a thick batter.
2. Roll out batter into a 1/2 inch thick. Cut using cookies cutters or freehand
3. Bake at 350 f for 20 minutes.

* you can make your own sweet potato mash by chopping and steaming the sweet potato then mash them. Or you can buy already prepared mash sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and or carrots.



Feather plucking

Feather Plucking [bird health]


Most of you won't like this but the one main reason why parrots pluck is that we decided to domestic an exotic animal and take them out of its natural environment. Feather plucking can be anywhere from over preening to self mutilates. The different degrees depending on the parrot itself and why it's plucking. The list of why a parrot can start plucking and continues to grow as we learn more. 

But the main reasons:
Pain
Medical
Emotional stress
Bordom
Hormones
Malnutrition
Lack of natural light or fresh air/water


The first thing to do is to get CBC and X-rays to make sure there are no medical reasons for plucking. Anything from clogged in the crop, any type of pain, and or cancer. When treatable plucking isn’t taken care of in time, it can become a habit.


LOTUS BROKE HIS TAIL BONE AND STARTED PLUCKING AS A RESULT. (PAIN) HE IS GETTING TREATMENTS AND HAS STOPPED PLUCKING FOR NOW.
After that is all guessing and testing. My friend's cockatoo was mutilating and she later figured out all she wanted was a friend, in the shape of a conure. After that, she stopped. 
Sometimes it's as easy as taking away a nest box when there is no male present.
Most times, you won't know what the problem was and your parrot may never stop plucking.

PEPPER ADOPTED 5 YEARS AGO, I DON’T KNOW WHY HE PLUCKS, BUT HE IS HEALTHY ALL MEDICAL TESTS DONE.
Something as moving into a new home can trigger a stress response to pluck. Also, artificial color and preservatives in pellets can cause plucking. Hormonal pluckers usually pluck in spring or fall and let the feathers grow for the rest of the year.
ALEEN, HORMONAL PLUCKER. PLUCKS ONLY IN SPRING, AND THEN LETS HER BEAUTIFUL PURPLE FEATHERS OUT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.
No matter if your parrot plucks or not, they have an amazing personality that is much larger than their physical appearance.








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.



Showering




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.





May 15, 2018

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. 


May 14, 2018

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.
 



Directions:

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





Parrot diet [ balance is key]



bird eating walnut


The number one question we get is about parrot food. We know there’s too much opposing information about everything online and sometimes it's too hard to know what is the truth. So hopefully our experience can help with simplifying bird food. 

First of all: avoid avocado, tomato, salty food, junk food, chocolate.


Next: All we can do is give you our opinion, reasons for why we do what we do. At the end of the day, it’s your decision.


We provide everything to our birds because we believe everything in moderation balances the diet. We provide:


Fruits, veggies, and greens
Grains
Seed mix
Nuts

Pellets (more on this below) 


What we have learned:


1) Just seed diet is bad ( this means people who ONLY give seeds, nothing else) I do use seeds. Not every day, and not only seed diet.


2) Colored pellet have artificial colors which are linked to behavior and health issue. 

3) non-color pellet in moderation 


**Read the ingredients carefully  (not all pellets are great)

**Read the instructions carefully 

4) Fresh fruits, veggies, and greens every day... make chop, steam veggies, make a fruit salad. There are many ways to include them. Add sprouts and nuts to them to make it into a complete nutrition meal.


5) Avoid dry fruit... it’s just sugar, it’s bad for humans and pets. Just eat fresh fruits.


This works most days for us.


Might not work for you, which is fine. Some birds are so picky they will not eat fresh food so few use birdie bread as a way to included veggies into their bird diet. 

Medical issues need to be considered before changing the diet. If your bird is on a specific diet because of medical needs, that must be followed. 

Guava snacks for everyone 

Birdie Bread Recipe [parrot recipe]

Birdie Bread


Ingredients: 

2 sweet potato, cooked, mashed
1 carrot
bunch of dandelion green
bunch of fresh cilantro
1 apple, chopped plus water
1/4 cup flax meal
3 tbls flax seeds
2 tbls chia seeds
2 Tbls Sesame seeds
1/4 cup almonds
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup to 1 cup rice flour
2 TBLS chill flakes


Directions:

1) In a food processor add your chopped apple and pulse, adding water to make apple sauce.

2) then add carrots, dandelion greens, cilantro, to the food processor and grind well.

3) add almonds to the food processor and grind roughly.

4) In a bowl, add all your ingredients together, from food processor, sweet potato, seeds, flax meal, egg, chill flakes, and rice flour.

5) mix well until a slightly wet dough forms.

6) put the dough into your pan, spread so it's about 3/4 inch thick.
Oven 350 F for 20 minutes.

Cook until the dough leaves the edge of the pan and the edge is slightly brown.
cut into squares and serve.



Parrot eating



Simple Chop Recipe [parrot chop recipe]

Simple Chop Recipe

Are you looking for a simple chop recipe where you can get the basics? Look no further, here is my basic chop recipe for all your parrots. 


Chop is simple. It’s grains, veggies and greens, and your seasoning,  chopped up to make chop. 

Grains: quinoa, buckwheat, rice, farro, barley, millet, cooked beans

Greens: kale, spinach, swiss chard, dandelion greens, mustard greens, cilantro 

Veggies: most vegetables in general. No avocado or tomatoes. 

Fruit: Fresh fruits and Berries. 
                

Seasonings: flax seeds, rapeseeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, nuts, herbs, and spices.

Once chop is made, it can be stored in the freezer, in the fridge mine only last maximum of 3 days. 







Recipe:

1) Boil Water, 5 cups

2) Add brown rice, (any grain which takes 40 mins to cook, a good time to add your orange veggies)


3) Let it boil for 5 to 7 mins



4) Add other grains (any grain which takes 10 mins to cook: quinoa, faro, buckwheat, barley, pasta)



5) Bring to a boil then turn off the heat. Let it soak for 20 to 25 mins. Make sure the grains are covered the whole time.



6) Chop up all your greens, veggies and pulse in a food processor (vary your veggies to anything) Add any fresh veggies and fruit. Varying them will allow for different nutrients and different flavors.


7) Get the spices together. Chills, coriander powered, flax seeds, chia seeds ….. You can also add bee pollen, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, other herbs. Nuts.

8) Mix all together



Chop for parrots

Bella's Surgery [parrot health story]

Bella's Surgery


We have rescued over 50 parrots from horrific situations and we were balancing our costs well, until last year… Tragedy after tragedy hit us and the medical bills piled over $10,000 all at once.







Here is where my 3-year-old girl Bella comes in, my little monster. She is a feisty eclectus, who is the heart of our sanctuary. (She’s the one we take to dinner with us) She loves new humans (grows tired of us, I suppose) and loves destroying anything she can. She says Hi Bella and the sweetest ‘hello’ that will make your heart melt.







Bella is the only parrot that chose to come home with me. You cannot say she is rescued because she said demanded I take her home. What her highness demands, I provide, so I paid her ransom and brought her home. Cut to a few years later, Bella starting pulling her feathers out. We took her to the vet, he said heavy metal poisoning, put her on chelation for months! Didn’t work, so we had to have surgery with an avian specialist ($$$$) Now that her gizzard was clean we thought she would get better but she didn’t. Another 6 months passed, back on chelation. Another 4 months and the Doc said, let’s do barium series with digital x-rays ($$$) Barium series showed an abnormality in her gizzard and her intestines being pushed to one side of her body. Doc said most likely it’s egg yolk peritonitis inside her abdominal cavity but of course, we can’t be sure until he cuts her open with ‘exploratory surgery.







I’ve got the best avian vet in the world Dr. Nemetz, the only Doc I would ever let cut open my girls or boys. But he is a specialist and very costly. He put Bella on Lupron to see how the drug would make her feel (that way he knows when he goes into surgery he has to look at the ovary also) So next for Bella was ‘exploratory surgery to clean her stomach out, if that’s the issue or to remove the ovary if that is the issue. The cost of surgery was $5000. It was discovered that she had two ovaries, so one and a half were removed. Also, she had become egg bound and the egg broke inside of her causing lots of damage. She is doing well now after the surgery. We are still giving her meds for pain and inflammation. We hope one day she won't be in pain.





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