There’s only a week left to go but you can still enter our excellent competition to win a solar-powered bird bath for your garden. It comes with a built-in solar panel that powers the water pump and spouts water from an ornamental frog, which is then re-circulated all day long! All you have to do is upload a photo of your bird at bathtime to the site – on the 21st of July, the contest will then be closed and Bird Trader users will vote to decide on the best photo and therefore the winner of the bird bath. You can enter the contest here - but hurry, there isn’t much time! Good luck!
BirdTrader is the UK’s no.1 online marketplace for buying and selling birds – when you place an ad to sell a bird on our site, you’re placing it in front of over 200,000 visitors a month. That’s 200,000 potential buyers! But, as the website is so popular, you’re not going to be the only seller.
So how do you make sure your bird stands out from the rest? It’s not actually anything to do with the presentation of your ad, or the qualities of your bird. Nope, it’s all about getting attention in the easiest way possible! For a small fee you can make your ad a blinking ad, a highlighted ad, an Urgent ad or even a Top Ad – that’s putting your advert right at the top of the listings, right where buyers are going to look first, for a whole week (and of course if you feel the need you can renew your Top Ad the week after, and the week after that, and the…well, you get the picture!).
Follow this link right here to find out more about making your ads more attractive!
As you know by now Bird Trader isn’t just the number one UK marketplace for buying and selling birds online, its also one of the UK’s biggest online communities for bird enthusiasts. On top of allllllllll the other things you can do on the site, you can watch and upload bird-related videos! Some of them are interesting, some of them (actually most of them) are amusing, and all of them can be found here. Have a look!
A postal carrier is working on a new beat. He comes to a garden gate marked BEWARE OF THE PARROT! He looks down the garden and, sure enough, there’s a parrot sitting on its perch. He has a little chuckle to himself at the sign and the parrot there on its perch. The mailman opens the gate and walks into the garden. He gets as far as the parrot’s perch, when suddenly, it calls out: “REX, ATTACK!”
Here at Bird Trader we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the birding world – however, nobody’s perfect so from time to time we get things wrong, and our users are always there to correct us, for which we’re grateful! Now on the new platform of the site, you can upload your own articles – thereby sharing your bird wisdom with us and with the rest of the users! Just click on this link to impart your knowledge and be a part of our community!
A woman went to a pet shop & immediately spotted a large, beautiful parrot. There was a sign on the cage that said £25.00, which seemed far too cheap.
“Why so little?” she asked the pet store owner.
The owner looked at her seriously and said, “Look, I should tell you that this bird used to live in a Brothel and sometimes it says some pretty vulgar stuff.”
The woman thought about this, she had no young children so decided she would have the bird, as it was so beautiful. She took it home and hung the bird’s cage up in her living room and waited for it to say something. The bird looked around the room, then at her, and said, “New house, new madam.”
The woman was a bit shocked at the implication, but then found it kind of amusing.
When her 2 teenage daughters returned from school, the bird saw them enter and said, “New house, new madam, new girls.”
The girls and the woman were a bit offended but then began to laugh about the situation considering how and where the parrot had been raised.
Moments later, the woman’s husband came home from work.
The bird looked at him and said, “Hello Keith!”
Head to Bird Trader’s Contests section to see our brand new competition, whereby you an win an egg incubator for your birds, worth over £100! All you have to do is upload a funny photograph of your bird and on April 4th, votes for the funniest bird will be collected and you could win this great prize! Don’t forget, you can still win an iPad – details for this contest are also in the Contest section.
The blog hasn’t been updated much recently (that’s going to change, however!) but Bird Trader’s News section is constantly being updated with news about birds from around the globe – from the funny to the downright weird, and from tragic to surprising. Make sure you keep ahead of all the latest developments by regularly checking out our bird news section!
In recent months unfortunately the Bird Trader blog has been a little neglected – but only because we’ve been working on the new platform for the website! If you haven’t already checked it out, you should – not only does it have a snazzier (we like to think) new design, it also has lots of brand new functions. Become a user and upload a profile for your bird to help it sell easier! Upload and share videos! Chat with other bird enthusiasts! Bird Trader is no longer just a marketplace for birds, its a community for their owners! But if all you want to do is sell your bird, we’ve made that easier for you too – you can now “upsell” your ad for a small fee, making it urgent, featured or highlighted in order to stand out and advertise your bird for sale faster! Go check out the site!
How should you feed your parrot?
Illness in pet birds, particularly parrots, is often caused by a nutritional imbalance because the owner doesn’t know what sort of diet a parrot or parakeet requires. So how can you assure that your parrot is getting the right nutrition?
- Seeds should only make up about 10% of a parrot’s diet. Seeds are too high in fat and low in nutrients such as calcium to be a sustainable healthy diet for a parrot. Parrots can often come to enjoy seeds so much that they exclude other nutrients from their diets and become fussy. Seeds are like junk food for parrots so try not to feed them too much.
- Formulated diets were created to solve this problem and consist of rains, seeds, vegetables, fruits, fortified with vitamins and minerals, and are baked into pellets or any variety of other extruded shapes to appeal to the parrots. However they can often be considered boring by parrots so should only make up 50-60% of a parrot’s diet.
- Fresh vegetables are a great healthy addition to a parrot’s diet. These can include carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy greens (such as kale, turnip greens etc), parsley, sweet peppers, broccoli and cucumber. However it may be difficult to convince your parrot to eat these vegetables, so you’ll have to be creative with feeding methods. Try hanging vegetables from the side of the cage in a clip.
- Fresh fruit is also a wonderful idea for a parrot’s diet – however, parrots love fruit so much that they tend to overdo it, so don’t provide too much. Tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, kiwis and bananas are a good way of getting your parrot to eat the kind of food it would eat in its normal habitat.
And what about what NOT to feed?
- Birds are lactose intolerant so dairy products should be limited to bits of hard cheese.
- Don’t feed them chocolate, avocado or rhubarb as all parrots are allergic to these.