Are You Confusing Your Parrot During Training?

Back on tour I less than half-heartedly worked on teaching my galah Bandit to "give kisses". Read and see video of where it was at here.   Photo by Jamieleigh Location: On tour Shown: Galah "Bandit"  Well, since being home and in between creating the BirdTricks Cookbook, I decided I'd give it a go at REALLY teaching this trick. So I spent a day...
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How Many Cages Do I Need?

Photo by Dave Location: Waynesboro, VA Shown: Galah "Bandit" Whenever I go out of town and leave my birds behind, I always make sure they are housed in their own cage. I would hate for a fluke accident to happen and my birds to get in a fight that someone can't break up, resulting in serious injury. Even when birds get along really well, they a...
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Our First Christmas... Parrot-Less...

Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, FL With their stockings: Galahs "Bandit" & "Bondi" Dave and I got married in July 2004 and immediately left for Japan followed by a tour of Oregon state.  In entertainment, you never get the holidays off because that's when people want to be the most entertained.  We have performed every Christmas since bein...
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Falling in Love with a Bird Online...

Photo by Dave Location: Moab, UT With me: Blue throat macaw "Jinx" No one has an entirely perfect parrot. Every parrot makes noise, every parrot makes a mess and every parrot bites whether it means to or not. Sure, there’s that abnormally calm cockatoo that hardly every screams or that super sweet and cuddly macaw that comes around every so oft...
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Our Current Flock of 9 and How They Came to Be

I can't tell you how many times people ask me, "How many birds do you have?!" It's easy to get confused and think I own a small rescue of parrots with all the photos I post, videos uploaded and tales told of various species of parrots. I get requests for birds you guys see a lot, or in popular videos like Storm the interrupting amazon parrot or ...
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Training My Cockatoo to “Give Kisses”

I absolutely love the videos of Marnie (Thanks, Jenevie!), the blue Indian Ringneck parrot that gives kisses to all the stuffed animals and says, “You’re just so cute!”  It’s a common saying in our household if we ever call one of our birds cute, we follow it up with, “You’re just so cute!” on our best Marley-voice.  For whatever reason I’ve b...
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