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Enjoying the Outdoors in Travel Cages

After Mika had her shower on Saturday morning, I took her and Stewie out on the balcony in their travel cages to soak up some sun. Stewie admired her wet bird look and decided to take a bath in his water dish. It was such a gorgeous weekend, the entire flock (myself included) enjoyed hanging…

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Getting Started Clicker Training Mika

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to convince Mika to eat a bigger variety of food. I’ve put off training with her because she’s such a picky eater that it’s hard to remove treats from her regular diet to use for rewards. Furthermore, she’s a very slooooow eater. So far there’s nothing she…

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Ann Brooks, Founder of Phoenix Landing

When Ann Brooks founded Phoenix Landing in April 2000, it was the culmination of many years of planning. Her goal was to form an organization that could help long-lived parrots like Phoenix, her 13 year-old greenwing macaw, who she knew would probably out live her and would one day need a new home and continued…

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Happy One-Year Anniversary Stewie!

One year ago TODAY, Stewie came home to live with me, and my life hasn’t been the same since. Because he was found on the street unbanded, we have no way of knowing how old he is, much less his exact hatch day, but July 15 marks the 1-year anniversary of his being my little…

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Teaching to Put Rings on a Peg

Here’s a video of Stewie putting rings on a peg. This trick is based on simple retrieve (although I didn’t start working on it until he perfected “ball in a cup“). I trained retrieve with a variety of objects, including these rings, so when it became time to teach this ring toss game, Stewie already…

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How a Sun Conure Makes Friends

Having just posted about Stewie the sun conure and his reluctance to play nice with Mika, the precious new Pionus in our life, I’m reminded of an absolutely adorable video on the topic of how to make friends (starring Bo the sun conure): Bo, you are awesome and an inspiration!

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Progress Report: Mika Settling In

The long weekend was the perfect opportunity to give Stewie and Mika lots of attention and out of cage time … simultaneously. I’m constantly reminded not to rush them — so far their introduction hasn’t been the smoothest process — but we made a lot of progress if you keep in perspective that animals can…

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