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Will I Have A Closer Bond With A BABY Bird?

 August 31st, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Congo african grey

Congo african grey

Q: I read that you will have a closer bond with a bird if you get it as a baby. Will the bond be even closer if I hand feed it?

-Max W.,  Clarksville, TN

A: In the last 10-15 years, bird keepers have undergone a drastic and much needed transformation in the way they care for their birds. It is much more widely known that birds cannot survive on seed-only diets or live in tiny cages. The avian sciences have …

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How Well Do You Know Your Bird?

 August 23rd, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Galah

Galah

I wonder how many hours in my life I have dedicated to staring at my birds? To a non-parrot owner, that might seem like time wasted, but we all know better.

It blows my mind whenever I read something about “new discoveries” regarding parrot intelligence in some science journal.  A bird’s foraging skill is hardly a new development. It is how they have fed themselves for millions of years.

But to a non-bird owner, or a scientist who is just getting around to noticing, it is front page …

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Why Training Your Bird Can Save Your Relationship

 August 16th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw

This post is probably not going to make me popular. However, my popularity in the avian community has never been driving force in anything I have said or done here. I don’t use Birdtricks to gain personal affirmation in the form of shares and likes. My only interest in this community begins and ends with your birds.

I will be speaking my mind in this post and saying what I feel needs to be said. I want to point out, though, that when I say …

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Do You Have A Bird Sitter?

 August 9th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty

Goffins cockatoo, Theo

When the subject of vacationing comes up, a large number of parrot owners reveal that they don’t travel because they are afraid to leave their birds. Either they don’t have anyone they trust to care for them or they are afraid that their bird will have disowned them by the time they get home.

Today, I am going to try to talk you out of that thinking…

Bird keeping is a tough job. The work involved is physical – the cleaning, meal preparation, chasing around a feathered toddler every …

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Indoor Flight Training Parrots Basics

 August 4th, 2015
Posted By:
Jamieleigh

This week Dave and I go over the very basics and beginnings of some indoor flight training basics and how to get started. Please remember we are trying to condense the information down for you, so this is not done in “real time” – in real time you would take much longer on each phase of improvement. Since our flock is already flight trained, we are able to show you in fast moving steps.

We took your guys’ advice and used a mic for this video – and because we were docking in Bermuda at the …

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BirdTricks Tuesday Q&A

 July 27th, 2015
Posted By:
Jamieleigh

This week we are answering your questions you leave us here on our blog. Questions like:

1. Do you always use the same tricks or do you use random tricks. If your bird knows 20 tricks would you use the newer tricks?

2. My Greenwing seems to know when she is going to get her reward. One thing I have noticed is that I first taught her to hand shake I just started giving her treats when she would raise her foot. She has that down really good now. I just started clicker training her with a …

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