November 12, 2019

DIY Emergency Birdie Collar [Parrot Health]

DIY Emergency Birdie Collar  [bird health]

Birdie collar

An emergency is usually the case when we need to find something, or know something, and we are usually panicking while franticly trying to find answers on google.

Living in a Sanctuary and I must say I have done this many times. One of the things that could have helped, which I didn't know exist, was how to make an emergency birdie collar. 

If your parrot suddenly gets hurt and you need them to stop picking at the wound OR your parrot mutilates. Your vet isn't close or even better it's the weekend and they are closed. An emergency birdie collar will help the wound to start healing and not get worst until you can get your bird to the vet. Or your parrot picked and broke off his/her collar and you are waiting for a replacement. A lot of damage could be done in a few days and all the months of hard work of healing can be undone. 

Let's face it, these emergency birdie collars aren't going to last long with though beaks and you might need to make more than one depending on your situation. 

But I love DIY information which could be valuable and handy to know how to use it or make it in an emergency because it will save a life. 

Emergency Birdie Collar Instructions:

Step One: 

First of all, find a plastic lid. 
You will also need scissors and painter tape or any other paper or Linen tape.

DIY Birdie collar

Step Two: 

You can cut off the excess rip on the lid.

You need to cut a small circle (for the parrot's neck) as the picture below. You can make the hole larger than you need it because you will be able to adjust. 

Starting from one edge, cut a straight line to the center. Then cut a circle in the center on the lid. 

DIY Parrot Collar

Step Three: 

Using your tape, tape the whole collar, top all the way to the bottom. Making sure no sticky edges of the tape are revealed. Leave one corner of the lid untaped. This is where you can adjust your collar neck size. 

Birdie collar diy for emergency

Step Four:

Now you can use the emergency birdie collar. You can adjust the neck size to your parrot neck and then tape to secure where you need it to be. Make sure it not too tight, but tight enough so they don't escape.

(the clip is there just to show, don't use a clip with your parrot. Use tape to secure) 

diy parrot collar

As you can see, it won't take long to make an emergency birdie collar. This will buy you time to get to the vet or buy a more durable collar.

Emergency Birdie Collar By Juli Ann Sands. 

For Fleece, collars contact Juli Ann Sands. She will help with any issues and has many different designs depending on the individual situation.

November 01, 2019

DIY healthy seed mix [bird food]

DIY Healthy Seed Mix [Bird Food]

Healthy herb bird seed mix
Organic herb seed mix for parrots

One very easy thing to do is make your own parrot seed mix with healthy seeds.  You can mix it with different ingredients like herbs or keep it just plain. 

At the sanctuary, we started making our own mix because in-store seeds had added vitamins or colored pellets. Since we mostly take care of  Eclectus parrots we needed something without vitamins, colored pellets, corn, sugar, preserves, and oils. Instead of all these bad ingredients found in Parrot mixes, I can substitute them with healthy parrot-safe and more nutrtious seeds. 

As always, seed mixes should only be part of a fresh food diet. Everything should be in balance and take everything in moderation. A 100 % birdseed diet causes fatty liver disease and other complications. 

All our birds, no matter if they are Eclectus are not, are given our special, homemade parrot seed mix. There are many other ingredients that can be added, but I don't want to overwhelm you with a huge list. I added the most important, most accessible ingredients to DIY Healthy bird Seed Mix. 

Healthy parrot seed mix
Healthy parrot seed mix

The great thing about this DIY Healthy Parrot Seed Mix is that you can add anything you want, however much you want, and leave out anything you don't want to use or can't find. I tried to give more ingredients than you will need in a single batch, so there's room for variety. 

Flax: (Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber) 
Hemp: (Omega 9 fatty acids, Fibers, Vitamins, and Minerals)
Chia: (antioxidant, omega 3 fatty acids, fibers, vitamins, and minerals)
Fennel: (for healthy digestion)
Sesame: (Lowers cholesterol, fiber) 
Sunflower: (Vitamin B complex which is essential for the nervous system, protein, minerals)
Caraway: (improves digestion, natural probiotic, stimulates healthy appetite) 
Pine Nut: (reduces heart issues, minerals)
Safflower: (prevents heart issues)
Pumpkin seeds: (antioxidant, improves heart, prostate, and bladder issues, reduces cancer)
Milk Thistle: (cures liver disease)
Millet: (improves digestion, kidney and liver function)
Cantaloupe seeds: (high in fiber, antioxidants, protein and vitamins)
Canary: (lowers blood pressure, antioxidants, reduces inflammation, lowers obesity and glucose)

Star Anise: (helps with digestion)
Cumin: (antioxidant, digestion, anticancer properties, helps blood glucose levels, inflammatory and high cholesterol)
Cardamon Pods: (antioxidant, lower blood pressure, cancer-fighting, anti-inflammatory, digestion)
Black Peppercorn:(anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antioxidant)
Coriander: (antioxidant, digestive, heart, brain, and skin health)
Chills: (vitamin A, Digestive, and heart-healthy, relieves joint pain)
Ceylon Cinnamon: (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant)

Chamomile: (Calming)
Lavender: (calming)
Rose Hip powder
Red Raspberry Leaf: (aids in hormone imbalance)
Red Clover Leaf


Coconut Flakes
Juniper Berries
Bee Pollen
Goji Berries
Oat Goats
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