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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Preparing My Vehicle With My Birds in Mind

Photo by Kai Bansner Location: Moab, UT Shown: Our truck for freeflying parrots It seems like when you freefly your birds, or when your life involves birds as heavily as mine does, that EVERYTHING I do is made around them. Soon I will be making the long drive from Florida to Idaho and I got to thinking how to do it without my huge white trai...
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Save Money... Buy a Perch, Cancel Those Expensive Appointments

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Pictured: Camelot macaw "Tusa" I didn’t realize that pet shops and other places alike offer nail trimming services to pet owners. It was just the other week ago that I was at a place and the lady that came in brought her amazon parrot and african grey for some much needed nail trims.   The birds wings w...
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Perches You Can't Use For Toucans

Photo by Dave Location: Costa Rica Perched: Keel Bill Toucan  A toucan's nails are not like parrot's nails exactly... comparing the two on pretty much any topic is pretty hard. So although I use cement, sandy and bamboo/stone perches for my parrots... you can't do the same for a toucan. A toucan's nails are MUCH softer, and file down incredib...
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A Cure For Shoulder Birds

If you have a bird that REFUSES to get off your shoulder when you want it to, then this post applies to you! When I first took on Hymie the Hyacinth Macaw, that was his MAIN problem area. And having a bird of that size on your shoulder telling you he isn't going anywhere... is super intimating and dangerous. Here's what I did... I taught a lit...
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No More Nail Trimming!

Photo by Chris Biro Location: Moab, UT Parrots Pictured: Shamrock Macaw "Buckle" and Blue Throated Macaw "Gleam"   I recently found out through an avian vet that a free flighted bird who flies outside should not have its nails clipped due to being able to grasp its landing spots more securely outside. That doesn't mean I want my birds landing i...
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