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Will your bird get a holiday gift this year?

Halloween Is Almost Upon Us

By Linda Costello
Explore the diaries of daily life with large birds.

JJ will sport a pumpkin costume for Halloween this year JJ, the blue-and-gold macaw, wearing his pumpkin-themed flight suit.

Coco likes to be included in Halloween activities Coco, the blue-crowned conure, perched on top of a pumpkin.

We don't get a lot of trick-or-treaters here where we live. Although we live in a town, we have a great, out-of-the-way location with a wooded area in the back that is off the beaten track, and I like it this way!
We've lived with our parrots for years with neighbors who live close, but not too close, with nary a complaint about noise.

But just in case, I'll have a little candy on hand for any trick-or-treaters. I'll be prepared by having the birds safely in their cages before the door bell starts to ring. Some of my birds like all the commotion, and the weird creatures that show up at our door demanding treats don't faze them at all. But I keep the more timid ones protected from the “big invasion.”
Halloween can be a scary time of year for the birds and for you if you're not vigilant in making sure your feathered goblins stay out of the treat bags that children gather on trick-or-treat night! Chocolate can be toxic for birds, and salty treats are not good for them either.

Birds are drawn to shiny and colorful wrappings, and they could accidently ingest particles of foil, which could cause a blockage and an emergency vet trip!
There are probably a lot of inquisitive parrots that like to join in on the festivities, which can be fun as long as they are in a harness or are in their cage so that they don't take an unexpected flight out the door.

There are now flight suits designed in holiday themes. I improvised and sewed a Jack o’ Lantern motif onto the front of one of my blue-and-gold macaw, JJ’s, flight suit. If it's a warm day maybe we can walk in the annual Halloween parade.

Happy Halloween!!
Below is a Halloween slideshow I made with pictures of my flock. Hope you enjoy watching it.


Let me know how you celebrate Halloween with your parrots in the comments section below this blog. Thanks!

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Really creative and Fun! Linda has the best birds-always presented beautifully.
joan, upper Montclair, NJ
Posted: 10/27/2009 1:26:46 PM
I like the costumes.
bob, la, CA
Posted: 10/26/2009 4:34:58 AM
I celebrate Halloween by attending "Parrot Palooza" in October, at Bird Paradise in Burlington, NJ. THey have a pumpkin carving contest and I always make a bird themed jack-o-lantern to enter into the contest. I bring home goodies for my birds and we decorate our house with Halloween themed items. Happy Halloween!
colleen, whiting, NJ
Posted: 10/24/2009 12:35:10 PM
great pics!
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 10/24/2009 10:03:41 AM
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