When Birds Preen You

I've always liked it when other people would play with my hair or do it for me. But it's really something else when your bird starts preening your hair for you! My parrots will do it every so often. Cressi dislikes hair, it just bothers and irritates her. Bondi, however, will make sure to fix it if she sees it and my toucan, Fiji, loves preening...
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Behavior Shaping

My favorite type of training is behavior shaping. It can also be the hardest because it requires finding a natural behavior your bird already does and having a clicker on hand to let the bird know it's a good thing to continue to do for a reward. I trained my galah, Bondi, (featured in the video above with Dave Womach) to do what is called "Th...
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Flight Suits, Birdie Harnesses, Feather Tethers...

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Featured: Solid White Parakeet "Lexi"   There is some what of a misconception about flight suits. I’ve noticed a lot of people think they will keep your bird from flying off – but isn’t saying that all relative? It feels like they forget they have to actually hold the leash. And, it doesn’t ...
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How a Swainson Toucan Sleeps

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Reno, Nevada Sleeper: Swainson Toucan "Meaka" One of my favorite things about Toucans is how they sleep. This picture is of Meaka, a Swainson Toucan I adopted from a lady in Sandpoint, Idaho of all places. She owned a petshop there and Meaka's original name was Skittles. She didn't know her name yet, so I chose ...
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Cuttlebone and Calcium Perches

In my opinion, cuttlebone perches are one of the best inventions for parrots of all-time! My entire flock loves these perches in every flavor. I love giving my birds the colored perch that matches them. For example, I tend to mix it up but I find it a great photo opportunity to give Cash, my military macaw, a kiwi flavored cuttlebone perch so th...
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Target Training and Clicker Conditioning

Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida Trainee: Galah "Bondi" I just began target training our new Congo African Grey, Cressi. She caught on super fast to it and is learning the clicker more and more at the same time. She's still hand feeding but should be fully weaned soon enough. She's so smart and it's neat to watch her learn and gr...
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