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Fast Progress with Clicker Training

I can’t believe how quickly Stewie has caught on in our training sessions. Clicker Training for Birds is based on operant conditioning principles – basically: teach the bird that a particular action will result in a treat. Even before I started with the formal clicker training, Stewie already grasped the concept of doing something for…

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When the birdsitter came over…

I went out of town for the weekend and asked my friend Lisa to come over and keep Stewie company for a while, so he wouldn’t be too lonely. She said she read the paper to him and he behaved very well. He even made his trilling/purring happy sounds when he was digging into his…

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Quiz: What Kind of Bird Are You?

Someone posted this link to a quiz on one of the boards, and I thought it was cute: http://www.youthink.com/quiz.asp?action=take&quiz_id=868 I think I’ll try taking it again until I can figure out how to be a sun conure. I don’t want to be less glamorous and misunderstood. I’d like to be gorgeous and adored, and still…

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Stewie’s First Real “Step Up”

A major breakthrough! Earlier over the weekend, Stewie was leaning towards me as I sat in front of my computer, super interested in what I was doing. So I scooted closer, offered him my arm and said “step up?” And the answer was “yes”! Okay, so he didn’t actually say anything, he just stepped onto…

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Conure Toys: Vote for Your Favorite

Vote for your favorite Conure Toy on this widget I created. Toys I (or Stewie) recommend for your conure (or other medium-sized bird) are: Wooden Ladder Mazey Munch (Treat Labyrinth) Rope Swing Snuggle Hut (a.k.a. Happy Hut) Bird-Safe Bell on a Chain Shredder Toy (such as a birdie pinata) Stewie has been learning to play…

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The Quaker Song: I’m a Little Quaker Green and Stout

Tooooo cute!!! This is a little quaker parrot singing something called The Quaker Song. I particularly love the part when he says “yay!” after finishing the song. Lyrics to the I’m a Little Quaker song: Sing a song? Ready? I’m a little Quaker, green and stout open up the cage and let me out better…

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Stewie Wants to Join Me in the Shower

Stewie did something he’s never done before: he flew to(wards) me while we were in the bathroom together. He was hanging out on his shower perch and I was taking a shower. When I was done and toweling off he flew toward me, but given that his wings are clipped and he’s not too coordinated,…

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