All About Feathers, Part 1, Preening: Feathered Frenzy

This month, Sherri launches a three-part series on feather care, beginning with preening.

Preening is how a bird grooms its feathers to remove dust, dirt, and parasites, and to align feathers in the optimum position relative to adjacent feathers and body shape.

Head on over to our Feathered Frenzy page to read more about the art and trials of preening!

Pouty Parrots: Feathered Frenzy

All parronts know that sometimes our fids pout. They react to something happening in their environment, something we’re doing, wearing or about to do and they go into ‘pouty bird’ mode. Sometimes we parronts can get them out of their ‘funk’ quickly, but sometimes, we need to give them time and space to get over whatever is bringing them down – or winding them up.

Sherri’s July ’22 Feathered Frenzy column offers a wide range of ideas on how we can help our feathered companions deal with their feelings and rebuild their confidence in themselves and in us.

The Post Holiday Blues: Feathered Frenzy

Coming out of Christmas and the holiday season can be hard for us all. Once the decorations comes down, everything seems bleak once January comes along. The post-holiday blues affects our avian companions too.

In her inaugural 2022 Feathered Frenzy column, Sherri offers us parronts ways to help our fids – and us transition to a new year. Such measures will help you grounded while also giving you and your birdies something to look forward to every day!

Educating Others – Sharing the Joys of Parrot Companionship: Feathered Frenzy

In the November ’21 edition of Feathered Frenzy, Sherri encourages readers to think about how other people in our social circles may perceive us birdie owners, and how, when people come to visit, need to understand both our feathered companions and the people with whom they share a deep, loving bond.

While other people need to understand and respect our feathered friends, we birdie people need apply the same level of patience with people as we do with our parrots

Find out here what Sherri proposes we do to encourage others to learn some of the nuances of bird companionship.

The Importance of Training: Feathered Frenzy

As many of us get ready to get back to work or return to school, we’re all getting ready to get back into routines and back to learning mode. Whatever the work or school setting, we all need to relearn or remember important rhythms and patterns.

Humans aren’t the only ones who need to keep learning!

Head on over to the September ’21 Feathered Frenzy column where Sherri discusses the importance of training our avian companions.

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.

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!

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.

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