Positive Vs. Negative Reinforcement in Training

What’s the difference between Positive and Negative Reinforcement? Is negative reinforcement bad? This is, I think, my number one pet peeve in the animal training communities. I've actually seen folks absolutely jump on others who proclaim to use negative reinforcement, equating it to punishment - when, in fact, that is not the case at all.... Continue Reading →

Introducing the Cloud

So we all know the three birds of the flock: Ptak, Mavi, and Tayir. Troublemakers, I tell you. But who is the cloud? Meet baby Atlas, who will be coming home very soon! He's a Samoyed - an ancient breed of sled dog that originates in Russia. They're fluffy and friendly... and aptly referred to... Continue Reading →

Greetings from the Flock

We're back! I don't know for how long, but I hope to post a bit more frequently than, you know, not at all. Long story made very short, I've been working long hours to keep the flock supplied with toys, and focussing on them when I'm home, rather than posting. Ptak loathes any device that... Continue Reading →

The Big Trip: Getting My Birds Out of Quarantine.

This entire process has been a complete nightmare, but it has been made easier by some lovely people who were very patient and understanding. And it's over now! I have to thank Leslie at Animal Couriers, who made sure they got here after everything was said and done (and for all her advice); Howard Haas,... Continue Reading →

[Mildly] Successful Parrot Blogs: How to Have One.

While I don't consider Students with Birds Blog a massively successful endeavour, I do think it is doing okay for a small-timer, and I'm proud of it. Three-hundred-some followers, hey, I'll take it. That number does seem tiny compared to those blogs with thousands of subscribers, but writing about a highly focussed, narrow topic like... Continue Reading →

Difference Between a Parrotlet and a Budgie (or Parakeet).

There is a big difference between parrotlets and parakeets - more commonly known as Budgerigars, or budgies. First, it's important to note that 'parakeet' refers to a wide range of parrots from around the world. The word itself means simply, 'long tail.' There are many types of parakeets, and yes, budgies are one species of... Continue Reading →

Zebra Finches As Pets – By Guest Blogger Chelsea of @TWFA.

Zebra Finch - Taeniopygia guttata - a lot of people want to know what these small finches are really like as pets, and what the pros and cons are of owning one. Guest blogger Chelsea of The White Finch Aviary explores these questions and more in an effort to help educate the public about her beautiful finches. This article is... Continue Reading →

Project Love: Toys for Parrot Rescues.

I keep meaning to mention Project Love on the Parrots' Workshop. This is a fundraising drive for three amazing rescues, one of which is the Island Parrot Sanctuary (TIPS) - where our umbrella cockatoo, Bobo, now happily resides. He is doing incredibly well, and has been described as a completely different bird! TIPS gives 80+... Continue Reading →

Seven Reasons Why Parrots Are Not Good Pets.

Are parrots good pets? What is owning one like? In my opinion, no, they are not good pets at all - caring for them properly will consume your life, not that this is necessarily a bad thing. This article was inspired by my previous post, where I realised that I never defined why I feel parrots... Continue Reading →

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