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Training & Behaviour


Help, My Parrot Laid An Egg

Barbara Heidenreich explains what to do if your Parrot lays eggs. A veterinarian once said to me there are two times in a bird’s life when it looks like it is dying. When it is dying and when it is laying an egg. It is no wonder I sometimes get emails from panicked Parrot owners when […]

Enrichment Or How to Keep Your Parrot Happy

Dot Schwarz explains how to give your Parrot enrichment in her blog.  For loads of enriching toys for your bird please click here.  Toys and enrichment Why make or purchase toys for Parrots? It is sadly not unheard of to see a bird in a small cage get one single perch and maybe one swing or toy. The owner […]

How to Teach Your Parrot To Step Up

Dot Schwarz explains how to teach your Parrot to step up. Can any bird learn to step up onto a hand or a stick? I believe that she can. And until your bird has a reliable step up, it is much harder for bird and carer to live harmoniously.    Too many birds are condemned […]

Barbara Heidenreich’s Secrets to An Awesome Training Session

Here is Barbara’s tips for an awesome training session with your Parrot.  I had one of those training sessions the other day. You know the kind, the ones that stay in your mind because you just felt so great afterwards.  This particular training session was at a zoo, one of my regular contracts. When I […]

“Yeah, But”…What Not to Say During Parrot Behaviour Training

Here is what not to say during behaviour training.  Have you ever found yourself saying these words when someone gives you advice?  You probably have. We all have! Haven’t we? I am guilty of it too. But now I try really hard to catch myself if I feel those words creeping out. Here is why. […]

Do Animals Bluff?

Barbara Heidenreich explains how and why animals bluff.  Have you ever thought about the word bluffing? Some synonyms are conning, tricking and faking. When people use the word bluffing in regard to animals it is usually associated with aggressive behaviour such biting or lunging. In other words they are suggesting animals are faking it or […]

The Impact of Early Learning Experiences on Kakapo

Barbara Heidenreich looks at the early learning experiences of Kakapo.  Kakapo training Our last night of Kakapo training was quite exciting. A three year old bird who had been hand raised several years ago had discovered a way to enter the large enclosure where the chicks are housed as they prepare for release into the […]

How to Touch a Parrot by Barbara Heidenreich

Barbara Heidenreich explains how to touch a Parrot. Isn’t it fun to pet your dog or your cat? Tails Most of our pets usually liked to be stroked from the top of their heads down towards their tails. Have you ever tried that with a Parrot? If you have, you may have noticed the experience […]

How To Make Friends With A Parrot

Barbara Heidenreich explains how to make friends with a Parrot. If you are a fan of Parrots like me, you look forward to those moments when you get to make a new Parrot friend. Unlike a dog or cat that may respond to a new person right away, birds can sometimes require a little extra effort […]

Getting Your Parrot To Bathe

Barbara Heidenreich explains how to get your Parrot to bathe.  Delbert In many cases Parrots love to bathe….as my Yellow Naped Amazon Delbert is happy to demonstrate.  Jeez! Even my dog loves a bath. Honestly he would jump in the shower with me everyday if he could. But that is another story. Back to Parrots. […]