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 →

Why I Love Parrots as Companion Animals

Parrots may not make good pets, but I was thinking about this: There are endless reasons why I love them anyway. I'd never give my birds up if I had any kind of a choice! It takes a saint-like amount of patience to live with one...as well as an immunity to mess, noise, and waste...yet... 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 →

Quaker Parrots as Pets: Featuring Guest Blogger Joanna Grinberg-Ayala

Quaker Parrots, also known as Monk Parakeets, are said to be vivacious and noisy 'big' birds tucked into 90-140 gram bodies. For guest blogger Joanna Grinberg-Ayala, founder of Diary of a Kooky Parrot blog, this definitely holds true. She explores what life with quirky quaker parrot 'Basil' is really like - the good, the bad, and the ugly. This is one... Continue Reading →

Evidence of an Issue: Parrots as Pets.

With spring so tantalisingly close, I couldn't resist taking the birds out in their carriers for some sunshine today. It was divine, but the warm weather and lengthening days both come with a catch. Hormones are in full blast at this household - and at many others besides. With work on my flock's diet, things are manageable, but it's not an... Continue Reading →

45 Life-Hacks for Parrot Owners

A collection of tips ('life hacks') for people with parrots in their lives, making those days just a little easier. Parrot life hack #1: The office mat Parrot life hack #2 Drop cloths out of old flat sheets Parrot life hack #3 The only cleaning agents you'll ever need: White distilled vinegar, steam, mild dishwashing... Continue Reading →

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 →

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