Don't Ask Your Bird to Roll Over on Rocks

Photo by Dave Location: Sagle, ID Wearing a Cap: Baby Galah "Bandit"

I'm sure some of you are looking at the title of this thinking, "Why on Earth would I do that?!" Because I did! Okay, not quite... but pretty close. I wanted to show some friends how Bandit rolls over and really just wanted to show him off to them. So, I laid on the floor with him of my entry way where there is an all tile floor and he rolled over all cute and stuff. I had him do it a couple times and he did great... however...  The next few days he refused to roll over at all and offered me every behavior he knew BUT the roll over. I didn't get it. Then I realized how uncomfortable it was for him to roll over on the tile floor of my house. He learned on mushy surfaces like carpet, blankets, sheets, etc. And to move over to tile was no fun and he really didn't want to do it. I ended up making the roll over particularly negative for the little guy and I felt so bad.  So, I went to the rug in my den and worked on his roll over training... really dedicating my time to it and focusing on it. I now make sure I only ask that behavior of him on a comfy surface and never a hard one such as tile, cement, wood floor or even... rocks.

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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