Here's a little green for St. Patrick's Day.
The Red-crowned Parrots that gather by the hundreds in the Rio Grande Valley are believed to be a wild population that's globally endangered due to habitat loss. Here's more: bit.ly/RedCrownedParrots
Say hello to ganja one of three indoor ducks that I hatched two years ago, they are my little ground parrots ^^ i bring ganja into town from time to time to help with my agoraphobia since norman can't. ... See MoreSee Less
I believe some people from OBF were interested in this event. We just discovered that it has been moved to the middle of the state. Of course, I am interested in why the exhibit hall was condemned. Looking that up now. ... See MoreSee Less
***April 7th and 8th, 10:00-5:00 Saturday, 10:00-4:00 Sunday***
Due to the Washington County Fairgrounds main exhibit hall being condemend, #PACNWRS Oregon shows will be moved to the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, OR. Please stay tuned fro regular updates to come. This is an exciting move for us, despite the hectic nature of the need for it. Please help start spreading the news and lets make this a great first year in the new venue!
Linn County Expo Center
3700 Knox Butte Rd. E
Albany, OR 97322
The PACNWRS Team
If you can, you should take a picture doing this with your bird and share it :> his head is supposed to be in the heart but my sister was taking the picture and he doesn't like her. ... See MoreSee Less
Kitsap Humane Society helps reunite lost and found animals with their owners.We strongly urge pet owners to microchip, license and ID tag their pets, and to keep their pet registration and contact information current. Up to date identification is the best way to ensure your pet is reunited with you....
I figured id show these both off, they are just too funny. Norman likes to song popeye the salor man when he wants attention. Later that day i went downstairs and heard him throwing something similar to a tantrum...hes so funny. ... See MoreSee Less
Casually looking for a really pretty male budgie. I have the traditional green and blue, white, blue and white, and yellow and would like one with really pretty striking unusual colors. Just in case anybody out there is Raising budgies ... See MoreSee Less
Very Excited to have Karl Anderson - The Oregon Bird Man added to our list for entertainment at this year's Northwest Animal & Nature Festival! He will be FREE on the Education and Entertainment Stage. #NWANFest #GildedFeatherFoundation #OBF #OlympicBirdFanciers #DiscoverBurien #burien ... See MoreSee Less
Good news for Eclectus lovers! Dues-paying OBF members automatically get 10% off and can save an additional 5-10% by ordering online, picking up in-store, and using Frequent Flyer Rewards. Come and get 'em. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
ECLECTUS LOVERS REJOICE! Our regular everyday price on Volkman Avian Science Super Eclectus Food is now the lowest available anywhere (compare online and see for yourself - comparison prices include shipping).
4lb bags now only $13.29. Save an additional 5-10% by ordering online and using your Frequent Flyer Rewards!
When Norman gets frustrated he will start talking, this is one way i have been able to read him. If hes talking hes probably either over stimulated, or grumpy. The reason I have him grounded here is because its getting close to that time of the year where male parrots get extra sensitive, breeding season. On top of that hes gotten into the habit of inviting himself into my shoulder, instead of asking and having me do it, both those things can spell disaster so I try to keep my authority, we had our relaxed time, but until sometime near july we'll be taking lessons in manners.
What people dont show with their large birds is that even experienced owners still get bit from time to time. While Norman and I are somewhat bonded, he still bites, and has bit me several times recently. I take these bites and use them as lessons, I do not resent him for it, its all part of the learning process. . ... See MoreSee Less
Live-streaming from Key West, Florida from Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden. Nancy and Steve educate visitors on parrot care, adoption, training, and more. My first visit was this time last year. After Hurrican Irma last summer, I went searching for her, Steve, and the parrots to make sure all were ok. This past weekend, I went back down for another visit and to see Nancy, Steve, and the parrots for a second year. I plan on making this at least an annual trip. If you go to Key West, this is a must visit.
Good Evening Friends of ZuPreem,
First, let me start by saying that 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of my family’s founding of the ZuPreem® specialty nutrition brand. ZuPreem is part of the pet health and nutrition legacy started by my grandfather some 70 years ago that includes Prescription Diet®, Science Diet®, and the Morris Animal Foundation®. During these 5 decades, ZuPreem has been committed to building special bonds between parrot owners and their beloved birds.
My grandfather, Mark Morris Sr., DVM, and my father, Mark Morris Jr., DVM, PhD, were both veterinarians who loved animals and believed food plays a critical role in improving their health and well-being. I have continued with this belief and that mission as CEO of ZuPreem. And, I can assure you that each employee at our small, family-owned company, feels the exact same way.
That is why it’s been especially painful for me over recent weeks to hear the dedicated team at ZuPreem being called things on social media such as liars, uncaring, greedy, arrogant, rude, and dishonest, just to name a few. The truth is that if you were to visit us at our facility in Shawnee, Kansas, you would find our people to be nothing like they have been described on social media.
The people who work at ZuPreem, such as Gail and Jennifer, who make up our consumer communication team, act and believe nothing like the people being described on Facebook. Bird lovers, bird caregivers, nutrition fanatics, quality improvers, and food safety advocates would be much more accurate descriptions of the people who contribute every day at ZuPreem.
Now, after continued negative posts on social media, I can no longer stand by and allow a series of unsubstantiated accusations degrade the great people and products at ZuPreem.
My family and my company have loved and cared for pets for over 70 years. We know all too well how difficult it is to lose an animal. We have never put sales and profits ahead of the health and well-being of animals. Any suggestion to the contrary is completely misleading and inaccurate.
My grandfather and father taught me always to start any inquiry with facts. Given that, here are a set of facts to provide you with my perspective on ZuPreem and the batches of ZuPreem FruitBlend that are related to the unfortunate event in Michigan:
- Batches called into question: FruitBlend Large Pellets (code dates ending 2/28/19, 3/31/19).
- Both batches, over the course of the manufacturing process, were each cleared by 13 different food safety tests before ever leaving ZuPreem facilities (as a part of what I believe is the most rigorous food safety testing in the bird industry).
- Michigan State University tested pellets from these batches for a series of toxins, and no toxins were found. ZuPreem pellets were not implicated in any way in these findings.
- Pellets from these batches also were not implicated in the findings of the histopathologic (microscopic) analysis of the necropsied bird.
- These same two batches of FruitBlend contained 350,000 pounds of large pellets which equals approximately 1.8 million food servings or meals for birds.
- Pellets from these batches have been fed around the world by professionals in zoos, bird sanctuaries, retail stores, breeding facilities, and in other rescues without any health-related inquiries submitted to ZuPreem.
- Pellets from these batches have been fed by tens of thousands of individual bird owners around the world with only very few health-related inquiries submitted to ZuPreem.
- Thus, the evidence submitted to ZuPreem from customers around the world does not suggest, in my view, and the views of experts we’ve consulted, that these batches have any health-related issues.
At different times throughout this inquiry, we have proactively reached out to scientists who are trying to solve this case including: Birds and Beak’s veterinarian, Michigan State University, Michigan Department of Agriculture, and the FDA, offering our assistance in helping them get to the bottom of this incident. We will continue to do so going forward, as we always remain open minded to the possibility of new information being discovered.
In closing, I would like to express my gratitude to all friends of ZuPreem who have continued to support us and purchase our products in the face of these unsubstantiated accusations. We are humbled to be able to serve you and your birds, and will do everything in our power to continue delivering high quality and safe food products for your pets.
The brilliant red, orange and yellow colours of parrot feathers are the product of psittacofulvins, which are synthetic pigments known only from parrots. Recent evidence suggests that some pigments in bird feathers function not just as colour generators, ...
WARNING: LANGUAGE SLIP UP! my best friend didnt know i was recording, so i apologise for her swearing, if i have to take this down i will.
Norman now refuses to be anywhere but my shoulder without complaint. Keep in mind this was once a bird deemed 'agressive' by everyone, including me. I never thought we would earn this kind of trust from each other! However i do keep very careful attention to his behavior while he is up there, as he does have a tendency to deliver a nasty nip, as most parrots do. But nevertheless I have grown to be able to read him as good as myself, i love this bird and am so glad he came into my life! ❤❤❤❤ ... See MoreSee Less
Very excited to announce one of our keynote speakers, from The Leather Elves, Robin Shewokis! More FREE speakers to be announced! #StayTuned #GildedFeatherFoundation #OBF #OlympicBirdFanciers #DiscoverBurien #Burien
Foraging activities provide enrichment for your bird. Hide Tropican granules and/or sticks in a corrugated cat scratcher. Keep them stimulated and make them work for their food!
For even more foraging activities visit: hari.ca/?s=foraging
#parrots #petbirds #tropican4ourbirds
Sometimes it feels like we’re going round and round in circles without actually getting anywhere.
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Need help rehoming a Green winged macaw and cockatoo. They belonged to a fiend who passed away. She had the two large birds and finches. I’m helping the family rehome the finches. I’m not familiar with how to go about the larger birds. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. They will come with cage and all supplies. Both are younger birds. The macaw was hand fed. We want to make sure they go to a good home. The birds are healthy, rehoming fee but not sure what ... See MoreSee Less
Wondering if anyone has any suggestions for macaw resistant hooks. We even bought the “bird proof” hooks and our Greenwing can unscrew them. I’m concerned she may fall during the night when she’s in her cage as her cage is one of the walk on aviary so it’s a 6.5 foot drop if she unscrews her sleeping hoop again TIA for any suggestions.. ... See MoreSee Less
On January 15th, Birds and Beaks Rescue and Rehab in Michigan posted an update on their Facebook page.
ZuPreem reiterates that all our products are safe to feed, including the batches fed in Michigan, as we stated on January 4th. We continue to feed our own precious birds ZuPreem food, including the Michigan batch, knowing they are getting highly nutritious and safe food.
Why are we so confident our food, including the Michigan batch, is safe to feed?
ZuPreem uses industry-best food safety and quality processes that ensure that when products leave our facilities, they are safe to feed. We have conducted numerous research studies to identify the critical points of food safety in our process and have strict protocols in place to manage these critical points to ensure we deliver the safe food you have come to expect from ZuPreem.
ZuPreem has not historically disclosed our food safety processes publicly, given they are highly technical and could easily be misunderstood or misrepresented by the public or by our competitors. However, given the nature of this situation and the massive spread of misinformation about ZuPreem products, as a result of the Michigan incident, we have decided to change our policy and disclose our quality management process with the hope that you, our customers, will remain confident in feeding ZuPreem foods to your birds.
ZuPreem utilizes a “hold, test, and confirm” food safety process to ensure our foods are safe for birds to eat. Every batch of ZuPreem pelleted avian diets, including the product fed in Michigan, must be declared safe during three separate food safety holding periods in our process, before it is approved for shipment to a customer. More specifically, our food safety process is conducted as follows:
1. Grains used to make flour are tested for specific toxins, including aflatoxins, before being milled. 2. The milled flour is then blended with other ingredients, including 18 essential vitamins and minerals. 3. This blend is then formed into the finished pellet shape and cooked to temperatures greater than 185 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure harmful bacteria are killed. 4. The finished batch of pellets is then air-dried to reduce moisture levels to prevent the growth of mold. 5. The batch is then put on the first hold and tested by two laboratories. 6. The first laboratory is an independent facility testing for specific harmful bacteria, including Salmonella. 7. The second laboratory is an internal facility testing levels of key nutrients and moisture levels. 8. Once all tests from the first hold come back safe, the batch is then held a second time 9. During the second hold, another independent laboratory tests levels of 18 different nutrients, including vitamins A and D. Many batches are tested more than once, as were the batches fed in Michigan. 10. Once all tests from the second hold come back safe, the batch is packaged and then held for the third time. 11. During this third hold, ZuPreem conducts environmental testing for harmful bacteria in the packaging equipment area, on the packaging equipment, on the food-handling equipment, and in the finished product warehouse. 12. Once tests from the third hold come back safe, the batch is declared safe, and products from the batch are made available for shipment to customers. 13. Representative samples of the thoroughly-tested batch are then retained at ZuPreem. 14. If credible information is presented that suggests a specific contaminant may be present in a batch of ZuPreem food at levels that could be harmful, we will then test our retained samples in search for that specific contaminant.
Additionally, each step of the manufacturing process occurs in a facility subject to periodic unannounced inspections by the Food and Drug Administration. The last inspection occurred in July 2017, a short time before packaging of the batches of concern in Michigan. ZuPreem passed that very thorough FDA inspection.
ZuPreem pelleted products only leave our facility and ship to pet stores if they pass each and every one of these tests. If a batch fails our strict pathogen testing or falls outside our nutritionally acceptable range, it never ever leaves our facility. These are very expensive testing protocols, but nothing is more important to us than the safety of our products and the health of your birds.
Our process has the support of independent food safety experts. One such expert is Dr. Edward Richter, PhD, President of Richter International (one of the independent ISO Accredited Laboratories used by ZuPreem) and recognized human food and pet food safety expert and process authority. Dr. Richter supports the Food Quality & Safety practices of ZuPreem. Here is what Dr. Richter has to say about ZuPreem food safety processes: “ZuPreem takes the necessary steps to validate their pet food products are free from bacterial contamination. ZuPreem pet food products are safe based on the results from analyses conducted by our laboratory.”
And while we do our utmost with food safety best practices and processes, we know that no process is perfect. When cases like the one in Michigan arise, we do not just dismiss them. Our protocol is to reach out to bird owners and dig as deeply as we can into each case to determine if our food contributed in any way to the issue. If we believe it did, we will state it publicly and work to fix our process to prevent it from happening again (as was the case with our self-reported calcium incident in 2012). If we believe our food was not a cause, we will also state it publicly (as is the case in the Michigan incident).
The unfortunate deaths in Michigan sadden all of us. Any reported bird death saddens us. That’s why we sought advice from one of the most world-renowned avian pathologists, Dr. Drury Reavill, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice), Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, to help us understand the role our food may have played in these very difficult cases.
This is what Dr. Reavill had to say about the case in Michigan, based on the public statements made by the Birds and Beaks Rescue and Rehab and on information gleaned from their Facebook videos describing the case: “I have been reading through the postings about this very tragic event. To have multiple parrots die within such a small period of time (30 minutes) must be devastating and frightening. As both a board-certified avian practitioner and pathologist focused only on exotic animals, I believe that the clinical presentation, the fact that multiple species (cockatoos, macaws, Amazons, and conure) were involved, and the lack of significant post-mortem lesions, makes a food-borne and/or water-borne toxin/nutrient imbalance very unlikely. As these birds of different species and ages all have different physiologies, toxin ingestion/nutrient imbalances would not have resulted in such an explosive loss of life over such a short time period.”
Please know that ZuPreem is doing everything possible to provide safe and nutritious food for your precious birds. Also know that we are confident that all our food is safe for you to continue to feed. And finally, know that if it’s not, we will publicly and proactively tell you that it’s not and what ZuPreem will be doing to resolve the issue.
Thank you so much for your faith in us and your continued support.
ZuPreem P.S. Keep a watch out for two more Facebook posts from ZuPreem, including a message from our president and owner, David R. Morris, who will share more about ZuPreem’s animal health heritage ... See MoreSee Less
Poultry Vendors Wanted!
Feather Palooza is a free public event April 14th and 15th at Fort Worden, Port Townsend and includes "all things feathered." Scheduled presenters include the WSU, USDA, WSDA, CHS, Scratch and Peck Feeds, and many regional experts on topics like predator control, biosecurity, and sustainable chicken farming techniques.
Vendors that have "feathered related" products are welcome ($25 for non-farmers, $20 for farmers). Whether you're selling eggs, chicks, hand made egg aprons, or chicken door openers, if it's feather related you are welcome to be there.
You can apply online here: www.featherpalooza.com/vendor/
Looking for a Bremerton WA area home for 2 budgies. These guys are have a history and just want to be left alone to be buddies. They would come with a cage. If you're interested let me know and I'll put you in contact with the owner. ... See MoreSee Less
I am a single lady with six various parrots and a bunch of farm animals. I need someone to leave my parrots to if I die or can no longer care for them. I know there are rescues, but I cannot trust my children or neighbors to get them to the rescue. What do people in my situation do? ... See MoreSee Less
Hi friends! We are now accepting application for vendors and sponsors! We have an early bird price and we also have a special price for non-profit organizations! Please share our event with organizations. clubs, businesses etc that you would like to see at our outdoor event Saturday July 28th!
A Brisbane family was devastated when their pet Galah went missing last month.
But Harri the parrot has been found aboard a cruise ship to New Zealand.
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Did you know that magpie’s can talk, much like a parrot?!
🎥: @alaskazoo via IG
George, the talking magpie, was super happy to sit with her friend Heather, our Volunteer Coordinator, this weekend! She was so chatty!
For 40 years, Dave Malone has been flying pigeons from his rooftop in Brooklyn. In this short film by Andrew Leibman, join him on the roof as he explains why his passion for pigeons is stronger than ever. The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around t...
Norman got caught where he shouldnt be and so I had to lure him back down, it failed. Eventually I got him to kindly step up on his stick, but still with slight attitude afterwards. Hes such a crack up. ... See MoreSee Less
The man in the video saved the life of the condor who fell from the nest as a young chick. The man took care of the bird until he was able to return and live in the wild- but apparently the bird hasn't forgotten his Good Samaritan- and he flies back and visits him every now and then 🙂
While we often consider our homes as sanctuaries places of peace and safety we may actually be living in danger zones filled with toxic airborne chemicals. Many of the building materials and housekeeping substances we use in our homes are air pollutants, capable of causing acute and long-term damage...
Our sister club is having their bird sale! The Columbia Canary Clubs February Bird Sale. If your in Oregon or southern Washington. There will be Canaries, Finches, small hook-bills. Maybe some bird supplies. Sunday February 11th 10am-3pm Milwaukie Grange 12015 SE 22nd, Milwaukie, OR 97222 ... See MoreSee Less
I have a blue front amazon that is very old. I have only had her two years and do not have any background knowledge. She has an open band that looks to show that she was quarantined through California. My research says at that point to call USDA, but how? Does anyone have the phone number to call, or do I just start calling around and take a day off work? ... See MoreSee Less
- Because it's "National Get To Know Your Customers Day" - we want to hear all about your pets and why they love Greywood Manor products. Entries MUST be in by Friday January 19th. Over the weekend we will choose a random name and the winner will receive a Greywood Manor Provisions gift assortment, focused on your pet(s). Don't forget to include photos!! #GoodLuck #LetThemDrinkTea #GreywoodManorProvisions #GreywoodManor #Pets
Introducing Caihong juji, a tiny, Jurassic-era dinosaur that lived 161 million years ago in what is now China. The feathered theropod featured an iridescent, rainbow colored ring of feathers around its neck, which scientists believe it used to attract mates.
This is Norman our 32 year old Yellow Naped rescued Amazon parrot. Hes a bit of an old fart, but has every right to be. He talks really well but he is not the most cuddly, we love him anyways. We don't have high hopes to change his mind about humans, but that doesn't keep us from letting him get his out time.