Training Sessions

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I decided to implement 3 training sessions a day however I have only been able to continue doing 2. I really need to get up earlier in order to fit in that 3rd session so I put an alarm on my phone to make sure I get up and get going when I should.

Training sessions are meant to be fun and enjoyable when I’m waking up tired and miserable, fun and enjoyable is not happening. I love my parrots so I’ll get up and get going, eat my breakfast and start my training with a jig in my step. If you haven’t already, please read my best parrot post as that’s what we are working towards.

I will not put in actual set times because I don’t want the birds falling into a routine and if I miss or can’t keep up to it then they will be affected and act out. I think this is the issue for a lot of lashing out by parrots because they fall into a set schedule and when the human’s life changes, the parrot isn’t ready for it and therefore causes it to act out. The parrot is really just asking for their schedule back and unable to express it in any other way than screaming, biting and feather plucking.

I, once did a schedule for one of my parrots and it backfired greatly. Ringo, the Indian Ringneck was making so much progress but when I couldn’t keep up with the schedule due to my life changes, he started plucking. My beautiful grey Ringneck is now a grey bird with a lot of white fluff on his chest and belly. I miss the look of his soft grey feathers covering his whole body.

So training sessions is important to do whether you do it once a day or three times a day is up to you but please do not put them on a time schedule as it could be destructive if you need to alter it somehow.

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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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Purrain – The Indian Ringneck Parakeet

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I purchased Purrain from a breeder in Ajax when she was 2 months old (Sept. 2017). I found this breeder on the Facebook Canadian breeder site. He posted a picture of her and I jumped up right away saying I want her. I didn’t have all the money so I had to do a payment plan and then I had a death in the family which pushed things even further back. I didn’t end up getting her until she was 14 weeks old (Oct. 2017)

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baby Purrain, 8 weeks

Name: Purrain

Type of Parrot: Single factor Violet Indian Ringneck

Sex: female

Birth Date: July 2017

Wings Status: Will be fully flighted, her wings were slightly clipped when we got her but they are growing in.

Favorite food: Pine Nuts

Noise Level: she can be loud when she wants attention. Otherwise I would say she is moderate when making sounds.

Training progress: She loves training sessions

Tricks: She is target trained. She can step up and turn around

Talking ability: Haven’t heard her talk yet

Favorite toys: She tackles every toy I put in her cage.

Fears: She is afraid of sudden movements

Diet: Harrison’s Pellets with fruits and veggies. She eats table food – Chicken, rice, pasta…

Treats: Safflower seeds, Pine nuts and sunflower seeds

Cage Size: Playtop. 22 x 24

Last Vet visit: I haven’t taken her yet. i know 😦 bad mommy

Next Steps: Getting her to let me put her on her back and  harness training.

 

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Purrain, about 5 months

 

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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?

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My 3 yr old feeding our violet female Indian Ringneck

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First Things to do with Your New Parrot

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You just got a new parrot, you are all excited and want to start playing with it right away. BAD IDEA!!! I don’t care if your parrot was the friendliest bird in the world at the breeder’s. The first time in a new home can be very traumatic and you should proceed with caution. If you know the bird is in a good place then this process should move by really fast for you.

1) You brought your bird home, you place the carrier or box inside the cage if you can and leave it open to let the bird come out into the cage when it feels comfortable. If you can’t put the box/carrier in the cage you have to find a way to quickly get the parrot from the carrier into the cage without any interaction.

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Purrain’s 1st time in the house

2) Leave the bird alone so it can observe it’s surroundings and get comfortable – 24 hours if you can.

3) Do trust building exercises (day 2):
Sit and read softly by the cage
Sing nursery songs
talk on your phone but quietly
eat beside the cage
Basically you want to do calming activities that don’t involve a lot of movement or loud noises and ignore the bird (I know this is the hard part but think about the long term affects over short term gain)

If you do this and see that the bird is not cowering away from you, not showing any fear but instead is coming to the side of the cage where you are sitting and interested in you then I would do the same thing but with the door open. Before opening the door though you might want to just put your hand on the cage near the bird to test out it’s comfort level with hands and if all is well then teach clicker training, target training and step up training in the cage presenting treats through the bars but if your not interested in those things then go ahead and open the door.

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Purrain listening to me read

What you are doing by opening the door is inviting the parrot to come out and explore without any pressure from you. This is the ideal situation but sometimes things aren’t so pretty and simple. If not, then you need to go back to the very beginning and sit further away from the cage until the parrot shows calming responses and you can slowly move closer.

More trust building exercises include the”Blinking game”, the”sleeping game”,  basically copying games. When you can successfully say you have accomplished these you are ready for Clicker training, target training and step up training.

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Purrain Engaged

A lot of people are impatient and want to let their bird out right away. I only say not to do this because you can open the cage door, your  parrot comes out but then wont let you put it back in. Therefore causing a good experience to turn bad and you want to avoid bad experiences.

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Finally out of the cage

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Can’t Have Just One!?!

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Why do you have so many birds? Why not sell them all and have just one?

Good questions and good points but why have more than one child? Why not tie your tubes after one? Is it fun being alone? Sometimes one is best and I wonder when I see people with one parrot how it would be if I had stopped at just Lola or just Grayson but then I feel the same way when I see people with one child. What if I never had any more children after my son? Why didn’t I just stop at one?

There are pros and cons to both sides. When you have one child/parrot you have more time to devote to that one child/parrot. You have more money to spend on that one child/parrot. Life is easier with one, it’s more manageable having that solo dependent but for me I yearned for more. I wondered about what would it be like if I had a girl or a different type of parrot… Did I have to have 6 more parrots on top of my one bringing my number to 7 – definitely not! But did I have to have 3 more kids on top of my one bringing my children to 4 – definitely not! I look at my parrots like my children, each one brings something different to the table. Yes, there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough and stop and I have finally gotten there. 7 is my lucky number, it’s God’s number.

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Rasta and Piper

I have come into obstacles and had to make decisions to rehome parrots. Some parrots have come into my life and I realized this parrot isn’t for me but I do my best to find them a good home and 9 out of 10 times, I’m taking a pay lost to put them into a good family. I rather take a lost in price and feel secure about where I’m housing them then stick to my price and feel like I’m putting them in a bad situation.

Re-homing is never easy and I do talk about re-homing some birds in this article however I think the major problem is a lot of people don’t see their parrot as a part of their family. My parrots are a part of my family. Grayson is 5, Nyx is 4, Piper is 3, Ringo is 18 months, Rasta is 16 months and I added 2 more members to my flock who I haven’t told you about yet but if you are on my instagram then you would have already seen pictures of them.  I don’t have names yet hence why I haven’t posted information about them yet however one is 23 months old and the other is almost 16 weeks old this Sunday. This is my flock and I won’t be changing it unless I decide to get into breeding which is still up for debate.

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Chiko – was with me for 2 months before being re-homed to a good home where I still go and see him and Maro (the female pied cockatiel) every now and then

I did try to downsize my flock to 5 but for some reason, somehow my number always comes back to 7 so I’m calling defeat and staying at 7.

Each of my parrids (parrot kids) offer something different to the table, no 2 are alike and I love that! Piper is very independent but wants to make friends within the flock, Rasta is very hyper and likes to play fight but doesn’t like to be touched around his head, Ringo is very aloof and doesn’t want to engage with anyone unless he is being trained. Then we have Nyx who wants to always be with me and Grayson the most jealous bird of them all and is open to anything! They all talk and say different things and I just love watching a child/parrot grow, I love seeing their growth.

So to the question of why can’t I just have one? Because one was just not meant for me! I need and want the different personalities and learning styles around me. It keeps me on my toes and helps keep my mind stimulated. I’m constantly thinking of their learning styles and how to teach each one, kind of like a mini classroom hahaha. This is my family!

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DIY Foraging Toy

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I wish I could take all the credit here but I can’t. I stole this idea off of Facebook from Patricia Anderson who has a few Quakers and a Blue headed Pionus (They are perfectly trained and so gorgeous to look at). Anyhow I have always been one to believe in foraging as an important aspect for any parrot and recently I realized I spend a lot of money on toys – even more than I thought. Sometimes my toy bills (most of the time) are running me 2 to 300 dollars a shop. So I really wanted to find things I could make myself and wouldn’t break my pocket. So when Patricia posted the foraging cereal box I was all excited because being a family of 5 we go through cereal boxes as often as we change our underwear, hahaha daily.

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You see the red thing? It’s the Zip tie I used to attach this to the cage

I have a whole bunch of stuff I bought for foraging but if you are anything like me then you don’t have the creativity behind your belt to do it yourself so I have to steal ideas from others but that’s why they post them online right? To share? Once I get their basic ideas then sometimes ways to “fancy” it up comes to me… Only sometimes though.

So why do I find foraging to be important or why is it very high on my list? BECAUSE in the while food is not just handed to your parrot. They search for their food causing them to release energy and stimulate their brain cells. Now by no means does this mean starve them. I still use my food bowls but I do cover my food bowls with paper every now and then and have them rip through the paper to get to the food. I find the days I do that my house is quiet as a mouse because everyone is busy ripping through the paper for their pellets. Otherwise some mornings I’m crying about wanting more sleep. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE! I/We can’t provide the wild environment for our parrots but we still need to find ways to keep them stimulated, motivated, entertained and I find that foraging toys do that….

It’s really simple, all I did (Now Patricia may have used different items inside of hers, I didn’t look into all of that) was take my cereal box put some timothy hay at the bottom, wrap up a few almonds into newspaper balls, put a few sheets of regular newspaper over, come nice crinkled purple (my favorite color) paper sticking out at the top and the inside was done. Then I pierced a few holes into a face and had treats sticking out. 2 Sunflower seeds for eyes, an almond for a nose and baby carrots going across to make a smile.

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I used a big cereal box but it was for my Indian Ringneck so I should have bought those cereals that are small that come in those packs of 10 and use that size. I think the big cereal boxes are too overwhelming for Ringo, that size is PERFECT for Grayson, my african grey.  So far Ringo hasn’t teared apart the box hence why I say the size is too big. But he has removed the carrots, almonds, sunflower seeds and some of the crinkled paper at the top…. Slowly but surely he is getting there.

Oh I attached it to the cage using a zip tie. My parrot shop sells them. I will be doing another one of these for Grayson and I think at the bottom of it I will make a small hole on each side and have a rope going from one end of the bottom to the next and tie a “Top toy” out of each side to make it more pretty with more accessories. I want to make lots of foraging toys and you can find GREAT ideas on Facebook DIY bird toy groups or by going on Pinterest or of course by following me! All you have to do is sign up where it says follow Parenting Parrots and you can go through this journey of toy making with me! I’ll post a YouTube video on making this toy next weekend and I’ll add it here but if you want to make sure you don’t miss that then go to my YouTube channel and Subscribe so you can see all the important videos we post there.

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Shhhhhh….. They need to sleep too!!

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Indian Ringneck sleeping – sorry I was trying to take these pictures discretely

So I forgot to write-up my post for you guys last night and I jumped up this morning thinking OH NO! Felt like I was late for a school assignment deadline lol. As usual I get up between 5am and 7am to use the washroom, this pregnancy has me going every 2 hours it feels like… Anyways every time I get up I have to be mindful of the sleeping creatures around me.

The kids and their reptile (although I just looked at him and he is wide awake) lol, The Rabbits and the birds. That’s A LOT of creatures to try to not wake up when making your way to the washroom in a small apartment. I find that the rabbits will sleep through noise as mine seem to be nocturnal or something, as they will be up with lots of energy at nighttime and sleep through the noise in the day. My parrots however are a different story. One little noise and they will be up looking. I can’t even turn on my light or else I know they will be up wanting to inquire about what is going on. Now, to avoid this issue most people cover their birds at night, it also apparently helps with them getting their full 12 hours sleep. I do not cover my parrots even though I wonder if I should. Their personalities seem fine. I don’t really have to encounter any grumpiness but what if they are missing out on 12 hours, could I be depriving their life span by maybe 5 years or something?

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The flash obviously woke her up

I’m not sure but definitely something to research and look into. All I know is every night/early morning I get up and walk on my tippy toes saying to myself, “Shhhhh….Do not wake the parrots, they need sleep too!” (Maybe I should get a tattoo like Rihanna saying Shhhhh)….I never thought that I would think of an animal with such respect before. If you knew me when I was little, you wouldn’t picture this to be my life now hahaha. I was a “chicken” of every living creature that could move, if it wasn’t human, I didn’t want anything to do with it.

It’s funny because I’m here talking about how they need at least 10 – 12 hours of sleep at night and how to have respect and be mindful of their needs BUT our they mindful of mine?? When I want to sleep until 12pm do you think they are sitting around saying, “Shhhh… She needs to sleep?” I’m living proof, that’s a NO! Some days they wake up so early, I’m putting the pillow over my head thinking why did I get birds? Am I crazy? Imma sell them all! Once I actually get up, all those negative thoughts disappear and I remember how much I love them. I could probably get more sleep if I covered them at nighttime so I have no one else to blame for the early morning wake up alarms but myself.

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Sleeping Quaker, I think I woke him

They are actually convenient when you think about it…. As long as I have to get up after sunrise, I don’t need to set an alarm because I have a few personal alarm systems that will never fail. At least not as long as they are alive and well. Right now it is 7:55am and Ringo, my Indian Ringneck is the first one up. He isn’t actually making any noise however. He is playing with the foraging toy I made with the cereal box. That idea was inspired by Patricia Anderson. I absolutely LOVE HER! She has been such a strong mentor in my life even though it’s only been through social media. Any ways she posted her foraging idea on Facebook so I copied and I will be making one for every parrot! So convenient and cheap hahaha. After I post this, I’m planning to head back to bed, I want at least an hour’s more of rest. That might be wishful thinking though because I can see the early morning tint of blue shining through the curtains already which means it’s only going to be a matter of time before the birds start chirping.

The moral of this post hahaha just in case I didn’t make it clear is that Parrots need at least 10-12 hours of sleep in order to be able to function at their full potential so when you need to be up early just be mindful of…. “Shhhhh… They need sleep too”.

 

African Grey sitting on his food bowl when he should be sleeping
He never seems to sleep lol


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Pet-O-Pets NOT Impressed!

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Today my son and I decided to go for a drive. There is this place called Pet-O-Pets located in Mississauga on Mavis road. It’s connected to a flea market and it’s a really small crowded place.  I honestly don’t know what to say except places like this shouldn’t be in operation with live animals. The supplies fine but animals… I would rather NOT support such facility.

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We got there about 20 minutes to closing and walked past a whole bunch of rabbit/bird cages that are in the front of the store. As soon as you walk in the first thing you see is 3 Macaws. If you know NOTHING about birds then you wouldn’t think anything of it however being a bird lover, my heart hurt for them. One looked to be a blue and gold macaw in a cage about half the size of my Indian Ringneck’s cage and I wouldn’t even put a macaw in his cage :(. Right beside him are two red macaws – I believe to be scarlet macaws. Can you imagine 2 macaws in one small cage?? I say half the size of my Indian ringneck’s cage but I think the cage was closer to my Quaker’s cage. One of the red macaws had a deformed beak and they were being fed on Tropican biscuits (which isn’t a bad thing, at least he didn’t have them on a seed diet). I could tell just by the look of their pellets. They weren’t for sale and no, this wasn’t just a temporary situation because we had actually tried to come to the store a week prior but got there 4 minutes after closing. When you looked through the windows, you could see the 3 macaws in the dark in the same small cages. So it’s not like they were only in those cages during store hours, these cages are these poor birds’ homes.

Anyhow moving on… Walking through the place, they have a good stock of supplies and the prices aren’t bad but the prices for their livestock is definitely a ripoff. The place was a little dusty, could use a better cleaning however still walkable. What I found disturbing is the conditions of the birds. They have everything from Finches to an Australian Ringneck. Overall the cages looked clean with pine shavings at the bottom but when I looked in the water dishes, that I seen a beautiful pineapple conure lean over to drink from, I wanted to PUKE! My son kept saying, “Mom we have to tell people to come save these birds.” I had to tell him no, because if people come here and buy birds, they will keep bringing in birds and the cycle will never end. I inquired about the ages of the parrots and was told they are all between 2 to 6 months old. One Alexandrine who was sold was laying in the corner of the cage. It looked like it was on it’s deathbed. It didn’t react to us being there. Just stayed in the corner lying on it’s belly. I asked about the Australian Ringneck that they had selling for 400 and was told that they were just like the Indian Ringneck with getting the ring around the neck and talking ability. A customer was standing near me and quickly whispered “NO, they are not like the Indian Ringneck.” But said it only loud enough so I could hear, shook his head and  walked off.

If they knew anything they would have told me that an Australian Ringneck can not be compared to the Indian Ringneck like an African Ringneck can. I have yet to find or hear an Australian Ringneck that can talk, much less to say it can talk like an Indian Ringneck. Nor do they get a ring around their neck, they have a yellow band that covers the back of their neck but no ring. I was shocked at what I was being told but continued on like I was oblivious to birds. The people that shop here, are uninformed, newbies to the bird world and have no prior education to what a good, healthy environment is for a parrot.

In the picture above: The African Ringneck (green) and the Indian Ringneck(blue) look very similar as you can see however the Australian Ringneck (flying) does not compare to them at all
Pet-O-Pets did have some parrots that seemed tamed like the Turquoise Conures which were so cute! My son put his hand through the bars, touched their bellies and they didn’t move away from him at all. So I’m not denying that some of their parrots may be tamed but I still wouldn’t recommend supporting this franchise. I looked at some of the reviews about how great this place is and all I can do is shake my head. Others had the same feelings as me, this place is sad for the little animals to be in.

They locked the front door while we were inside the store, the female seemed shocked that people were still in the store. I purchased a small bag of Pine shavings and some hay for my rabbits and left. While waiting to cash out, the macaws were screaming off their heads. A lady was trying to calm them down but they didn’t like her being so close to their cage, they obviously don’t get handled or time out of the cage to expel some of their energy.

While we were there a lady came and asked the owner about the maintenance of birds. My son and I stood quietly nearby and listened to the owner of the store tell this lady that birds only needed 3 things: Water, Food and to clean the bottom tray. He explained  to her that all she had to do was pull out the bottom tray, throw out the bedding and put new bedding. She asked what would she have to do with the bird if they were gone for a weekend or so. He said “Just provide them with enough food and water to last for the time you will be away or you can bring them here as we offer boarding.”  Now if you follow my youtube channel and watch the video about my 5 cons of owning a parrot, you know that birds are more work than that.

I’m sure we all wish they were so easy because then I would probably have WAY more then I do but reality is: PARROTS ARE WORK! So if the owner is telling his customers this, can you imagine how many of his parrots were bought and are probably being sold on Kijiji or in a rescue or some rehoming situation? This is why we have so much unwanted parrots because people aren’t properly educated.

I can’t tell anyone what to do but I’m asking very nicely for 1) anyone who is looking for a parrot please do the research and 2) If you are in the Mississauga area please do not buy your parrot from Pet-O-Pets. My review for this place is 4/10 only because the shavings were cleaned and the Turquoise Conures seemed tamed.  I didn’t handle or take any of my parrots out when I came home because I was afraid that maybe this place was infected and I didn’t want to risk me bringing home an airborne disease and infecting my parrids.

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Bird Show & Expo – 2017

I go to the “Everything to do with Pets show” every year and every year I have a blast. However I missed it this year as I was too tired to do anything extra but sleep. I came across this expo that will be happening in the end of October. I think it will be fun and although I’m maxed out at the amount of Parrots I can have in my home, I will be attending just to see what’s out there.

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I found out about this on the Canadian Breeders site on Facebook. I’m so glad I joined that site. I found a baby violet Indian Ringneck that I will be adding to my flock as soon as I can afford to pay for her #brokelife. She is suppose to be “super tame” and I always wanted a violet Indian Ringneck hopefully my neighbors won’t mind. Anyhow back to the show…

I like seeing baby birds even though most times they are ugly looking, there is a cuteness to them too. At the show, if the breeders have weaned babies you can take one home right there however if they aren’t weaned then you can put down a deposit and get your baby once weaned!

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Even if your not interested in buying a parrot, sometimes it’s nice just to see them and meet the different breeders. All big birds have been tested for the 3 most major diseases and of course each section is kept separate from other breeders. I like to see the different birds but sometimes you might find a cage, toys, food etc… Something that you can find at the show that you never could find or never thought of. Either way, I say come out and support the cause, even if it is just to look at the beautiful macaws :).

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This will be my first official expo and no I am not getting paid to promote it. I just think it would be a great experience for bird lovers. Also it gives you something to do right before Halloween that does not involve costumes or candy, hahaha! Unless your going to try to dress up like a bird that is… Apparently you can get your tickets online and they have a deal going on that if you buy 2, you get an extra one for free. The cost isn’t a lot, it’s so affordable – only 8 dollars a person! You can’t go wrong!  I’ll be there with my little kids so if you want to meet us, this is also your chance to “bump” into me :).

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I can’t wait to see all the little chicks and I will definitely try to take some pictures to show you all what I seen. Basically, I will try to be blogging while I’m there so those of you who can’t make it… .Will have an idea of what was going on so maybe next year! I probably won’t be joining the contest unless I get a new phone by then lol but it’s definitely a great thing for me so I can get pictures for you guys!

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Let me tell you, they did not forget about the kids! It will be fun and educational for your kids as well because they will have a section for the kids to learn and color. Which is great for me as my 2 little ones will love that! If you have a mini artist on your hands you should consider entering them into the coloring contest. There will probably be other events or contests going on that I’m just not aware of…
for the kids

Oh yea, before I forget, they also have a suggestion box thing going on right now so if you have any suggestions about things you want to see at the show, feel free to send them a message.

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All the pictures in this post has been taken from their facebook group. If you are interested in finding out more then search for bird show and expo 2017 and you should find the page. I hope some of you are able to make it and if you see me, PLEASE say HI!

F.Y.I – The times are Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday 8am – 5pm. You can bring your own birds but just to keep my flock safe as I don’t know if other people bring their parrots to the vet – my flock will be missing this event. Sorry if I disappointed any of you

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