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Recent Recalls:
Update on Voluntary Product Recall of two lots of FruitBlend™ With Natural Fruit Flavors. Revised: October 2, 2012
ZuPreem®, under parent company Premium Nutritional Products, Inc. is voluntarily recalling the 11/30/13 and the 11/13 expiration date codes of ZuPreem Medium/Large and Large FruitBlend™ With Natural Fruit Flavors maintenance formula bird foods. This voluntary recall is being initiated because two lots may contain calcium levels higher than the recommended level.

Kaytee, a Central Garden & Pet brand, is recalling two products, Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Birds and Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw, due to high levels of vitamin D. These products are used primarily by bird breeders for feeding baby birds. Baby birds being fed the formula may run the risk of kidney failure when ingesting the product. Read more...

Voluntary Product Recall - Lafeber Company
"We have learned that certain grains stored in hot humid conditions can develop hot spots, randomly increasing their moisture. We discovered that one of the grains used in our products was not properly stored prior to its arrival to our facility, resulting in some small areas containing undesirably higher moisture content. Because the increased moisture level can lead to problems with the food over time, such as bacterial or fungal growth, we recommend that you discontinue feeding the listed lot numbers. "

U.S. government commits avian holocaust with mass poisoning of millions of birds...
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is engaged in what can only be called an avian holocaust through its Bye Bye Blackbird program that has poisoned tens of millions of birds over the last decade. The USDA even reports the number of birds it has poisoned to death in a PDF document posted on the USDA website.

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You may have received the touching story called "An Aussie Love Story" in your email... "About eight years ago a wild Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoo flew into a car and broke its wing. The motorist took it to the Vet in Nerang, Queensland, who had to amputate the wing. We adopted her - for which we needed a National Parks and Wildlife permit - and kept her in a cage outside where she was often visited by wild Cockatoos. One of the things that impressed us was how she would push lettuce leaves through the bars of the cage, offering food to visitors..."

Apparently this story is about 8 years old, but still tugs at the heart strings and still travels the internet. I tracked down the author of the story, Julius Bergh, who has written a book called "Love on the Wing, A Tale of Two Cockies" which tells this story of "Love, Compassion, Friendship & Loyalty". You can visit the website at http://www.juliusbergh.com/cocky/Welcome.html
and read the story and also order the book.

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H.R. 669:
2009-2010 Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act
HR 669 bans import, export, transport, breeding, sale or barter of ALL nonnative species unless they are placed on an Approved List established by the USFWS after extensive study. This law would affect most pet owners of non native species...

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A promising new lead in the search for the cause of Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD)

For over thirty years, a mysterious infectious disease has been killing parrots and other exotic birds. The disease, called Proventricular Dilatation Disease, or PDD, has plagued bird owners, aviaries, zoos, and endangered bird recovery efforts. Using the ViroChip, the DeRisi and Ganem labs, in collaboration with veterinarians Susan Clubb in the US, and Ady Gancz in Israel, have identified a novel avian bornavirus strongly associated with PDD.
Read story at http://derisilab.ucsf.edu/....

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TOKYO (AP) May, 2008-- When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught - recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help. Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor's roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.

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He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet.

"I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.

"We checked the address, and what do you know, a Nakamura family really lived there. So we told them we've found Yosuke," Uemura said.

The Nakamura family told police they had been teaching the bird its name and address for about two years.

But Yosuke apparently wasn't keen on opening up to police officials.

"I tried to be friendly and talked to him, but he completely ignored me," Uemura said.



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