WingsNThings - Birds & Parrots as Pets - All About Pet Birds - Pets & Animals on Pet Life Radio (PetLifeRadio.com)
Summary: What do you look for when choosing a pet bird? Find out what to look for from the experts! In these pet podcasts our host and guests discuss choosing a bird to fit your lifestyle, compare pet stores and breeders, and talk about how to keep your bird happy and healthy. Other topics include species of birds, your bird's habitat and which are the best foods to feed your little feathered friend! Find out what common household dangers you need to know about, as well as how to train your pet bird and more. In these fun pet podcasts, you'll find everything from taking your pet bird to the office to tips on what the best perches are to keep your bird's feet from getting tired or damaged. So take a beak, we mean peek at the world of pet birds... only on Pet Life Radio!
If you’re a fan of "Wings ‘n Things" you’re also going to love our brand new bird and parrot show, "Bird’s Eye View" on Pet Life Radio! Avian veterinarians Dr. Laurie Hess and Dr. Michelle Ravich discuss more exciting bird and parrot topics in their new show! Listen to our preview, and check out Bird’s Eye View! In this week’s show, our hosts, bird specialist Dr. Laurie Hess and her associate, Dr. Michelle Ravich, will focus on why preventative medical care, including regular annual check-ups, is very important for your bird, just as it is for your other pets. With routine check-ups, veterinarians not only can pick up subtle signs of illness before your bird becomes very sick, but also can discuss with you the latest information on bird nutrition, housing, and other aspects of care so that you are kept as up-to-date as possible on how to keep your bird as healthy as you can. With the proper education, you can help your bird live a longer, happier life.
Baby birds are discussed in this Podcast as Robin meets with Josee Bermingham of Hagan Avicultural Research Institute. Robin talks with Josee about their weaning techniques and the unique way they socialize their birds at HARI.
This week Robin is joined by Mark Moore, co-owner of Hill Country Aviaries in Austin, Texas. Mark shares some of his techniques and tips for designing, building and outfitting a great outdoor aviary. Mark is chair of the publications committee for the American Federation of Aviculture and is instrumental in publishing the AFA quarterly magazine The Watchbird.
Interview with an aviculturist. This week Robin is joined by Rick Jordan, noted aviculturist and co-owner of Hill Country Aviaries in Austin, Texas. Robin and Rick discuss aviculture and some of the issues facing both the breeder and companion parrot communities.
After a summer of craziness and non-stop travel/work Robin had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. David Waugh from Loro Parque Fundacion in Tenerife, Spain. Join Robin and Dr. Waugh as they chat about the exciting conservation work being done at this amazing facility.
This week Robin is at the New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth, MA. She is speaking with the director, Dr. Gregory Mertz, DVM. Dr. Mertz is also known as The Odd Pet Vet. In his practice at the wildlife center Dr. Mertz sees many companion parrots in addition to other exotic pets. During their discussion Robin and Dr. Mertz discuss common issues in parrots and parrot care. Some suggestions for preventative care are given.
Don’t know where to begin to learn more about your parrot? Robin Shewokis and Barbara Heidenreich share some of their favorite resources for parrot information. Having spent years doing their own research for information they provide a long list of trusted books, DVD’s, magazines, blogs, chat groups, internet resources, seminars and more for parrot enthusiasts.
Barbara Heidenreich and Robin Shewokis share highlights of some recent travels. Robin was busy socializing with the cream of the crop of the parrot world at Parrot Festival. Barbara played with gorillas, elephants, penguins, porcupines and parrots while consulting on animal training for a zoo. Get an insiders look at two very different working winter vacations for these animal enthusiasts
In this week’s podcast, Robin chats with Kodi Pinnell. Kodi hails from Lindale, Texas and is a great role model for any young people who are considering parrot ownership. Kodi talks about his passion for parrots and the people who have helped him learn to be an exceptional parrot owner.
Do parrots exhibit height dominance? Are scarlet macaws truly nippy? Is it safe to give parrots the cardboard from paper towel rolls? These questions and more are discussed by Robin Shewokis and Barbara Heidenreich as they explore various myths and misconceptions about parrots.
Got a parrot that does everything in his power to avoid exercise? Then this podcast is for you. This week Barbara Heidenreich and Robin Shewokis discuss ways to get your perch potato moving. They also discuss some controversial methods parrot owners have been advised to use and the more trust building alternatives.
Foraging is a hot topic in the companion parrot community. This week Barbara Heidenreich and Robin Shewokis get creative with foraging ideas. They also share how to train your parrot to interact with foraging toys and why it is beneficial to get your parrot foraging.
In this week’s episode Robin sits down with noted scientist and author, Dr. Irene Pepperberg. Dr. Pepperberg shares anecdotes about her work and her time spent with Alex the African Grey.
Getting your parrot to present natural behavior in your home can include encouraging foraging behaviors, teaching your parrots to use their unique adaptations to expend energy, and capturing natural behaviors and putting them on cue. In this week's episode Barbara Heidenreich and Robin Shewokis shares ideas and suggestions for getting your parrot to act naturally.
Dr. Sharman Hoppes of Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A & M University shares the exciting advances being made in Proventricular Dilitation Disease (PDD) research. This deadly disease has challenged the parrot community for years. Fortunately some recent discoveries are giving researchers hope that a definitive diagnostic tool will soon be available as well as optimism for the development of a vaccine