Saying Goodbye to Coco

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Coney Island, New York Shown: Baby Blue and Gold Macaw "Coco" After approximately 3 months of hand feeding, raising and training Coco, our friend's blue and gold macaw, we recently said goodbye to her and sent her home to him from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was harder than I thought, which is why I always hate t...
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Why Not to "Baby" Baby Birds

Photo by David Location: Coney Island, NY Baby bird: Blue and gold macaw "Coco" For my friend Gary, I am bird sitting a baby blue and gold macaw named Coco for a couple months. Coco is super sweet, as all baby birds are, and watching her for my friend is making me really realize where people can go wrong with their own baby birds.  For whate...
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Birds Need Your Encouragement

Baby birds need A LOT of praise and encouragement when they do the right thing. In this video is the baby blue throated macaw I named, Zoey. She is still a baby and just learning how to fly around and use those wings of hers! When birds are so young, they're naturally curious about flight and trying it out. Just like human babies fall all over...
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Spoon Feeding Baby Birds

Hand feeding a baby bird can be very, very dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Which is why when people ask me about the methods of doing it, I most often say spoon feeding is a safer alternative as there is less chance of suffocating the baby bird. But everything has its pros and cons, its dangers and outcomes. However, I did want ...
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Myth: Freeflighted Birds Don't Talk

Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, FL Cockatoos: Galahs "Bondi" and "Bandit" A huge discouragement to letting a bird be a bird and use its natural ability to fly... is this myth that flighted birds don't talk. This is completely false!  I know, because I have both types of birds; the one who never flew outside before (Bondi, my galah) and one who...
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Showering a New Baby Bird

Photo by Dave Location: Sandpoint, Idaho Showerer: Rose Breasted Cockatoo "Bandit" I took Bandit into the shower for the first time while staying at my parents' house in Sandpoint, Idaho. I didn't take a shower perch but he had watched Bondi (a 3 year old of the same species) from a shower perch before. He merely perched on my hand and I covere...
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