Check out our Behaviour Videos! Members of PRC have access to consultation with Bev to work through behavioural issues they may be experiencing with their bird/s (see About Us, Membership).
PRC Director Bev Penny is a student of ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis). Meet her and her flock as she demonstrates simple techniques that you can use to have a better relationship with your bird. Bev is a qualified ABA instructor, implementing easy to understand lingo for anyone.
Watch all the videos here. For example, check out how easy it is to get your bird to allow you to file his nails using Positive Reinforcement with Zuki above.
Babs, Umbrella Cockatoo - Her Story Permanently Under PRC's Financial Wing
Update: Babs had emergency surgery, please follow her progress on Parrot Resource Centre Chat - Facebook or on her YouCaring page (click Give Now tab above). Background: She had developed postintubation tracheal stenosis from previous multiple prolapse surgeries (her throat is damaged from the constant intubation and tissue is dying). She will have to undergo surgery to remove dead tissue and widen her trachea. Without the surgery Babs will die: she will not be able to breathe or eat. The actual quote is $1400 to $1600 which includes medical boarding, not included in the guess. There is also an optional charge of $200 if we want the tissue tested and $100 for a culture, culture testing is more important.
Please donate to help Babs - her current vet bill total is $5825.22 (July 24, 2014).
Her next checkup is January 2015, she is our miracle bird - the avian vets also call her that!
Chico May 2014 - is the 35 year-old BFA who was critical on October 19, 2013. Look at this fighter today. We did notice a bit of issue with the foaming on his left eye of recent and his avian vet, Dr. R. Weger, has prescribed a new eye drop, with tetracycline. Dr. Weger was very impressed at how great Chico is looking and doing, he had not seen Chico since early in the year. Dr. Weger only charged for Chico's meds, and Gloria Fantin donated the cost of the vet bill. Chico is in foster care with a director in B.C. Thank you to everyone who helped Chico in his journey, we were humbled by the outpouring of love and support showered on Chico.
We have an Eclectus, a Moluccan Cockatoo, a Congo African Grey, Senegal, two Green Cheek Conures and four Parrolets looking for their special long-term home. Complete the adoption application on Adoptable tab or contact any director on our Director tab.
If you are looking to adopt we are interested to hear from you as we do have requests from caregivers who are looking to find new homes for their bird/s and we will place you in direct contact.
Professional Beak Reshaping and Treatment for Lower Split Beak Condition Tommy Uittenbogaard, Netherlands Credit to Ellen Uittenbogaard and University of Utrecht.
Wednesday 18 June 2014: Tommy visiting an avian specialist. Traveling with train, bus, etc to the Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Diergeneeskunde is always quite a pain in the butt. I left 9 AM and got home with Tommy at 3:15PM..lol. But... all for my birds of course! I was very privileged to have two amazing avian specialists looking at Tommy. Dr. Yvonne van Zeeland (who diagnosed the Cushing in Mickey) and Dr. Nico Schoemaker. And of course a "bunch" of students. Nico and Yvonne both thought the best to do is to trim Tommy's beak as good as possible (especially the lower beak with the burst) and the only solution will be for me to train Tommy trying to find a way to keep his beaky (upper and lower) short. They took Tommy and he got anesthesia for this. I was very lucky that from the moment Tommy was sleeping I could join the surgery and at the moment I went in the room Nico and Yvonne told me that they saw that on the inside of his lower beak there was a burst, which went totally to the "bottom" of the beak!! So... that is for sure the reason that his beaky is very weak and if it grows it only gets weaker. :( They trimmed his beak very good and neat. Nico did the lower beak and Yvonne the upper beak LOL. Yvonne loves to trim upper beaks and you can see that in the result, because his beak looks amazing!! A real african grey beaky. he he. So... what I now have to do is training with Tommy to try to trim his upper and lower beak for example with some sandpaper on my finger. trying to do that every day or every other day so that his beak never will grow the way it does now. That is the only solution to this. That burst inside his beak will never be gone. And if the beak grows, it only gets weaker. So... we are going to start with this.
Update August 2014: Tommy is progressing with acceptance of Ellen grooming his beak to maintain its proper shape!
Pet Expo April 26, 27 - 2014, Calgary, AB Enjoy our video below!
Parrot Wellness Products and Toys, Healthy Sprout Mix, Warm Mittens, Cozy Slippers ... shop the PRC Online Not For Profit Store and support our mission. We have it all, and at very reasonable prices, too. Check it out!
PRC Is Looking For Volunteers & Foster Homes in Canada We are looking for individuals who have a passion for companion birds and some available time to volunteer/foster with Parrot Resource Centre. If you can handle some stress, make a commitment and want to make a difference to parrots, we would love to hear from you. Whether it be direct contact with parrot caregivers, writing thank you cards, presenting educational information on parrots ... we need volunteers and foster homes (all foster homes do require a home check and completed application, experience not a prerequisite). Contact any director under the About Us tab, we would love to chat with you (no restrictions on location either).
We rely on donations, along with fund raising, to continue our mission of education and welfare with a 100% volunteer team. To keep operating costs minimal, receipts are not issued for cash/cheque donations under $21 or PayPal donations, unless requested. Please send to "friends and family" through PayPal to avoid fees to PRC. We can not issue receipts for income tax purposes as we are not a registered charity, we are a registered non-profit society. Business number 821095643RC0001.