Moving House with Birds
Parrot Toys and their Dangers
Moving the birds when you move house (UK) by Grant Donaldson.
When it comes to moving house, many bird keepers find themselves in a position where they leave the hobby to avoid the hassle of trying to shift a collection of birds, including the cages, aviaries etc that come along with them. There’s always the risk of losing valuable breeding birds due to the stress of moving them. Depending on moving dates it most often causes breeding seasons to be lost. Moving house is always an expensive exercise without the added expense of building new bird rooms and aviaries.
Beginners guide to genetics
Don’t think a parrot toy is safe just because it comes from a reputable catalogue or shop. There are hidden dangers in many toys.
A recent phone call from a friend described traumatic half hour he had just spent with a Patagonian conure. A minute cotton thread from a new toy tethered the unfortunate bird to its perch by its foot and was tightly wound around its wing and neck. Because the thread was so small and buried deep inside its neck feathers, the owner was terrified of strangling the conure. He eventually released the conure unharmed, but the bird was very stressed. If the owner had been out when this had happened, he would have returned to a strangled bird.
Genetics are something that is frequently over-looked by a lot of bird breeders. It is a very complicated subject and I don't pretend to be able to give you all the answers on one website. Hopefully I will be able to explain the basics which will encourage you to find out more. The majority of genetics I will speak about will be based on cockatiel mutations as this is what I am most familiar with.
It has taken me a number of years on and off and a lot of perseverance on behalf of a friend of mine Ray Grieg for me to understand the genetics involved in breeding mutation cockatiels. So don't worry if you don't get it first time