Category: Parrot

Companion Bird Awareness Month – Promoting Companion Bird Education

by Sheila Blanchette

Before I was a Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant, I started promoting companion bird education while volunteering at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Mass.. When I began volunteering back in 2010, I was told that January was Bird Adoption Month. I was so enthusiastic about promoting companion birds that I knew I wanted to get involved as soon as possible! In January 2011, I started my first education table at the MSPCA Nevins Farm. Each weekend in that month, I assisted with questions and answers from the public.

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Kokoda’s Diary Part 2

by Lee Stone

This is a continuation of the counter-conditioning diary I started last issue. I am working with my Eclectus parrot, Kokoda, who I would like to teach to happily accept wearing a harness. In the last issue, we had made a start on the process of gradually introducing the harness to Kokoda and pairing it with some yummy treats.

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Living and Learning with Ozzie: From “Unpredictable” Biter to Accomplished Painter

by Patricia K. Anderson

Shortly before I became a student of applied behavior analysis, a new parrot came to live with Steve and me. Ozzie, an adult female green Quaker parrot (hatch date April 11, 2004) was relinquished to the Quaker Parakeet Society Rescue and Rehome program by a family who was moving out of the country. It was stated on the relinquishment form that Ozzie had been in several foster homes before moving to a QPS foster, and eventually to me in August of 2010.

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