To Improve The Lives of Companion Parrots
Through Education, Adoption and Welfare
The Parrot Resource Centre (PRC) was founded as an educational parrot resource for individuals experiencing challenges with their parrot/s, as well as those considering adding a parrot to their life or facing rehoming of their parrot/s.
PRC is a registered, non-profit, all-volunteer Society governed by an at "arms length" board of directors. The finances are independently audited by a certified general accountant annually.
PRC does not support breeding or sale of parrots, we advocate ADOPTION.
PRC is able to access and share resources, including but not limited to:
- The experiences of individuals who successfully keep parrots in their homes
- Graduates of Living and Learning With Parrots for Caregivers (Susan Friedman - www.behaviorworks.org)
- Avian Veterinarians
- Rescue and sanctuary organizations
- Resource books, magazines and groups
- Trusted suppliers of safe parrot products
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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 us today.
We rely on donations, along with fund raising, to continue our mission of education and welfare with a 100% volunteer team.
Feather plucking seldom has a single factor as the cause, and all possible reasons should be explored, including underlying medical problems. Possible medical causes for feather plucking include skin or internal parasites, liver disease, cancer, allergies and other inflammatory skin conditions, infectious diseases, metabolic or nutritional disorders, or heavy metal poisoning (notably zinc).
Malnutrition is a common contributing factor to feather plucking. Basic seed and table food diets often create nutritional deficiencies that cause abnormal skin and feather development. This can result in plucking behavior, as well as many other medical problems. The dyes and preservatives added to seeds and many pelleted diets may be detrimental to birds or can cause allergies. The relatively low humidity in most households also has a drying effect on the skin. Being deprived of natural sunlight, fresh air, humidity, and the normal light/dark cycle has negative physiologic and psychological effects on birds.
According to two avian veterinarians Parrot Resource Centre works with have shared: in most cases there is an underlying medical condition that triggers the picking which then turns behavioural to maintain it. It has been stated that 80% of feather picking is due to a medical condition and the reason why birds need to be seen immediately to diagnose and prevent the chronic behaviour from starting.