Teaching BRAVERY To a Parrot

Just like raising a child, you want them to be confident beings, it's the same with your parrot - you NEED to teach bravery to instill confidence. A confident parrot is a much healthier parrot in body and mind.  When we bring these animals into our homes to live, there is so much that is crazy to ask them to be OK with: running, screaming child...
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What Desensitization Is & Why You Should Use It With Your Bird

I talk about desensitizing your bird pretty often with different things like dropping books or introducing a new toy, it can be something simple or something really odd (like a giant piñata!)   The purpose of desensitization is to get your bird use to as many different things as possible as a way to reduce the impact of change so it doesn't caus...
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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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Nail Polish and Birds

Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida Drinking: Congo African Grey Parrot "Cressi" In the picture above, I am giving Cressi some water after a day of flying outside. You can see on my thumb that I have some leftover nail polish that has been chipping away ever so slowly. It started out as dark purple, then faded a bit to a lighter looking ...
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Outdoors: A Great Desensitizer

     Photos by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, Florida In Flight: Military Macaw "Cash"  My military macaw, Cash, is 3 years old. He should be flying as well as my other birds (Cressi, Bondi, Bandit) but he does not and is not. His breeder who was in New York claimed he was properly fledged as a young macaw. We got him at 6 months old. His wings...
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