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 →

How to Teach a Bird to Step Up.

How to teach your parrot to step up: If you need to teach your bird to step up - and many do need to be taught - this is straightforward enough. First, ignore the people who tell you to force it. The advice that suggests moving your hand rapidly towards a bird's lower belly can be severely harmful... 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 →

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 →

Guide to buying your first bird.

Let's assume that you've done your research, contemplated the pros and cons, and decided that a bird is for you. Now all that's left is to buy one. _____ Setting up: First, you will want to have everything set up for your new companion before he or she comes home. Make sure that you've bought... Continue Reading →

How Noisy are Pet Parrots?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGC9h4lE7rg If you don't own birds and are looking to get one, or have ever simply wondered exactly how loud a cockatiel, parrotlet, or canary can get, this is your answer. These small birds can scream very loudly, although all three are often described as very quiet. Some birds can be! But many are not.... Continue Reading →

Parrotlet says ‘tickle.’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NC7cZ3tV3Y&feature=youtu.be Ptak has a new game... talking when you gently shake him.

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 →

How to Teach Your Parrots to Talk.

I could never, ever give up my parrotlet. If you want personality and character in a tiny bird, celestial parrotlets are it. Ptak never stops going - he's always moving, always playing. I've learnt that you can't expect him to sit still with you - doing so will probably result in a bite. But if... Continue Reading →

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