I have been a bird owner for almost 10 years. We have an African grey parrot, a blue and gold, and a scarlet macaw. I feel that I am well read in this area due to trying to educate myself by reading lots of books. I really enjoyed this video and felt that it was very informative despite all of the reading I have done on my own in the past. I think this is a video that should be watched by anyone who is going to buy a bird, or by anyone who already owns a bird despite how long they have owned one already.
I am glad the video talked about not buying an unweaned bird as this happened to me because I did not know any better and I did have a lot of problems with the bird initially. I am grateful that I have a friend who is an avian vet that was able to help me through those problems. 🙂 But this did lead to a lot unnecessary vet bills just to rule out that an underlying medical problem was not the cause of the abnormal behavior.
During the shower section I have had a question that the video did not address. Is there danger in birds coming out of the shower in the northern climates when the house is colder (i.e. heat is set at 70)? Our birds do shower with us but there are times that I have been concerned that the house is too cold when they get out of the shower so I put a space heater in the room for a while until they are dry. I do not know if this is necessary and at times I may choose to not shower them due to not wanting to leave a heater going when I am not going to be home. Even when I get out of a hot shower in the winter I feel cold sometimes. Can you comment on this with regards to birds and their body temperature going from hot shower to the winter home environment? I am sure a lot of other bird owners in this area have this question.
Overall, I loved the video and would highly recommend it. I learned a lot by watching it and am grateful to the experts in the avian world for taking the time to put this series together. I think there is so much to learn with regards to caring for these amazing creatures and the more information that we as bird owners are armed with the better.
Michelle Thompson, DO