Post Pandemic Blues: Feathered Frenzy

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.

Attention to Ambiance: Feathered Frenzy

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!

Handling Hormonal Horrors: Feathered Frenzy

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.

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!

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.

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.

Feathered Frenzy: Bird Brains: They’re Bigger Than You Think!

Zack & Bubbs 4-2018Sherri’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.

Alert: Sick Human!

bubbles 7-4-16In our April issue, Sherri reminds all who share their home and life with birds that when we get sick, our birds react in different, and often negative ways to our illness.  Sherri experienced a very nasty bout with two viruses over a few weeks and as she recuperated, Sherri took notice of how her illness affected Bubbles in a more direct and somewhat serious way.  Zack on the other hand was attuned such human frailties and takes moms sicknesses in relatively good stride.

While diseases are rarely shared with humans, birds can definitely share nasty bugs with us!  Read Sherri’s Feathered Frenzy article here.