Bird fanciers and non-parrotheads alike will enjoy scoping out the many colorful exotic birds on display at the 3rd Annual Summer Bird Fair in Cumberland, Rhode Island on Sat. 6/26. Serious aviculturists can see how their choices for “best in show” stack up against the decisions of judges Dr. Al DeCoteau and Pat Tucker. Avian vets, rescue groups, breeders, an outdoor aviary specialist and the author of a new parrot book for children are among the guests scheduled to put on free demonstrations and presentations as part of an educational series.
Caged bird companion humans can browse the Bird Mart for goodies galore including food, toys, supplies and even live birds (a HUGE trade show, promises spokeswoman Donna Rosciti) – with TV’s Animal Planet network even on hand. Northeast Bird Group, which covers all of New England as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; is sponsoring the event. What’s more, admission is FREE and parking plentiful.The Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Parks & Recreation Building, 4097 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland RI.
Danger, Will Robinson: Following up on last week’s article on bird summer safety, overexposure to heat can lead to the very serious condition, potentially fatal, of heat seizure. The first sign that your bird might be crossing from heat discomfort to a downright dangerous situation is an almost dog-like panting: beak agape with tongue sticking out. Further along symptoms include temporary loss of usage of one or more appendages, dehydration and inability to perch. The bird will often be found on the cage bottom, too weak to climb; one or more legs clumsily falling between cage bars and even with bloody wings caused by wildly flapping to try to upright herself. It can now be revealed that a certain smugly stupid examiner correspondent, who shall remain nameless, did not follow his own guidelines, as outlined in last week’s “Pet bird summer fun without the bummer “article; brought his pet cockatoo to work on a seemingly “safe” cloudy day and left her in the car during work. Unexpectedly, the summer sun came out in full force that afternoon. and the cockatoo suffered a heat seizure – a mere few minutes more and the result may have been Kentucky Fried Cockatoo.Thankfully, the bird has recovered although the full healing process took several days.
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