About

This website was created as an all-in-one guide for caring for parrots. 
In 2013 my husband and I brought home our first conure, Hilo.
We had no previous experience with parrots and soon realized that they are complex pets who need a lot of attention and care. 

We quickly fell in love with these amazing creatures and welcomed Hana and Poppy into our home soon after.

Caring for our parrots has in turn made us healthier because we pay more attention to what food we eat, and what is in our cleaning products and have since eliminated all dangerous materials from our home. 

Sprouting Organics inspired me to create a website for Eco-Friendly living. So in 2018 Willowbottom.com was created.  Willowbottom is a blog about Eco-friendly & Sustainable living and is quickly turning into an extension of our ever-growing Homestead. 

Questions from readers

Question:​ “My parrot often looks like he’s choking when he’s eating, and sometimes when he’s sitting on my arm. Why does he do this?” – ​Mark

Answer: Birds regurgitate their food to feed their babies and sometimes each other. It’s a form of affection and means they are comfortable and happy. It does look like they are choking, but they are simply trying to feed you as they view you as part of their flock.

Question: “When I scratch my parrot’s head she insists on picking at my freckles or scabs on my fingers. Why does she do this, and should I discourage it?” – Mary​

Answer: Hi Mary, When you scratch your parrot’s head you are preening her, she wants to return the favor by preening you back. This is normal and doesn’t need to be discouraged unless she’s hurting you.
Hilo likes to preen around my fingernails and will get a little carried away sometimes with any loose skin. I let him know when he hurts me, but I don’t discourage preening because it’s a natural part of being a parrot.

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About

This website was created as an all-in-one guide for caring for parrots. 
In 2013 my husband and I brought home our first conure, Hilo.
We had no previous experience with parrots and soon realized that they are complex pets who need a lot of attention and care. 

We quickly fell in love with these amazing creatures and welcomed Hana and Poppy into our home soon after.

Caring for our parrots has in turn made us healthier because we pay more attention to what food we eat, and what is in our cleaning products and have since eliminated all dangerous materials from our home. 

Sprouting Organics inspired me to create a website for Eco-Friendly living. So in 2018 Willowbottom.com was created.  Willowbottom is a blog about Eco-friendly & Sustainable living and is quickly turning into an extension of our ever-growing Homestead. 

Questions from readers

Question:​ “My parrot often looks like he’s choking when he’s eating, and sometimes when he’s sitting on my arm. Why does he do this?” – ​Mark

Answer: Birds regurgitate their food to feed their babies and sometimes each other. It’s a form of affection and means they are comfortable and happy. It does look like they are choking, but they are simply trying to feed you as they view you as part of their flock.

Question: “When I scratch my parrot’s head she insists on picking at my freckles or scabs on my fingers. Why does she do this, and should I discourage it?” – Mary​

Answer: Hi Mary, When you scratch your parrot’s head you are preening her, she wants to return the favor by preening you back. This is normal and doesn’t need to be discouraged unless she’s hurting you.
Hilo likes to preen around my fingernails and will get a little carried away sometimes with any loose skin. I let him know when he hurts me, but I don’t discourage preening because it’s a natural part of being a parrot.

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