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Letters: Weather issues

Dear Parrots magazine,

Weather issues

I have read in this magazine the issues that hot weather can bring about (I live in the UK) and our summers seem to be getting hotter with rising temperatures creating problems for all of us and in particularly our birds. I am a self-employed plumber and have two Yellow-fronted Amazons, which live in large flights in my conservatory. I am very aware of the problems of extreme heat that can quickly become a lethal threat to captive birds and to that end I have insulated my conservatory to keep cool in summer and warm in winter.

Letters: A marvellous thing to do

Dear Parrots magazine,

A marvellous thing to do

I recently came across your website and found the April 2020 issue featuring the Spix’s Macaw on the cover. I found it so encouraging at the way these amazing macaws are now being released to re-populate what was once their natural habitat in Brazil.

Letters: Small cages

Dear Parrots magazine,

Small cages

I once had a conservation with a woman who laid into me about keeping birds in small cages. I don’t think she differentiated between small flighty birds like finches or larger parrots like macaws. It was when I told her I had an African Grey in a cage measuring approximately 36in x 20in x 24in high that she exclaimed it was far too small for such a bird. I did tell her that the cage door is open all day and my Grey has the freedom of a large sitting room, and also a large conservatory. He is out most of the day and often goes back into his cage where he might sit for some time whistling and chatting away. She did seem to calm down a little, but don’t think I convinced her or she fully understood.

Letters: Older parrots

Dear Parrots magazine,

Older parrots

I was very pleased to read the article from Eb Cravens in the May issue about the extra care that he gives to his older parrots. He also takes in some birds from “parrot breeders who are burnt out on their money-making endeavour” and cannot sell such birds.

Letters: The Marmite parrots

Dear Parrots magazine,

The Marmite parrots

I read with much interest in last month’s issue (April 23) about the Marmite Parakeets that are colonising in a number of countries. I assume by using the term ‘Marmite’ the insinuation is that you either love them or hate them, hence the Marmite product of the same persuasion. However, I love Marmite!

Letters: Sea Shanty

Dear Parrots magazine,

Sea Shanty

I don’t know if many parrot owners have listened to the “Sea Shanty” song, the one that goes “There once was a ship that put to sea and the name of the ship was the Billy of tea …”

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