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Letters: Banish mice the natural way


Dear Parrots magazine,

Banish mice the natural way

If anyone is having a problem with mice in their aviaries, I would like to share a tip passed to me by a bird keeper friend of mine. When I told him I had a mouse problem, he explained to me that he always sprays peppermint oil around his aviaries, and underneath the nest-boxes, and this is very effective at keeping these unwanted rodents away.

Letters: Really determined


Dear Parrots magazine,

Really determined

After reading your article about Macaw ‘Babes’ with a broken beak, I must tell you about one of our budgies, Smokie.

Letters: Watch those toys


Dear Parrots magazine,

Watch those toys

I have been reading a lot about how we must keep our parrots entertained to stop them becoming bored, as I have heard that boredom can be a big cause of feather plucking.

Letters: Vasa’s are amazing!


Dear Parrots magazine,

Vasa’s are amazing!

I have a 3½ year-old female Vasa named Dexter who has an extensive vocabulary of human words. Just in the past year or so her talking ability has vastly expanded, the difference is unbelievable! She talks all the time, sometimes picking up long phrases that she has heard, only once or twice.

Letters: Alex’s controversial confinement


Dear Parrots magazine,

Alex’s controversial confinement

I want to commend Pam Fryer for her article regarding Alex the African Grey, because she brought up a point that has bothered me for many years - the conditions under which Alex was kept his whole life.

Letters: How safe are UV lamps?


Dear Parrots magazine,

How safe are UV lamps?

I have two parrots, an African Grey called “Beau” and a Hahns Macaw called “Argyle”, and I recently purchased a UV lamp and bulb specifically for birds and reptiles. These lamps are free standing and very flimsy and although my carpets are pretty thick, Beau accidently knocked it over, while in flight, and broke the bulb. I was in an adjoining room and assumed he’d knocked something trivial over as he sometimes does and finished what I was doing before investigating as I could see Beau was fine and happy. It was then that I realised what he had done, and before removing the broken bulb from the lamp, decided to search the internet to find out the best way of disposing of the bulb, as my local council are pretty fussy about separating refuge and recycling.

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