Friday, April 15, 2011

Best 5 Pet Birds

the owner of this blog is alo promoting a game called singstar for ps2 with microphes and a finches information booklet ==================================================================== Ever wonder what kind of pet birds are the best for you? Here are five introductions to five pet birds that would make a great companion for you and your family: 1. Parakeets, known as budgies or budgerigars, are arguably the most popular pet parrots. They make for a great choice as they are friendly with children when tamed and caring for them are relatively simple and easy. Keep in mind however that they are quite the social kind and require frequent interaction. It's probably a good idea to purchase two of these feathered darlings as you can get much joy watching them interact with each other. They live about 12 to 20 years with your tender loving care. 2. Cockatiels, are medium sized parrots who claim Australia as their home country. What's delightful about these feathered creatures are that they can learn to talk and sing. Like Parakeets, they can be good with children but tend to be more clam. With their lively orange spots on their cheeks, you would be hard pressed to not show your affection towards these birds. Cockatiels can live up to 15 to 30 or more years. 3. Sun Conures, are another medium sized parrots that display colorful array of feathers. Like Cockatiels they can learn to talk and sing but tend to accompany their tricks also with a large shriek to signal others of dangers or to show that they are unhappy. Of the five parrots introduced here, they are hands down most colorful and majestic to observe. 4. Parrotlets, may be small in size but pack a jolt of energy. Like the rest of the parrots, they possess high level of intelligence and carry an attitude much like their bigger cousins.Unlike Sun Conures, they're well behaved in terms of volume level which makes them quite ideal for apartment dwellers. 5. African greys, are by far the most difficult of the five to maintain and care for but definitely among the most rewarding. With some dedication and love, these winged buddies can learn numerous amount of words and sounds. As they are highly intelligent, they tend to bore easily and so will require plenty of attention. They can live as long as 100 years or more! It is recommended that when you do decide to welcome these beautiful creatures to your homes, you obtain a young, hand-fed birds that will be easy to train and tame. With proper care and love, these pet birds will fast become adoring companions in your life. Find out more about the right bird cages for your feathered friend and more about pet care at BirdCages.net Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Roy_Tanaka

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lonely Finches are Unhealthy Finches

Nearly all the members of the animal kingdom (save for a few special species) are social animals.

 

Finches are no exception; these birds need the companionship not only of the human owner but of other birds as well (preferably, another bird from the same species). So when you are ready to buy from a breeder or a pet shop, we highly recommend that you purchase at least two finches.

 

If you can, purchase two healthy male and female finches so you can also breed the birds later on. Avian offspring will easily come if the cage or aviary is constructed well and you are able to provide good lighting, adequate heat, and a healthy combination of seeds and live food items.

 

If you buy a single finch and place that animal in a small cage, the finch will experience stress and loneliness. You will not be able to fully enjoy the company of this exotic bird because it is pining for the companionship of its own species.

 

Often, finches can get used to other species of birds just so it can have someone to interact with inside the artificial habitat. Species like zebra finches are not picky with companions; as long as there are other birds in the cage or aviary, the zebra finch is relatively happy. So when you are buying a finch, always ask for at least two of each species.

 

Talk soon,

JP

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How Ready Is Your Home For A Finch?

Raising finches can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. A well-loved and healthy finch can become a constant, caring companion. Though finches cannot be as tame as other pet birds like parrots, these birds can be taught to eat from your hands and perch on your shoulder.  Finches are also shy by nature and do not nip people’s fingers if they have adapted well to their life with new owners.

 

But the big question here is, are you ready to take care of these exotic birds? Here are some guiding questions to help you determine your level of preparedness:

 

  1. Are you ok with the fact that finches, even in a caged setting, will still show facets of finches in the wild? As we have mentioned earlier, finches are not as tame as other pet birds like canaries.

 

  1. Do you have space at home for a large cage or mini-aviary? Finches cannot be placed in small cages or purchased singly without a male of female companion. If you are going to take care of finches, you need to have adequate space for their own home.

 

  1. Are you prepared to clean their cage or aviary on a daily basis? Finches are very active birds and can make a real mess in their cage in a short period of time. Any mess inside the cage should be cleaned to prevent diseases from spreading.

 

  1. Do you have the extra budget to buy special food, vitamin supplements and medicine for your finches, if need be? Finches need a combination of natural foods like seeds and live food (larvae) to be healthy.

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Singstar For PS2

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Singstar has become of of the most bought PS2 game in South Africa. It has been number one on the Bestselling list on most of South Africas online stores. The store owners have reported an increase in number of sales and also the pre oder lis have been inceasing.

My advice to those loooking for this game in South Africa is, when you have the opportunity to buy this game, do not waste time, buy it immedately or you might wait for a long time next tile you want to buy it. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

PS2 Games

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This is one of the games that is taking the South African market by storm. Singstar For PS2 With Microphone is a deal make and lot of kids are carzy about it.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How Ready Is Your Home for a Finch?

Raising finches can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. A well-loved and healthy finch can become a constant, caring companion. Though finches cannot be as tame as other pet birds like parrots, these birds can be taught to eat from your hands and perch on your shoulder.  Finches are also shy by nature and do not nip people’s fingers if they have adapted well to their life with new owners.

 But the big question here is, are you ready to take care of these exotic birds? Here are some guiding questions to help you determine your level of preparedness:

 Are you ok with the fact that finches, even in a caged setting, will still show facets of finches in the wild? As we have mentioned earlier, finches are not as tame as other pet birds like canaries.

 

  1. Do you have space at home for a large cage or mini-aviary? Finches cannot be placed in small cages or purchased singly without a male of female companion. If you are going to take care of finches, you need to have adequate space for their own home.

 

  1. Are you prepared to clean their cage or aviary on a daily basis? Finches are very active birds and can make a real mess in their cage in a short period of time. Any mess inside the cage should be cleaned to prevent diseases from spreading.

 

  1. Do you have the extra budget to buy special food, vitamin supplements and medicine for your finches, if need be? Finches need a combination of natural foods like seeds and live food (larvae) to be healthy.

 

Talk soon,

JP Jonathan 

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Caring For Your Kittens

There is no doubt that kittens are absolutely adorable but they also require proper handling and care, especially in the early days to avoid both cat health problems and cat behavior problems. Whilst they are not really difficult to look after, they require certain attention to specific areas. This article examines some of the things that you need to take note of before getting a kitten.

Visit to the Vet

Before bringing your kitten home or immediately thereafter, make sure that you schedule a visit to the vet. It is important to check your kitten for major as well as minor cat health problems and also discuss with your vet its vaccination schedule. This will ensure a healthy cat in the long run.

Creating a Place for the Kitten

Similar to any new member of your family, kittens too require their own space in your home. It is important that this chosen place is comfortable, fun and safe for the kitten. Shopping for a bed for your kitten to sleep on or toys to play with is equally important when bringing home your new pet. Apart from ensuring that they enjoy their surroundings, new toys should be able to keep them occupied and not encourage them to attack your expensive and precious furniture.

Feeding Your Kitten

Kittens eat solid food at about four weeks of age and hence you can start with ready made cat food that is available over the counter. Make sure that all the necessary ingredients for good health and growth are in the chosen cat food. You can supplement her diet at times with minced meat or fish or even chicken but it is important to understand that this does not give kittens all the nutrition it requires.

House Training Your Kitten

Kittens are often litter trained by their mothers but in rare cases when you get one that is not, it is important to start litter training immediately. Signs such as sudden panic, vocal outburst, digging in bed or paper display the need to go to toilet and should be carefully considered when litter training. Praising your kitten for using the litter box correctly will help in training your kitten faster.

While these are just a small selection of things that you need to do to get involved in caring for your kittens, we hope that it's a good starting point for new cat owners. Remember that you will have to cat proof your home before bringing home any kittens so as to minimize any damage to your furniture. Good luck!

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Basics of Cat Training

If you are planning on getting a kitten or are already a cat owner, one of your first priorities should be to train your pet. Training a kitten would naturally be easier than training an adult cat so it would be best if you could start as early as possible.

While cats cannot be trained in the manner adopted by dogs, they can be trained to develop good habits. Effective cat training almost always includes discouraging bad habits while encouraging new ones, in order to avoid potential cat behavior problems in the future. In order to achieve this, it is important to maintain a fine balance while training your pet.

The following article lists some basic cat training pointers that should be kept in mind.

Rules for Cat Training

The most important thing that you have to ensure that your training sessions are full of love and that you never overdo it. Traumatic training sessions could lead to cat behavior problems and of course, aborted trainings. Therefore, make sure that you maintain the trust and bond between your cat and yourself throughout your training sessions.

Certain aspects of training are essential to overcome cat health problems and unless your training falls under that category, never force your cat to do something that he or she does not want to do. Starting at a young age will help accelerate learning. Moreover, the use of rewards such as cat treats is always a good idea for successful training.

Other Important Aspects of Cat Training

Unlike dogs, cats are not naturally trained and thus do not respond to the usual reward and punishment routine in the expected manner. It is for this reason that cat training requires more patience than any other training. Punishing your cat for bad behavior will actually worsen the situation than actually teach the cat. Therefore, it is never a good idea to punish your cat even if you are frustrated that she is not progressing well.

You should always try to control the environment in which you want your cat to learn. Finally, try to make the experience of unwanted behavior something that your cat will not want to repeat, as this will help the cat avoid it in the future.

Other than training a kitten, it is also important to ensure that your pet does not suffer from any cat health problems by taking her to regular checkups at the vet.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

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Why Natural Food Is Best for Your Pet

Good quality pet food has the right combination of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that provide your animal friend with good nutrition. Some ready-made pet foods that are available in the market may also contain artificial colors and preservatives. Like humans, animals require a balance diet that contains the right combination of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Pet owners who want their animal friends to have the best food usually give them premium food that is made using good quality ingredients.

You can use the internet to get information on the food that you must give your animal friend. There are many websites that provide information on the various brands of pet food available in the market and the ingredients used by the manufacturer. Some websites may also give information on the nutritional value of these ingredients. People who want to get their pets food that is free from chemical can give them natural food. There are many varieties of natural food available in the market. The natural food that you give your animal friend must fulfill their nutrition requirement, should be easy to digest and must have high amounts mineral and vitamins.

If you want your animal friend to be healthy, you must give them food that contains all the ingredients that are required to fulfill their nutritional needs. Once you have assessed the nutrition requirement of your pet, find out the food that meets their needs. However, it is difficult to know details of the quality of ingredients and the nutritional value of each ingredient. If you are unable to decide on what is best for your pet, it is in your interest to get help from a vet.

The health and the growth of your pet depends on the quality of food that you give your pet. Natural food best food for animals as they don't contain harmful preservatives and additives. When buying natural food for your pet, it is important that you check whether the food meets the guidelines prescribed by Association of American Feed Control Officials or AAFCO.

Pet owners who plan to change the food that they give their pets, most make a gradual switch as it will not affect the digestive system of the pet. Animals respond better to the new food if there is a gradual increase in the amount of new food that is given to them. It could take your pet a few weeks before they are able to adjust to the new brand of pet food.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cats and Cancer

While cancer in cats is not as common as it in dogs, it is still one of the leading causes of death in older cats. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation, 6 million cats will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States along. And because cats are masters at masking illness, it is often harder to detect. Cancer used to be a death sentence for cats, but recent advances in feline cancer research have made treatment possible in many cases. Just like with human cancers, early detection is key to successfully treating feline cancers.

Common cancers in cats

One of the most common forms of cancer in cats is lymphoma. Other frequently seen cancers are oral squamous carcinomas, similar to what people get. Fibrosarcomas, or soft tissue sarcomas, are tumors developing in muscle or in the connective tissue of the body. These are generally associated with injections and vaccinations. Other forms of cancer are less common, but they do occur in cats: lung tumors, brain tumors, nasal tumors, liver tumors. There are fewer incidences of mammary tumors (yes, cats can get breast cancer, too) since more cats are spayed and spaying is one of the best ways to prevent this particular cancer.

Symptoms of feline cancer

People and cats both show similar symptoms when it comes to cancer:

  • Lumps, especially lumps that seem to be getting bigger
  • Sores that don't heal
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • Unexplained bleeding or a strange discharge from any body opening
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Breathing problems
  • Lameness or stiffness that persists over a period of time
  • Bad odor
  • Having trouble eating or swallowing food

 

If you notice your cat showing any of these symptoms, take him to your veterinarian for a thorough examination.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis will vary, depending on the presenting symptoms. An exam will most likely include a complete blood chemistry, blood count, and urinalysis. Your veterinarian may take x-rays, perform an ultrasound, and take tissue biopsies. Depending on where the biopsies are taken from, this may require sedation, or full anesthesia. Biopsies will be reviewed by a veterinary pathologist to determine the type of cancer.

Treatment

Treatment options for cats are almost as varied as treatment options for human cancers, and will depend on the type of cancer. Surgery is the most common treatment for any lumps or growths that need to be removed. In some cases, surgery can be curative. Other cancers may require chemotherapy or radiation. Cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy much better than people, and can have good quality of life for many months and sometimes even years following treatment. Radiation therapy may be used for tumors that can't be removed. This is a more stressful therapy for cats, since it will require sedation or anesthesia for each treatment.

Causes

There isn't as much research into the causes of feline cancer as there is on the human side, but I don't think it's much of a leap to assume that some of the same environmental toxins that cause cancer in humans also cause cancers in our cats. There have been some studies looking at secondhand smoke and feline cancers. Vaccinations and other injections have been proven to be responsible for fibrosarcomas, and these findings have led to changing vaccine protocols for cats.

Prevention

While some cancers are caused by genetic mutations, there are still things cat owners can do to lessen the likelihood that their cats get the disease.

A wholesome, species-appropriate, meat-based diet is one of the most important foundations for preventing cancer, or any other health problems in cats. A balanced grain-free raw meat or canned diet provides the best nutrition for your cat. As obligate carnivores, cats do not need carbohydrates in their diet. In fact, commercial dry cat foods have been linked to many of the degenerative diseases we're seeing in cats such as diabetes, kidney failure, and inflammatory bowel disease. The latter is often a precursor for intestinal lymphoma. The one best thing you can do for your cat's health is to eliminate all dry food from his diet.

Environmental toxins and stressors are also linked to cancer in humans, and probably cause cancers in cats. Avoid exposure to commercial cleaning products and use natural products instead. Make sure your cat always has pure (bottled or distilled) water available. Most municipal water systems are contaminated with anything from heavy metals to chlorine. Don't use chemical flea and tick products on your pets, use natural alternatives instead. Minimize vaccinations, and if your cat already has cancer, do not vaccinate the cat at all.

Cancer is a devastating disease, but early detection, combined with ever increasing treatment options, makes it possible for cats to continue to live with good quality of life.

Ingrid King is the author of "Buckley's Story - Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher." She is a former veterinary hospital manager turned writer. Her online magazine "News for You and Your Pet" goes out to subscribers around the world. Her blog, "The Conscious Cat," has been called "educational cat nip for the cat lover" and is a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health and happiness for pets and their people. For more information about Ingrid, please visit http://www.ingridking.com.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Expert Advice About Finches

JP Jonathan our resident Finch Expert is currently on vacation and will be back as soon as possible. We have dicided to just give links on some of the aticles that he has distributed. The articles touch on variety of finch topics including and not limited to Finch care, gouldian finches, society finches and many more. JP is also in the process of completing his eBook that readers have been asking him to write. In the mean time, please enjoy the following articles.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

How to Remove How to Remove Disgusting Skunk Smell From Pets

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bearded Dragon Terrarium - How To Create The Perfect Set Up

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If you love the exotic and unusual then the bearded dragon will completely captivate your heart. These highly sociable creatures are hardy and love the day time. They are quickly becoming a popular pet worldwide. When setting up a bearded dragon terrarium you need to remember four things: flooring, landscaping, temperature, and lighting. These reptiles originate from the Australian outback desert where it is hot and dry, the inside of the terrarium should resemble this climate; the flooring and decorations should resemble the Australian outback.

Beardie's will grow in size to about 22 inches the enclosure needs to be of an adequate size to accommodate the pet when it is fully grown. If you are planning on breeding them the cage should comfortably house several pairs of breeding dragons. The terrarium can be bought at the pet store; however, keep in mind that the ones that are ready-made usually cost much more than homemade ones. You can build a terrarium yourself with relative ease.

Being a cold-blooded lizard means they naturally love to bask in the sun. They do this to absorb UVA and UVB rays which are necessary for their survival. Since the sun is not always pouring through the windows in your home, you will need proper lighting. Providing your dragons with the correct temperature is super important and fairly easy. To achieve a desert-like environment heaters or additional lighting is necessary. When setting the lights and heaters, you have to ensure they have the correct temperature. If it is two set to hot you can cause thermal burns or respiratory infections which can happen if the terrarium (sometimes called a vivarium) becomes too hot or moist.

You have several options for the flooring of your bearded dragon terrarium these include carpets, newspaper or fine sand. Whatever you decide to use for the flooring it should be able to retain heat.

Bearded dragons by nature are very social creatures they like to spend a lot of time outside of the terrarium exploring the outside world or socializing with their human owner. Experienced keepers would recommend taking these lizards outside for at least one hour per day. Each creature has its own temperament which will determine how much time the pet is willing to spend outdoors. Seeing as they will spend most of their time inside the terrarium it should be decorated with a number of friendly accessories including rocks, tree branches, and small logs. You will be able to find many artificial bearded dragon products on the market such as rocks and artificial caves; these can be added over time giving the habitat a natural feel.

In creating your own bearded dragon terrarium the objects that are of most importance are the temperature controlled flooring and landscaping along with lighting. Once these are in place your reptilian friend will feel completely at home. As long as they receive the correct care these social lizards will thrive in captivity if you decide to introduce new objects to your terrarium then you should always check for possible parasites.

When making a bearded dragon terrarium the most common item that is used is a glass enclosure, this is a similar to an aquarium. Glass is used as it will a allow the caregiver, to watch the bearded dragons and enjoy their strange and wonderful behavior.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Animal Wellness: Ultimate Aim of Every Pet Owner

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Animals, like humans, have physiological processes that should be monitored regularly. Recent scientific studies have shown that certain physiological processes can be used to monitor stress levels of animals. Stress is a very important indicator when it comes to animal health. This is not something that should be taken for granted. It takes a lot of skills to understand animal behaviour, for unlike us, animals can't verbalize how they feel and tell us exactly what is wrong.

Thus, for our pets to be at their optimum health, we should make sure we provide all their needs. Owners should aim for preventive measures that will boost animal health in the short run and over-all animal wellness in the long run.

One of the most basic pet care practices is to be able to provide proper nourishment. This is, of course, aside from the vitamins and supplements that our veterinarian gives our pets. All of us should know that the significance of their diet goes beyond the physical fitness of our pets. Proper nourishment also plays a crucial role in extending the life span of our pets. To achieve over-all animal wellness, we need to give them a well balanced diet full of all the things that their active bodies require. Essential nutrition requirements include water, energy, protein, especially amino acids and nitrogen, needful fatty acids, as well as minerals and vitamins. A well balanced diet containing all of these assures us that our they will have the prerequisite amount of macro and micro nutrients which are vital for right growth, development, and optimum health.

Another basic pet care practice that we should never forget is to bring them to the vet for regular check-ups. The schedule of these check-ups depends on how the veterinarian sees the needs of each pet. One of the most important trips to the clinic that should not be missed is the annual exam. Annual exams are very important because animals are diagnosed for early warning signs of serious problems like cancer or diabetes. These problems will surely affect our pets in the future. If these problems are detected early, chances are, they can easily be corrected or at the very least, treated so as to slow down their progress.

Lastly, never underestimate what immunization shots can do. Vaccinations are very important for dogs, cats, and other pets. Vaccinations are examples of a preventive practice used to guard against diseases. Some common shots for dogs include distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and corona combination between six to eight, nine to eleven, twelve to fourteen, and sixteen to seventeen weeks. These shots are repeated every twelve months. The next vaccination is bordetella, administered at fourteen weeks and every six months. Rabies must be given at sixteen weeks and again every twelve to thirty- six months.

These are just some of the measures directed to improve your pets' over-all wellness. Whatever you choose to do, always remember that it is our task, as pet owners, to monitor the state of our their health.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Finches Information Resource

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Breeding Finches

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Monday, March 21, 2011

The Best Way To Purchase Chickens

==================================================================== JP Jonathan, the owne of this blog is a finch expert. For great information on and free expert advice on Society Finches, visit http://www.finchesbirdscentre.com ============================================================ There are many considerations to make when deciding what type of chickens to buy. Firstly, it's important to decide exactly what you will be using the birds for. If you're raising the birds for show and/or for pets, the type of chicken you will purchase will vary as will if you are choosing to raise a flock for egg or meat production. Once you establish what you will be raising the birds for, you can begin to make an educated decision regarding what type of chicken you will raise. After you've decided what type of chicken you will purchase, you have to realistically establish how many birds you will raise, and in what type of environment. Some choose to raise their flock in a cage, while others pasture their chickens and allow them to roam free throughout their property. As always, check your local zoning regulations for information on legislation regarding raising chickens. It is very important not to purchase any chickens until you know for certain you can properly raise them humanely and within the confines of the law in your area. Once you are ready to purchase your chickens, you can choose from three options: purchasing fertile eggs, purchasing chicks, or purchasing full-grown chickens. If this is your first chicken buying and raising experience, it is recommended that you do not choose to purchase fertile eggs. Fertile eggs require specific equipment to hatch properly. Even when properly incubated (a process involving a lot of time and work) it is not guaranteed that your chicks will hatch. Purchasing chicks is highly recommended. Chicks cost the same as purchasing fertile eggs, and require a lot less work. Chicks are beneficial because you will know how old they are, and if you have them sexed you will be prepared in knowing if the birds are male or female. Chicks, when purchased from a quality hatchery, usually carry less disease and parasites, making them the healthier option. However it's necessary to realize that when you choose to purchase chicks you will be spending more time making sure they are raised safely. Chicks can become injured easily, so they require more care. If you do not have your chicks sexed, you will not know whether or not they will be able to lay eggs. Lastly, when you purchase chicks you cannot be certain of their quality until they are 4-5 months mature. Buying adult fowl comes with advantages and disadvantages as well. It's not easy to tell the sex of older birds, and while you can get help in this arena, some people prefer to know for certain. When you don't know how old your adult birds are, you cannot be sure of how many eggs they will yield. There is also a greater risk for disease and parasites when you purchase an adult chicken. On the other hand, adult chickens are beneficial because you can immediately tell the quality of the bird and you do not have to wait for the fowl to mature before yielding eggs and/or meat. After you find a quality breeder, discuss your options regarding chickens to buy. Depending on the environment you can devote to raising chickens, and the amount of experience you have in raising chickens, this can alter the age of the chickens you purchase. It's important to learn what type of chickens to buy if you want to raise them as pets or for eggs or meat. There are different breeds that do better for each one of these purposes and you will have better success if you stay within the suggested breeds when you buy. Pick up a FREE chicken mini-course that will give you needed information raising chickens as well as building chicken coops. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Tom_Dewey

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Reducing Parrot Dust - 5 Things You Can Do To Get Rid of Bird Dust

==================================================================== JP Jonathan, the owne of this blog is a finch expert. For great information on and free expert advice on finches cages, visit http://www.finchesbirdscentre.com ============================================================ Dust from birds such as African Greys, Cockatoos, Cockatiels, and Amazons can seem impossible to get rid of. As gorgeous as these birds are the dust they produce can be a hazard for both birds and humans. Nothing will completely eliminate it, but here are 5 things you can do that will limit the dust you see and breathe. Provide Water for Bathing---Providing a bowl of water separate and apart from drinking water will encourage your bird to take the proverbial bird bath. Regular bathing will greatly reduce the amount of dust and dander that is available to go airborne when you pet preens, flies, shakes or plays. You can also make bathing an activity that you do together by installing a shower perch. When you take a shower you can take your bird in with you and give it the opportunity to fly in and out of a gentle stream of water as it chooses. Consult with an avian vet about best frequency for baths and a recommendation for bird-friendly shampoo. Reduce Fibrous Materials---Curtains, upholstered furniture, wall-to-wall carpet all make great hiding places for dust. Normal daily activities can cause the dust that has settled on these surfaces to go airborne and create a vicious cycle that can be hard to break. Use shutters, wood or tile, and leather than can be cleaned thoroughly and damp wiped to eliminate the particles completely. Clean With Water----Using a damp mop to clean floors will trap particles and prevent them from being able to go airborne and settle somewhere else. Likewise using a damp cloth to capture particulates on blinds, shutters, and furniture will really take the dust out of circulation. Give Daily Attention to the Cage----Be sure to change the cage paper each day. Use gloves and mist it first before removing it. This will minimize the amount of dust that is able to go airborne. Put soiled paper outdoors so that pollutants cannot possibly re-enter your indoor air. Continually Filter Bird Room Air---Having a cleaner run 24 hours a day to constantly keep the level of particles low is a low maintenance, efficient and economical way to literally keep the dust and dander down. The best type of filter for efficient removal of particulates is a HEPA (or high efficiency particle arresting) filter. Designed to remove particles that are.3 microns or greater, it is a perfect match for your bird's dust and dander. Using these 5 suggestions to tackle the extra particles that your birds produce will provide cleaner air for both you and your bird. And clean air can greatly lengthen your bird's life span---and yours too. Continually filter parrot dust from your air with the HEPA Bird Dust Air Purifier at http://purerair.com/bird_dust_air_purifier.html Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Debbie_Davis

The Flying Habits Of A Parrot

==================================================================== JP Jonathan, the owne of this blog is a finch expert. For great information on breeding finches and free expert advice on gouldian finches, visit http://www.finchesbirdscentre.com ============================================================ Have you ever sat and watched a parrot fly? They are magnificent creatures at the best of times, but to watch them fly and glide is a true delight.The sight of a parrot flying has always fascinated the human mind and this mystery was not solved until lately, thanks to technology and research that gave individual definitions to gliding and flight. Did you know that not all birds fly, and that gliding and flying are two separate actions altogether? Flying is a rather energetically expensive venture and demands special adaptation by a bird. A bird that does not need to fly will lose its flying potential, like birds that do not have predators or have very few places to fly might lose their aptitude to fly. A parrot flies for a number of reasons and the most crucial being to escape predators. Flying helps a parrot to a great extent to build its nest, hunt for food and search for its resting place. Most of the birds fly to relocate themselves into a better seasonal climate. Have you wondered how a parrot flies? Parrots flying past can be a wonderful site but not many know that this flight demands and requires a complex set of feathers which has been segregated into the primary and secondary. The primary wing or feathers are the outer section on the parrot. These primary feathers are moved backward and forward in a figure-eight pattern so that they create a propelling thrust. The secondary feathers maintain a role of producing a lifting affect to the bird's body while it is pushed through the air. The secondary feathers are located on the inner circle of the wing and play a major role to push the bird off the ground. Birds with smaller wings need to fly faster while birds with larger wings like a parrot flying needs more time to get them off the ground. What is the difference between gliding amp; flying? Many see their parrot moving through the air, but is it actually flying or gliding? To recognize the difference one needs to observe its flight movements. When a parrot stretches its wings out and does not flap them, then it is gliding. When it is flying it is using the figure eight motion and propelling itself forwards. Parrots have a tendon that attaches to the secondary wings and allows the bird to stay off the ground and glide itself through the air. Since, parrots are prey to many predators; they are very well equipped with the art of flying and this remains a basic instinct. This is the reason why most of us clip our parrot's feathers. So that they do not fly away. But we only need to clip the longer wings, the ones that actually propel them forwards. In other words, the flying feathers as the smaller, secondary ones will allow it to lope around and still get some exercise. Parrot flying is an important part of your parrot's enrichment and provides a great stimulating and natural work out which contributes to its happiness as well as its behavioral patterns. Parrots enjoy flying, and helping it to fly better can be the biggest treat you can give your pet. Seeing your parrot flying is definitely a very exhilarating sight for many owners, but the fear of their precious bird flying away is a major concern for many pet owners. For more valuable information on how to care for a healthy happy parrot don't go further than from parrot expert Kaye Dennan visit http://petparrotsecrets.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kaye_Dennan

Friday, March 18, 2011

Reducing Parrot Dust - 5 Things You Can Do To Get Rid of Bird Dust

Dust from birds such as African Greys, Cockatoos, Cockatiels, and Amazons can seem impossible to get rid of. As gorgeous as these birds are the dust they produce can be a hazard for both birds and humans. Nothing will completely eliminate it, but here are 5 things you can do that will limit the dust you see and breathe. Provide Water for Bathing---Providing a bowl of water separate and apart from drinking water will encourage your bird to take the proverbial bird bath. Regular bathing will greatly reduce the amount of dust and dander that is available to go airborne when you pet preens, flies, shakes or plays. You can also make bathing an activity that you do together by installing a shower perch. When you take a shower you can take your bird in with you and give it the opportunity to fly in and out of a gentle stream of water as it chooses. Consult with an avian vet about best frequency for baths and a recommendation for bird-friendly shampoo. Reduce Fibrous Materials---Curtains, upholstered furniture, wall-to-wall carpet all make great hiding places for dust. Normal daily activities can cause the dust that has settled on these surfaces to go airborne and create a vicious cycle that can be hard to break. Use shutters, wood or tile, and leather than can be cleaned thoroughly and damp wiped to eliminate the particles completely. Clean With Water----Using a damp mop to clean floors will trap particles and prevent them from being able to go airborne and settle somewhere else. Likewise using a damp cloth to capture particulates on blinds, shutters, and furniture will really take the dust out of circulation. Give Daily Attention to the Cage----Be sure to change the cage paper each day. Use gloves and mist it first before removing it. This will minimize the amount of dust that is able to go airborne. Put soiled paper outdoors so that pollutants cannot possibly re-enter your indoor air. Continually Filter Bird Room Air---Having a cleaner run 24 hours a day to constantly keep the level of particles low is a low maintenance, efficient and economical way to literally keep the dust and dander down. The best type of filter for efficient removal of particulates is a HEPA (or high efficiency particle arresting) filter. Designed to remove particles that are.3 microns or greater, it is a perfect match for your bird's dust and dander. Using these 5 suggestions to tackle the extra particles that your birds produce will provide cleaner air for both you and your bird. And clean air can greatly lengthen your bird's life span---and yours too. Continually filter parrot dust from your air with the HEPA Bird Dust Air Purifier at http://purerair.com/bird_dust_air_purifier.html Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Debbie_Davis

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Things You Need To Know Prior To Purchasing A Pet Bird

JP Jonathan is a finch expert. For more information on gouldian finches, visit http://www.finchesbirdscentre.com ============================================================== Many folks want to have a bird as their selection of pet. But owning a pet may not be all that simple. There are many things you will need to look after. Here are a few things you need to know before you go for a pet bird. Are you prepared to modify your cooking utensils? This is maybe the first focus you will need to bear before you purchase a bird. Your regular Teflon and other non stick pans may be deadly to parrots and other pet birds. These substances release an odorless flame on heating, which could choke your pet bird in a matter of few minutes. Hence if you have got any non stick cookery-ware, then you could need to substitute it with pans made from chrome steel or other safe substances. You are also required to give up smoking before you can get your pet bird home. The habit is as harmful for you as for any of your pets whether feathered or bushy. Smoking can lead to a variety of health issues including acne. If you can not fight your obsession, at least make it a point to desist from smoking within the house. Also, remember to wash your hand comprehensively after you're done. If you're already afflicted by acne though, you can try and use effective products such as Zenmed Derma Cleanse System to fix the same. Do you have it in mind to get your pet insured? The pet bird would be a member of your folks, so like other members it ought to have an insurance plan too. Even birds are prone to illness and need due medical aid. To serve these expenses you should get an insurance done. If you don't have the budget for an insurance plan, you must plan your action if your pet requires swift clinical supervision. Have you got time for unceasing cleaning? This is another thing that you take into consideration before you go for a pet bird. Birds are quite messy. They will be a relentless flow of seed hulls along with the waste which will collect in the cage. Therefore you have to be willing to be up to the task. Also, make sure that you have a good vacuum handy for the same purpose. Birds are extremely drawn to anything that's shiny or eye catching. Thus, it is important for you to keep them right away from your pet. You must ideally take off any jewelry or sequined clothing before handling the bird. Of course, you might get attacked if you don't. Your pet might also take a swipe at your buttons while you are cosseting him / her and therefore, you have to be prepared for a similar as well. At the end, whether it's a pet dog or a bird; your adopted animal will need a large amount of love and care. Hence only get a pet bird if you believe you can handle all of the points mentioned above. Here is some more information on Zenmed Derma Cleanse System and Pet Dog. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Lashawnda_Godoy

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Finches Information Product Reviews

There is a lot of information of the internet about Finches Information Products and reviews that i have come across as a finch expert. I have also reviewed hundreds of website and articles about these wonderful birds. I have seen finch eBooks come and go. I have good and bad products. Authors always send thier product to me to review and recommend to my readers and i hardly to that due to my reputation. I have been writing about finches for over 25 years and have helped over hundreds of people to breed and care for finches. There is only 1 eBook that i have used. I wish I could have written the eBook myself but I did not and nevertheless, its a wonderful read that take a novice to acceptable level of finch care. Let me stop wasting and ask you to go directly to http://www.finchesbirdscentre.com/ebook and download your copy and start learning about finches. I have had the opportunity to promote other books but I chose not to, as I scrutinize everything that lends on my table. For more information and free email course about finch, visit my finches information blog at http://www.finchesbirdscentre.com/finch-info/ Happy finching Your in finching care JP Jonathan

How to Take Care of Your Pet Bird

JP Jonathan is a finch expert. For more great tips on finches zebra, visit http://www.finchesbirdscentre.com Birds are extremely chirpy and have the ability to instantly cheer you up. If you have a leaning and passion for birds and intend to keep a few remember that it is not easy as it looks. You need to prepare for many things before you bring the bird home and then take very good care of it. Birds are very delicate creature and require specific treatment. You cannot take the liberty of dealing with things in an arbitrary manner. You must read up on bird care prior to the purchase of your favorite bird. You must remember that different birds require different care. You cannot treat all birds alike. So when you research, you must do so and look for breed specific information. Always choose a cage that is the right size for the bird. Make sure it has enough space to spread its wings, every time it wants to. Do not put a big sized bird in a cage that is too small. That will amount to cruelty. Have to two dedicated bowls in the cage; one for bird feed and the other for water. Birds love to groom themselves and drink water. Always make sure there is clean water available for the birds. Pay specific attention to the bird feed that you select. Make sure it is of a good quality and suits the bird. If you have two birds living in the same cage, and one of them falls ill, make sure you separate the two to contain the infection. Female birds may require some privacy while nesting and may feel the need for a shelter, into which they can retire and not be seen by everyone. You may have to make arrangements for such shelters or houses. These are some very general tips on keeping birds! A resource for bird cages. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michael_C_Logan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Parrot to Buy

This article has been sourced and the author of this blog is a pet lover himself and has created over thousands of finches information video and has also written a couple of eBooks about finches information ==================================================== The title of this article sounds like the ending of a rhyme whereby the conclusion to a riddle is " A Parrot to Buy". Nevertheless, the riddle's mystery remains. Why do people acquire such creatures as fish and birds as pets? I believe the answer can only rest with the reason being "companionship". However, do pets such as parrots make good pets or companions if you prefer. Parrots have some unique characteristics that must be considered if one is planning an adoption. Longevity Depending on your age when you adopt a feathered companion, it must be considered that parrots have extreme longevity when compared to other pets. Some species of parrots can live as long as 80 years, far surpassing the ordinary pet. It is well advised, that prior to adoption, one studies the longevity of the various parrot species and considers this factor before adoption. Uniqueness Parrots to some extent exhibit a true uniqueness among pets. Their mentality, personality, and in some instance speaking ability is likened to that of a 2-3 year old human. Aside from the cuteness this brings to mind, one must not forget the terrible 2's that many children go through. Parrots of many species can throw an extremely good tantrum when the situation demands such. Most instances of parrot misconduct can be explained if one looks hard enough. Most tantrums are associated with fear to some extent. The fear can come about by being put in a new location, by being approached by an unknown human or other pet, by changes to the bird's routine. The list of things that may frighten your bird are numerous and caution must be taken so as not to put the bird in a situation of being afraid. Other Factors There are numerous other factors that must be considered in parrot adoption. middot; Cage size - Prior to adopting a parrot one must consider the species being adopted and the size of the bird at full growth. Cage size would then be determined by this factor. The size requirements of these creatures is quite different for the Macaw versus the parakeet. Price is also a factor. middot; Location - Now that one has considered the size of the cage.......Where are you going to put it? The location should be in or near an area of family gathering and activity as parrots are very social creatures. However, one must also account for the fact that once dusk arrives the birds require a quiet, dark place to sleep. Watching late night television will not do, unless one wants a cranky parrot on their hands. middot; Environment - Common among many of the parrot species is that they don't particularly care for small children. I believe this goes along the lines that children easily frighten them. One must also consider other household pets as a possible disturbance to your parrot. middot; Care and feeding - Parrots require a combination of foods to be truly healthy. You should consider that in the wild they eat a variety of seeds, fruits, and other natural items. In a home environment the typical diet will consist of seeds, vitamin enriched pellets, fruits and vegetables. If that sounds like a shopping list, then you must keep in mind that there is some food cost associated with these animals. middot; Medical care - Yes that's correct, medical care. These creatures can get ill and may need a trip to the local vet. As a matter of routine they should periodic physical scheduled to ensure their good health. middot; Entertainment - As mentioned earlier parrots are very social animals, and as such need a lot of attention. In addition, one must provide their cage with a variety of toys to entertain the bird. Often a bird's squawking is simply to get attention because the bird is bored. middot; Maintenance - The maintenance of the bird's surroundings will be your responsibility. Included in these tasks will be cleaning the cage and surrounding areas and may involve some scrubbing of perches and toys to remove the birds droppings and keep the cage as sanitary as possible. A word of caution before you do any cleaning however. Be sure the cleaning chemicals you use anywhere near the bird or bird's cage are not toxic or dangerous to the bird. You wouldn't want an extra trip to the vet just for a cleaning product. The Perfect Parrot for You Well after all this discussion about the shortcomings and tasks involved with parenting a parrot if you are still committed to adoption please do your homework. If you're adopting from breeder research that breeder, talk to prior customers, etc. Study the various species of birds to get a better idea of what may fit your home environment. Talk to other parrot owners of the breed you're thinking of and learn their idiosyncrasies and habits. Take time to make your decision because your choice will most likely be living with you for most of your life. Now that we have solved the riddle, I say to you...... A Parrot to Buy. If you'd like to take a look at some of the various species of parrots, you can view them at this gallery of images. http://theparrotcarecenter.com/parrot-images-gallery To learn more about parrots, and if you're looking for a parrot to buy the http://theparrotcarecenter.com is a great resource. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=T_Charles

Finches Information Vidoe

The new Finches Information Video has been released and now available at youtube. This video will also be made available to all video site across the web. The author of the video is very excited about his first video and is intending to create even more video over the next couple of months. JP Jonathan, who has also written a number of ebooks about finches is also reported to be very happy about this development. JP has helped over thousands of people across the globe th breed finches with ease and has laso helped finch owners to proprely care for thier finches.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Long Ago Authors

Quote the Writer - "Always be nice to your editor." There is no denying that Ernest Hemingway's work demanded attention when he lived. His work is far greater than ever now that he is deceased. His magnetic character as well as his writing was one of a kind. His time is gone but his work lingers on. However, this article is not totally about him. Hemingway recognized Mark Twain as one of the greatest writers of all time. I believe he's on the mark when he said that all modern American literature comes from the book of Mark Twain, titled Huckleberry Finn. He told how there was nothing before and there has been nothing as good, since. No greater personage freewheeled in the yesteryear of his life. Mark Twain's real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as America's most famous literary icon. His epilogue could easily have been; Mark Twain may have died but he will never be dead. Wouldn't it be a monumental marvel to be thought of like this man who went through most of his life with a phony name? How strange it is, to strive, to strain, and struggle, marketing your writing to become an icon when all you have to do is...die. Something about death just draws people to authors and artists. Have you ever noticed, as a rule, some of the "greats" were dirt poor, save a few that were alcoholics? But who really cares. We still love `em. Their work overshadows their faults. My favorite quote by Mark Twain: "Substitute "d___" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be." ~Mark Twain Thanks to Mark Twain, I will never use "very" in my writing again. I'll be d___ careful about that. See how well it works. I'm smiling here. Twain began to gain fame when his story, "The Celebrated Jumping From of Calavaras County" appeared in the New York Saturday Press on November 18, 1865. Twain's first book, "The innocents Abroad," was published in 1869. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" in 1876 and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in 1885. He wrote 28 books and numerous short stories, letters and sketches. It's possible he realized his fame and fortune before he died in 1910, but since he's not here to tell us, we'll never really know. I for one, wish I could pioneer a quantum leap back into the past and right into his life. What a transfiguration that would be. Anyway...I can dream can't I? You and I will have to settle for the history books and his works to reveal his true worth. I believe he was a man of clear vision about life at its best and at its worst. You and I have only to read his work to realize how it stands up page for page, sensational, the very equal of an unusually rare first novel that comes along once in a lifetime. Can't you just see him behind the wheel of a river boat in the 1800's? The Civil War brought the river trade to a stand still in 1861. Clemens became a river pilot's apprentice in 1858. His pseudonym, Mark Twain, comes from his days as a river pilot. It's a river term for a boat, meaning two fathoms of 12 feet of water is being sounded. The term, Mark Twain" means that it is safe to navigate. Let us all hope that this kind of history about our famous writers are never prevented from being included, considered or accepted for our school history books. What a tragedy that would be. Don't be surprised that this could happen. Even as I write, the idea of eliminating history of World Warll are being debated. They claim there is not enough room for all of America's history in a book. How damn, I mean how very, stupid is that? Condense everything down, but don't leave anything totally out. Even a ten year old can think of ways around that reasoning. You don't have to believe that if you don't want to. Well...my article stands adjourned until another, "Quote the Writer" comes around. Hope you enjoyed a bit of history about a couple of famous writers. Maybe someday your children or grandchildren will be reading about me and my books. I dare say, that's optimism for you but not without shreds of doubt. Sylvia Hamilton Published books - The Kahills of Willow Walk and the sequel For the Love of Willow Walk. Work in Progress, Forever Willow Walk, last of the series. Sylvia K. Hamilton http://www.willow-walk.webs.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Sylvia_Hamilton