There’s no doubt that the pandemic has changed almost every facet of human life, from how we interact with others to how and where we go when, or if, we go out.
For our companion birdies however, nothing has changed. Their daily routine remains their reality, they’re still the happy (okay, sometimes hormonal too) birdies we love dearly. Neither their environment nor their interactions with us has changed. For them, there’s no pandemic.
Sherri’s April Feathered Frenzy column turns looks at how our reactions to the pandemic have impacted us, and how our birdies can help us better deal with our pandemic-driven anxieties.
Our homes affect us in so many ways, from mood to our levels of anxiety. This too is the case for our birdie companions. The ambiance of their environment affects their level of anxiety too as well as their behaviour and reactions to what we are doing around the house.
Sherri’s March ’21 Feathered Frenzy column provides all parronts with some tips and tricks for creating and maintain a happy ambiance level for our birdie companions and us too!
Hormones. One word that strikes fear into the heart (and fingers) of many a parront. Our feathered companions are, like humans, governed by fluctuating and often irreconcilable hormones that wreak havoc on their behavior – and often, ours. Living in human households produces many good, and some not so good, birdie behavior. This is especially true when our sweet feathered companion turs into a little T-Rex, taking every advantage possible to attack fingers rather than cuddle or play.
In her February ’21 edition of Feathered Frenzy, Sherri provides a wealth of great tips and resources to help us parronts live, and keep our fingers relatively intact, during our fids’ hormonal rages.
To clip or not to clip. That is the question.
Sherri’s November Feathered Frenzy column provides readers with a well rounded overview of the controversies and practicalities of wing clipping for our feathered companions.
We all want our companion birds to be safe. But we also want them to feel confident and happy in their feathers. Wing clipping plays a huge role in how our fids interact with and explore their surroundings.
For an in-depth look at wing clipping and how best to approach it with your fids, catch up with Sherri in this month’s Feathered Frenzy!
It’s hard to accept, but sometimes we’re not our bird’s favorite human. Often, with more than one person in a household, companion birds choose one person who they like best, bonding with that individual in a strong, special way.
This doesn’t mean the ‘second favorite’ person isn’t liked, it’s just that the bond isn’t as strong.
But, there are ways to ingratiate yourself and become their close-to-favorite person. Sherri’s August Feathered Frenzy article provides tips on how to build trust and show that you respect that while you may not be their favorite human, you do love them and want to part of their cherished flock.
Living with parrots is a lot different then living with other species like dogs or cats. As all parronts know, our birdies have big personalities, and we parronts make a host of accommodations to ensure we keep our feathered companions happy, healthy – and occupied!
In this edition of Feathered Frenzy, Sherri explores some of the lifestyle changes – perhaps better stated, adaptations, she and Rick have made to keep Zack and Bubbles entertained and feeling as integral members of the flock.
Because, they’re worth it!!!
In the June edition of Feathered Frenzy, we find Sherri, Zack and Bubbles mesmerized and intrigued with happenings occurring around the yard, including foraging wild birds, trespassing raccoons and errant neighbors running machinery far too close to Zack’s property!
It’s important for our birdie companions to share in activities that we too enjoy. Zack and Bubbles often join Rick and Sherri in observing wild birds enjoying seeds at the feeders, or fledglings just beginning to explore their new world.
This month’s Feathered Frenzy reminds us to share in our companion birds’ interests and need for external stimulation by joining them in enjoying the external activities they too find engaging and intriguing – and sometimes, in the case of Zack, a cause for sounding the Conure Alarm!
It’s officially the 2020’s and Sherri and the birdies are trying to tie a neat little bow on the Christmas just past and return to some degree of normalcy to begin the new decade.
But alas, normalcy is hard to achieve, especially after a couple of weeks of rushing around, decorating, wrapping and then opening presents, and the prep and clean ups from big dinners and visitors.
How do you and your flock return to your ‘normal’ after the holiday season? Catch up with Zack and Bubbles here to find out how they’re trying to resume their routines after a festive but hectic Christmas.
Sherri’s October Feathered Frenzy article finds her pondering how everyone – humans, companion birds and wildlife, acknowledge and react to the changing seasons.
She notes that like people, both Zack and Bubbles recognize the changing seasons, with Zack paying particular attention to his parronts’ changing eating habits, clothing choices and house decorations as Fall’s approaches.
Understanding how our companion birds react to seasonal changes occurring around them helps us parronts appreciate our feathered kids’ intelligence, keen senses and intuitive nature.
Click here to read Sherri’s full article.
Sherri’s latest Feathered Frenzy article delves into the intelligence and perceptiveness of our parrot companions.
When someone says ‘bird brain’, they are actually describing a sentient being that can, and does, interact and react to their human and environmental surroundings in a way that is very similar to humans.
Sherri describes how Zack and Bubbles continually surprise and reassure her that they understand hers and hubby Rick’s struggles with life’s challenges – both in and outside the house.
Sherri’s article is a must-read for everyone living with a feathered companion.