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 →

Project Love: Toys for Parrot Rescues.

I keep meaning to mention Project Love on the Parrots' Workshop. This is a fundraising drive for three amazing rescues, one of which is the Island Parrot Sanctuary (TIPS) - where our umbrella cockatoo, Bobo, now happily resides. He is doing incredibly well, and has been described as a completely different bird! TIPS gives 80+... Continue Reading →

Day 5 – 10 Things My Flock Loves to Eat.

There are a couple of favourites in the house right now, but as always, the birds will love something one week and dump it over the edge of the bowl it the next. For instance, yesterday I served up a big bowl of fresh fruits and veggies into everyone's cages. Each had strawberries, mini corn,... 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 →

Cost-Breakdown of Owning or Buying a Parrot.

Here's a quick cost-breakdown of owning a parrot, if you were wondering how much that costs to keep one. I'll provide two - an estimate for a smaller bird, and another for a big one. These are all rough guesses based on my own experience. Cost of buying a small parrot - (example, parrotlet): 1.... Continue Reading →

Cage-less Sleeping Arrangements For Your Bird.

Cage-less sleeping has worked out pretty well for us so far. I'm not brave enough to try cage-less living for my flock, as I do feel the cage plays an important role in a parrot's safety - particularly when owners have to leave the house.  But at night, our cockatiel enjoys sleeping in the room... Continue Reading →

The Great Deception.

Today, I deceived Ptak. Pip, Mavi, and Mishka, you see, are excellent eaters. They eat what's put in front of them, when it's served. This afternoon, they dined on baby corn, peas, kale, and rasberries. Mavi had to get his out of a foraging toy. They finished every last bite of theirs (what was flung... Continue Reading →

Is it Friday?

I really meant to post sooner - and with my 'issue of the week' as well... But life has got in the way.Between orchestra, class, and a shoulder injury, I've been incredibly busy. At least this isn't the norm, and I know everything will settle down again soon. Especially my stupid shoulder. Go away, shoulder.If... Continue Reading →

A Tip Concerning Water for Bird Owners.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkWANWxEYRo People always talk about how smart their pets are (and they are) but it's not as often that you hear about the silly moments. I happened to catch one of our cockatie's ahem, 'moments,' on video. Not her worst one to be sure, but it still made us laugh! Anyway, I recently thought of... Continue Reading →

A Guide to Travelling With Pets.

With Christmas coming up, a lot of us are probably going to be travelling with pets. I can tell you that I'm pretty stressed out wondering how I'm going to safely transport my feathered friends via train. Having travelled by rail before with the birds, I know that people are always curious as to what's... Continue Reading →

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