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December 15, 2013


Filed under: Bird Care,Seasonal,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 2:07 pm

As our daily light supply starts to increase after the winter solstice, all sorts of animals react. Hormones start flowing in the birds and a typical phone call starts ” he never did this before…”  Usually the bird has gotten unusually loud or begun to chew a treasured piece of furniture. They have to announce that they are looking for a mate and then prepare a home. Sometimes a bird will start sitting on the floor of the cage and aggressively charging any hand that trespasses in the cage. After a week or so, an egg may magically appear. If there is only one bird in the cage, don’t expect it to hatch but what you now know is a hen may continue to lay, usually every other day until she completes a clutch and incubates the eggs. Birds need extra calcium to make the eggshell so add an extra cuttlebone and any other calcium source you have. I always wait at least a week after the last egg is laid before removing the eggs and encouraging the bird to get back to the regular routine.

November 11, 2013

Cockatiels, Guinea Pigs and Parakeets, Oh My

Filed under: Bird Care,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 11:07 am

Animal Exchange has more wonderful pets here for you now than I can ever remember. We counted the Cockatiels and it’s 33! including the 11 I am still handfeeding. Every color and design is here. I’m afraid to count the parakeets- there are too many with lots of blues. One of our beautiful grey Teddy Bear Guinea Pigs had an inky black baby just this morning and another female will be producing soon. Come watch them grow.

June 22, 2013


Filed under: Bird Care,Reptiles,Small Animals,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 12:31 pm

Do you have a favorite pet photo? Be sure to enter it in the Animal Exchange photo contest that is open thru July. No picture? Well go take one and send it in. We cherish this opportunity to see our actual customers that you all love so much.


Animal Exchange now has 16 different videos on our YouTube channel with more than 1 million viewings. We hope you have seen and benefited from these videos that have information based on many of the questions we answer every day at the store. There is always so much more to learn about animals and not a day goes by that each of us here does not pick up some good idea in the store. Please let us know if you would like us to cover another topic that is a particular interest of yours.

May 1, 2013

They’re Weaned!

Filed under: Bird Care,Seasonal,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 8:22 am

All 19 of the baby birds are weaned and some have even gone to their new homes already. They are just beautiful with all their feathers perfect since this is the only time in their lives all the feathers come in at the same time. Do come and visit the remaining Cockatiels and Green Cheeked Conures while they are here. The Conure parents are fooling around in the nest box again so there may even be more on the way. With the nest box on the outside of the cage it is possible to peek in and see what’s there but Grace is the only one of the store staff tall enough so we wait for her to be in each week to report.

April 18, 2013

19 Baby Birds!

Filed under: Bird Care,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 9:06 pm

If you wonder why I’m tired, let me explain: First came the Green Cheeked Conures. Their owner had a car accident and asked if I could buy them – the pair and their 4 chicks that would need hand feeding 4X a day. Then came the 4 baby Peach Faced Love Birds. We have a waiting list for them so I added them  in. By this time, I was taking them home every night so I could feed them at 5 AM when I got up, to get in 4 feedings a day. Then came the 8 baby Cockatiels. They were from my very best breeder who had been kind enough to finish off the babies that were being hand fed over Christmas so how could I say no to her. Her pied and lutino birds are sensational. Oh and then she found 3 more! Total 19. The time commitment was about an extra 4 hours each day. These babies should probably sell for a lot more than we charge but the joy of seeing what great pets they are makes all the effort seem worthwhile.

If you choose to take one of these treasures home with you, please remember the following;

They deserve the best food. That’s what we feed our birds and it is most important that you continue to come to Animal Exchange for the freshest and best products if you want your pet to have the long healthy lives they deserve. You just don’t find pets like these elsewhere. There is a reason for that.

We use Avitron vitamins in the water every other day. The product has been discontinued by the manufacturer but we managed to find some and will have it on the shelf for you until our supply runs out. I’d love to have you write or call the manufacturer and tell them why they should remake the product. It has been the best for the last 34 years.

Toys? Yes and we have a huge selection that are as safe as possible for your bird. 4 of the manufacturers started out as our customers. If you want to add things you make yourself, please let us check them for safety first. We  found one person putting led fishing sinkers in the cage because his parakeet liked them. Many strings and wires are dangerous too.

So why am I tired? It’s 10 PM and I’ve just finished the last baby feeding and I thought you should check your birds for dangers in their cage. Good night.

January 21, 2013

Bird Breeding and Parrot Psychology Classes

Filed under: Bird Care,Classes,Store News,Uncategorized — admin @ 3:07 pm

February 10, the Sunday closest to Valentines Day will be the date for our Bird Breeding class. Valentines Day is the day you traditionally put your canaries up to breed so that has always been when we do our overview class to encourage everyone to breed birds for us. It is fun, profitable and environmentally necessary.                                                                                                 In many cases, the behavior changes in pet birds at this time of year, relate to the increasing day length and hormone production. That’s why the Parrot Psychology class is scheduled for Sunday, February 17. Our 2 hour discussion will focus on how our birds perceive their world and what we can do to live successfully with them. They do live amazingly long lives with even little parakeets going as long as 21 years.

Please call the store to reserve your seat. Classes are $15 in advance, $25 at the door. They are held   3-5 PM on Sunday.

September 9, 2012

Parrot Psychology Class

Filed under: Bird Care,Classes,Store News — admin @ 9:39 am

October 7, Sunday from 3-5 we will once again hold our ever popular parrot psychology class at the store. Bird owners and wannabe owners are both welcome for an opportunity to discuss how birds respond to us and the environment. It is often very different from how you and I respond. Let this 2 hour conversation help your relationship with birds be even more exciting. There is a $15 fee for the class by Oct 5, $20 at the door.

February 25, 2012

Lineolated Parakeet

Filed under: Bird Care,Store News — admin @ 3:26 pm

Our 2 Lineolated Parakeets had been feeding each other back and forth in their cage for a week. Now one was clearly unhappy. Laura separated the bird and put a heating pad under the cage. The bird went down on the floor of the cage and the next morning was ” cured “. She had successfully laid her egg and was cheerfully eating and drinking. If you need a proven female Lineolated parakeet, she is available.

” Sick Birds “

Filed under: Bird Care,Seasonal,Store News — admin @ 3:05 pm

This is the time of year that we get calls about birds that are “sick”. The first thing to do is put their cage over a heating pad. In many cases that will “cure” the bird. How you ask? Well with the increasing day length,  hormones are surging and the result is that female birds (hens) are laying eggs. In fact we had our bird breeding class two days before Valentines Day since Valentines Day is when you should put your canaries up to breed.

Other tips:

Please do not leave the grate in at the bottom of the cage. It’s very hard to lay an egg when you are sitting on a grate.

If your bird is suddenly eating a lot of the cuttlebone, there may be an egg on the way.

Some birds that lay eggs have been thought to be male – that was incorrect.

A male is not necessary for a hen to lay an egg. The egg just will not be fertile.

Even if you have only one bird, leave the egg in the cage until she has stopped laying (usually every other day) and has completed her clutch. Wait 7 days before removing the eggs. And yes, you can dye them for Easter.

If you want to breed birds and (I want you to) please come in and discuss nests, nesting material and appropriate equipment with me. What will you do with the offspring? We buy them!!!

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