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Added: 25/07/14 : 08:28:01

Budgies & Canaries

The Right Pet for You?
Budgies and canaries are colourful and friendly companions that need to live with other birds in a large aviary. This can be expensive to build or buy and needs regular cleaning, for health reasons.

What do Budgies & Canaries need?

    Companionship - to be with other budgies or canaries and to have human company.
    A balanced diet of bird food, seed shaken through a fine sieve to get rid of dust, and regular
    treats like fresh washed lettuce, carrots and apple.

    A constant supply of fresh, clean water.

    A large aviary, safe from predators and with sleeping areas or nesting boxes to give protection
    from cold, wind and direct sunlight. Daily exercise. There must be plenty of space for flying in
    the aviary.

    Lots of wooden perches for sleeping on.

    Budgies like to perch high up and all at the same level, while canaries need bark-covered twigs
    to perch on. Branches, toys and vegetation in the aviary to create an interesting environment.

    Clean water for bathing.

    Grit to help digestion.

    A cuttlefish bone to peck at.

    The aviary to be cleaned regularly.

    To be taken to a vet if they are ill or injured.

    To be looked after when you are on holiday.

Life span
Budgies can live for up to ten years, canaries for five to six years.


In the wild, budgies and canaries live in large groups so it is unkind to have just one bird. Get a pair or a group of male or female birds at the same time to avoid jealousy. Canaries and budgies should not be kept in the same aviary as canaries are smaller and may be bullied. All captive birds need a stimulating environment and space to fly around.


Budgies can be trained to land on your finger and can be handled quite frequently without stress. Canaries should be handled as little as possible. To pick up a bird, place one hand over its back. The tail should lie along the inside of your wrist and the head should rest between the first and second fingers, while the thumb and other fingers restrain the wings. Relax your fingers to make your grip as gentle as possible and never squeeze the bird.


It is strongly advised that you do not breed from budgies or canaries as it is very difficult to find good homes for the young. The best way is to keep males and females apart. Female budgies come into season from early spring until autumn, and will lay up to six eggs in one clutch.


If your budgie or canary is huddled on its perch, wheezing and gasping for breath, it may have an infection that could lead to bronchitis or pneumonia. Keep the bird warm and seek veterinary advice straight away. Budgies may suffer from an overgrown beak or claws. The beak can usually be kept in trim by pecking at a cuttlefish bone, but it may need to be trimmed by a vet. Claws can be kept short by providing perches with a rough or bark-covered surface. If they need clipping, a vet should do this. A budgie may develop a contagious condition called scaly face, a grey crust that spreads around the beak and face. It is caused by a tiny parasite and can be treated with medicine from your vet. Canaries may suffer from digestive disorders, causing listlessness, sleepiness and loss of appetite. If a canary has constipation, diarrhoea or blood in its droppings, keep it away from the others, make sure it is warm and seek veterinary advice straight away. Feather plucking can be a sign of boredom or stress. Make sure your budgie or canary has suitable companions, lots of room to fly and plenty of interesting toys and perches.


The Right Pet for You?

Birds in the parrot family include small lovebirds and parrots, which do not grow beyond 12 centimetres, right up to the large macaws, which can grow to over 80 centimetres.

Your parrot deserves the best care possible so make sure you are prepared to:

    Find out how your parrot will change as he/she matures, including changes in size and
    behaviour, so that you know how best to interact with him/her and provide the right
    care, environment and companionship

    Check that the person who looks after your parrot when you go on holiday knows all about the
    care needed, including the specialist feeding and how to minimise any disturbance.

    Accept that some parrots can live for more than 50 years.

Remember - a pet will need your time and interest for the rest of its life.

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From Sligo's Shore to International Skies

Added: 14/04/14 : 14:49:13

VOYA is now available to Aer Lingus customers as part of their new in-flight shopping selection ‘Boutique’.  

Aer Lingus customers can now travel in-style with VOYA, the perfect beauty companion. VOYA, the only certified organic seaweed beauty product in the world, has added a special touch of luxury to Aer Lingus Inflight shopping with VOYA Travel Essentials.

An exceptional new kit of all-encompassing body care derived from seaweed, packed full of anti-ageing and anti-cellulite properties will ensure glowing skin at home or away. VOYA Travel Essentials, exclusive to Aer Lingus, features five highly concentrated, organic, paraben and preservative-free products including body wash, body moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner and seaweed soap for quick revitalisation during your flight experience.

Aer Lingus business class customers will enjoy the in-flight VOYA amenities to ensure skin is radiant and hydrated during their flying experience. Gold Circle members and business class customers will also enjoy a 10% discount when shopping at


VOYA Travel Essentials Kit:

VOYA Squeaky Clean Body Wash:  This mild organic foaming body wash contains essential oils and naturally-derived cleansing and conditioning agents to help soften the skin and leave it feeling clean, fresh and revived. The active seaweed extracts help to relieve muscle stress and fatigue.

VOYA Softly Does It Body Moisturiser: Softly Does It offers a real organic indulgence that will keep your skin moisturised and feeling luxuriously smooth.

VOYA Silky by Nature Shampoo: This natural formula will leave hair shiny, healthy and positively nourished, just as Mother Nature intended.

VOYA Forget Me Knot Conditioner: This gentle natural formula will detangle, repair and replenish the hair from root to tip.

VOYA Rub A Dub Dub Seaweed Soap: Gently cleanse and nourish your body with this wild organic soap. Fit this scented lime and basil soap into the palm of your hand and be renewed by VOYA’s organic essential oils.

Price: VOYA Skincare Travel Kit €32

VOYA Spa Treatments & Products are available from:

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Ice cream fever as spring arrives

Added: 11/03/14 : 08:48:19

As spring breaks with the promise of fairer weather one Sligo family will be hoping for even a warmer few months ahead.

The O'Gradys have been providing ice cream for several decades with their familiar vans providing memorable treats for children in Sligo and beyond since 1967. The enterprising family have now added to their business by opening an ice cream shop in Johnsons Court in the heart of the town.

The bright colourful outlet near the O'Connell St entrance is a magnet to those wishing to sample a myriad of delights available from these masters of cool indulgence.

Don't worry if you're still feeling a bit chilly. There are lots of hot goodies on offer including, Hot Chocolate, Hot Dogs and more.

     Edmund and Edmund jnr (L) O'Grady preparing ice cream delights in Johnsons Court

A private seating area provides the perfect setting for a kiddie's party with a world of goodies on offer.

As the town goes green to celebrate St Patrick's Festival there will be no shortage of green treats at O'Gradys.


To celebrate the opening of O'Gradys emporium of delight, Sligo Today is giving away three sets of double tickets for the Gaiety 12 Screen Multi-Plex cinema on Wine St.

All you have to do is answer the following question:

How many flavours of ice cream are currently on offer at O'Grady's in Johnsons Court?

Send your answer by text or email to 0861252422 (standard rates apply) or

Your answer should read  ICE - followed by your answer and your name

This is a FREE competition - No purchase necessary.

So pop along to O'Gradys and check out the outstanding display on offer - you won't be disappointed!

Closing date for receiving competition entries - 30 April 2014

                 Girls from The Ursuline are big fans of O'Grady's Ice Cream outlet

Added: 11/03/14 : 08:48:46