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The 3rd Biggest Mistake We Make With Our Birds

 November 22nd, 2015
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Patty
Camelot macaw

Camelot and military macaws

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article about the biggest mistake we make as parrot owners which you can read about HERE.  Following that post was the second biggest mistake we make – which can be read HERE.

Both of these article explain ways we unintentionally sabotage our own efforts with our parrots. Our third biggest mistake is yet another stumbling block we place our own paths. Sometimes we make things much …

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Teaching Your Bird To Play Independently

 November 15th, 2015
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Patty
blue fronted amazon

blue fronted amazon

I remember seeing a heart-wrenching meme a few years ago that left a huge impact on me. It pictured a bird inside a cage: “You have your job, your family, your friends. I only have you.”  I actually laid awake that night thinking about the truth of it. How many bird spend the majority of their days, unmotivated and inactive, waiting for their humans to come home from work?

It makes sense that these same …

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How To Get Your Bird Past A Fear Of Objects: A Step By Step Guide

 November 8th, 2015
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Patty
Blue and gold macaw

Blue and gold macaw

Back some years ago after Linus first came to live with me it took me a while to get to know his likes and dislikes. I did a lot of experimenting with different toy types to determine what he liked to play with most. There were good choices and bad at first. Mostly, bad choices were toys that he was disinterested in, but there was one toy that he showed a genuine …

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When The Power Goes Out…And You Have A Parrot!

 September 27th, 2015
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Patty
Timneh african grey

Timneh african grey

There are a lot of reasons we might lose power – it isn’t just a seasonal event. Of course, we brace for it when there is a severe storm on the way but there are crashes due to excessive usage, equipment failures or damage caused by accidents. Every now and then squirrels or a flock of feral quaker parrots get the blame, probably unjustly.

I know many of you know I live in Florida, so …

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Your First Month With Your New Parrot

 September 6th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Cockatiel

Cockatiel

Following a recent blog article, there was a comment from someone who had just gotten her first bird. She had done research, but said: “Once I got him home, I realized there were some serious gaps in my knowledge, and I feel like I can already see some problems cropping up after just a few days.” She requested a blog post that discusses the first month with a new bird. Thanks for the great post idea, Ashley!

Your bird’s …

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Will I Have A Closer Bond With A BABY Bird?

 August 31st, 2015
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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 …

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