Naming Your Bird

Photo by Dave Location: Moab, Utah Hiking with: Congo African Grey "Cressi" I wanted to share how I came up with names for my birds - as well as use it as a way to come up with a name for yours. One of my husband's serious pet peeves is animals whose name is "Blackie" or "Fluffy". I also had a doctor who hated this, too! I remember literally ...
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Socializing Birds of the Same Size

  Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida On back: Congo African Grey "Cressi" and Galah "Bondi"  I recently joined a really great parrot related forum. A user named Cheryl asked for advice on how to properly socialize her six birds and I ended up writing to her about how I socialized my Congo African Grey, Cressi, with my Rose Breasted Cocka...
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Behavior Shaping

My favorite type of training is behavior shaping. It can also be the hardest because it requires finding a natural behavior your bird already does and having a clicker on hand to let the bird know it's a good thing to continue to do for a reward. I trained my galah, Bondi, (featured in the video above with Dave Womach) to do what is called "Th...
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Target Training and Clicker Conditioning

Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida Trainee: Galah "Bondi" I just began target training our new Congo African Grey, Cressi. She caught on super fast to it and is learning the clicker more and more at the same time. She's still hand feeding but should be fully weaned soon enough. She's so smart and it's neat to watch her learn and gr...
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A Trick to Getting your Parrot to Eat Healthy

  Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida Eater: Rose Breasted Cockatoo "Bondi"   My galah is the last of my flock who chooses to eat anything that might even be considered healthy for her. She won't try anything new unless I try it first and only wants a piece of whatever I touched, not the next one on the plate. Well, I finally got he...
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