Foot First vs Beak First (The Language of Parrots)

Because Morgan has a left foot defect, she has always had people who had no clue how to properly handle her. Do they treat her as normal? Do they compensate for her, or does she do that? The questions become endless.  Morgan has not been able to speak a common language with her previous owners and I'm determined for this to come to a stop. How? ...
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Remember to Take a Day Off Training (or More)

It feels like weeks have gone by to me, but its just been day by day... so day 12 got its own video.  There are numerous reasons to take breaks from formal training. I was just in a funk that happened to coincide with when I thought Morgan might need a physical break from working muscles that have not been worked on a consistent basis in the pas...
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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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Parrots on Shoulders "Rules": Keeping a Bird Off Your Shoulder

The best way to keep a bird from biting, nipping or otherwise acting out while on your shoulder is by avoiding letting your bird up there in the first place.  Now, this can be challenging in and of itself!  Here are some avoidance techniques:  Hold your bird's feet while on your hand so it can't walk up your arm Hold your arm position in o...
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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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Your FIRST Day With Your New Parrot

Throw out everything you ever heard about leaving your bird alone in its cage to "adjust" for the first few days. Throw it out, out, out!  Here's why: Anytime I see people "leave their bird alone in the cage to adjust for a few days" prior to interacting with it positively, the bird becomes so comfortable in its new space that YOU are the only ...
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