My Daughter’s First Parrot Bite

My daughter's swollen pointer finger from the bite she endured from blue and gold macaw, Tiko. The inevitable happened. My 11 month old daughter got bit by a parrot. Not just any parrot - and not even one of my own - a 20+ year old blue and gold macaw. For those of you familiar with Taming, Training & Tricks you know him. His name is Tiko. ...
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Are You Over-Training?

Photo by Dave Location: Musha Cay, Bahamas Shown: Blue and gold macaw "Chayko"  It seems that most bird owners have a harder time with starting training at all in the first place, but sometimes people once they dive into the wonderful world of training, get a little too excited and can push a training session too far.  Just recently I had someo...
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Save Money... Buy a Perch, Cancel Those Expensive Appointments

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Pictured: Camelot macaw "Tusa" I didn’t realize that pet shops and other places alike offer nail trimming services to pet owners. It was just the other week ago that I was at a place and the lady that came in brought her amazon parrot and african grey for some much needed nail trims.   The birds wings w...
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Your First Looks at Fixing a Plucking Parrot

Photo by Dave Location: Bothell, WA At Zazu's House: Blue and gold macaw  Unless your plucking parrot has a medical condition, these are the tips we give to those with plucking parrots. I thought it needed its own blog post to get those of you asking for help started with the proper links and beginner help.   Here are the first things we recomm...
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Outdoor Aviary Concerns: Bugs and Wild Bird Diseases

Photo by Dave Location: Centralia, WA Outside on a foraging tree: Blue and gold macaw "Tiko" I’m an AVID believer in supplying your bird with real sunlight that only an outdoor aviary can provide, however, “aviary rules” are different based on where you live. How often your bird can even use one is dependent on the weather wherever you live, ...
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Tips For Parrots That Are Gender-Specific

Tiko is over 20 years old and highly prefers males. Ok... I was just being nice about it... he hates women. All women, except for my mother in law who he is sometimes nice to... and any woman willing to put in the time and effort of training so that he will learn to like you, but it takes a lot of work. And so far my mother in law is the only on...
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