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Your Parrot Won’t Play with Toys?

One question that seems to come up a lot (at least based on Google searches that drive traffic to this site), is about pet birds not playing with toys. Q: Why won’t my parrot play with his toys? It’s possible your parrot doesn’t know how to play with toys. If he’s never learned, your pet…

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Stuff My Conure Likes

I thought I’d compile another list of things my conure likes. Mind you, this is only Stewie-approved stuff… it doesn’t include things I think he ought to like, things I’ve purchased for him and he’s not interested in or things I just think you ought to have in case of birdie emergencies. The list may…

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Skateboarding Birds: Budgies and ‘Tiels

Think only larger parrots can do cool prop tricks? Think again: First, the noob: training a cockatiel to step onto a skateboard Day 3: Cockatiel pushing off on a skateboard Skateboarding cockatiel catches air More skateboarding cockatiels Cute budgies showing off their skateboard moves Advanced skater budgie (sorry, couldn’t embed) .

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Stewie Demonstrates Targeting

I’m still a terrible cinematographer, but I figured I’d go ahead and post this anyway. I wheeled Stewie’s playstand in front of the computer (with a built-in camera) and did a couple reps of targeting. Because the target stick is a black chopstick and the background is basically black, you often can’t see it in…

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Teaching My Parrot to Fetch: Step 1

I pulled this old draft out of my archives. It’s from late last year, but I thought I’d go ahead and publish it now, even though he already knows how to retrieve and put the ball in his cup. After very fast progress with targeting, we hit a bit of a bump moving on to…

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In Praise of Wayne’s Bottle Brush Gyms

UPDATE (August 2009): As much as I’m a fan of Wayne’s bottle brush gyms, I’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about deteriorating service in terms of orders getting fulfilled in a reasonable timeframe (when you order through his website). This makes me very sad because I love the gyms, but I don’t want people…

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Stewie’s Video on YouTube

My video of Stewie on YouTube is almost at 1,000 views. Go help me over the hump 🙂 This was taken back in November, when he hadn’t learned much beyond targeting, retrieve and “put the ball in the cup”. Retrieve is the only thing he did correctly, and he gave it to the wrong person…

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