WIN £50 IN OUR PARROT PICTURE COMPETITION

Parrot Picture Competition

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Competition Winners

Thank you to everyone who took part in our September Parrot Picture Competition.

Parrot Picture Competition Entries

The Parrot Picture Competition is now Closed.

Thank very much to everyone who took part in our Competition. Below is a slideshow of all the Parrots who were brave enough to submit their pictures.

We have chosen our top 5 pictures and they have been published on our Facebook Page. The picture with most votes will WIN £50 to spend at Parrot Essentials and the 2 runner ups will WIN £25 each.

Start Voting and Good Luck!

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This month we are running a Parrot Picture Competition and we have 3 amazing prizes to give away. Enter our competition with the chance to Win and spoil your feathered friend.

All you have to do is email us a picture of your parrot doing something that you like.
The picture can feature your parrot posing for a photo, playing with a toy, enjoying the sun in the garden, going out for a walk or interacting with other animals and family members. Simply put,  post your favourite picture of your parrot or parrots.

To enter please email your pictures to admin@parrotessentials.co.uk
You can also share your Picture on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

All competition entries must be submitted by 20th September 2017.
Then we will post what we consider to be the top 5 entries on our Facebook Page and let you Vote for your favourite picture.

The picture which receives the most Votes will Win £50 Voucher to spend at www.ParrotEssentials.co.uk and the parrot pictures in 2dn and 3rd place will Win £25 each.

The Winners of the Competition will be announced on 30th September 2017.

Disclaimer:
You must be 18 or over to enter our competition. By submitting your picture you agree that Parrot Essential may use your picture in social media or other marketing channels

This competition is sponsored by www.ParrotEssentials.co.uk

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
Barbara’s Force Free Animal Training www.BarbarasFFAT.com