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 →

Bird Visitors

Had a friendly little visitor to my garden yesterday morning. This homing pigeon got a little lost on his journey from Ohio to New Jersey. They apparently will often stop to rest for up to two or three days in a row, but this one picked a bad spot. Our property is up against wilderness... Continue Reading →

Parrot Owners vs. Normal People:

Springtime with parrots 'meme' - which do you like better? (Feel free to share!)

Blue-Crowned Conures as Pets: Featuring Guest Blogger Jennie Huntoon.

Blue-Crowned Conures, Aratinga Acuticaudata - what are these medium-sized conures really like as pets, and what are the pros and cons of owning one? Today, guest blogger and Dragon-tamer (er, I mean, conure owner!) Jennie Huntoon explores these questions in an effort to help new owners figure out if a blue-crowned conure might really be the parrot for them.... Continue Reading →

Can You Guess What?

I will hopefully (hopefully) have some exciting news as of tomorrow evening! I plan on posting a hint in the morning to see if you can guess what it might be. I'll give you a shout-out if you get it right. Also, I made a Facebook page in commemoration of said event. You should follow me... 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 →

On Keeping Our Pets Healthy

Our parrots love seed, nuts, cheese, chips, crisps, biscuits, crackers, and all kinds of other fatty, sugary, and salty things that aren't good for them. They may also love sipping on your soda, sleeping in your bed with you, getting 'sexual snuggles,' or chewing on something toxic. But we have to stop them. We play... Continue Reading →

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