Tips from a Second-Favorite Human: 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.

The Unique Life of Parrot-Hood: Feathered Frenzy

Zack and Bubbs Silly 9-2019Living 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!!!

Bird Watching: Feathered Frenzy

Bubbles 6-16-16In 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!

Feathered Frenzy: Quarantine Routine

IMG_20200429_095711In this month’s edition of Feathered Frenzy, Sherri explores the reality (for her and many of us) of having our parrots go from avian companions to avian coworkers.

Sherri’s experience of working from home with Bubbles and Zack riding shotgun on conference calls may very well echo and mirror readers’ experiences too.

Catch up with Sherri, Bubbles and Zack to find out how they’re dealing with the COVID-19 lockdown.

Beneath the Cage Grate: Bot Basics 101

IMG_20200227_103116In this month’s Beneath The Cage Grate edition, Morty crafts a mischievous response to South Carolina’ pals Zack and Bubbles in their plea for help dealing with their own out-of-control artificial intelligence issues.

We all know Morty’s recent ‘issues’ with Alexa, so it’s not hard to imagine some of the quirky tips he’s going to pass on to Zack and Bubbles.

Check out the March issue of Beneath The Cage Grate here.

Matchmaking Mayhem

It’s amazing how birds, like people, can be introverts or extroverts, and every bird seems to be quite in tune with their personality and their interactions with fellow human and birdie housemates.  In February’s issue of Feathered Frenzy, Sherri identifies some important issues regarding how matchmaking and our feathered companions can be an exercise in luck – and something often more challenging.

IMG_20200202_130534Sherri talks about how feisty Bubbles burst onto the scene in 2016 and took Zack and Chloe by storm (and shock).

This photo of Bubbles and Chloe, taken moments after they first met, tells the tale perfectly. Bubbles looks relieved to have a home and Chloe looks shocked by this blue interloper!

Catch up with Sherri’s full article on Matchmaking Mayhem for a good discussion on how birds understand human personality too, and how they use it to their advantage!

Back to Normal… almost

Bubbles 2019It’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.

Unconventional Traditions

Whether it be decorations, lights, food, television shows or music, we all have Christmas traditions that are near and dear to us.  Some of these traditions change, fade with time, or get updated as years go by.  Our feathered companions are an important part of Christmas festivities and time-honored traditions and are often keen to participate in traditions. Xmas Morty

Sherri’s December Feathered Frenzy article will surely make every reader reminisce about Christmas’ past, and how their birdies respond to those treasured traditions.

A little early, but please join Sherri and family in wishing Zack a very Happy 20th birthday on December 31st!

Safety Tips for the Holidays (and Every Day)

Festive Fall ZackIn this month’s edition of Feathered Frenzy, Sherri shares some tips and reminders on things to watch out for that may pose dangers and risks to our feathered friends over the upcoming Thanksgiving season (actually they are year-round dangers all birdies need to be protected from, but especially during the holidays).

So head on over to the Feathered Frenzy page and make sure your holiday season (and every day) is birdie safe and approved!

Feathered Frenzy: The Gradual Emergence of Fall

Zack & Bubbs 4-2018Sherri’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.