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10 Bird Jokes To Make You Chortle

February 16th, 2009

Here’s a few sidesplitting jokes to amuse you … when I say side splitting, they’re not really sidesplitting as such but hey they are relatively amusing, add your best jokes to the comments section underneath 🙂

Which bird is always out of breath ?
A puffin !

What’s got six legs and can fly long distances ?
Three swallows !

Why did the owl, owl ?
Because the woodpecker would peck ‘er !

What do you call a crate of ducks ?
A box of quackers !

What language do birds speak ?
Pigeon English !

How do you get a parrot to talk properly ?
Send him to polytechnic !

What do you get if you cross a duck with a firework ?
A firequaker !

What is a parrot’s favorite game ?
Hide and Speak !

What do you call a Scottish parrot ?
A Macaw !

What do parrots eat ?
Polyfilla !


Birds Require Lifelong Commitment

January 7th, 2009

A common lament among pet owners concerning dogs and cats is the fact that their lifespans are much shorter than ours. Dogs typically live 10 to 15 years and although there have been cats that live well into their 20s, they don’t generally live past their late teens.

But there are those pets that can easily survive their owners — parrots. Parrots like the African Grey can live 50 to 65 years while varieties of cockatoos have lived up to 120 years.

While it is nice to know that with proper care you may enjoy your parrot throughout your lifetime their longevity can be a problem if you are unable to care for them, due to illness or financial issues. While provisions should be made so that all pets can be cared for by a family member or friend, birds require more specialized care and should be left with people who are familiar with avian needs.

Often times parents “settle” on a bird as a pet thinking they are easier to care for. They don’t need to be walked, brushed or groomed. After all birds live in a cage and need to be fed once a day and admired.

Don’t you believe it. In my experience they need more attention because unlike your faithful pooch, a neglected bird will become unsociable and unsociable birds just aren’t any fun.

Birds are more likely to take to one person in the household. This person-specific behavior adds to the difficulty of finding a guardian.

Rosie, our parrot, allows me to touch her. My husband Mark, on the other hand, is the one she is more likely to bite, something that doesn’t endear her to him and prompted the addition of “Watch out I bite” to her repertoire.

Large birds are expensive, ranging from £300 to more than £1,500 depending on the species. Then there are their cages. The larger the bird, the larger the cage needs to be to allow the bird to extend its wings and in a best-case scenario, fly. While screened-in patios seem like a natural for birds it is not always safe for them as they, or predator birds on the outside, can penetrate the screen. Rosie has a large cage but I leave the door open while I fill her feed dish and change her water allowing her the opportunity of flight if she’s in the mood.

Birds need toys and they can be as finicky as most children when it comes to color and size. Groucho, our conure, will attack anything yellow. If they don’t have toys they tend to pluck their feathers and once that habit takes hold it is difficult to stop.

Noisy describes most conures, Amazons, macaws and cockatoos and even though most are bred in captivity they are still wild animals and their normal behavior may make it difficult to acclimate them into an apartment or a shared housing situation. With most species available from breeders there is no reason for a bird to be taken out of the wild. Raised birds are likely to be easier to handle.

Having a social circle is important for the birds and their owners. A well-organized group that meets with their birds is a great way for the birds to get out from the confines of the home and for owners to compare notes on health and behavior issues — and to share comical stories.

Parrots in the Park of Central Florida meet monthly at James F. Holland Park on Florida Park Drive. The meetings are generally 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays and the first meeting of 2009 is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 25. Bird owners are encouraged to bring their feathered counterparts. These get togethers are also a great way to talk to other enthusiasts before you commit to adding a bird to your household.

If a bird is in your future, these folks can probably tell you which breeders are the most reputable and which to avoid. The best place to start a search is with local animal shelters, rescue groups, Pets911.com and PetFinder.com. The club has a Web site full of photos, including a bird cam and information about upcoming events at theparrotperch.blogspot.com or e-mail them at theparrotperch@gmail.com.

By JACQUE ESTES
PET PROJECT


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