Archive for February, 2016

Spying on a Parrot Expert

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

As a parrot owner you undoubtedly know how intelligent your parrot really is. But maybe your parrot screams on occasion or like to bite and nip you finger? Here are ten things that your parrot wants you to know about her so that you can understand her better. It is only by understanding your parrot that you will be able to properly help and care for your parrot.

1. Gain your parrot’s trust from the moment she comes home with you. Show her that you will protect her from danger.

2. Practice kindness and compassion whenever you interact with your parrot. Observe her body language and try to learn her ‘cues’. Your parrot relies on you to anticipate what circumstance might be upsetting to her. Always try to see things from your parrot’s point of view.

3. Establish both emotional and physical boundaries for your parrot. These boundaries should be respected and followed by every member of your household.

4. Create a safe home from everyone in your household to live together happily. This includes other pets and children too. Refrain from yelling or any type of physical or verbal punishment. If your parrot misbehaves, simply walk away.

5. Always reward your parrot’s good behavior, with praise, treats, and/or cuddles. Show her exactly what kind of behavior she should be exhibiting by rewarding her when she is good.

6. When there are big changes on the home front, such as a new baby or a move, talk softly to your parrot and explain the changes to her. Even though she may not understand your words exactly, she will know that you are caring about her and reassuring her.

7. Teach your parrot some basic commands, like ‘step up’.

8. Provide your parrot with a proper bird carrier and allow her to get used to being inside of it. Once she is used to it, take her with you for a visit to a neighbor or simply take her in it to another room in your house. Show her that a carrier is not something to fear or that she will only ever go into it when there is a vet visit looming.

9. Every few weeks move furniture and decor around in your parrot’s corner of the house. This will help her become used to change in her environment.

10. Allow your parrot to greet visitors. And allow your visitors to offer your parrot a treat or praise. Just be careful that you are not forcing your parrot to interact with someone that she is obviously not comfortable with.

Spying on a Parrot Expert

Training your individual bird

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Each bird really is an individual. Even if there are two birds of the same exact species and gender, they will actually have a number of differences in their personality. This is what makes them unique, but this is also what makes training and living with the different too.

How do you know what to do when you’re first starting out with your training or your care? How to know what toys your bird will actually like best? That difference in personality will also help guide you to figure out what toys your bird will like best based on things like does he like shiny things, things that can be shredded, things that can be chewed on or climbed, etc.

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A bird professional makes all the difference

You’ll want to tailor just about all aspects of training and care to your individual bird. General tips are great too, but knowing who to turn in to make sure it works for your bird is so important.

This is where the Bird Lady and Elite Parrots Club comes in handy! The Bird Lady has years of experience with a wide variety of birds. She has learned the ins and outs of care and training. Via the Elite Parrots Club you have access to detailed videos, articles, tips, and tricks. Best of all, there is the one-on-one coaching you can receive from the Bird Lady. Not sure what to do with your bird or you’re stuck on a training point? Ask via email any questions you have and get an immediate response from the pro!

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Here is just a small sampling of what you will have access to with the Bird Lady and the Elite Parrots Club:

  • Teaching your bird to speak, whistle, and sing
  • Keeping your bird safe
  • Training foundations for healthy parrot behavior
  • Keeping your bird healthy with good nutrition and care
  • Setting up and maintaining your bird’s cage
  • Choosing the right toys for your bird and how to use them
  • Teaching neat tricks to keep your bird thinking
  • And to much more to list!

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Nathalie Roberts

Ouch! The Bird Bit Me!

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

It is generally a challenge to train a parrot, but it can be even trickier when you are trying to train a parrot that has been re-homed. This is mostly due to the poor parrot having learned bad habits and as a result doesn’t trust humans. This parrot will perceive most advancements as threats and will believe they need to defend themselves by biting and screaming.

The most crucial element of training such a parrot, is to establish a rapport with him as early on in the relationship as possible. This will help you gain the parrot’s trust and co-operation.

Your first step will be to set up a scheduled training program at specific times each day. Generally two or three training sessions per day that last around 10 – 15 minutes each.

If the re-homed parrot is wary of humans, you will have to scale back your training and start from where the parrot is the most comfortable – his perch. Teaching a parrot to step up from a perch onto a stick or handheld perch, will not only help you gain your parrot’s trust, but it is also an easier trick to grasp for the parrot.

Start by offering the stick, dowel, or handheld perch to the parrot by holding it at its stomach area – which is obviously higher than the perch it will currently be standing on. The parrot’s natural instinct will be to step up onto the handheld perch because it is higher. Do be careful at this point that you are holding the dowel or stick tightly so that it does not move when the parrot steps onto it. Hold the parrot’s favorite food in your other hand and whenever the parrot steps up onto the dowel or stick, reward it immediately with the food.

You can establish a great relationship with your re-homed parrot by showing it that it is in a much safer place now. Sit next to the parrot’s cage and simply read a book or magazine. You can even read it aloud to your parrot if you wish. The parrot will come to respect your boundary and slowly learn to accept you as a permanent element in his life. If you have other parrots, you can bring them to sit with you one at a time so that the new, re-homed, parrot can see for himself that other parrots do trust you. This will help set up the flock mentality in your household.

Ouch! The Bird Bit Me!

Birds have very strong bites

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It’s really an amazing thing. You might not think that a bird with just a beak could actually do great harm with their bite. In fact, a large parrot like an Amazon can actually bite with a pressure force similar to a large breed dog! That means tearing flesh and maybe even broken fingers.

The larger the beak on the bird, the harder the bite is. It all comes down to beak size and structure as a narrow beak isn’t able to inflict as much damage as one that is wider. Additionally, some birds have a more natural bite inhibition so if they do bite, they don’t bite as hard. On the other hand, there are other breeds with little inhibition which means when they bite, they really bite hard.

Click here to learn more information about biting in birds

What if your bird bites?

Biting is one of the most common problems that a parrot owner wants to resolve, and there are a lot of reasons it happens. Luckily, all birds can reverse biting behavior with the proper training. You simply need to understand why your bird is biting, and then address the training to those needs. Positive reinforcement training and even clicker training like used for dogs works exceptionally
well with an animal as smart as a parrot.

Click here to read more about biting and see videos too

Professional help for all your training needs

You can learn techniques to work with your bird to reverse his biting through the bird professionals at Bird Tricks. Not only can you learn about biting problems, but you can also work on other behavioral issues like screaming. You can also learn about general training for your bird to put you on the right training path. Check out Bird Tricks with free videos and see their techniques first hand!

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Nathalie Roberts

Simple Parrot Care

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Although most baby parrots are brought into their new homes already weaned, there are some parrots that will still need some extra TLC before they are completed weaned and can eat on their own.

Here are a few tips on how to hand feed a baby parrot:

1. Before you bring your new baby bird home, make sure you have the breeder or an Avian Certified Veterinarian show you how to hand feed first. Make sure to ask plenty of questions and have them watch you a couple of times.

2. Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap before you begin, and make sure you wash them again afterwards.

3. Commercial baby parrot food can be bought at most pet stores and are easy to make up at home. Always feed a fresh batch of formula and keep the temperature between 100 degrees and 108 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on your species of parrot. The younger your parrot is the more liquid he will need.

4. Avoid crop burns by not heating the formula in the microwave. When microwaved, hand feeding formula can sometimes create hot spots which can cause serious injury to baby parrots. Rather heat up the formula by using a double boiler method. The bowl should stay in a dish of warm water to keep the formula warm whilst you feed. You can self-test the temperature by placing a drop of the formula on the inside of your wrist.

5. Try feeding your baby parrot with a syringe, spoon, and/or a feeding tube, to see which one he likes best.

6. With your baby parrot sitting on a cotton towel, gently hold his head from behind and carefully stretch his neck slightly. Your finger or thumb should be resting underneath his lower beak.

7. Touch the side of your parrot’s beak with the feeding syringe and angle the tip towards the opposite side of your parrot’s throat. A parrot’s esophagus is situated on the parrot’s right side – so your left when your parrot is facing towards you. A parrot’s windpipe runs down the middle part of the neck.

8. Your baby parrot will start making pumping motions as you slowly start to release the formula down his throat. Be very careful not to feed to fast as you could flood his trachea. Always go slowly.

9. The quantity of feedings depends on the age and species of your parrot. Most parrots will require more feedings during their 2nd and 3rd weeks. Once fed, your parrot’s crop should feel full, but then should empty out within 3 to 4 hours afterward feeding. If the crop is still full of food after this time, frame immediately see your Avian Veterinarian.

10. Purchase a scale and be sure to weigh your baby parrot both before and after all feedings. If there are any major discrepancies, consult your Avian Veterinarian as soon as possible.

Simple Parrot Care

Did you know it’s actually pretty simple to care for a parrot?

Click here to learn how to raise a healthy, happy and thriving parrot

It can be daunting when you first have a parrot to know if you’re doing the right things. There are fewer bird professionals like veterinarians located near you than if you had a dog. Turning to the internet can be a lifesaver for information, but how do you know what the truth is?

The truth is there are really 3 secrets to proper parrot care:

1. Correct cage setup: knowing what kind of cage and where to place it

2. How to maintain those nice conditions within the cage. Dirty cages help breed diseases!

3. The right way to feed a parrot for total nutrition.

That’s it!

Click here to read more about how easy it is to care for a parrot

Healthy is happiness

Parrots live for decades. It’s not uncommon for a parrot to live 60 years, and many even outlive their original owners. If he doesn’t have the right living environment his life can be drastically shortened, and he might not even make decade.

When you follow the 3 keys to care mentioned above you really do set him up to be both healthy and happy. His cage needs proper placement and cleanliness to minimize chances of disease. His food needs to be more than just seed to help promote nutrition. Lastly, clean toys he can play with help to promote brain engagement and reduce potential behavioral problems. This is a healthy bird you can then train for all sorts of things!

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Nathalie Roberts