Taking Your Bird on Walks

 Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, Florida Pictured: Military Macaw "Cash"   Almost every night around 5-6pm, Dave and I have been taking our military macaw, Cash, on walks. There is a gas station about a half mile or more down the road and a sidewalk leading all the way to it. We walk to the gas station and back; stopping in between to ...
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Naming Your Bird

Photo by Dave Location: Moab, Utah Hiking with: Congo African Grey "Cressi" I wanted to share how I came up with names for my birds - as well as use it as a way to come up with a name for yours. One of my husband's serious pet peeves is animals whose name is "Blackie" or "Fluffy". I also had a doctor who hated this, too! I remember literally ...
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Night Frights

Cockatiels are probably the most commonly known for having the worst cases of night frights among parrots. Usually, night frights occur for mainly the smaller birds but I have heard of a few cases of it happening for larger birds as well; including my own. I've had one bird fall off a perch during the night or begin having their own night terror...
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Negative Reinforcement: Leaving Your Bird Alone

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Henderson, Nevada Shown: Military Macaw "Cash" Back in January 2006, we bought three macaws; two blue and gold macaws and one military macaw. They were all around the age of 6 months old and were shipped to us while in Henderson, Nevada. We were preparing for the show we would perform for 13 months straight on th...
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Earning Trust for Behaviors: Bird on Back

Photo by Dave Location: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands Hugging: Blue and Gold Macaw "Chayko" Earning your bird's trust can be hard depending on your bird's situation. One of my favorite behaviors to train is based on trust and that is getting your parrot to lay on its back; whether it's on a hard surface or in your arms. It's important to g...
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Socializing Birds of the Same Size

  Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida On back: Congo African Grey "Cressi" and Galah "Bondi"  I recently joined a really great parrot related forum. A user named Cheryl asked for advice on how to properly socialize her six birds and I ended up writing to her about how I socialized my Congo African Grey, Cressi, with my Rose Breasted Cocka...
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