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Why Does the Caged Bird Scream?

Despite the fact that Stewie has been extra vocal in expressing his displeasure with me in the last week and I’ve only been moderately successful in tempering his bad mood, I wrote up some tips on what to do if your parrot screams a lot for the PetKnows blog. While we might not like that…

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Shhh, Don’t Tell Him Snap Peas are Vegetables

Stewie is eagerly eating his treat… a snap pea! (Shh, he doesn’t seem to realize that peas are veggies). So far, beside corn, these are the only fresh veggies he likes — and both are kinda high in sugar, more like fruit than veggies in terms of nutritional value — but I’ll take what I…

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Introducing the New Addition to the Flock

Haven’t had a chance to update the blog with the big news: I got a second bird! Mika is a two-year old white capped pionus — a total sweetheart of a parrot. She joined Stewie and me last weekend. Mika, the white capped pionus, reading a Washington Post story about the rising cost of vet…

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Cost of Keeping a Parrot

The ASPCA released its annual estimate of pet care costs, and according to them caring for a bird costs $270 in the first year and $200 each subsequent year … to which I respond a resounding “AS IF.” Maybe for this bird, but that doesn’t even come close to what I and other parrot owners…

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Choices: Hahns, Pionus or IRN

When it rains it pours! I’ve been thinking about getting a second parrot and all of a sudden I seem to have three choices available: the Hahn’s (mini) macaw from the animal shelter, a Pionus being rehomed through Craig’s List and today I got an email from Phoenix Landing telling me that there’s an Indian…

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Deciding Whether to Get a Second Bird

I’ve been considering getting a second bird. I’ll be honest and admit that it’s as much to keep Stewie company while I’m gone as much as wanting another one for myself (that’s not the best reason to get another bird, but obviously I’d love it and do whatever it took to keep him happy even…

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