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The Travels of Tweak

May 11th, 2010

The Travels of Tweak

Tweak was hatched on 24/07/09 and has been DNA tested as female. I purchased her from Paula at AGPC as a hand reared baby so she was already very tame and friendly.

Seems as my main goal was to take Tweak out and about with my family Paula introduced Tweak to her harness at a very young age, this made getting the harness on her very easy and after a few tries of putting it on and taking it off successfully we ventured outside!

Tweak has many ways she likes to travel.

The good old fashioned way of flight:

By car:

By Pak-O-Bird –

And by Push chair:

By getting Tweak into a harness she now joins us on the school run, goes to the park, comes to the library and many more ‘exciting places’.

I hope you enjoy following Tweaks Travels.

Making Parrot Mash!

May 8th, 2010

Yesterday i spent the afternoon making up a big batch of parrot mash, which all of our pet and breeding greys all love to eat. Each time i do it i change it everytime so it is slightly different for them.

It always consists of the following soaked pulses –

I buy the soaked pulses mix from Junglegold.com and i soak them in boiling water for 12 hours or over night and then draining them that i have in one pan,

I then cook vegetables such at swede, sweet potato, carrots, cabbage, butternut squash,broccoli, cauiflower and anything else you want to add in, and i also add to that wholewheat pasta and wholemeal rice, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins until just soft, drain and then leave to cool.

Next i defrost some garden peas in warm water until defrosted and drain.

I then cut up different fruits such as Apple, Grapes, Blackberries, Pear and what ever fruits you have in, chop them into small cubes and mix together.

Now comes the fun part!! Mixing it all together, once the cooked veggies have cooled use a big bowl i use a washing up bowl and add all of the above pans together so you get a big bowl of mixed mash.

Then mix all together so that the mix is totally mixed up together and you end up with the following, looks good enough for me to eat!

What i do next is as i make up a large amount i then take the mix and add it to freezer bags in portion sizes or what i will use a day and then tie the bags and freeze them so they keep fresh, when you want to use one i take it out the night before and let if defrost over night and serve the next day!

And here you can see our rescue grey we took in last weekend Sammi tucking into my mash, i think we can saftley say she LOVES it!!!

By Paula

Merry Christmas To All

December 25th, 2009


We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from everyone at the African Grey Parrot Centre.

Hope you all get everything you want and hope all Parrots get everything they wish for from Feather ClausWith Love from all at the African Grey Parrot Centre x

African Grey Shot For Being Too Noisy

September 9th, 2009

A very sad story this, i will update with what happened to the man in court once i know.

A 67-year-old Randolph man is accused of using a BB gun to kill the family pet of 20 years — an African grey parrot named “Mikey” — because the creature annoyed him while he watched a NASCAR race.

The township’s animal control officer has charged Dennis Zeglin with several counts of animal cruelty related to the alleged, June 7 shooting of Mikey around 4:30 p.m.

Zeglin’s wife summoned police to the house, and they were met outside by Zeglin’s adult son, who told them he covered the bird with a sheet and took it outside where he intended to bury it. The bird, instead, was autopsied by a veterinarian.

Zeglin’s wife told police she was in an upstairs room of the home when she heard three shots. She stated she went downstairs and saw the dead parrot and her husband in his living room chair, police reports said.

The wife said she called her husband “a crazy S.O.B.,” but told police no argument or confrontation had occurred in the household before the BB gun was fired.

The alleged shooter was sitting in a chair in his living room when police walked in, and reached behind the chair to hand them a Daisy Powerline Model 93, CO2-powered BB gun he later admitted to using to kill Mikey, according to a police report.

Zeglin told a township animal control officer, Norma Jacobs, that he shot Mikey in its cage because the bird irritated him while he was watching television, reports said. Authorities advised the father and his son that if another family pet — a Labrador Retriever — annoys anybody they should call police or the animal control office, reports said.

Defense attorney Stephen Fletcher said his client was watching a NASCAR race at the time — the NASCAR Sprint Series Pocono 500 took place on that date — and was intoxicated. Since the animal cruelty charges were filed, Zeglin has undergone counseling to address alcoholism, Fletcher said.

“The parrot was probably doing what parrots do — squawking and making a ruckus. But this was probably less about what the parrot was doing than Mr. Zeglin’s alcohol problem,” Fletcher said.

Zeglin has applied for admission into the county’s Pre-Trial Intervention program, a probationary program for first time offenders, and is next due in court on Sept. 9.

Nappies Created For Parrots

April 18th, 2009

Want to let your pet parrot fly around the house?

Prefect to save the carpets and your back!

No need to get in a flap about the house being fouled – just slip a nappy on the bird to stop any danger of carpets, furniture and owners being splattered.

The nappies are fixed with Velcro around the bird’s body and do not affect flight – which means it can be freed from its cage or let loose from its perch to cruise round a home that will always look spotless.

The nappies cost £10, with disposable linings £2 for 20.

The linings need changing about every five hours.

A spokesman for US maker Jungle Wear said: ‘They have been carefully designed with comfort in mind.’

Great idea or just plain crazy i know what i think!!

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