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Companion Bird Foster  Programs – A Review

Companion Bird Foster Programs – A Review

I have volunteered at several local brick-and-mortar rescues (private shelters) in my area (north of Boston, Massachusetts) and have seen, over time, companion birds being returned because of the same behavioral issues.

Adopters may say that a bird was “not trainable” or “would not ...

Sam, I Can

Sam, I Can

People would ask me, “How do you prevent him from flying?” and my response was always, “A blind bird isn’t going to want to take off in flight if he doesn’t know where he’s going. Just don’t scare him.” A few times I also heard, “Why wouldn’t you just euthanize the bird. What kind of ...

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New Bird on the Block

New Bird on the Block

By Vicki Ronchette

Over the years I have introduced several parrots into my flock of companion birds. During this time I have found there are some things that should be done early on to help shape the bird ...

A Long-Term Solution

A Long-Term Solution

By Lara Joseph

...the mutilating behavior was getting worse. The keepers admitted they couldn't give their attention to creating the foraging toys I had advised, and told me Abbey was now taking his food and ...

Think Outside the Cage

Think Outside the Cage

By Amy Martin

Parrots thrive in an environment worthy of investigation. In fact, healthy parrots require this. No matter how large a parrot’s enclosure is, it is still basically a modified jail cell. There ...

The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

By Lara Joseph

It became clear to me that, during Koko’s time at the zoo his interactions with humans had commonly been paired with aversives, so I agreed to take on the challenge of working with him. It was ...

A Quick Fix

A Quick Fix

By Vicki Ronchette

If we expect an animal’s behavior to change, we need to implement changes in the world around them...Quick fixes are generally not permanent, long-term solutions. However, there is one ...

A Cry for Attention

A Cry for Attention

By Lara Joseph

In the wild, it has been noted that parrots can spend up to 60 percent of their day foraging for food. They travel up to 40 mile circumferences in their search for food (Meehan & Mench, ...

Stimulation for Psittacines

Stimulation for Psittacines

By Amy Martin

Imagine yourself sitting on a wooden chair in a room that is no more than 6 feet by 6 feet. There are no windows. You cannot leave and no one ever visits you. You have no radio, television, ...

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