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 →

Pros and Cons of Buying a Canary or Other Pet Finch

Canaries and other finches are a very different bird from a parrot. First, canaries are songbirds, and unlike parrots, their bites won't send you running for a box of bandages. (In fact, my canary has never bitten me, ever.) Parrots are hookbills, identifiable by their hooked beaks for gasping and slicing, while finches have a... Continue Reading →

Do I Buy One Bird, or Two?

It's a question I hear often asked. Should I get one bird, or two? I'll say right up front, one - if you want your bird to unconditionally 'love' and interact with you. One, if you purchase a canary. One, if you already own a bird who is used to his or her own cage. However -... Continue Reading →

Your Parrots Can Swap Cages.

(If the bar spacing is right.) I tried to tell Mishka that this is not the kind of apple she can eat. I don't think she believes me. Eesh, I'm thankful it's Friday. I had a job interview today for a teaching position - very exciting, and I feel pretty good about it - and... Continue Reading →

Two days ago, I wrote that Charlie died in the night. Our sweet little canary is very, very missed, but time is helping ease the sting. Honestly, I still can't believe it. I've made a couple minor decisions... First, we're going to sell the canaries' old travel cage (a tiny round thing). Once sanitised, Charlie's... Continue Reading →

Why I’ve Been Neglecting my Blog.

I've been so busy lately, I've been really neglecting my blog. I'll probably (hopefully) start posting more regularly once I get into a proper rhythm, but until then, I think every other day is a good starting point. I just know you all wait with bated breath for my every post. 😛 So what have I been... Continue Reading →

Birds Will Probably be Responsible for the Zombie Apocalypse.

Think about it: they have wings and the most sensitive respiratory systems of many land-dwelling living creatures. (I am aware that zombies won't happen; the undead, more specifically, are an impossibility). If - in theory - there were some kind of airborne virus, birds would be amongst the first to contract it, and then to spread it. Pet bird owners: we're... Continue Reading →

Creative Solutions for Parrot Emergencies.

Students who have parrots must be prepared for the fact that sometimes, you may be called away from the house without time to prepare. My school term has officially begun, and just one week in, it already promises to be mad. Although so far I have classes once a week (all of them in one... Continue Reading →

Student? Bird?

Birds can be a good choice of pets for university students. I say can be because sometimes you won't be around enough, or will have too much work, or may be allergic to them - or whatever. It means thinking about whether your situation is right for a such a pet, or whether you'd rather... Continue Reading →

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