The website ‘Cooking for Parrots’ was created by my love for my parrots Tommy, Rikki and Kiko (pronounced as key go). And I like to share my recipes and ideas about healthy meals for my parrots!
Tommy (African Grey)
Tommy was a little baby of 11 weeks old when I took her home in 1988. She is so sweet and funny. I love her so much. For about 4 years I know that Tommy is a girl. So if I sometimes say ‘he’ or ‘him’, you know why 😉
I adopted Rikki in 2008. At the age of 6 months. It was a very sweet little rascal. He struggles with the moult and must wear a collar for about 3-4 weeks a year. Otherwise he pulls immature feathers out of his little body. The itching and pain are unbearable. Rikki is now in his terrible two’s. So I read his body language all the time to see in what kind of mood he is at the moment. That will change as fast as the wind.
I adopted Kiko in 2009. At the age of 2 years I was already his 4th owner… It was a silly caique who acted in the beginning like a quiet African Grey. Beside that he did not play at all. To this day, he remains a bit clumsy. So onlike a caique 😉 But he plays now and is from time to time a crazy funny caique, just as he is supposed to be!
From the beginning I do research on food for parrots. At the very beginning I compose my own seed mixtures, then I give only pellets with some fruit and veggies for a while, and now I give as many fresh and organic food as possible, next to (Harrisons) pellets.
Tommy is living on a great livingtree during the daytime. She has no cage, beside the sleepingcage in the birdiebedroom upstairs. Rikki and Kiko do have a cage, for the simple reason that otherwise they will demolish my furniture if I’m not around… 😉
To make it as fun as possible into the cage for the birds, I’m always looking for new cage setups, so they do not get bored if I’m not nearby.
I like to make the lives of the parrots as fun and ‘natural’ as possible. I will often update about their well-being.
I hope you like and gain ideas from this blog!
(Note: I am not a veterinarian! So for questions about this and the content of my website, please contact your veterinarian.)
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