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Vet Update

Just a quick update: all the blood work came back from the lab and our avian vet says both Stewie and Mika’s tests came back fine. Everything looks good. Not that I was expecting any bad news, but it’s nice to have confirmation that everyone is healthy. Pionus are susceptible to gout. This is actually…

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Stewie Has His Wings Trimmed Again

It was with some trepidation and a lot of guilt that I told the vet to clip the rest of Stewie’s flight feathers. I loved having him flighted when he was an only bird, but ever since he’s taken to harassing and divebombing Mika I can’t trust him not to abuse his flying privileges. So…

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OUCH! WTH?

I’m nursing a bruise on my knuckle. Stewie bit me “for no reason!” (Gratuitous use of quotation marks? No, keep reading.) He was sitting on my arm while I was working on the computer and he ran down my arm, bit down hard on my knuckle and wouldn’t let go. I yelped and flailed around…

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Step-Up Isn’t Always the First Trick to Teach a Parrot

When I first got Stewie I tried training him to step up because conventional wisdom has that this should be the first thing a bird learns. All Stewie learned was that if he bit me hard enough I’d eventually go away. 🙁 Then I found the Bird Click group on Yahoo and took the advice…

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Evie the Eagle Plays Fetch

We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to show you something really cool. Ever wanted to play fetch with a bird that has a wingspan of 8 feet and talons large enough to wrap around a tennis ball? Meet Evie the Eagle: This trick is super-advanced flighted retrieve (i.e., not just retrieve, not…

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Conure Puts Coins in a Piggy Bank

Here’s Stewie doing his coins in a piggy bank trick. The blue piggy bank is just a ceramic bank I picked up at a toy store. The “coins” are plastic disks from a Connect Four travel set. The coins in the piggy bank trick was taught the same way as rings on a peg (which…

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