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Letters: Great seeds!

Dear Parrots magazine,

Great seeds!

Why do we hear so much about seed not being nutritious for our birds. I am not a biologist nor a healthcare expert, but if seeds are so bad and lacking good nutritious, why is it that when planted, they germinate and grow into strong and healthy plants.

Letters: Better environments

Dear Parrots magazine,

Better environments

It’s great that EB Cravens is pointing the way towards more enlightened methods of housing our feathered friends (May 2020). Large aviaries with natural enrichment should be the norm, but as Robert McKenzie points out, too many birds still languish in miserable conditions, which prevent them from expressing normal behaviour like flying and foraging.

Letters: My Topsy

Dear Parrots magazine,

My Topsy

I am heartbroken, and hope you can publish this letter. Would be nice if you can write something about tumours in Parrots magazine and how parrot owners deal with the death of their beloved pets. Many don’t understand the heartbreak and sorrow of losing a parrot or any pet.

Letters: More breeding please

Dear Parrots magazine,

More breeding please

I have been getting your magazine for several years, as have two Sulphur-crested Cockatoos as pet birds, but would now like to breed some parakeets. While the articles in Parrots magazine have been so helpful to me, can we have more information on breeding parrots and parakeets.

Letters: Not for the inexperienced

Dear Parrots magazine,

Not for the inexperienced

I have just seen an ad selling un-weaned parrots and am horrified. It also stated that they artificially incubate eggs and hand-rear. These are just the wrong things to do that will damage the life of a parrot.

Letters: Foraging is good!

Dear Parrots magazine,

Foraging is good!

I have read that Amazons can get overweight very easily and very quickly if not fed a good nutritious diet, and I can understand that. I was given a Blue-front around nine months ago that was owned by an elderly couple who had had it for over quite some time. It has been difficult to find out much information about this bird, as one of the couple is now in a care home and the other is not very coherent. From what we can gather, this bird had evidently been kept in a small cage all of its life and fed a poor diet. I had previously kept two parrots for many years, but sadly, lost them to old age, and it was only through a brief conversation with one of the carers that lead to us being asked to take this bird on.

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