Today the New Zealand and Australian public can boldly shout out their hentelligence – the full understanding of where eggs come from and the difference between free-range and caged hens. This is a badge I know many of us proudly display when we purchase our free-range eggs every week from the local supermarket. You heard it first from us – you are a hentelligent person and you should be proud of your hentelligent decisions.

However, many of the earth’s residents are blissfully unaware of the impact our choices in eggs have on the humble hen. Understandably, for many Kiwis and international folk alike, the continuing hike in food costs can mean the difference between purchasing free-range and caged eggs. There is also the small...

Take a closer look at those ubiquitous pigeons waddling under your feet in a city centre or cooing from the rooftop – they are man’s oldest feathered friends.

The humble pigeon isn’t just a tourist spectacle in famous city squares – they helped build ancient civilizations; are among our most decorated war heroes; and their flying prowess and sharp homing instincts thrill the hearts of pigeon lovers the world over. 

Fanciers’ roll of honour
Someone who keeps pigeons is called a ‘pigeon fancier’. Although not obvious members of the pet-owning community, fanciers come in very large numbers, and thousands of pigeon-racing clubs exist all over the world. Belgium is regarded as the home of pigeon racing, with 60,000 registered fanciers...

Gentle, quiet and affectionate, the cockatiel makes an easy-going feathered pet for those who are starting out with their first parrot, or stepping up from caring for budgies.

Because of its sweet nature, modest size and colourful head and crest, this is a very popular pet around the world. And, unlike its cockatoo cousin, it is not noisy or inclined to sonic-screaming and nasty finger biting. Hardy and adaptable, they can be left alone for long periods, and their intelligence and inquisitiveness makes them easy to train. Cockatiels (particularly males) can learn up to 200 words, and love whistling long, complicated tunes they pick up around the house, including phone ring tones. 

Colour choice
The natural colour of a cockatiel...

Many couples treat their pets like a child substitute, smothering it with love and attention. But what happens when they start preparing for the pitter-patter of tiny feet? 

Can Pet's Tell A Woman Is Pregnant?

You may not think your dog or cat knows you’re expecting, but often they do. Cats are adept at detecting changes in mood, posture, behaviour and body chemistry associated with pregnancy. If they feel neglected, cats may become aggressive or begin urinating in inappropriate places. Being highly sociable animals, dogs can become overprotective of their pregnant owner, barking or growling at other family members. Stick to your normal routine as much as possible, but if you’re worried about your pet’s behaviour, talk to your...

Budgerigars are very popular pets for good reason; they have loads of playful character for their size, can be taught to talk, and they are inexpensive to buy and keep. As a member of the parrot family, budgies are very gregarious and make ideal companions, providing hours of entertainment. 

Native to central Australia, wild budgies fly about in huge, noisy flocks. The cage-bred budgie is far removed from its wild cousin; it’s much bigger in size and cannot survive in the wild. Unlike undomesticated budgies, pet budgies also come in a vast array of colours.budgies

When looking for a pet, try to get a young bird. Young budgies are distinguished by the horizontal bars on their forehead, which disappear after three or four months. Look for...