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 →

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 →

Cuddles Mean Sex.

Good, now that I have your attention, let's talk about cuddling and what you're really telling your parrot when you snuggle up and pet him outside of his head, neck, and feet! Ari the Greenwinged Macaw is defending his mate (he is warning me AND her by beak-bashing, vocalising, and puffing up his feathers). When... Continue Reading →

Looking at Parrots as People.

Some people ask: 'Is it harmful to refer to a pet parrot as a fid?' It falls under the same argument of whether we should treat our birds like kids. Yes, there are those who have argued that this term of endearment encourages owners to anthropomorphise their birds - which means we assign human qualities... Continue Reading →

Is Blow-Drying Safe for Parrots?

I thought talking about this would make a good post, as it's been on my mind for a long time now. Blow-drying is not good for your bird in two ways: First, it can dry out a parrot's skin. This is most relevant because many will begin to pluck when their skin feels itchy and... Continue Reading →

Eleven Easy Tips for Getting Your Parrot to Enjoy Bath-Time.

Bathing and showering are incredibly important to a bird, promoting good feather health, acting as a source of enrichment, and helping an avian respiratory system be at its best. In answer to the question of 'how often should my parrot bathe,' baths should be offered once a week in the winter, and as many times... Continue Reading →

Breed Vs. Species.

What's the difference between breeds and species? Parrots and other birds have individual species; dogs and cats have breeds within their canine and feline species. But what's the real definition of the two, and why are parrots referred to as belonging only to a 'species'? The words 'breed' and 'species' refer to two different things: Animal husbandry and... Continue Reading →

Our Love for These Animals.

I don't know where to start. We lost Mishka the cockatiel on 31 December 2013. There are no words. She got trapped in a door as she tried to slip in. We are heartbroken. And I share because I want readers to take something from this. I thought for the briefest, shocked moment that perhaps... Continue Reading →

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