The Bucktons Brand

Bucktons Parrot and Bird food

Bucktons Parrot and Bird food

The Bucktons brand was founded in 1918 when George Buckton started a general merchants company. The company slowly started their nutritional journey and 200 years later, they became a well-known and loved parrot & bird feed supplier.

The Hutchinson family became the new owners of Bucktons and 40+ years later, in the 1960’s, they decided that it is time to jump head first into the pet industry. More specifically, they wanted to focus on quality seed mixes for parrots & birds. After the decision to focus on birds and seeds, Bucktons began to build relationships with suppliers and work on perfecting their products.

In 1995 Cranswick Pet Products took over from Hutchinson and continued to grow and improve the quality of the products offer, but kept the well established brand name.

In 2012, the brand was sold to Westland Horticulture. Since then, Westland has focused on growing the Bucktons brand, working for change, all while remembering their core principles, and maintaining their passion for producing delicious seed mixes for birds.

Bucktons Parrot and Bird Seed food

Food and Ingredients
Parrot Essentials is proud to carry many seed mixes, pellets, and formulas for both indoor parrots and wild birds. Here are just a few of our favorites:

No. 1 Parrot Food is suitable for multiple species of parrot. This food is formulated with an excellent mix of over 15 ingredients. Included in this list of ingredients are yellow biscuits, dried fruits, nuts, and more. These ingredients ensure your bird stays healthy and happy. We have 12.75kg bags ready for your feathered friend.

Elite Parrot Food is a seed mix focusing on lowering sunflower content of the mix. By lowering sunflower content, Bucktons is providing your bird with optimum nutrition. Along with low sunflower, the Elite Parrot Food is filled with a variety of over 20 of the highest quality ingredients. Ingredients like; pineapple, hempseed, flaked peas, and more! Parrot Essentials has Bucktons Elite Parrot Food in 12.75kg bags!

Cockatiel & Lovebird Mix is a mix specifically made for your Cockatiel or Lovebird. This formula is easy to digest and contains high oil. These small, high-quality seeds and ingredients, will ensure your bird is feeling and looking great! Bucktons Cockatiel & Lovebird mix is ready to be shipped to your parrot in 20kg bags.

Bucktons has many other food options. Just recently, in 2015 to be exact, Bucktons introduced a new range of food containing Spiralife. Spiralife is found exclusively in Bucktons brand food and contains lots of important nutrients and vitamins to enhance plumage, aid your bird’s immune and digestive systems, and help maintain your bird’s eyesight.

How to Make Friends with your Parrot

How to make friends with your parrot

How to make friends with your parrotIn this article Barbara covers the topic of How to Make Friends with your Parrot.

If you are a fan of parrots like me, you look forward to those moments when you get to make a new parrot friend. Unlike a dog or cat that may respond to a new person right away, birds can sometimes require a little extra effort on our part. Birds are often a bit nervous about meeting a stranger. Here are some things you can do to help them to be more comfortable when you are getting to know them.

How to Make Friends with your Parrot

1. Give the bird space: Although it is very tempting try not to go right up to a bird. Give him some time to get used to you being in the same room. Once he is looking relaxed and comfortable you can move a bit closer to the bird.

2. Move slowly: Birds can become frightened when people move too quickly. You don’t want to scare your soon-to-be new friend.

3. Approach from the front: Be sure to approach the parrot so that he can easily see you coming. Many birds don’t like it when someone is moving behind them.

4. Show him something special: Before walking closer to a parrot, it is a good idea to have some treats, parrot toys or other special item with you. Ask people who know the bird what he likes best. You can show the bird what you have to give him before you get too close.

5. Watch his body language: When you show the parrot the special treat or item you have for him, watch how the bird responds. If he leans towards you he is saying he would very much like to accept your gift. If he leans away he might be saying he is not sure he is ready to make friends right now. If he is not ready, you can always try again later.

6. Offer him the special treat: If the parrot leans forward and reaches his beak towards what you have to offer, you can move closer and give him what you have. Whenever you offer a treat or toy to a parrot for the first time try to present it so that the bird has to lean forward to take it with his beak. This way you don’t have to get too close to the bird’s beak. This is so you can be extra sure the bird is ready for the treat. Sometimes when we get too close or offer the item to fast, a bird might respond by biting.

7. Offer more treats: If the parrot takes the first treat or toy and enjoys it. He might look or lean towards you for another one. If he does, that is an invitation to really start getting to know each other. Continue to offer him special treats or items. This will cause your new parrot friend to really look forward to your visits.

Once a parrot understands good things happen when you visit, you will begin to notice he will really want to get to know you better. He might be eager to step onto your hand. He might even talk or sing to see if he can encourage you to come closer with a special treat. If he feels very comfortable with you, he might even let you stroke the feathers on his head. This is a good sign that you were very careful not to scare him and have done a good job earning his trust.

Making friends with a parrot sometimes takes a little extra effort. But it is a very special compliment when a parrot accepts you as a friend. Pay close attention to your actions when you are meeting a parrot for the first time, offer him yummy treats and fun toys. Soon you will find yourself surrounded by many new feathered friends.

Barbara Heidenreich has been a professional animal trainer since 1990. Her company Good Bird Inc (www.GoodBirdInc.com) provides parrot training DVDs, books and workshops. She has been a featured speaker in twenty countries and has been published in nine languages. Barbara also consults on animal training in zoos.

Barbara Heidenreich
For more information on how to train your parrot visit Good Bird Inc
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