Travel Cages

All birds need a travel cage. So if you do not have one for each and every one of your birds… go get one right now!  The many purposes for a travel cage: - To transport your bird to the vet in an emergency or check up. - Take your bird along with you on a road trip. - Ship your bird via the airlines. - Take him or her on an outing for the day. ...
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Bondi's Story: How She Became an Outdoor Flier

Photo by Dave Location: Moab, Utah Outside Flyers: Rose Breasted Cockatoos "Bandit" & "Bondi" I hope you all remember Bondi's story. If you don't, here's to sum it up: She was raised right, never clipped and properly fledged. The post above is about how much happier she became flying in an outdoor batting cage.   To now sum up how far she h...
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The Real Deal About Drafts

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Saipan, MP Bonding with the AC: Rose Breasted Cockatoo "Bondi"  Birds in the wild are very used to getting natural wind drafts. Especially after bathing your bird, it is important you don't put your bird in the line of a cold draft. This could make your bird very sick just like it would a kid or adult in the same s...
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Does Your Parrot Understand Mirrors?

Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida Taking a peek: Galah “Bondi” I always go through “introducing the new bird to the bird in the mirror” phase when I get a new member to my (giant) flock. What this means is a new bird typically has never seen a mirror before and thinks that it is another bird in the mirror that they are looking at and n...
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A Touch Training Trick I Discovered Using 2 Birds

 Photo by Dave Location: Holland America Cruise Line Theater Pictured: Galahs "Bandit" and "Bondi" I touch trained my 4-5 month old rose breasted cockatoo, Bandit, in two days with three training sessions. It’s the very first thing I taught him (aside from flight training outdoors) and it was actually harder to touch train (or target train) h...
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Parrot Tricks: The Bat and Upside Down Retrieve

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, Florida Bat Look-a-like: Galah “Bondi”   Some people are able to train the “bat” behavior using behavior shaping. I personally prefer using behavior shaping for everything if possible but it’s not always. Some birds love to flip upside down while others will bite you for merely looking at their backside....
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