Our friends at The Gabriel Foundation need your help. Always working towards bettering the lives of parrots, these hard working folks have donated their time, money and resources over the years and have recently been inundated with new situations (see the Pueblo, CO rescue below) and are in dire need of your support.
Harrisons’ Pet Products has long been a supporter of the Gabriel Foundation, regularaly donating bird foods and other items. On Feb. 2, 2010 Harrisons’ donated 500lbs of Harrison’s High Potency Coarse along with various other avian support items.
Please contact The Gabriel Foundation and let them know how you can help.
Feather Picking and other self destructive behaviors are a common problem seen in pet birds. Dealing with such a situation often requires a multilayered approach. Proper nutrion is the foundation of recovery but many other things may be at play.
Harrison’s Pet Products now offers the following printable .pdf:
Tips to Reduce Feather Destructive Behavior
which covers many options for birds suffering from this issue.
Switching a bird to Harrison’s is generally a simple conversion process. For many birds it’s as simple as just offering the food, confirming that the bird is indeed eating the food (not hiding or tossing it) then remove the previous diet and keeping a close eye on the bird’s eating and pooping habits*.
Sometimes birds ignore new food offerings and require some help switching. Abandoining the conversion process is not doing your bird any favors and there are tools available to help make switching “tough” birds an easy process. One such tool is the use of Harrison’s Bird Bread Mix, a certified organic, bake-at-home bread mix that is well received by birds, large and small..
Check out the following conversion via Harrison’s Bird Bread documentation:
Successful trial conversion
A very stubborn pair of budgies who were on a strict diet of grocery store spray millet were brought to us for a conversion trial.
We spent week one observing eating habits and introduced AVIx Bird Builder to their water. The pair was ravenous for spray millet but turned up their beaks to anything else offered.
At that point we baked up a batch of Harrison’s Bird Bread in small muffin shapes with spray millet mixed into the bread. The bread was broken up into pieces and placed on top of a clean paper towel at the bottom of the cage.
As expected, for the first few days the pair sorted through the muffins for the millet. On day three though we observed that they were also now eating bits of the Bird Bread. The amount of millet mixed into the bread was reduced and eventually replaced with High Potency Fine. After a few more days the millet was completely removed and High potency Fine was scattered amongst the pieces of Bird Bread on top of the white paper towel.
Within a few days not only were they off spray millet completely and they were now eating only Bird Bread and HPF.
*(A bird that stops or slows in regard to pooping may not be eating enough). Always keep a food on hand that you know your bird will eat during the conversion process.
Quick Tips For Converting Your Bird’s Diet
If you are switching your bird and have questions don’t hesitate to contact Harrison’s:
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“MESSY BEAKS” photo contest @ AvianAvenue.com
Sponsored by Harrisons’ Pet Products.
Does your bird get a messy beak during feeding time? Take a photo and you just might win some good stuff!
First prize is a Harrisons’ “Hollywood Goes Green” gift set that features an organic “All My Pets Are Green” backpack filled with Harrison’s Products.
You must be a registered member of the Avian Avenue forums to participate.
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The South Palm Beach, Florida couple has purchased the remaining inventory of the two publications and donated the books along with the copyrights to the College of Veterinary Medicine. The total value of the gift is anticipated to be $650,000.
Iowa State University Extension has created a dedicated Web site (https://www.extension.iastate.edu/store/ListItems.aspx?CategoryID=98) where the books may be purchased. All proceeds from the sales will benefit the College of Veterinary Medicine and the college’s avian and exotic animal medicine program. The Harrisons have also pledged a cash gift to further support this program.
“Linda and I are interested in impacting the avian and exotic animal program at Iowa State,” Greg Harrison said. “We want to foster an educational program so students feel confident and competent to go into practice and do basic evaluations and procedures on birds and other exotic pets.”
After graduating from Iowa State, the couple settled in Florida where Greg Harrison opened his own practice in Lake Worth in 1969. He gravitated toward aviculture and soon established The Bird Hospital, the first Florida practice exclusively for pet bird medicine and surgery before retiring in 2005.
“Avian Medicine: Principles and Application” is a comprehensive text and practical guidebook for individuals involved in captive avian medicine and stewardship. “Clinical Avian Medicine” offers topics of concern to contemporary avian practitioners.
This gift is part of Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose, the university’s $800 million fundraising effort. More than $735 million in gifts and future commitments for facilities and student, faculty and programmatic support have been made to Campaign Iowa State.
Special thanks to Danita in Vancouver for filling us in on the progess of her very special African Grey Bea.
How old is Bea?
Bea is roughly 23 years old.
How long ago did you acquire her?
I have had Bea for about 1 and one half years. I found a picture of her on the internet, posted by someone who wanted to rehome her. I was heartbroken just looking at it. The exchange of money for Bea took place at a Dairy Queen restaurant at the side of a highway. She was in a little carrier, holding so tight to her three eggs, and protecting them with all she had in her.
What was her previous diet/health condition at that time?
According to Bea’s vet, she was extremely debilitated, emotionally and physically. She was so weak, she had difficulty perching, and she was an excessive egg layer. The first week here, she ate and ate., She could not get enough food. Bea was also treated with medications for several infections. Her previous diet consisted of seeds and cat food.
How is she doing now?
She is laying infertile eggs twice a year. She is so strong and healthy. I attribute her strength, feather condition and overall good health to her diet of Harrison’s mash. She looks forward to it twice a day. Bea also enjoys fresh foods. In the time that Bea has been here, she has become the senior flock member (we have another grey and a macaw). They both know that Bea means business when they come near her.
Bea is very affectionate with our family. She enjoys cuddling and lots of interaction. There is something in her eyes that is hard to describe, when she looks at me I melt every time. Bea is one of those pets that you bond with so tightly, and that only comes to you once in a lifetime. I am so thankful I was able to give her a forever home where she will always be treasured and cared for.
“She was a Peanut/Cat food/ and Seed girl when I got her.
I wanted her to eat Harrisons, so I started with mostly warm mashed banana, then added the mash slowly. Eventually it increased to all mash and no banana. My three large birds eat this 1-2 times a day.
I click the spoon on the dish, I created a conditioned response, stimulating her appetite. I wanted her to eat as much as she could. I have done that since Day 1 Now when she turns her nose up to food, I click the bowl and she eats. Now whenever she eats, she wants the click sound.”
Quote courtesy of Danita in Vancouver and The Avian Avenue
Bea’s veterinarian is Dr. Anne MacDonald – Night Owl Bird Hospital
WINNER ANNOUNCED! Vittorio Capello, DVM, Dipl ECZM (Small Mammal) Wins Harrisons’ Pet Products’ 2009 Clinical Case Report Contest.