BE KIND.  BE SENSITIVE.  BE CLEAR.  BE CONSISTENT.  BE PATIENT.
 

Great relationships are a wonderful side-effect of positive reinforcement training:

BIRDS ARE AMAZING!

  • Birds enjoy learning!
  • Your bird can learn quickly and easily.
  • Gain your bird’s trust AND trust your bird.
  • Your bird can enjoy being out of their cage and WILLINGLY go back into their cage.
  • No biting.
  • No fear.
  • Good behavior.
  • Step up.
  • Confidence!
  • No stress in a towel.
  • Calm and cooperative at the veterinarian.
  • Allow you to groom nails.
  • Wear a harness.
  • Your bird is smart!
  • Your bird can can learn many fun and enriching behaviors!

 

Hope for Feather-Destructive Behavior / Plucking:

Lilly - April 7, 2015

Lilly - April 7, 2015

Please go to the ENVIRONMENT! CHOICES! page under ‘My Philosophy’ to see Lilly’s progress from plucking and scared to feathered and confident.    For current news on Lil, check out her  The Lilly Fan Club Facebook page!!!

Lilly - December 27, 2015

Lilly - December 27, 2015

Life out in nature involves foraging for food throughout the day. Constant access to food encourages boredom, waste, and picky eating. Please consult your Avian Veterinarian before deciding what is best for your bird. I feed my birds a high quality pellet twice a day as the foundation of their diet. This assures that each bird is getting a balanced nutritious diet.

A base diet of pellets allows your bird’s favorite foods such as seeds, nuts, fruits, veggies, treats to be used for reinforcing good behavior. A high quality sugar-free (read the label) pelleted diet such as those from Harrison, Roudybush, or Lafeber ensures that your bird is getting healthy, balanced, pesticide-free nutrition and not just picking out their favorite foods.

  • Always introduce new foods into your animal’s diet gradually and with care. Be certain that your bird is eating the pellets (another good reason to feed meals rather than keep full bowls).
  • Weighing your bird regularly allows you to make sure the bird is maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Voluntarily standing quietly on a scale is one of the behaviors that can be taught to help make your bird’s veterinary care less stressful for all involved.

Please consult your avian veterinarian with any questions or concerns about your bird’s health and when making changes to your bird’s diet.


I had the privilege of working with Slater for a week at Natural Encounters Professional Workshop. Slater is a Craven (hybrid crow/raven). Quick, in every sense of the word, and incredibly determined and persistent and clever… Slater is a genius! :)

 

Professional Member:
~ International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
~ Animal Behavior Management Alliance
~ Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
~ International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

Arie's (aka Rambo) story

We have a scarlet macaw, all he does is attack us and take hunks out of us when he gets us. He was loving when we first got him, now can’t do anything with him. We want to give him away but are afraid he’ll kill someone or mess them up real bad! That’s how mean he is! He says a lot of stuff and cusses too. His last attack he almost got my arm artery. We have lots of children and he has to go! We have had him since he was 5 months and now he’s about 9 1/2 years old now. Would you like to test your training abilities to the max?!! You can have him. Or please can you give us some ideas what to do with him? He has to go, we can’t afford training or anything, that’s why we just want to give him away to someone who maybe can handle him. Please help us."                      — Rambo’s owner contacted me in April 2013

Thus far, I had always maintained that Le’a, who has been my partner since November 13, 1978, deserves only-bird status in our home. The plea to take Rambo was one of those just the right timing moments. Kevin, my wonderful husband and best friend agreed that we could take Rambo. Being aware to keep Le’a satiated with attention, this adoption/rescue has worked out extremely well. In fact, at this very moment as I sit at my computer typing, I have a contented bird on either shoulder.  :)

Thus far, I had always maintained that Le’a, who has been my partner since November 13, 1978, deserves only-bird status in our home. The plea to take Rambo was one of those just the right timing moments. Kevin, my wonderful husband and best friend agreed that we could take Rambo. Being aware to keep Le’a satiated with attention, this adoption/rescue has worked out extremely well. In fact, at this very moment as I sit at my computer typing, I have a contented bird on either shoulder.  :)

Rambo — aka Arie – is observably a very bold and gregarious bird. Although Arie is not without challenges, he is an incredible individual who has definitely found his forever home with us!  :)

Develop trust.

FUNTIME BIRDY for roller skates and other outstanding bird supplies. A great place to find enrichment items for your bird and you! http://www.funtimebirdy.com.


Here are photos of “flying primates” in my home.   :)