Learning Your Bird

December 27th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

The holidays are finally here and instead of leaving your beloved parrot in the care of a pet sitter or a boarding facility, you’ve decided to bring your parrot with you when you go home for the holidays.

But is your parrot a good traveler? Here are a few things to consider, along with training suggestions.

1. Has your parrot been properly socialized?

Parrots that have not been properly socialized by their owner will become easily stressed during any type of travel. The noise, the smells, the bustle of activity and all of the strange faces that your parrot will encounter can be too much for some parrots. It is best to start socializing your parrot from a young age. Train them to obey your commands, and to be calm when in new surroundings. Introduce them to as many different people and safe scenarios as possible.

2. Schedule.

Regardless of their species, all parrots easily become accustomed to schedules. During your travel will you be able keep to schedules? If your parrot is used to having dinner at 6pm sharp, will you be able to still give him dinner at 6pm every night while traveling and when you arrive at your destination? Some parrots do not like their schedules to be messed with. A baby bird might have his rest, hygiene, and meals disrupted – and you may have a hard time trying to reestablish such routines.

3. The travel carrier.

Your parrot will need a special travel carrier. Make sure it has a perch and food and water dishes. As soon as you bring the carrier home, allow your parrot to investigate the carrier on his own. Do not rush this! Your parrot must come to accept the carrier as an extension of his cage and should not be forced into it. Otherwise he will become overly stressed every time he sees the carrier. Once your parrot is familiar with the carrier, take a practice run. Load him up in the carrier and go for a car ride. Start short, and keep extending out the travel time. This will help your parrot become used to sounds and motions of the vehicle. Also consider how long your parrot will be in his carrier. You will need to give him extra attention during a road trip so that you can assist him if he becomes too stressed. Parrots can get motion sickness so keep a close eye on your parrot during these practice runs.

4. Health and Legal Issues

Your parrot should be healthy to travel. Since travel causes additional stress, if your parrot is already sick, then traveling might just make him worse. Take him for a well bird exam prior to traveling. If you are planning to travel with your parrot across state lines, you will need to obtain a veterinary health certificate at least 10 days prior to your departure. Depending on your parrot’s species, he may not be allowed in certain states. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services maintains a Pet Travel section on their website. Here you can research your parrot’s species to see if he is allowed to cross state lines or even countries.

Learning Your Bird

Who is your bird?

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It might sound strange at first, but the starting point in any training program is to know your bird. What makes him tick? Why does he do what he does? What motivates him?

If you understand what is behind your bird you can go much further in any type of training with him whether that is working on basic training skills like stepping up or on undoing bad behaviors or habits he already has like screaming for attention.

It’s also important to only look at bird related reasons for why he behaves the way he does. What this means is that you shouldn’t ever assign human or other animal behaviors to your bird. Birds aren’t people or dogs, so you want to make sure that you look only at bird characteristics behind behavior.

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Establishing a training system

Once you’ve learned more about your bird, his motivations, his behavior, and his body language, you can really begin a solid training system. It doesn’t require hours of training, but setting aside a few minutes every day helps not only train your bird but also establish a good, trusting relationship with him.

Trust is a key component in any training program, and a bird that trusts you is more likely to work with you. Punishment, especially any type of physical punishment, should never be part of the equation. That is far more likely to damage your relationship and any trust your bird may have in you.

Training should be positive based, with or without a clicker as a training aid. Use your bird’s motivations and his likes to reward him with when he does good behaviors.

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Using the pros

It never hurts to ask the pros how they do what they do. They’ve learned their knowledge through years of hands-on experience, and Bird Tricks is one such professional bird training system. They’ve learned what motivates many birds. They know what bird language looks like and how it can help guide your training program. You can use their knowledge to help you train your own bird. Professional videos and articles help guide you along the way to establishing your own training program for your bird.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

What the Power Pause can do for Your Bird

December 19th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Teaching a parrot to talk requires equal doses of both patience and repetition. Contrary to popular belief, both male and female parrots can be trained to talk. However, the one main caveat here is that before a parrot will even attempt to say its first word or sing its first tune, it must feel absolutely comfortable being around the person who is going to be doing all of the training. There has to be complete trust on both sides.

If you don’t trust your parrot or are worried that he or she may try to bite you during your training sessions, then you will need to work out those issues prior to beginning such training. Likewise, if your parrot is wary of you and tries to run away or hide, or even tries to lash out at you whenever you come near his or her cage, then you will have zero success at teaching your parrot to talk. Your parrot will be more focused on his fear of you and will not learn a word. This may cause you to become stressed and frustrated, which your parrot will pick up on and it will make him or her more fearful of you. Do you see how not having adequate trust between the two of you can lead to a defeating circle?

A couple of weeks before you wish to start training your parrot you should instead start to hang around your parrot more often. Spend time sitting next to your parrot’s cage. Let him or her get used to your body language, movements and voice. Allow your parrot to spend supervised time outside his or her cage – at least two hours per day. Allow his or her confidence in their surroundings to grow naturally.

When trust is no longer an issue, you can then begin teaching your parrot to talk. Make sure that the training sessions are at least 15 minutes, but no longer. You should aim to conduct one training session in the morning and another one in the evening.

Most importantly is to make sure that you have your parrot’s undivided attention, and that he or she has yours as well. You can accomplish this by removing any distractions and sources of noise from your training room. You should repeat the same word over and over again until your parrot has mastered it. Once your parrot is pronouncing the word clearly enough, then you can move on to a new word or phrase.

What the Power Pause can do for Your Bird

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Birds can become very fearful of being approached or touched, and many react with biting your fingers or hands. It’s a normal reaction in birds since their beak is the only tool they have to try to keep you away.

The only way to help overcome this fearful reaction to being approached or handled is to teach the bird that there is nothing to fear from you. You have to systematically work on making him feel calmer and more comfortable. This takes time, but it can be broken down using the power pause technique.

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Working through his fears

When you work with your bird and introduce the idea of the power pause, what you are doing is rewarding his calm behavior. Approach your bird and stop several feet short of the bird. As soon as he stops talking and closes his mouth and settles down (and definitely doesn’t try to bite), walk away. His reward is actually having you move away from him. Once he no longer reacts at this distance, you move closer. By working in incremental levels that the bird is comfortable with, you can teach him that you approaching (and eventually touching) is a good thing. You can ultimately stop his biting with this technique.

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Additional things to consider

The severity of your bird’s reaction is going to be a big part of the equation. If the bird is a little frightened but settles down fairly quickly, you may be able to give an additional food reward and then retreat. In cases of high levels of fear or anxiety from the bird, you may only be able to retreat (and add food rewards into the equation later).

A clicker is a common training tool that can also be added into your bird training to help with sending your bird a consistent message. It lets the bird know the moment his behavior is correct. In this case, you’d click the bird for remaining calm before retreating. The power pause technique by Bird Tricks utilizes a clicker because the clicker is so useful in training.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Talking Bird

December 1st, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

A parrot’s life in captivity always carries with it a certain degree of stress. However, loving and compassionate parrot owners understand this and they act in such a way as to eliminate as much as stress from their captive parrots lives as possible.

The first most important thing that such parrot owners do is to create a calming environment for their parrot. An environment that is quiet and peaceful, and in which parrots feel genuinely safe, will go a long way in maintaining the health and wellbeing of parrots.

Parrots that are kept indoors in cages are often startled by household members and pets walking past their cage, loud television or radio noises, yelling children, barking dogs, and even by seeing birds flying past a window outside.

The easiest way to circumvent all of this is to choose a location for your parrot’s cage that is away from any areas of your home that experiences high traffic, such as a hallway or kitchen. In addition, the ideal cage location should also be away from open windows, as well as loud televisions, radios and other noisy electronic equipment. However, a great quiet spot for your parrot’s
cage should also be near where you will be spending most of your time so that your parrot does not feel alone.

Your parrot might take up screaming to get your attention if you spend most of your time in another room and your parrot can’t see you. Remember, parrots are flock creatures and need to be with their flock – be it human or feathered. If the only ideal location is still in a spot that gets quite a bit of foot traffic, simply place a blanket or towel over three sides of the cage so that your parrot has limited view and will feel more secure.

Another wonderful tip for creating a calming parrot environment is to play soft music for a few minutes before bed, or before and after any training sessions. Try to stick to the same melody. Soon your parrot will be able to associate the serene music with feelings of calmness and peace. A calm parrot is a more trainable parrot! Likewise a calm parrot is overall a much happier parrot!

The added benefit of this is that if you find your parrot becomes nervous or agitated during the day, then all you will need to do is play the chosen melody and it should have a calming effect on your parrot that is immediate.

The Talking Bird

Birds love to talk!

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Teaching your bird to talk isn’t always as complicated as you might think. The primary reason is that birds are actually naturally quite chatty, and they enjoy making noise to communicate. In the wild the talking is a way to communicate with other members of the flock. This is especially true of mothers with their young. The babies learn to identify their mother through her vocalizations.

Your bird, even in captivity, is still very much the same wild bird, and he will still want to try and vocalize with you. Especially with parrots, it’s this talking (and screaming) that often gets them in trouble with owners, and it’s also one of the common reasons a parrot may be rehomed.

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Look at your bird’s natural abilities

Rather than think of lots of talking as a negative, why not think of the potential for these birds to learn how to talk in a good way?

Each bird species has different talking abilities. You have to work with the bird you have to best bring out their potential. Some bird types, like parrots and African Greys, excel at mimicking words and can develop very large vocabularies. Other bird types, like cockatiels, can learn words, but they often excel at learning to whistle tunes. If you work with the strengths of your particular bird you can really train him to communicate in a vibrant way!

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Utilizing professional training tips

How do you know what works best for your bird? Bird Tricks is one way to figure out the best way to train your bird to talk. The Bird Tricks bird professionals know all of the tips, tricks, and even maybe a secret or two on the best way to get your bird to talk. They can share how to bring out the best in your bird!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Parrot Screaming Making Your Ears Hurt?

November 17th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

If you are the devout owner of a colorful parrot then you surely known that their vocal ability can also be quite ‘colorful’. Parrots can screech, scream and cry out more than any other pet. This screaming can not only hurt your ears, but it can also escalate and hurt your chances of renting an apartment or having a roommate.

Parrot screaming is a very bad habit that needs to be nipped in the bud as soon as possible. This can be done using the following tips and suggestions:

Do understand that some screaming is perfectly normal for all parrots and screaming in itself cannot be fully eradicated. Parrots will be at their loudest at both dusk and dawn as part of their flock mentality. This screaming is fine, but any screaming that is too excessive should certainly be stopped.

Be conscious of the way in which you interact with your parrot when they are screaming. Try to reward the screaming with too much attention or drama on your part. Although it is easier said than done, always do your best to actually ignore your parrot’s excessive screams. So do not acknowledge your parrot when they are screaming, and certainly do not look or talk to your parrot either.

It may be easier for you if you can actually walk out of the room once your parrot starts screaming.

Once your parrot does stop screaming for at least a minute or two you should immediately reward him by giving plenty of praise and love. Then slowly increase the time before praising your parrot. Soon your parrot will just opt for the praise and the screaming should subside.

A great alternative to screaming is to teach your parrot to whisper quietly. Parrots are extremely intelligent and once they’ve learned that they will get your attention when the scream you will need to teach them that they will get better attention when they whisper. This can be done by simply teaching your parrot a different sound, phrase or a whistle.

Another great tip is to choose a pleasant sound that your parrot already makes and then encourage your parrot to continue to make it. Whenever he makes that particular sound, be sure to reward him immediately. The reward can be as simple as a praise or attention, or it can be something more meaningful such as his favorite treat or even a new toy. The more attention you give your parrot at this time, the quicker your parrot will stop screaming and instead adopt a more pleasant way to vocalize.

Keep a diary and make a note whenever your parrot screams. Over time you will eventually see a screaming pattern and by notating the screams you will be able to learn what triggers your parrot’s screaming. You can then work to eliminate these triggers from your parrot’s surroundings.

Teach your parrot to talk. A talking parrot is much better to have than a screaming parrot!

Parrot Screaming Making Your Ears Hurt?

Do all parrots make this much noise?

The simple answer is yes. Birds and parrots are just noisy by nature. It’s how they communicate with one another, and that means that making noise is how they talk to you too.

There is more than one reason that a bird may loudly squawk or scream. Trying to grab your attention is only one of those reasons, but it can also be one of the most annoying forms. A bird being territorial is another common reason. Buying a second bird doesn’t really help in either of these situations and can actually make it worse.

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Tips for a quieter bird

First, you want to identify why your bird is being so loud. Birds communicate a lot non-verbally too with body language, and there are cues you can learn to pick up on that demonstrate why the screaming is happening.

Second, you want to learn the tips that actually help quiet your bird down. The old school technique of throwing a blanket over a cage doesn’t do a whole lot to comfort or quiet your bird. Training your bird is one technique that always works, and there are a few easy tips you can incorporate right away.

Third, no matter why your bird is screaming certain toys and mental stimulation go a long way to helping quiet your bird. That’s because your bird is happier and more content in his cage. Look for toys he enjoys and that stimulate his natural behaviors. Food dispenser toys or creating opportunities for him to search for food helps to keep his mind busy too.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Bird Training Perfection

October 24th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Whether you are a new parrot owner or have owned parrots for many years, you most likely want to teach your parrot to do all sorts of tricks. Obviously the most important tricks are actually just simple commands that every captive parrot should know. Commands such as ‘Step Up’ or ‘Step Down’. When said aloud to your parrot, these commands should elicit the parrot’s response of stepping up onto your finger, or stepping down onto a perch.

Another important command to teach your parrot is for him to come to you whenever you call him. To your friends and family members, these types of activities may appear to be tricks that your parrot has learned; however they are actually commands that you have taught your parrot to respond to in a particular fashion.

An alternative trick to teach your parrot is to sit on your shoulder. And no, this type of training is not so that you can parade your parrot around on your shoulder as part of Pirate Halloween costume! Shoulder training helps to strengthen a bond between you and your bird.

Shoulder training consists of a few basic steps:

  • Before you begin, you must make sure that your parrot is completely trustworthy and is also trusting of your hand. Your parrot should know the ‘Step Up’ and ‘Step Down’ commands and obey them every single time.
  • Using the ‘Step Up’ command, have your parrot step up onto your finger, hand, or stick perch.
  • Using the ‘Step Down’ command, ask your parrot to step down onto your shoulder.
  • Allow your parrot plenty of time to become at ease sitting on your shoulder. Make sure you are seated in a comfortable chair and do not attempt to get up or move around the room during the first few training sessions.
  • When you feel your parrot is well trained and that he sits on your shoulder happily without trying to climb or fly off, then you can slowly start to walk around with your parrot on your shoulder.

However, here are a few warnings when shoulder training:

  • Remove earrings, necklaces and other jewelry from your face and neck before letting your parrot sit on your shoulder.
  • Wear an old T-shirt. Your parrot may poop on you.
  • When walking around with your parrot on your shoulder, do so slowly and deliberately and make sure you trim your parrot’s nails. As you walk, your parrot will use his nails to grip onto your shoulder to keep his balance.

Bird Training Perfection

How everyone learns

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Every living animal, including us, has a basic learning style. When we receive a reward we enjoy for a behavior, we do it more often. When we receive a consequence we don’t enjoy, we attempt to avoid doing a behavior.

For humans, rewards and consequences are often less tangible and more varied. For example, most people volunteer to do community service at least partly because they find the experience rewarding for them too.

With our pet animals, the rewards and consequences are more concrete when you look at the patterns. All learning is pattern based. For example, if the same
person is always handling the bird for something he doesn’t like or is afraid of you should see clearly that he avoids this person or perhaps appears to downright not like this person. These things can all be reversed through training and looking at the available rewards.

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How to increase behaviors

The easiest way to increase the good behavior in your bird is to clearly reward that behavior. Sounds obvious, right? But it’s not always that clear, especially if you haven’t trained a lot of animals before.

What is rewarding for your bird? Every individual likes something different. Food, attention, and touch are all possibly good rewards, but your bird may
respond to different foods, different forms of touch, etc. than another bird. Learn what he likes and then use those things to encourage the behavior you want to see more of.

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The trick to training

There isn’t just one single trick to training your bird. It’s a process, but it’s a whole lot easier with professional training on your side. Tools like clickers are a mainstay of the training process for both reinforcing good behaviors in your bird and also for training a variety of new behaviors and tricks. This may seem like a tricky tool at first, but it’s really quite simple with a little instruction

The bird professionals at Bird Tricks have years and years of bird training experience, and they can easily break down the training tools and principles for you. There are a variety of options available to assist you, but definitely you want to include Bird Tricks as one of your training tools.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Ouch! Bird Bites Hurt

October 3rd, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Ouch! Bird Bites Hurt

Just how powerful can a bird bite be?

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Anyone that has been bitten by their pet bird knows that any bird bite hurts. It doesn’t really matter what the size of the bird is, but there are differences in the severity of the bite based on the bird.

Larger birds like parrots can have tremendously painful bites. While there is no distinct test on the pressure of a parrot’s bite, it is often considered about as powerful as a large dog at somewhere between 500-700 pounds per square inch. Birds’ beaks, like the parrot, are built for puncturing whether that’s human flesh or a nut.

Bite inhibition also plays a role in how powerful a bird’s bite will be. Some birds are better at inhibiting the pressure of their bite, even when frightened. Other birds have little inhibition and will apply a high level of pressure.

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Why birds bite

There are many reasons why your bird might bite. Biting is a natural reaction because even though birds are our pets, they are still wild. Understanding the primary causes for biting behavior help you to avoid or correct the issue.

The most common reason your bird will bite is out of fear. He might even bite you when he’s in a fearful situation such as at the vet’s office. Biting out of fear is a common go-to reaction for many birds. It is often aimed at strangers (visitors to your home).

Another cause of biting is possessiveness or territorial aggression. The bird may choose to be possessive over his cage, stand, or even you! That means that when someone approaches whatever he is being possessive over he may bite them.

A cranky or ill-feeling bird may also bite. He may not want to be touched, moved, or bothered, and he simply responds with biting. Birds only have beaks and biting as a way to protect themselves or express their moods.

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Working with the biting bird

Some biting issues are easier to resolve than others. For example, if a bird is wary of a new person to the home, you can make that person a much more wonderful thing by having the person offer special food items to the bird. If the bird learns that this new person is the only one with something special, the person quickly becomes a less scary thing!

Other issues are harder to work with such as a hormonal bird. Hormones are a funny thing, and they affect every bird differently, but biting is one of the more common problems associated with hormonal changes in your bird. Various techniques can help you avoid being bitten even during this time.

You want to learn your individual bird too. All birds give off body language and signals that biting may be coming soon, so learning these signals is really important for training.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Secret to Parrot Training

September 9th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

The Secret to Parrot Training

So you got a bird ….

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Now what do you do? The best answer is to begin establishing a relationship with your bird. What if you already have a bird with problems? Then you begin training to both correct the behavior problems and to establish a different relationship with your bird.

Birds establish bonds with their humans when there are no other birds around. These bonds can be very strong, and in some cases can even be problematic. For example, there are many birds that attempt to become possessive over a specific person such as a husband and then the bird bites the wife!

Training is the #1 best way to work on behavioral issues and give your bird a new way of behaving with you and communicating with you.

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Working with your bird’s natural birdiness

Simply put, it’s always best to work with your bird’s natural abilities and understand where his behaviors come from. For example, birds are naturally very vocal. This can translate into talking, whistling, or singing or it can translate into a whole lot of screaming. Understanding that your bird is going to make noise helps to not accidentally encourage bad noise and instead give your bird alternate ways to communicate.

Parrot Secrets is a professional bird system that helps you look at what comes naturally to your bird ….intelligence, curiosity, the desire to explore things with his beak, deep bonding with his human, and vocalizing, for example….and to use these things to help better train your bird. In just spending 15 minutes a day on training your bird you can help to develop a bird that is a true delight to spend time with.

The “secret” to the Parrot Secrets system

The secret is that there aren’t any real secrets! Actually, it’s just common bird experience and knowledge gained from bird professionals with years of experience. Parrot Secrets is full of information that these professionals have learned throughout the years and want to pass along.

The 4 e-book system covers a wealth of information such as:

Book One: All about getting the talking going! Learn what might be preventing your bird from speaking as well as tricks and techniques to help him develop his vocabulary.

Book Two: Developing the bond with your bird and working on any pesky behavior problems.

Book Three: Your bird’s diet. What you should be feeding him to keep him healthy.

Book Four: Taking a look at what makes the perfect bird to purchase.

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You’ll receive an additional e-book about parrot care as well as special access to the Parrot Secrets members’ only website. This website offers a ton more expert advice and information, and it’s free with the system! Lastly, this is all no-risk to try for you as it’s guaranteed money-back for 120 days if you’re not totally satisfied.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Noisy Birds!

August 23rd, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Training your parrot to whistle is about the same as training your parrot to talk. The main ingredient in this so-called secret recipe is simple repetition. Generally speaking, in the wild, parrots are extremely social creatures and love to communicate with each other by making a variety of different chirps and squawks. This innate desire doesn’t just go away because your parrot is raised in a home.

Instead, it will be up to you as your parrot’s flock leader, to continue to emulate your parrot’s natural surroundings. This can be done by socializing your parrot at a young age and teaching him certain socially-approved skills such as obeying commands and even talking.

But not every parrot owner desires a parrot that talks. In these cases, parrots can be taught how to whistle instead. The great thing here, is that it is oftentimes easier for a parrot to learn to whistle before he learns to talk. And once a parrot has become comfortable with whistling and is confident of his new skills as a whistler, he will whistle as a means of communication with you.

There are five simple steps to training your parrot to whistle:

1. Create a safe space for your parrot in which you can be guaranteed to have his undivided attention. This goes the same for you: make sure that your parrot has your undivided attention as well. No distractions. This chosen space should be quiet with no interference from televisions, radios, or other household pets and family members.

2. Once your parrot has settled down in the safe space you have created, make sure that you make eye contact with him to hold his attention. Whistle your chosen tune while maintaining eye contact with your parrot. It is quite crucial that your parrot immediately understands that you are attempting to direct your whistle to him, i.e. that you are communicating with your parrot via this unique sound.

3. All parrots learn best when their training is repeated to them. This holds especially true with training your parrot to whistle. You must repeat the chosen tune over and over again. Make sure you are repeating the whistle using the same tones all the time.

4. Once your training session is over for the day, continue whistling the tune whenever you can, especially when you are interacting with your parrot. When your parrot is confident enough, he will then attempt to repeat the whistle by himself.

5. Now you are ready to teach your parrot to associate your chosen whistle with a chosen activity. Before you give your parrot a treat next time, whistle your chosen whistle. Over time your parrot will recognize that whenever he hears that whistle, he will get a wonderful treat from you.

Noisy Birds!

Birds just like chatting

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Parrots and other bird species love to talk and make a variety of noises. It comes quite naturally to them as a form of communication both with other birds and with humans. While this can become an annoying habit sometimes, particularly if your bird begins to vocalize loudly for attention, it can also be a great way to communicate and bond with your bird.

Birds use sounds to communicate with other flock members. It helps them locate members of the same flock, and parent birds communicate with baby birds using unique sounds. In the absence of other birds your pet bird will want to attempt to communicate with you too, and he may attempt to mimic words or sounds you make in a similar way he would with other birds.

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Not every bird is alike

Some species of birds are more naturally inclined for certain types of noises. For example, many think that the cockatiel is a natural for singing and whistling which means they are excellent at repeating different tunes they might hear. Amazon parrots and African Greys are well known for their ability to repeat words and some can even sing with words included. They often develop larger vocabularies because of this natural inclination.

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Teaching birds to vocalize

Teaching your bird to speak is often one of the first things someone wants to do with their pet bird. It’s a neat trick and can be a fun bonding experience too. It can also be a gateway to wanting to train your bird to do other things.

There are a few things to consider:

1. Be realistic in your goals. Consider what type of bird you have and start with something easy that comes more naturally for your bird species.

2. Make it fun and easy. Training isn’t supposed to be hard! Keep training very simple for your bird and always keep it positive.

3. Reward any attempts your bird makes. It might not be the full whistling song or words you expected, but your bird is trying so be sure to reward any of these attempts. He’ll get there!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Best, Fittest Bird

August 9th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

One of the most integral components of breeding parrots, is understanding the importance of proper avian pediatric examinations. Whether you are a new parrot breeder, or a seasoned aviculturist, you should get into a daily habit of conducting thorough physical examinations for every baby bird that is in your nursery.

Don’t feel intimated by this, because doing physical exams is quite easy once you know what to do and it only takes a few short minutes. Doing baby bird exams daily will help you to keep accurate breeding and health records for each baby in your flock. By doing exams every day you will more easily recognize any kind of abnormality or illness and will then be able to take the baby bird to an Avian certified vet for proper treatment. It is especially important to know that the sooner an abnormality in a baby bird is discovered, the quicker it will be for the baby bird to recover.

Each morning, before receiving their feeding and on an empty crop, every baby bird should be weighed. The weight must be measured in grams and recorded. Remember to keep the baby parrot as warm as possible. Neonates that only have a few down feathers are not able to thermos-regulate themselves and they will catch a chill very quickly. Here’s a tip: keep the baby bird on a heating pad during your physical examination.

Take notes regarding the texture and color of the baby bird’s skin. Skin that is too pale could be a sign of anemia, polyoma virus or chilling. Study the musculoskeletal system and size of the bird’s beak and head in relations to its body. Check for straightness and symmetry and/or healed fractures. Depending on the age and species of the baby bird, its internal organs might be visible through its skin, such as the liver and lungs.

Next examine the baby bird’s eyes for any swelling or discharge. Depending on the species of parrot, the eyes will be fully open sometime 10 to 28 days after hatching. Don’t forget to examine the ears and nares as well. There should be no discharge at all. The baby’s crop should be checked for proper movement and existence of any foreign body. The consistency and volume of any contents within the crop should also be palpated.

Lastly, make sure that the baby parrot has a normal feeding response by carefully stroking its beak. If the baby bird is sick or just cold, it will either have a week feeding response or none at all.

The Best, Fittest Bird

Creating the best nutrition for your bird

Become An Expert On Parrot Care Health!

We all know the expression you are what you eat. Food is at the heart of nutrition and health for all of us. A bird who doesn’t have the proper diet can suffer from illnesses and even have an early death.

The reason most pet birds suffer poor nutrition is a diet based heavily in seeds. Seeds should really only represent a small portion of a bird’s diet, maybe about 10%. Half of his diet should consist of nutritionally complete bird pellets, and the remaining portion should be fresh items like fruits and vegetables.

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Stress plays a role in disease too

Stress plays a large role in making your bird susceptible to disease. Stress causes the body to release hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, but persistent stress never allows the body to return to normal levels, instead always staying elevated. These hormones, in small doses, have a natural purpose in situations like avoiding a predator, but long-term elevated levels are not good for a bird.

Chronic stress can have a large impact on mental health and can lead to behavioral issues like depression, feather plucking, anxiety, etc. It can also greatly impact your bird’s health. Chronic stress is linked to a greater likelihood of disease as well as heart and digestive problems.

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How to keep your bird healthy

Dr. Joel Murphy is an avian veterinarian with over 21 years of clinical veterinarian experience from The Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor. He’s seen many pet birds with health problems that could have been prevented or reversed with good nutrition and stress avoidance. Now he’s sharing this knowledge in his e-book How to Care for Your Pet Bird.

This book is perfect for the new bird owner or even the more experienced one. You’ll find 22 chapters full of information on just about every bird care subject that you could think of such as nutrition, illness, emergencies, general proper bird care, selecting a veterinarian, and more. No more worries about an unhealthy bird!

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Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Secrets to Parrot Health

July 29th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

There are many different diseases and ailments that can afflict parrots. But one of the most important ones to know about is Psittacosis. This is because Psittacosis can be passed onto human beings. Otherwise known as Chlamydiosis or Chlamydia, Psittacosis is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Eye swelling
  • Eye discharge
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lack of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fluffed out feathers

A parrot with Psittacosis can have one or more of these symptoms. Although these symptoms can suggest other diseases, a parrot with an eye discharge usually presents with Psittacosis and should be seen by a certified avian vet immediately for a pathology test.

Infection of this disease is typically through the droppings of another bird that is a carrier for the disease. A large amount of the Psittacosis organism can be present and it can remain contagious for quite a few months in dried bird droppings. Another way Psittacosis can be passed on is by way of feather dust and from a hen to her eggs.

The issue here is that in most situations, a parrot can be the carrier of this disease, but may never show any of above symptoms. This makes it quite hard to catch and control. Medical reports indicate that wild birds are one of the most common carriers and therefore, if you have your parrots in an outside aviary, they could be in danger of being infected.

Like most diseases, in humans and animals, an occurrence of Psittacosis is often brought about when the parrot is under stress; such as in situations of overcrowded cages and aviaries. When an infected parrot becomes stressed out, they will shed the Psittacosis organism in large amounts. This is another good reason to purchase your parrot from a reputable breeder and not a pet shop that has a large, filthy and overcrowded holding area for the parrots they sell cheaply. If your parrot receives routine health check-ups, and is fed a good diet and with a clean cage and fresh water, then you most likely won’t have any issues with the Psittacosis disease.

The treatment is with an antibiotic called doxycycline. Treatment length varies and can last anywhere from 7 to 45 days, depending on how the medication is given. As long as the disease is caught early on, the parrot will likely make a full recovery.

Once this disease is passed on to humans, the symptoms to be aware of include fever, lethargy, chest pain, couching, nausea and headaches. When seeing a doctor about flu-like symptoms, make sure you state that you own a parrot and request a blood test for Psittacosis. If you have been infected, a course of antibiotics will be prescribed.

This disease is why new parrots into a home should be quarantined away from other parrots for a minimum of 30 days.

Secrets to Parrot Health

Do You Want Your Bird to Live Decades?

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Raising a parrot is not always an easy task, but it can be so enjoyable if you feel comfortable that you know how to keep your bird healthy. If you know what to feed your bird and how to keep him not only healthy but also happy you can have years of contentment with him.

Parrots, ideally, live for decades. Many often outlive their human companions! But his lifespan can be drastically shortened with a few easy and common mistakes that everyone does before they know better.

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Let’s look at some of the more common mistakes

1. The cage is just not large enough for the bird: Your bird needs plenty of room to flap his wings, play with his toys, and move in levels so that he’s not just stuck in one spot.

2. The diet isn’t diverse enough: Parrots can’t exist on just seeds. Nutritionally complete pellets are an important addition, and the bird’s diet should include a lot of fresh items, even up to about 30% being fresh vegetables.

3. Not maintaining cleanliness: In order for a bird to stay healthy he needs to avoid disease. Cage liners should be changed daily, food and water holders should be cleaned weekly, and the overall cage should be cleaned monthly.

There are also other areas to look at as they relate to preventing boredom, providing enough toys, and preventing behavioral problems.

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Professional tips for a healthy bird

A professional birder has decided to share his parrot keeping system with the bird owning public. In his e-book Raising Polly: How to Raise a Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Bird, he details in non-technical language how to care for a parrot. Raising Polly gives you the tips to help prevent many of the diseases and issues that cause early parrot deaths.

If you’ve ever lost a parrot early, this book is for you. If you’ve never had a parrot before now, this book is for you. But if you’ve had parrots you can still make use of this book too!

In addition to the e-book Raising Polly, you’ll also receive a bonus ebook about training tricks and the audio mp3 files of Raising Polly. All of this plus a 60 day no haggling money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.

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Regards, Nathalie Roberts