The Difficulties of Handling a Handicapped Parrot

When a bird is handicapped in some way, we tend to "baby" it. Treat it differently then we would another bird. And sometimes this is necessary (different types of perching for specific injuries, softer foods for beak deformities, etc.) but most of the time, it is not necessary and we are only making things harder on the bird to be a bird.  Such...
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Crashing During Flight Training: The Important Lessons

If you're interested in training your bird - ANY age or species - to fly, please invest in my indoor flight training course! I'm also available for consultations if you have a specific situation that you need help with. Consults are only $50 for 30 minutes.  Reminder: Morgan is a 7 year old camelot macaw with a foot defect she was hatched wit...
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Flight Training a Macaw With a Foot Defect

Some interesting things happened recently with Morgan, the 7 year old Camelot macaw with a left foot defect. I'm super excited to share the ups and downs with you this week! Check it out: First, I've got her making the LONGEST flights possible in my living room space which I am so excited about! Now, repetition will build stamina and muscle, an...
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My BREAKTHROUGH Moment With Training a Handicapped Macaw

I never expected to achieve this breakthrough moment on day seven.  If you've missed out on Morgan's previous seven days, then this may not seem as big of a breakthrough as it actually is. So catch yourself up! I didn't expect it so soon at all but I was excited and hopeful for when it would present itself. I literally left off on my last vide...
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When You Have a Bird That Won't Fly...

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Shown: Blue throated macaw "Jinx", Camelot macaws "Comet" & "Tusa"   I received this question after the entry of mine No Excuses: Ideas for exercising your bird.   Hey, I read your article on exercising bird by flying them. But my question is how do you get a bird to exercise by flying (even just in...
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Freestyle Flyer's Club in California

Photo by Gilbert Location: Palm Springs, CA The Freestyle Flyer's Club is all about people interested in freeflight training their parrots for the outdoors and Dave and I try to visit as many places as we possibly can to share the gift of watching freeflight with everyone who'd like to watch!  We are currently in Palm Springs, CA flying our ...
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