Training Toco Toucans

Photo by Dave Location: Musha Cay, Bahamas Shown: Toco Toucans   A toco toucan is one of my "dream birds" and I finally got to work with some! They were wild caught and sold as "hand fed tame babies" which they were clearly not. They turned out to be wild caught. My job was to tame them enough that they would actually enjoy human interaction ...
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Spoon Feeding Baby Birds

Hand feeding a baby bird can be very, very dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Which is why when people ask me about the methods of doing it, I most often say spoon feeding is a safer alternative as there is less chance of suffocating the baby bird. But everything has its pros and cons, its dangers and outcomes. However, I did want ...
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A Tip For Weaning Parrots

Although sunflower seeds are fattening, I want my birds to like them so I have something in good size to use for training purposes. So, during the weaning process, I introduce a limited amount of sunflower seeds along with real foods. I’ve always started with “mushy” foods since baby birds are used to eating formula. It has been very easy to g...
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