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 →

Three Birds and a Cloud – a Name Change

Students with Birds blog began on a whim in late 2012 and has grown to be something I'm quite proud of. While I love that name and what it represented, it is true no longer! I've graduated, no longer a student, of course, and have been left ruminating over ideas for longer than I'd like... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas!

Happy holidays from a very silly Senegal Parrot! I'm very glad that I started a blog over one year ago.  

Days 12 and 13 – Toys and Memories.

Day 12 - what's in my toy stash. I have to admit, toy stash is a bit barren at the moment. We have a couple wooden toys for large parrots (Mavi prefers the big toys to small ones, as does Ptak), an acrylic foraging chest that no one likes, a couple boxes and some loose... Continue Reading →

Day 8 – and My 150th Post!

Day 8, what's in my fridge for the flock: We have grapes, strawberries, blueberries, bananas (well, on the counter, but hey), garden peas, broccoli, mini corn, corn, rocket, romaine and iceberg lettuce, tuna fish, chickpeas, soy milk. And that'll last them... oh, a few days, anyway. And because this seems like a meagre amount for... Continue Reading →

Day 6 – My Dream House Revolves Around… Birds!

My dream bird room is definitely more of a dream house. I would actually design a home around my birds' needs, yes. There would be a spacious room downstairs with an accessible aviary and/or screened area, nearby shower room, tall ceilings, tiled floor, windows with screens and good blackout curtains, and a good pattern on... Continue Reading →

Ptak, a Parrotlet.

My parrotlet is the cutest. Some bird owners might disagree (!) but I think Ptak is just the most precious tiny blue bird, particularly when I wake him in the mornings. I say 'wake.' He's always awake when I go to get him up - I have yet, in the past two months, to catch... Continue Reading →

Parrots at Play!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOYia9CpYkQ ...Seen a bird flip itself onto its back while playing? Neither had I, until that moment today. This signals that he is having a lot of fun, and I'm glad to see it. Our Senegal Parrot takes himself far too seriously. While many Sennie are playful and energetic, Mavi is not. He was obviously... Continue Reading →

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