Archive for November, 2011

Bird 411

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

So I thought I would write a lit­tle infor­ma­tion and pro­vide some pic­ture of some dif­fer­ent types of pop­u­lar bird species  found in the wild and captivity

Cock­atiels (Nymph­i­cus hol­landi­cus)
These birds are orig­i­nally from Aus­tralia with some acci­den­tal migra­tion into Tas­ma­nia. In the wild, they can be found in 10–50 birds per flock. Breed­ing sea­son varies on location–in south­ern Aus­tralia, it is from August to Decem­ber; in the north, it is at the end of rainy sea­son; and in cen­tral Aus­tralia, it is after rain­falls. They for­age for food on the ground and eat seeds grasses, herbs, fruits, berries and mil­let. Cock­atiels are very com­mon pet birds in the United states. They can be found in a vari­ety of col­ors, are very social and can be pro­lific egg layers.

Budgeri­gars aka bud­gies (Melop­st­ta­cus undu­la­tus)
These birds are orig­i­nally from Aus­tralia. They tend to live in grassy ter­rain and open coun­try and they feed on seeds, grasses and herbs and tend to be active in morn­ing and late after­noon. Breed­ing sea­son in south­ern Aus­tralia is from August to Jan­u­ary and in the north from June to Sep­tem­ber. In cap­tiv­ity, bud­gies have been bred for color as well, size and other char­ac­ter­is­tics that now define them as Amer­i­can vs Eng­lish bud­gies. The most strik­ing is the size dif­fer­ence. How­ever, these birds are the same species and can be bred together. Bud­gies can be very social, mimic words and sounds, and have a per­son­al­ity much larger than their diminu­tive size.

 Eng­lish budgie is on the left, Amer­i­can on the right.

Quaker Par­rot aka Monk Par­rot (Myiop­sitta monachus)
These birds are orig­i­nally from Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. They have also been intro­duced in Puerto Rico and there are also wild colonies that are now liv­ing through­out the United States, includ­ing Cal­i­for­nia, New Jer­sey, Con­necti­cut,  and Long Island, New York. They live in areas of open forests, scrub­land, and orchards. They can live in groups of 10 to 100 brids and make large col­nial nests with each pair hav­ing its own breed­ing cham­ber. In cap­tiv­ity, they can be destruc­tive and loud, but they are also affec­tion­ate and mimic words and sounds.

Conure: To be con­tin­ued in its own post as there many types of conures that are of interest.

Most of the facts of this blog was from: Ency­clo­pe­dia of Para­keets by Kurt Kolar and Karl Heinz Spitzer. 1990
The pic­tures were bor­rowed from the world wide web.


Now available for sale: Oxbow and Harrison’s Foods

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

So we are now car­ry­ing Harrison’s bird pel­lets and Oxbow brand rabbit/rodent products.

Harrison’s Bird Food com­pany was founded by Dr. Greg J. Har­ri­son, a well known board cer­ti­fied avian vet­eri­nar­ian. The Harrison’s Bird Food Com­pany is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing an organic, nutri­tion­ally bal­anced food as well as sup­ple­ments.
Prod­ucts that are cur­rently avail­able at Car­ing Hands Ani­mal Hos­pi­tal include:
Power Treats
Adult Life­time Coarse and Adult Life­time Pep­per fla­vor Coarse
Adult Life­time Superfine and Mash
High Potency Coarse, Fine, Superfine, and Mash

Oxbow Ani­mal Health is a fam­ily founded com­pany that strives to pro­vide qual­ity hays and pel­lets for rab­bits, chin­chillas, guinea pigs, and other rodents. They carry treats as well as sup­ple­ments and are com­mited to exotic mam­mal nutri­tion. Not only do they pro­vide qual­ity retail prod­ucts but also vet­eri­nary crit­i­cal care foods that pro­vide easy ways to feed sick and anorec­tic patients.

Cur­rent prod­ucts avail­able at Car­ing Hands Ani­mal Hos­pi­tal:
Adult rab­bit pel­lets
Adult Guinea pig pel­lets
West­ern Tim­o­thy Hay
Botan­i­cal Hay (a grass hay that also con­tains a vari­ety of dried flow­ers for added palatability)