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Free Issue of Good Bird Magazine

Updated November 2009: Link has been fixed. The new download is of the Fall 2008 issue. Parrot trainer Barbara Heidenreich is generously offering a free issue of Good Bird Magazine to readers of the Best in Flock blog. Just click here, enter your information and you’ll receive the free copy via a link in an…

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Barbara Heidenrich, Parrot Trainer – Interview

What a treat! Today I got to interview Barbara Heidenreich, one of the country’s top parrot training experts. She’s been in the field of animal training since 1990, has consulted with zoos around the country, and publishes resources for owners of companion birds, including Good Bird Magazine (a free download of which is available here),…

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Life with a Flighted Parrot: 3 Concerns

Updated: I just read a really heartbreaking story about someone who was pressured into free flying their parrot before he was ready, a move that ended in tragedy. I want to make it extra super clear that I’m not advocating that you free fly your birds (i.e., let it fly outside without a harness) or…

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Parrot Props and Trick Training Toys

Where to find props for clicker training, cool training toys, parrot trick props, like birdie roller skates, bird-sized basketball hoops, skateboards for parrots, ring toss and color discrimination games for birds ranging from budgies to cockatoos and macaws.

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What You Don’t See in Parrot Training Videos

Sometimes you can get discouraged watching parrot training videos. Those birds always seem to do all the tricks perfectly (despite the trainer’s claim they’re not even tame… yeah right) while our own training efforts make us wonder if there’s something wrong with our birds… or us. The truth is, that no bird knows how to…

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Teaching My Parrot to Wave

The latest trick we’re working on is waving. This is usually one of the earlier non-prop behaviors parrot trainers teach their birds, but I started with behaviors I could capture instead of ones I’d have to shape. I finally felt we were both ready to work on this trick, and once I knew my plan…

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Thanks for the Support

Best in Flock was included on the Pets page of AllTop.com, Guy Kawasaki’s project to aggregate all the best feeds on particular topics! And if that wasn’t cool enough, Barbara Heidenreich has added us to her blogroll as well. Stewie and I are honored by the attention and recognition! Thanks so much!!

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Video of Sun Conure and His Ball Trick

Another attempt to capture Stewie on video. Better than our previous video clip, I think. The “put the ball in the cup trick” was the first big “stupid parlor trick” this little sun conure learned, but when we started training he was still pretty bitey; in fact, he’d reach around training props just to bite…

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Is a Parrot the Right Pet for You?

I was recently invited to write a guest post by the good people at PetKnows, a blog about cats and dogs… and now parrots. The post is called 5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Bird. and I talk about, you guessed it, things someone should consider if they are thinking of getting a parrot….

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Barbara Heidenreich Has a Blog!

Barbara Heidenreich, author of The Parrot Problem Solver and noted parrot trainer for many years, has a blog. I started this blog because there seemed to be a real dearth of high-quality blogs about parrots (that weren’t just thinly disguised fronts for peddling expensive and questionable parrot training products). Sure, lots of people mentioned their…

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Update: Wayne’s Back in Business

After being MIA for a few weeks, WaynesParrotStuff.com is live on the Web again. Wayne updated his site to let everyone know that he is now working with The Golden Cockatoo to distribute his bottlebrush gyms. This will leave him free just to build his parrot playstands while the Golden Cockatoo deals with taking orders…

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