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 →

How to Teach a Bird to Step Up.

How to teach your parrot to step up: If you need to teach your bird to step up - and many do need to be taught - this is straightforward enough. First, ignore the people who tell you to force it. The advice that suggests moving your hand rapidly towards a bird's lower belly can be severely harmful... Continue Reading →

Dealing With a Hormonal Cockatoo and His Bites.

I got Bobo out on my own today, and everything was going okay up until a point. We had been playing some relatively low-energy games and dancing/singing a bit, and I sat down on the couch. Of course Bobo had to join. I started to slowly realise that he was nesting in the fleece blanket... Continue Reading →

Senegal Behaviour: Charging. (AKA Maverick loses it.)

Mavi had a bit of a... meltdown... today. He'd bitten my knuckle once as we were sitting at my laptop. It was my fault, as I just hadn't been paying attention. But it told me what kind of mood he was in, so I let him go off to sit and watch our parrotlet. Everything... Continue Reading →

Feather Tattoos.

I have had one tattoo for years, a treble/bass heart-shape. It's not unique or anything, but I think it's cute (and small, meaningful, yet inoffensive and concealable) and have no regrets about stamping it permanently on my foot! They say that tattooing is addictive, and maybe it is. I enjoy them as an art form.... Continue Reading →

Introducing: Senegal Parrot Maverick!

Our newest flock member, Maverick, is a lovely boy. I have to say again, we're so happy to have him join our flock - but the experience is bittersweet. His owners, as I mentioned, had to give him up for personal reasons, and so while we're excited, it's still heartbreaking to imagine. I know I'd... Continue Reading →

Parrotlets are Psychotic!

Lately, my pacific (Celestial) parrotlet has been VERY picky about what he eats. When he came to us, he ate very well... His seed bowl was always cleared, and he would actually partake of the fruit and veggies we served him. These days, he eats all the sunflower seeds in his bowl (they've always been... Continue Reading →

The Doughnut Incident.

Mishka adores Charlie, Charlie is fascinated with Pip, and Pip is in love with food. Ptak just likes his humans - he's not interested in the other birds. Our cockatiel is currently strutting around Charlie's cage top, singing, hopping, and flaring her wings like the very impressive bird she is. Sometimes she flies over to... Continue Reading →

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