100 Likes!!

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Wow what a day!!! I just reached 100 likes! OMG so I just reached 100 posts and now 100 likes, wow!!  I’m on a roll!!! What’s next?!? Do I already have 100 followers? I will have to check. I need 100 subscribers on our YouTube channel so that’s definitely next… We have over 100 on our Instagram account so that’s great! I can’t tell you how happy I was to wake up to the notification of 100 likes!

I know I’m secretly a nerd but it really is encouraging these little milestones we reach. This proves the saying is true, “you reap what you sow” or “you get out of it, what you put into it”. Again I want to jump up and down, if you read my 100 posts you will know why I say “again”. But I already did my red carpet speech so what can I do now….
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This time, all I will do which I think is very fitting to the equation is say THANK YOU x100!!! There are times a person feels invisible or that they are talking literally just to space and no one is listening so 100 likes means the world to me! Thank you everyone for the encouragement!

I want my followers to realize this is not just me reaching 100 likes! This is US reaching 100 likes! You guys are my family!! My encouragement! My push, my drive!! We did it! The first 100 is always the hardest!

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Thank you so much!!

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The Cover Up!

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They say parrots need any where from 10-12 hours of sleep each night. How can you help your parrot achieve that? Without it, your parrots may become cranky, angry, little buggers! I honestly don’t know how true this fact is because my household is a very noisy one and we never cover our birds’ cages. They aren’t cranky, at least not to me.

However since I don’t know if lack of sleep may have a long-term effect, I am now thinking of covering their cages at night. Studies on kids say that kids who get 10+ hours of sleep at night are better rounded individuals. They are faster learners, happier and more likely to be successful in life so I’m thinking since parrots are like kids, the same philosophy may apply. So far I’ve covered Rasta (green naped lorikeet) and Purrain’s (female indian Ringneck) cages at night but I haven’t seen anything different in their demeanor. It’s only been a week so I’ll keep monitoring the progress. I’m putting them to bed at 10pm and waking them up at 10am. But the other parrots are making noise at the crack of dawn so I’m sure they are probably up before I remove the cover.
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I think the cover up on cages is a great idea IF you’re like me and roam the fridge at night but…. Isn’t it better for them to not have the cover on so when I’m going through the fridge they can see me and know I’m the cause of the noise? If they have the cover on and I go in the fridge, they can’t see me so wouldn’t that cause them to be afraid as they can’t view the source of the sound? To me, it makes me think of being blindfolded, I rather be able to see… I don’t know, now I’m indecisive because I definitely want them getting enough sleep and even though I have them  in the dark by 10pm, the family might still be up meaning we’ll keep them up, if they aren’t covered. Then when the light starts shining through in the morning they will wake up ensuring that they definitely did not get the desire amount of sleep needed to be successful birdies. Now, if I do the cover up method, they will definitely be in the dark regardless of us having other lights on throughout the house but wouldn’t our sound keep them up anyways? However when the light shines through in the morning, they would still be in the dark which means they would be able to get more rest? Well, I guess that’s it… Covering them up will be our next adventure! As it seems like the better option.

I will start small with only covering half of the cage and then 3 quarters and then all. Since they aren’t used to it, I don’t want to overwhelm them especially not Grayson (African grey). When they take their afternoon nap, they aren’t covered and they all seem to manage fine but I’m not a doctor so if the stats say covering them up is more beneficial to make sure they get adequate sleep then so be it!cover up

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100 POSTS!!

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Wow can you imagine I’ve already written 100 posts?? I feel like saying, “NO WAY!! IT’S A LIE!! SOMEONE IS TRICKING ME!” But NOPE! I see it with my own eyes, Published: 100.
Amazing! Who knew I had 100 posts of things to say! Well obviously I have more than 100 things to say because I’m going to keep posting until I can no longer post and this blog will have millions of followers encouraging me to pursue this dream.

Exciting! I want to jump up and down and although I should have hit this 100 posts long time ago, I’m happy that I finally found the consistency I needed to make this happen. Okay, so at this point I’m ready to do my red carpet walk, twirl and speech. I’ll probably wear a red and black dress because black helps the figure hahaha with heels that have red bottoms.

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“I’ll like to thank all those who believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I need to give thanks to God Almighty for blessing me with this gift and giving me the insight to know I can help in the parrot world. I want to continue to ask for everyone’s support as I continue to work on my knowledge of parrots and bring it to the cyber world. Let me just say there are times when I write a post and it gets zero views and I get all sad about it and I start thinking to just quit because no one cares about parrots or believes and trust me. But then I’ll get an email or more views than I ever received or likes and comments and I start thinking, “It is worth it! Sometimes people need to know they are being listened too. So the next time you take the time out to read someone’s blog just hit that like button if you did like it. There are times I’ve read blogs and I didn’t follow or like or anything just read it, enjoyed it and moved on and I didn’t think there was anything wrong with that UNTIL I became a blogger. Now I understand, if 50 people view my posts and I don’t even get one like – I feel I’m not giving the people what they want and I start questioning my writing skills and my topic. But that might not be the case so just think about that the next time you come across a post that you enjoyed. Otherwise thank you so much for helping me get the push I needed to get to 100 posts and let’s keep this ball moving!!!! On To 500 posts!!! Oh and please don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel trying to get to 100 subscribers! LOVE YOU!”

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My ♥ Valentine!!

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Today is Valentine’s day and although I don’t usually celebrate. This year I want to say Happy Valentine’s day to my late uncle/twin as he never made it to 2018 to see today and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing but I miss him so for me it makes me feel even more lonely.

I want to say Happy Valentine’s and Happy birthday to my sister who is older than me by 7 years. She was born on this precious day. So I’m wishing her all the best.

But the best part of this post is who I decided will be my 2018 Valentine!

I’ve struggled with this decision, it was definitely a hard one but I’ve decided to choose KODAK BLACK to be my valentine! For soooo many reasons:

1) He turned 2 in December so his age represents 2 like for twins (for me and my uncle/twin)
2) He is the newest member of the family
3) He is very loving – likes to give me his tongue when we kiss so I have to fold my lips as I’m not into tonguing a parrot lol but also because I don’t want him exposed to my saliva
4) He loves me, I can see it and feel it
5) He is so entertaining I think he makes a GREAT 2018 valentine!

So please join me by leaving a comment below saying HAPPY VALENTINE’s DAY KB (kodak)!
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The Conure Escapes

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She is such a doll. I love her vibrant colors and the way she is so easily trained. I would definitely recommend a black-capped conure to anyone who was interested in a parrot that was trainable. She is definitely a smart cookie!

So I was home and she was in her cage, where she never wants to be! She always wants to be with me. I love it but sometimes I need her to be in her cage for safety purposes. I guess on this particular day she was like nope I had enough and she came flying out her cage right to my shoulder. I was shocked!

I had downsized her cage as it was rusting and she is currently in one of those small white cages that the doors slide up and down. I don’t know how she managed to keep a door open long enough for her to fly out but she did! I’m just grateful that it didn’t come slamming down on her head! She came out of her food bowl door and as soon as she did, the door shut! So I was happy everything worked out but this is why I don’t like these kind of cages because I’m afraid of this exact thing happening except more fatal.

This was also a wake up call to me though. This told me that she needed more of my attention and was feeling a bit neglected because she risked her life to come to me. I apologized to her and told her never to escape the depths of hell again hahaha, no, I’m joking but I did agree to make sure I gave her a bit more attention as Conures do need.

You will have some birds who like their independence. Doesn’t mean they don’t want to be out and about with you but they don’t require physical contact as much. Then you will have parrots who thrive on a personal level with you. For example my black-capped conure, african grey, black lory and female indian ringneck – they need my one on one attention basically anytime they are out and about with me. However my rainbow lorikeet, male indian ringneck and the quaker (r.i.p) likes my attention but can manage if I’m busy for a few, they definitely find ways to entertain themselves.

I’ve taught all the birds the importance of independent play but doesn’t mean they want to do it if they don’t have to. Anyhow, so back at the issue at hand my black-capped conure escaped her cage and flew to my shoulder, makes me feel special to know she personally seeks me out. I mean, she could have flown out of her cage to the potty perch, the java tree or the activity stand but instead she came to me. I think this deserves an AWWWW!

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Prevention is Better Than Cure

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I love the title of this post because it is so true! Think about it:

If I can eat an orange a day to avoid cancer even though I don’t like oranges (I actually do but for this example lets say I don’t) isn’t that better than going through chemotherapy? I say HELL YEA! See… Prevention is better than Cure!

So if I could have healthy parrots that will live for 50 years just by following a diet wouldn’t that be better than having to go to a vet, get medication and keep the cycle repeating over and over? I say HELL YEA! Not to mention it would also save my pockets a few hundreds of dollars in the long run I’m sure.

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Then I’m all for it! So, I have my wonderful pellet diet now I just need a meal plan. This is where my cookbook that I bought from www.birdtricks.com comes into play. They claim they have 73 recipes that is GREAT for your parrots plus a cookbook for food that you and your parrot can share. I purchased this from them back in 2012 but they have no real certifications however they claim they got two parrots a galah cockatoo and an african grey better by using these recipes so I’m a firm believer in nothing tried nothing gained. I will still be looking up these ingredients to have my own backup research applied before using any of the recipes but I do think it’s worth a try so for the first time since 2012 I’m actually reading through it.

Yes, I’ve purchased things and haven’t looked/read them :(, but I am now and I’m bringing all the information to you guys! So keep following me, we are about to embark on a journey!!!

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Back to the Basics

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I considered myself to be a bird expert! What could you ask that I didn’t have the answer to? Well after doing the one month of no pellets and losing a bird, I’m completely lost right now. Obviously I’m not as good as I thought so guess what? With 6 parrots relying on me, I’ve pulled all the parrot information I have ever received: Magazines, e-books, physical books, pamphlets – EVERYTHING and I am going to re-read every one of them and start a healthy diet regime all over – Failure is not an option here.

I love these parrots as much as I love my own kids so to think I’ve failed them in any way is a stab to my heart. They are back on Harrison pellets (truthfully the only pellets I trust to keep my parrots healthy) and of course fresh water. I still give them boiled egg but everything else has been put on pause until I figure out how to make sure they are all in good condition.

I want to do another vet visit after this month of no pellet trial but I can’t afford to right now. I’m absolutely kicking myself! How did I think I could do it? It now feels like the stupidest idea ever! This is what is wrong, you hear other people doing it and say hey let me try that, not realizing that umm hello!! Hell no! You have WAYYYY too many different type of parrots each with different needs to do something like this! I wish I could turn back the hands of time! In my family, I would be called “fallow Fashion or follow batty” meaning I’m copying others and not thinking for myself.

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Never once did it occur to me that if things didn’t go right, I could lose a parrot… Now, I know it could be something else but because I didn’t find out, I don’t think it’s anything else except FAILURE on my part! Can you tell I’m still devastated? Losing a loved one is so hard but losing one and blaming yourself for it is even harder. I’m trying to move on but it’s truly killing me inside.

Anyhow back to the topic at hand, I started Parenting Parrots for people to learn from me.  That includes my success and my failures/mistakes so please take heed and truly learn from me. Reading, research and reuse are my 3 R’s – do it! I’ve always said this, “Get a book on your specific bird”. What if that information is wrong? Even vets give us wrong information at times. Everything you come across, take with a grain of salt and research on it before implementing it.

If someone told you parrot ownership was easy, they lied!! It’s stressful at times like these when I’m up worrying about my flock instead of peacefully sleeping. It’s heartbreaking when you lose a parrot. It’s exciting when they learned a new trick or how to master a new toy. It’s research when you need something more challenging to teach them. It’s expensive when you have to do vet visits, food, toys and housing appliances lol I mean accessories. I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world but I’m truly afraid of losing my flock because of my dietary change which was an epic fail. What if more than one was affected by my bad choice?

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So this worry has brought me back to the basics! I’m currently only going to feed them pellets this week. No fruits or veggies just so I can make sure their poop is regulated. Once their poop is back to normal I will implement my 5 go to fruits (check our YouTube channel for more information on that) and then my 5 go to vegetables (will be on youtube soon).

Goal: To have healthy parrots that can outlive me and go on to be taken care of by my 4 kids

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Lost Piper, our Quaker Parrot

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So I did the stupid month of no pellets and everything seemed fine however I forgot about Piper. His diet should have been monitored a little more closely because he is prone to the fatty liver disease. The last week of “no pellet month”, he started refusing to eat his food, he was still eating his treats when trained but otherwise the fruit, veggies, pasta, rice, bread etc was not being touched.

He somehow managed to maintain his weight of 99 kg so I wasn’t too worried and I knew it was just a matter of days before I would go to the store to buy pellets. I continued to monitor him. His poop was hard to monitor because of all the fruit and veggies being incorporated into their diet, so it was very watery. Anyhow he was still training and activity level remained the same, until that Thursday, he came out of the cage and started training but refused the treat at one point. Piper has NEVER refused a safflower seed EVERY! My red flags immediately went up! He flew away from everyone on to a stand that’s in a corner. If you know Piper, he is a social butterfly and never wants to be alone. The Wednesday he weighed 97kg but it was still close to 99 so I wasn’t concerned but that Thursday he weighed 91kg I immediately was scared. He flew away from me and wouldn’t fly back when called, I was scared.

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Friday came and he was at the bottom of his cage, not being able to lift his head up for long. He weighed 81kg. He mustered up all his energy to fly once or twice when out otherwise he would find a dark spot and hide. I was in trouble. My credit card for the birds were maxed and I was in negative in my bank account (being on maternity leave is not easy :(). I was devastated over the fact that Piper needed me and I couldn’t bring him to the vet because I was broke! I made sure to provide him water via my finger so he wouldn’t be dehydrated and put him in his cage with a cover so he could rest.

Saturday morning, I was scared to uncover him but I did and he was still alive. I sent for pellets, milk thistle and a syringe. I made the pellets into a mash with the milk thistle and fed him through the syringe 1ml every hour. He seemed to be doing better. In the night I tried to give him 4ml of the mash and when I went to weigh him he became unbalanced, fell to the floor, I believe hitting his kneel (I made have that spelt wrong) bone and died.

I feel like I failed Piper, Lola, Parenting Parrots, my kids and myself. I’m so sorry, I don’t know where I went wrong but I know just like with Lola I feel an empty space in my heart.

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Piper was amazing beyond words. Every morning I was greeted with “Good Morning, How are you?” and I would respond with “Good Morning Piper, I’m good how are you?” He would then say, “I’m good, how are you?” I believe he was waiting for me to teach him what to say next but I never did. Every evening we ended our night with a wonderful, “Good night”. Piper would sing Sugarland – Stuck like Glue. It was his favorite song, even when we would be singing a different song he would jump in with Sugarland lyrics. He knew all the kids’ names and would call each one. He especially loved to call Shennai because she would bring him a treat every time he called for her. He would be the starter of our “peek-a-boo” games. He would say it first and the other birds would follow. He just learned “Peek-a-Boo, I see you”. So if I said Peek a boo he would respond with I see you. He was just so talented. He loved interacting with people and other birds.

Piper would fly to the other parrots’ cage and let them out.  I was planning on having a video on YouTube called “Prison Break – Parrot edition” and it was going to show Piper letting out Rasta or Ringo or himself as those are the only 3 cages he could open. I would turn my back and all of a sudden I would have Piper and Rasta out doing nonsense hahaha. I miss those days now. The house doesn’t seem the same without him – he was the glue that truly kept the flock together.

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He would always engage with all our visitors. He is going to be missed so much! I loved watching his green and blue wings soaring through the house, I was so excited to get him harness trained so I could take him outside and now I will never have that chance. NEVER  in a million years did I think I would lose Piper so soon. I was always so careful with him and his diet. I don’t know what exactly went wrong but I take full responsibility. Life will never be the same without Piper here to stir things up but this has gotten me doing further research into the other parrots’ diet because it’s the only thing I could think of that went wrong.

I’m sorry for the long post but I’m still hurting. I sit and watch the videos of him every night, it feels unreal and I’m to blame because I didn’t have money saved for their emergencies like I recommend others to do. I feel like a hypocrite, I tell everyone to make sure they do it and here I am with their credit card maxed so I couldn’t do what needed to  be done. Maybe if I had the funds, I could have saved his life. I will still be blogging about things to do with Quakers because now more than ever do I feel the need to share how they should be taken care of and how precious they are. I feel like I took Piper for granted and I’m experiencing that feeling of: “You never know what you have until it’s gone.” I have a video of Piper, the Friday before he died but it’s sad.

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I will not be obtaining another quaker parrot a.k.a monk parakeet unless I somehow inherit one. It hurts when you lose a member of your family.  We got Piper the same time my 1st daughter was born maybe that’s why they were so close. She keeps asking me for him, so far I told her he is at the doctors. I don’t know how to tell her he is gone. At first, I was wondering if I could get another quaker and re-teach it all the things Piper knew so she wouldn’t know the difference but financially it’s not an option so I’m hoping with time, she will slowly become unattached and I can then break the news.

Please don’t judge me, I just know Piper was her favorite and I don’t want to see her heartbroken. The below video was a brief video that isn’t complete, it was shot in the end of December 2017, I started it for our YouTube channel but changed my mind and used a different footage.

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The Love Is Real

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The Love is Real” was a comment posted on this site when I first started blogging by my late uncle/twin. I laughed and was like yup but I never really thought twice about those 4 words until now.

Why today? I have no idea, maybe I’m just in a loveable mood but the statement couldn’t be more true. I never knew how much a pet could mean to a person. Growing up we weren’t allowed pets, well, we had some fish but I was never into them and wanted a rabbit or a parrot. I never wanted a dog because I don’t like the cold and there was no way I was going outside regardless of the weather to let a dog relieve itself. It’s weird because I never understood how people could talk so much about their pets, like do they lack an entertaining life? Or are they that lonely that they can only talk about their beloved pet? Pathetic!

Look at me now…. I blog about my parrots haha, you want to get me talking bring up parrots and I will never stop! I can completely understand those people who spoke such passionate words for their pets now. When someone’s pet would die in the office, I was the one standing there listening to them but rolling my eyes inside my head like, “seriously, it’s just an animal go buy a new one.” I’m now that person who will shed tears for my parrots. I guess you truly can never understand or relate to a person until you have experienced a similar situation. I sympathize with all those co-workers now.

My sister has a dog, a cat plus a bearded dragon, a catfish, a turtle and her 3 kids and she will passionately talk about her dog and cat (the others are really her husband’s and the kids). I can relate, so I listen and talk to her regarding training, vets and sicknesses. It’s funny because we talk more about the animals when they are ill than we do the kids haha. But it’s the passion that captures me.

Here, I share my love for parrots with cyber space and I’m glad I can. So to my uncle Brandon and all the other non-pet owners out there that can’t grasp why people devote so much time and energy to their pets, I have four words for you, “The Love is Real“.

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Killing My Eardrums!!

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I love my flock, overall a quiet bunch even though they can be noisy at times, it’s not an everyday thing or an all the time thing… Then I added to my flock.

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I have never had to actually train any of my parrots to be quiet until now. It sucks because I can’t introduce her into the same room as the rest of the birds until she learns how to be a little less noisier.

She makes noise all day long until I turn her lights off. I know she’s lonely and wants to be included but I also have to be mindful of what her vocals may teach the others. So I said if  I can get her to realize that she will only get my attention when the noise levels diminishes then I can move her to be around the other parrots.

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So I came up with a game plan:
Goal -Quiet for an hour straight

First day: I waited and timed how long between screams was she quiet for? 11 seconds (That’s not very long).
Aim – If she can make it to 15 secs of silence I would click, enter the room, give her a treat and talk to her for a bit. Once she finishes the treat, I would leave the room and wait for 16 secs, 17 secs, 18 secs, 20 secs then 25 secs, 30, 35,40, 45, 50, 55 and then  1 minute.
It was a success!!

Second day: I waited for 15 secs again then 20, 25, 30 and 1 minute. Once we got to the 1 min mark, I started waiting for 1 min and 15 secs, 1 min and 30 secs, 1 min and 45 secs, 2 mins. Went to 2 mins and 30 secs, 3 mins then 4 mins and 5 mins. It was a successful day!!!

Third day: No quiet session training

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Fourth day: I waited for 5 mins – it didn’t come after a hour of waiting. Then I waited for 4 – nope then 3, nope and finally 2. Click, entered the room and gave a treat. However she didn’t stop making noise after that, I think she was panicking that I was going to leave her alone always… I’m not sure. So I went back to 30 seconds of silence hoping to progress fairly quickly back to 5 minutes at least. Even 30 seconds was a struggle so I reverted back to 15 seconds. I did 5 sets of 15 seconds then I did 5 sets of 30 seconds, at this point the other parrots were getting noisier in response to her so having her remain quiet was definitely becoming a harder task but I know you have to be persistant when it comes to these types of things.

I know where I went wrong in this and it was missing the 3rd day. But I’m not giving up and I won’t miss another day hahaha. It’s weird because she is so smart so I assumed after the first few repetitions she would remember and  we would pick up where we left off, I guess not. What I should have done was just start back at 5 seconds and jump every 5 instead of doing the 5 sets of the same time frame and jumping to 15 sec intervals… At this point we were a hour and a half into her 2 hour focus time and she only made it to 45 seconds of quiet once. Definitely unfortunate but it is, what it is…. Tonight before dinner time will be another attempt. I usually only do this once a day but to make up for yesterday I will attempt it again later tonight. She won’t get any personal one on one time in this session it looks like but hopefully later tonight will be a better session. With 15 minutes left of her 2 hour focus time she finally started progressing! I did the 5 sets of 45 seconds, 3 sets of 1 minute and then I was able to start jumping after 1 set on each timeframe. We went to 1 minute and 15 seconds then 2 minutes, 2 minutes and 30 seconds! I wanted to be at 10 minutes today but by the time we were moving on to the 3 minute mark we ran out of time in the session so the goal will be to get there tonight. If we only make it to 5 minutes, I will still be happy.

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After a week I’ve trying to teach her how to be quiet I was unsuccessful making it to a hour straight, so just like any other training method I  had to re-think my approach. I took a leap of faith and wondered if my current parrots could teach her how to be quiet. So, I took a chance and moved her close to the other parrots, she still goes on her rampage of noise BUT it’s only in the morning and afternoon now. Definitely decreased in frequency. She still is the only nosy one in my flock and no other parrot has copied her. My philosophy is: they see that her noise is not benefitting her (getting her any extra attention or reinforcement) so there is no point in copying her actions. Unfortunately none of them have chosen to tell me so I can only speculate at this point but it’s been months and I haven’t heard anyone mimic her.

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