How Old Does a Parrot Need to be to Begin Training?

Picture location: New Mexico, Shown: Capri, Jamieleigh and our Blue Throated Macaw Jinx A parrot's age varies depending on what you are specifically wanting to train it. However, I view training as something that is unavoidable. To me, every interaction with your bird is a training session whether you like it or not, or are even aware of it bei...
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Endangered Species Act Changes Things For Us

Dave performing aboard the Norwegian Dawn with Camelot Macaw Tusa Last year when we disembarked the Norwegian Dawn just before Thanksgiving, our blue throated macaw Jinx was entered into the endangered species act, and therefore the USFWS seized our traveling permit for him. We were devastated and knew there would be not enough time on our brie...
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Parrots on Cruise Ships FAQ

We have an abundance of new followers every week and so many people feel in the dark when I begin posting and there’s lots of questions - especially when we go on cruise ship tours for 6-7 months at a time and that’s all people see. So here are the most common questions. Feel free to ask others if they aren’t here, and I will add them if they b...
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Bird Training Updates From the Past 7 Months

My world got quite crazy in the preparation of our 6 month contract on board the Norwegian Dawn starting July 25, 2014. We had a 20 day rehearsal period in the Mediterranean followed by the preparations of passports (not just human ones, but our pet passports too! Hello, 4 months of paperwork and 220+ pages of applications…), the shipping of pro...
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My Recent Parrot Bite

Galah bite (notice two beak marks on my thumb, not bleeding yet!) My most recent parrot bite was received on May 30. Parrot bites from my flock are a big deal to me as I'm always trying to do right by them which to me, means avoid ever making them feel the need to communicate their point to me with a sharp point at the end of their beak! But, i...
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