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Photo Contest: Bird Reflections in Christmas Ornaments

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Photo Contest: Bird Reflections in Christmas Ornaments

This month we’re hosting a photo contest! The theme is Your Bird’s Reflection Captured in a Christmas Ornament. Here are some examples of what this looks like, and where I got the inspiration for this theme: Winners will receive: A digital copy of our Cooking For Parrots cookbook set featuring a Healthy Holidays book, and a Sharing the Table with Your Bird book. This is not just a set of three cookbooks, but a complete parrot nutritional course, too. Everything we know about the parrot diet is included in these books; and most importantly we include our seasonal feeding system...

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Conditioning Your Parrot to Allow Touch

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Conditioning Your Parrot to Allow Touch

Dave and I have always done this as a "habit" with our birds. We do this mostly with just our macaws because they tend to reject touch more than our other parrots, such as our cockatoos or grey. So, to be on the safe side and to always know that we won't be getting bit in the face, we make sure to present a treat when we kiss our birds on the top of their heads.This eventually can be phased out to include all touch, even just a little pat on the head.To encourage your bird to better accept being...

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Congo African Grey Learns to Talk

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Congo African Grey Learns to Talk

Backstage during one of our shows about three weeks ago, our Congo african grey parrot, Cressi, who is about 8 years old now, said her name from her travel carrier. It was in an adorable little voice that called, “Cressi!” just like I say it. 

I quickly said, “good!” and rushed over with a treat. I couldn’t find a clicker fast enough, and in the chaos of being backstage it really wasn’t going to happen. 

Many days passed without Cressi uttering her name again. Then the day of our bird show came around, and while on stage telling the story...

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African Grey Parrot Learns to Shake Head "No"

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African Grey Parrot Learns to Shake Head "No"

In my attempts to catch Cressi saying her name, I ended up teaching her to shake her head "no". I know, sounds crazy, right? But every time I would take Cressi out to have  'training session', she would offer everything BUT saying her name. I noticed how often she naturally shakes her head, and I decided to capture it. I figured that since I'm teaching her a physical behavior (head shake) and a vocal behavior (her saying her name) that they were different enough she would not get confused in the training process. Cressi finds shaking her head much easier...

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Things I wish I Had Known When I First Got A Parrot

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Things I wish I Had Known When I First Got A Parrot

People who are new to parrot keeping will agree on one thing: having a bird in the house is a challenge. There is a lot of reading you should do to understand a bird’s needs and wants, and how to keep them safe in the human environment. This is all vital information.

Here, though, are some tips that I have stumbled across during my own journey with my birds that you won’t find in the parrot care books. I wish I had known these things from the beginning…

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