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I have gotten quite a few questions just lately related to repetitive behaviors in a wide variety of different species of small animals, however, this post is pertinent for animals of every size. The consistent theme revolves around a variety of behaviors including, but not limited to, mindless digging, biting at the bars of the “cage,” nose rubbing in reptiles, self induced feather plucking in birds, fur pulling in rats and repeated escape attempts in all of the above.
What all these behaviors have in common is the “cage” the animal is in, and I use the word “cage” in this case, because I’m referring to a place that an animal is locked into, that for whatever reason they aren’t happy with and don’t want to be. A happy pet is one, that after a period of interaction with their respective person retires to their home to eat, drink and rest willingly and happily. I use my pet rat Munchkin as an example. The first thing I do in the morning is say hello to her and open both her doors so that if she wants to she can come out get some attention from me and roam about the table her home is on looking for the food and treats that I laid out for her the night before. She is used to this routine and looks forward to it and I often find her waiting at her door to be let out. She enjoys foraging for her food, exploring her play area and generally running around. She collects her food for the day diligently, carrying each piece one at a time back to her enclosure, hiding each one in what she considers to be the appropriate spot. This goes on for about an hour in the morning at which time she generally goes into her home on her own, grooms herself and naps for a good part of the day. When I am finished with my morning coffee and she is asleep I close her doors for her safety, not because I’m afraid she will escape as with her there is no escaping, she is happy and content in her home. This routine is then repeated at the end of the day as well.
It’s easy to raise domestic ducks if you take your time and know how to take good care of them. The choice of meals is extremely essential in raising domestic ducks. You need to steer clear of giving your ducks junk food such as bread, fatty foods or spicy meals and rather choose non-medicated pellet mash, refreshing veggies, backyard snails, worms, bugs as well as other suggested wholesome duck foods. Also when buying meals for your ducks you should make sure that they include adequate levels of proteins because proteins are extremely important for correct growth of your ducks.
Most domestic ducks are poor at brooding and taking good care of their ducklings means you will probably have to use a hen to brood the ducklings or use artificial brooding for your ducklings. If you choose to use a hen to brood the ducklings, then you definitely should put the ducklings with the hen during the night to ensure that she can acknowledge them. When utilizing synthetic brooding, you need to select a dry, ventilated and a well lighted area that is totally free from drafts.
If you are considering adopting a pet bird, it’s a big decision and one that will change the bird’s life and yours. Here are 7 important aspects of bird ownership to consider before you finalize your decision.
Life Span: Some parrots have a life expectancy of 70! This is a huge factor when adopting. Your age and general health should be factored into this decision. If you are older, adopting a pet that is expected to have a shorter life expectancy would help insure that you would always be there to take care of it. In matters of the heart, we don’t always get to choose who or what we love do we?
Clean Up: All pets are going to create the need for extra cleaning. However, there are some species of birds (powder down) that create a white dust that is a natural part of their growth and development.
Is it an urn? Yes. An ornament? Yes, but so much more. An Urnament is a keepsake urn designed to hold a portion of your loved one’s ashes inside. They are sentimental and will warm your heart. Urnaments draw us to where the happy memories reside. They help the healing. Maybe the better question is….What is an Urnament to you?
From the moment we take them home, our pets begin to grow dear to us. They enter our lives to become part of our everyday world. We in turn become part of theirs. They are the only family member who will never know any world but the one we provide for them.
Our pets come to rely on us for nourishment, safety and freedom. Love and time seal the bond. As they grow older and begin moving slower we will tend to more of their everyday needs. We are their caretaker and will always do what is best for them. We preserve their dignity. And when they leave us we honor them with a burial or cremation, preserving their memory in an urn. Today there are many alternatives.
Pet Urnaments are the newest alternative; a respectful expression of love for your pet companion.
The story of Urnaments began with an idea I had a long time ago. Before I could act on it, however; I had to do my research and design something that met my own respectful sentiments. After that, the only question remaining was; were the traditions people embrace for honoring their deceased love ones ready for my new and reverent alternative? I believe they are.
Commemorate the beloved pet you keep in your heart with an Urnament in your home. For more information visit www.urnaments.com or call 866-360-2030.
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When it comes to raising African Grey birds, I believe in keeping things as organic as possible. This should include their toys, and if I say natural I don’t mean just made of wood. Think of the parrots in the jungle, they climb, pick things with their own beak and claws, they tear at many fruits with their beaks and claws and in captivity these bird’s get to sit on a perch all day, must be joyful no matter how bored and sad they are, and they must entertain you.
African Grey parrots are bright birds and need to constantly exercise their brains as well as their bodies. I think all birds are smart but don’t have ways to show it as they stay in a cage every day. However, of all the bird species the African Grey is the most intelligent and has to be stimulated.
These tiny hummingbirds are making their trek back north after wintering in Southern Mexico to Panama. By February, most birds will have reached the Yucatan peninsula. Where they begin to feast on insects in order to gain weight to prepare them for their non-stop flight the United States, many crossing the Gulf Of Mexico. Then they will continue on to different parts of the U.S. and Canada. On their non-stop flight to the U.S. they will cover up to 500 miles. This will take them approximately 18-22 hours. While fattening up for their journey, Ruby-throats will double their body weight from 3 grams to over 6 grams. And by the time the hummers have reached the United States they will have lost a lot of weight, and only weigh around 2.5 grams. Once in the U.S., they will begin to refuel for their long migration northward. The hummingbirds will continue on with their migration process, averaging about 20 miles per day.
1. Limit the Numbers–-The quality of life you can offer any pet is surely the number one most important thing for a bird lover. Only welcome into your life those for which you can provide the very best care. Having one or two that are well taken care of is better than trying to save them all and creating an environment that is less than desirable and/or unhealthy.