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Ouch…that Hurts! Does Your Parrot Bite?

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Ouch…that Hurts!

Dear Parrot Lover,

How often does your sweet parrot mistake your fingers for his or her own personal chew toy? How many times have you yelped in pain, shocked that your sweet baby could lash out like that?

The sad thing is that as soon as you have been once at least twice by your beloved bird, you slowly start to distrust them. This can eventually lead to socialization issues down the road as ‘gun-shy’ parrot owners tend to reduce the amount of time they spend interacting and playing with their parrot. The flip side to this is that the parrot will take this forced alone time very seriously, and will become increasingly territorial – lashing out and biting at anyone that comes to close to his cage.

Sadly still, is that for the most part, these bites can easily be prevented if a caring parrot owner just took a few minutes to observe the warning signs.

Obviously, things should never get to this point. With a little patience, a parrot that is biting the hand that feeds him can easily become a sweet parrot that yearns to be petted and held.

The easiest way to do this is by simply observing your parrot and taking serious note of their body language. Now, each parrot will have their own unique body language, but there are quite a few common ones that each parrot will display as a warning cue that they are getting ready to bite.

Such body language cues include your parrot pinning his eyes or fluffing out his beautiful feathers. Under no circumstances should you ever ignore these signs. As these are either indicators that your parrot is ill, or that it is uncomfortable and about to lash out at you and bite.

Firstly, never force your parrot to do something that he simply does not want to do. All parrots are strong willed and will view this is an encroachment on their personal freedom. Your parrot will let you know this by biting you.

For example, a parrot that has been inside his cage for days on end without being let out, will bite any hand that comes inside his cage.

The parrot has now become territorial of their cage and will defend it from intrusion.

However, the most common reasons your parrot may bite include:

  • Fear
  • Frustration
  • Reaching Adolescence
  • Molting Feathers
  • Protecting their cage/toys/favorite person
  • Jealousy

If your parrot does bite you, try your best not to cry out, yell, or scold your parrot. These verbal actions will only be seen as comedic antics and you will then teach your parrot that he will be rewarded with a lively show if he bites you. Learning to understand your parrot’s behavior will help you to forge a better, loving and trusting relationship with your parrot that will last for many years to come.

Does your bird bite?

Click here to read more about parrot biting!

No need to beat around the bush on this one. If you’ve got a bird who has bitten you at least one time then I know you want to find a solution for that. Bird bites are painful! Not only is the bite painful, but it can actually be of great harm to you if your bird rips your skin, breaks a finger, etc.

Additionally, once a bird begins to bite, most owners become frightened of their own bird. This helps continue the biting cycle as the bird realizes that the idea of biting can control some of what you do. It becomes a vicious cycle.

Why does my bird bite?

You’re probably wondered why your bird is biting you. Every owner does, and you’re not alone. The simple fact is that there many reasons why a bird bites, and it is a normal behavior in parrots. Once you can strip away the details, you can figure out why he is doing it and then how to solve it.

A common reason that a bird may bite is out of fear. This can be directed at you or at other people. His body language and behavior will always give away that he is frightened or feeling threatened in a situation because he may attempt to move away, flap his wings to get away, scream, or make other vocalizations. Biting probably isn’t his first choice, but it may be used.

Other options for biting include feeling threatened and territorial, having a hormone surge, feeling frustrated, or he even may feel protective over someone he has chosen as “his” person!

Click here to read more about why parrots bite!

Undoing the biting

The Bird Tricks training system is one option to learn more about not just parrot biting but also how to solve it. Birding professionals have come up with a parrot biting cheat sheet that helps you identify what kind of biting your bird is actually doing. Then they help you figure out the best course of action to work with it. Additionally, you’ll have access to videos and other materials so that you can learn by watching and then doing.

Click here to to learn more about the bird training system

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

What’s the best way to get your bird talking?

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

One of the main reasons why prospective parrot owners initially wish to purchase a parrot is just because they eager to have a talking pet. While it is true that parrots can and do talk – not every species of parrot has this ability.

If you are wanting a parrot just so that you can train it to talk, select a larger parrot such as a Macaw, Amazon, Cockatoo, or African Grey. These are the top parrot species that have an innate talking ability.

However, choosing the right species of parrot does not guarantee that the parrot you choose will actually talk. Regardless of the species, you will still need to have plenty of patience and proper knowledge on how to effectively train your parrot in order for him to realize his full talking potential.

To help you with this process, here is some parrot talking advice:

1. Start by distinctly enunciating your words so that your parrot can better pick up on the unique sounds they make

2. When first teaching your parrot a word or phrase, start by first speaking it aloud – nice and clearly. Then continue teaching it by using that very same word or phrase in a complete sentence. This is done so that your parrot will become better accustomed to hearing the word or phrase being reiterated in a variety of contexts.

3. Whenever your smart parrot reiterates or repeats the word or phrase right back, immediately reward him with tons of praise and perhaps a treat of his favorite food! Do this even if he gets the word or phrase wrong – it is they trying that you are rewarding.

4. You and your parrot can participate together in a short and fun conversation. This teaching advice will help to not only improve your parrot’s talking ability, but it will also help to foster more trust, respect, and love between the two of you. Choose short conversations involving his everyday necessities such has his food, treats, or toys.

5. Soon you can turn such a conversation into a question and answer format where you are asking your parrot the question and he is supplying you with the answer using the words and phrases that have been taught to him by you.

6. Keep all talk training sessions under 30 minutes each day, and make sure that the two of you will be able to have each other’s undivided attention.

7. The most important piece of advice is to refrain from punishing or scolding your parrot in any way. Each parrot learns to talk at their own their own unique pace – do not force him or try to rush him as he will become disgruntled and your loving relationship can turn sour.

What’s the best way to get your bird talking?

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Whenever anyone thinks of a parrot, they think of a talking bird. It can be disappointing if your bird hasn’t yet gained the skill to talk with you. All members of the parrot family are naturally vocal birds who like to chatter which makes it easier to have a bird who talks. But, there are some birds who are more inclined to speak such as the African Grey and some that are less inclined such as budgies.

Ideally the best way to get a bird talking is two-fold. First, start with a very young bird. Young birds learn their vocal skills right out of the nest much like human babies start babbling very early. Second, if you want a vocal bird he needs to live in a vocal environment. That means spending time with you bird, taking with your bird, and having those sounds around him. It makes it that much easier for him to mimic.

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Learning by seeing

Maybe you’ve felt stumped about training your bird to talk, and you’ve been confronted with just articles or manuals. These can be very good resources, but they don’t always provide the whole picture. Clear and concise videos are often a better option when training any animal because it allows you to see the training in action.

The Elite Parrots Club offers just this opportunity through their bird expert known as the Bird Lady. The Bird Lady has many years of experience with birds, and she has created a wealth of videos to show you how to work with your bird both on training him to speak and also on problem solving other issues. There are also many accompanying articles to review after the videos.

Click here to learn more about the videos you’ll have access to Parrot Talk Training

What are others saying…

The Bird Lady and the Elite Parrots Club are already changing birds’ lives. Here is what some club members are saying:

“My Honduras Amazon, who is 9-years-old, has a vocabulary of at least 100 words. He has taken individual words and made his own sentences. Some of them are quite hilarious.”

“Even though my parrot talked some when we got him, he has achieved a much larger vocabulary and talks on command now.”

Click here to view to read about other member experiences of The Elite Parrots Club

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Easy Bird Training

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

When you were a child, you most likely visited the circus at least once and saw the amazing feats of well-trained parrots performing tricks such as playing miniature basketball and riding around on roller-skates.

Now that you are an adult, the idea of having such an amazing pet has led you to purchase or adopt a parrot of your very own. However, more than likely, you may have underestimated the whole ‘training a parrot is easy’ thing.

Indeed, training a parrot to do tricks is just as hard as it is to train a parrot to be well behaved. But you cannot have one without the other. Teaching your parrot proper social cues and behavior first will go a long way in training your parrot to do tricks.

Here is a short and simple list of four of the best parrot training tips:

1. First, the more relaxed and happy a parrot is, the easier it is to train him. So make sure that you leave all your anxiety and stress from work AT work and do not bring it home with you. Parrots are extremely perceptible to the energies of their owners and other people who are around them.

A happy and confident parrot will always remain well behaved and will remember his training cues. However, you will need to first be happy, calm, and confident yourself before you can expect your parrot to be as well. Since parrots easily notice our energies and emotions, make sure you check them at the door before interacting with your parrot on any level. Do be aware that if you are a naturally hyperactive person, you may have a slightly harder time training your parrot.

Do speak in a voice that is soothingly gentle, as this will aid greatly in helping your parrot stay just as calm and attentive to you. You should be just as calm whenever you feel the need to reprimand your parrot. Never raise your voice or yell at your parrot, as he will just believe that you are trying to engage him in an elaborate and exciting new game, and will play along with you by screaming as well.

2. The intelligence and emotions of the larger parrots are equivalent to those of a two to three year old child. Try to remember this whenever you are handling your parrot and never throw things at your parrot or his cage, do not withhold food or water as a form of punishment or training tactic, never smack him on the beak or head as these are considered animal abuse and can lead to serious physical and emotional damage in your parrot.

3. Try to take into account that all parrots are extremely fragile and dainty animals and can easily be harmed even when the intention is not actually there. Be sure to take all of the necessary precautions to make sure that your parrot is as a safe as possible in your home. Keep your parrot’s nails filed down so that they do not snag on items or scratch you when training the ‘Step Up’ command. Keep his wings clipped as well so that he cannot fly away when you are trying to train him.

4. The very first command you should attempt to teach your parrot is the ‘Step Up’ command. Start by pushing your finger gently against your parrot’s breast, while saying ‘step up’. This action will cause your parrot to lose balance slight and he will need to step up on to your finger in order to maintain his balance. Continue doing this all the while repeating the ‘step up’ command – effectively creating a ladder with your fingers for your parrot to climb.

This is a wonderful command to practice each day, even after your parrot has mastered this cue.

Training your bird is fun!

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Training birds can be a challenge, but it can also be fun. After all, parrots are exceptionally smart and curious which can be ideal traits for learning. When embarking on any training program with your bird you want to keep some key tips in mind.

First, learn to read your bird. He’s not always going to be in the mood for training, so if you can determine when he seems the brightest and most eager to learn, you’ll have more success. Additionally, learn to pick up on his cues of stress and base your training progress on him. Trying to push him too quickly may cause both frustration and stress and create a bird who doesn’t want to learn.

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Where to start with your bird

Your first training steps should be towards creating a bird that is comfortable with being handled and worked with. That means training on handling exercises and teaching him how to step up onto perches or onto your hand. Be careful about ever teaching him to step up onto your shoulder as later on you may risk injury. It’s often suggested you not allow a bird, especially a large one, to sit on your shoulder.

Handling exercises should also include getting him used to having a lightweight and light colored towel wrapped around him. You should ask your veterinarian to show you how at first to make sure it’s correct, but this is important in case you need to medicate your bird or inspect him due to injury.

Click here to learn more beginning bird training

Expert training knowledge for perfect training at home

In our internet connected world it’s possible to be connected to a bird training professional from the comforts of your home. The very same person that helped train world famous magician David Copperfield’s birds is the same person that can help you train your bird.

With expert easy-to-follow training videos, articles, and support you’ll feel like the professionals behind Bird Tricks are right there with you!

Click here to view to read about Bird Tricks and the training program

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Does Your Bird Talk?

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The Best Phrases to Teach Your Parrot

Parrots are extremely sociable creatures and actually constantly crave attention from their human flock members. It is no surprise then that some parrots will learn to talk faster than other parrots as a means of vocal communication with their owners. But what are best phrases to teach your parrot?

First you’ll have to learn how to properly train your parrot to talk:

The morning hours and early evening hours are when most parrots are naturally more vocal. This is because these are the times of day, when in the wild, parrots would go out in the morning to forage for food and then would return back to roost in the evening. Their calls back and forth to each other would help them find food and return home safely at the end of the day.

Therefore, it would be better for your parrot if you structured your training sessions around the morning hours or early evening hours, preferably at a time when the two of you can be left undisturbed. This means having no television or radio on, or having guests and family members come in and out of your training session. Such interruptions can be detrimental to your working arrangement with your parrot and could actually hamper your training efforts.

Obviously you will need to have a good rapport with your parrot before you can even begin to attempt a training session. If your parrot fears you or doesn’t trust you then they are not going to want to learn anything at all.  In fact, such a parrot will instead be quiet and will keep as far away from you as possible. Once they trust you your parrot will start to get your attention by using its own natural vocals.

Parrots are natural mimics and love to imitate and try out new sounds that they hear. So start slowly and choose just a few simply syllable words and phrases to speak slowly to your parrot.

Try these phrases:

“Good morning!”

“What’ya doing?”

“Who’s there?”

“Come here!”

Once your parrot has mastered these simple phrases you can then move on to more specific phrases, such as naming treats and activities:

“Wanna cracker?”

“Grape”

Parrots are so intelligent that they will eventually learn to associate certain phrases and words with an actual situation or need.

Whenever you give your parrot a treat or a toy, ask him if he wants it by carefully enunciating your words. You should try to use an item’s proper name so that your parrot can learn to associate the word with the object.

By following these simple techniques your parrot will be talking in no time!

What’s the best way to get your bird talking?

Whenever anyone thinks of a parrot, they think of a talking bird.  It can be disappointing if your bird hasn’t yet gained the skill to talk with you.  All members of the parrot family are naturally vocal birds who like to chatter which makes it easier to have a bird who talks.  But, there are some birds who are more inclined to speak such as the African Grey and some that are less inclined such as budgies.

Ideally the best way to get a bird talking is two-fold.  First, start with a very young bird.  Young birds learn their vocal skills right out of the nest much like human babies start babbling very early.  Second, if you want a vocal bird he needs to live in a vocal environment.  That means spending time with you bird, taking with your bird, and having those sounds around him.  It makes it that much easier for him to mimic.

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Learning by seeing

Maybe you’ve felt stumped about training your bird to talk, and you’ve been confronted with just articles or manuals.  These can be very good resources, but they don’t always provide the whole picture.  Clear and concise videos are often a better option when training any animal because it allows you to see the training in action.

The Elite Parrots Club offers just this opportunity through their bird expert known as the Bird Lady.  The Bird Lady has many years of experience with birds, and she has created a wealth of videos to show you how to work with your bird both on training him to speak and also on problem solving other issues.  There are also many accompanying articles to review after the videos.

Click here to learn more about the videos you’ll have access to

What are others saying…

The Bird Lady and the Elite Parrots Club are already changing birds’ lives.  Here is what some club members are saying:

“My Honduras Amazon, who is 9-years-old, has a vocabulary of at least 100 words. He has taken individual words and made his own sentences. Some of them are quite hilarious.”

“Even though my parrot talked some when we got him, he has achieved a much larger vocabulary and talks on command now.”

Click here to view to read about other member experiences of The Elite Parrots Club

Unlocking Your Inner Bird

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

Unlocking Your Inner Bird

It’s Not a Secret on How to Work with Your Bird

Click here to see how easy it really is to have a

happy, healthy and obedient parrot

It doesn’t have to be a secret any longer! Working with your bird should be a fun experience. You shouldn’t fear your bird will bite you. You shouldn’t have to plug your ears all day long to avoid loud, prolonged screaming. You shouldn’t have to worry about your bird plucking all of his feathers out and making a ton of trips to the vet to figure out why.

There are simple ways to correct all of these issues. You just have to start thinking like a bird.

Click here to learn more about working with your bird

Training Your Bird

There are ways to work with your bird and to learn it all easily. It involves a few different things such as:

Patience: You’ve got to have patience and work slowly with your bird. Don’t expect too much too quickly or try to make him do things faster. Short sessions, even just 15 minutes a day, are all you need to do.

Fun: Things need to be fun for both you and the bird. Be loving towards your bird, praise him, and reward him, and he will want to learn more.

No pain: Training your bird shouldn’t incorporate any level of pain at all. No yelling, no hitting, and no punishment should be done. Instead, learn the most innovative methods that show your bird exactly what you want him to do in a non-threatening manner.

Thinking like a bird: Birds aren’t people, even if you want him to be a feathered child. You have to learn how the brain of your bird works so that your training can be tailored to how he thinks and learns, not how you do.

Click here to read more about bird learning and training

The Parrot Secrets System

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You’ll learn the tricks to training your bird. What are the easiest words
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the first place.

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Getting down to the nitty gritty of bird behavioral issues such as biting
and screaming. What causes these issues and how can you resolve them.

Book 3: A Happy Parrot Diet…

Includes important tips as well as warnings for optimum parrot nutrition and
health. Learn the right blend of seed to fresh veggies and other food for your
bird and also learn what to avoid.

Book 4: How To Choose Your First Parrot Wisely…

In case you haven’t gotten a parrot yet, this is a must read to learn what to look for in a parrot. Learn about bird sellers and how to find the right one.

Click here to read more information about each e-book

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts