Parrot Care Advice | by Jamieleigh

How Old Does a Parrot Need to be to Begin Training?

How Old Does a Parrot Need to be to Begin Training?

Picture location: New Mexico, Shown: Capri, Jamieleigh and our Blue Throated Macaw Jinx A parrot's age varies depending on what you are specifically wanting to train it. However, I view training as something that is unavoidable. To me, every interaction with your bird is a training session whether you like it or not, or are even aware of it being so, or not. Because training does not require a food reward in every case for every action, I believe training can start when parrots are simply babies. Simply having positive interactions with your bird (rewarding your bird's gentle baby behavior...


Endangered Species Act Changes Things For Us

Endangered Species Act Changes Things For Us

Dave performing aboard the Norwegian Dawn with Camelot Macaw Tusa Last year when we disembarked the Norwegian Dawn just before Thanksgiving, our blue throated macaw Jinx was entered into the endangered species act, and therefore the USFWS seized our traveling permit for him. We were devastated and knew there would be not enough time on our brief two months off, to research, apply and receive a new permit for him under the act. So not bothering, we changed our course of action for our current tour and limited the birds we brought in preparation of training one of our camelot...


Parrots on Cruise Ships FAQ

Parrots on Cruise Ships FAQ

We have an abundance of new followers every week and so many people feel in the dark when I begin posting and there’s lots of questions - especially when we go on cruise ship tours for 6-7 months at a time and that’s all people see. So here are the most common questions. Feel free to ask others if they aren’t here, and I will add them if they become popular as well. You’re allowed to bring parrots on a cruise ship?! Yes, we are allowed. Passengers are not. We aren’t passengers, we are paid guest entertainers with parrots as...


Bird Training Updates From the Past 7 Months

Bird Training Updates From the Past 7 Months

My world got quite crazy in the preparation of our 6 month contract on board the Norwegian Dawn starting July 25, 2014. We had a 20 day rehearsal period in the Mediterranean followed by the preparations of passports (not just human ones, but our pet passports too! Hello, 4 months of paperwork and 220+ pages of applications…), the shipping of props, the moving of all of our stuff. I know, who plans to move right before leaving for six months? This family. We moved all our stuff into a storage unit and a new house and left the very next...


My Recent Parrot Bite

My Recent Parrot Bite

Galah bite (notice two beak marks on my thumb, not bleeding yet!) My most recent parrot bite was received on May 30. Parrot bites from my flock are a big deal to me as I'm always trying to do right by them which to me, means avoid ever making them feel the need to communicate their point to me with a sharp point at the end of their beak! But, it happened. I can recall pretty much every parrot bite I've ever received (that's how hard I work to communicate properly and not screw up in training) but, it still...