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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New Baby Within Flock

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On December 26th, 2017 we welcomed another little bundle of joy into our flock except this time it was a baby human versus being a baby bird. This is where the challenge comes in, just like you have to be careful when introducing a new bird, you have to be careful when introducing a baby human.

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I say this because my parrots need to know their limits when it comes to the babies of the house. Just like you have house rules, I expect you to have rules for your parrots too. Can you imagine a household with no rules? Can you say unruly children? So this is where the difficulty comes in, it’s not everyday a new baby is brought into the house and most times I forget about exercising the rules because I have the birds out when the kids’ aren’t home. Therefore the rules aren’t a constant reminder to them, so it can be easily forgotten. I can’t just expect them to remember and do what’s wanted/needed. At this point, I have no choice but to think about re-training.

The baby/babies will be here and if I still want to be able to train and interact with the parrots while the kids are home (as they will be all the time now), I have to make sure both parties (parrots and kids) know the rules of the household. To be honest I’m not too worried about re-training because most of the parrots are acceptable towards the kids, my worry comes from Grayson, who has never really tolerated the little ones (blame it on my training or lack thereof). Also Ringo, as he doesn’t even tolerate me haha but it will definitely give me something to record and document for you guys.

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The first step to introducing the two is I keep the baby out of their sight for a few days. All the birds hear are the baby cries and coos but they don’t get to actually be introduced for a few days. I have been home for 4 days now and just yesterday I brought Nyx (black-capped conure) to look at the baby. She walked around the whole bassinett and looked down at our little bundle but she was calm, cool and collected which was great. The next step for Nyx will be to have her in the room while I’m changing his diaper, breastfeeding etc, the point is to get her comfortable or make sure she is comfortable with me doing the daily activities with the baby and kids out and about. For the older kids, I will do what I  always do and continue to train Nyx while the kids provide her with the rewards. I’ll get my 3 yr old to help with water and food changing and I anticipate by the end of January Nyx will be able to be out and about all the time when the kids are out and I won’t have to worry.

This  same procedure will take place for each of the parrots but one at a time. The goal is to have the kids be able to step the birds up correctly and know how to handle them (after they have all pass the age of 5 lol) and the parrots will know not to bite the kiddies but instead if something is done that they don’t like to just fly away. This is one of the reasons I advocate for fully flighted birds as they are better socialized (personal opinion) and will usually pick flight over fight.

So good luck to me, the kids, the new baby boy and the parrots living happily ever after!

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What is Positive Reinforcement?

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It dawned on me the other day as I was thinking of how I can implement this successfully with my kids that we all use positive reinforcement and probably didn’t realize it.

I used positive reinforcement for training my kids to use the potty. When they would use the potty, I would do a big song and dance number and follow-up with a candy, making the chances for the behavior to be repeated more likely. How I didn’t realize this before, is crazy to me but it is definitely positive reinforcement. I gradually decreased the song and dance and candy-giving once the behavior became habitual and the kids continue to use the potty because the reward of not messing up themselves was just as great/rewarding as receiving a candy was because now they can be considered, “a big kid.”

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When you and your grey have a bond…

Meanings of Positive Reinforcement:
From http://www.study.comPositive reinforcement is the addition of a reward following a desired behavior.

http://www.dictionary.comthe offering of desirable effects or consequences for a behavior with the intention of increasing the chance of that behavior being repeated in the future

http://www.businessdictionary.comCondition where the introduction of a stimulus (challenge, penalty, reward, etc.) increases or maintains the likelihood of the recurrence of the same response (behavior or output).

https://www.alleydog.comA stimulus which increases the frequency of a particular behavior using pleasant rewards.

As you can see 4 different sites, written in their own words regarding their views on positive reinforcement however it all comes down to the same thing. The subject does something you like (desired behavior), you give them something they like/love (reward/the reinforcement) and that increases the likelihood (future behavior) of it happening again in the future. Pretty easy right?

So why is it so hard for people to comprehend that positive reinforcement is better than positive/negative punishment? Regardless of  how many times, I try to tell people we need to “EMPOWER” the animal, child, subject (whether husband/wife or co-worker) people revert back to negative behavior needs to be punished. Think about this, if you get a raise at the end of the year for good behavior what are the chances you will perform bad behavior knowing that you will lose that raise if you do? We go to work and do the work that is required (desired behavior), we get a pay cheque (reward/consequence), which increases the likelihood that we will continue to show up for work until we find something better where the reinforcement is either the job is more to our liking or better pay. This is the exact same concept!!!!!!

Positive reinforcement EMPOWERS while Negative punishment FORCES. Just ask yourself which would YOU prefer?

If you know of a way that you use Positive Reinforcement in your life already please leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to fill out the follow our blog info at the bottom of this page and our YouTube channel is up and running so please remember to subscribe!

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My 3 yr old feeding our violet female Indian Ringneck

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Home Alone

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Would you leave a two-year old child home alone? I would hope not! So if I say parenting a parrot is like having a toddler than how does that work when you have to leave the house and can’t take your precious birdie with you? GOOD QUESTION!

Some people like the idea of training their parrot to be “home – trained” so it can be out and about in the house all alone and therefore they  won’t need a cage.  This is my own opinion but I think that’s a bad idea as an unsupervised parrot regardless of how well home trained it may be can still get into trouble. Leaving it in a parrot room or cage is more ideal then having it free-range in the house.

So when you do leave it alone, what can you do to make sure the hours of loneliness will not drive them crazy…. There is so many different ways to keep your parrot stimulated that do not involve you having to be there:

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1) Provide toys
2) Provide foraging opportunities – don’t just free form feed
3) Leave the tv/radio on – just make sure it’s an appropriate channel and make sure the tv is far enough from the cage not to damage their eyesight
4) Record a recording of your voice reading stories or talking to your parrot

Also take in consideration that parrots do take naps during the day. You can also give them a nice shower before you leave so they will spend some of the time preening and drying off.

With all of these things to do, your little Parrotler (get it? Parrot toddler lol) should be okay to be left home alone without the chance of becoming bored and without the risk of damage being done to your household.

Grayson, the grey!

Grayson, The Grey

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