Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Currently we have one handfed Golden Mantled Rosella baby left. He (or she) is fully weaned and ready for his new home. He has been DNA tested and we will be getting the results back soon, so then we will know for sure if he is a he... or a she! We are selling "him" for $250
We also have one more Fiery Cinnamon Eastern Rosella left. He has also been DNA tested to determine his sex. We are expecting those results back by the end of October. He is a beautiful little parrot, with the cutest little whistle! We are selling "him" for $350.
These birds make beautiful and quiet pets. They are not screamers like many other parrot species can be. And while they don't learn to talk as well as some larger parrots like amazons and macaws, they are great mimics and can learn to imitate any number of noises, ring-tones and whistle entire songs. The Golden Mantled Rosella and the Eastern Rosella are actually the same species of bird. However the golden mantled rosellas we have are the normal "wild" color, and the Fiery Cinnamon Eastern Rosella is a specially bred for color through genetic mutation, that produces a vibrantly RED bird.
If you would be interested in making one of these gorgeous birds a part of your family, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org We do provide shipping within the USA. At the new owners expense.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Cockatiels are big birds in a little bird's body! They have fun upbeat personalities. They can learn to mimic quiet well, the males are generally better at this than the females. Most cockatiels can learn to whistle a complete song after just a week or so of hearing it repeated. But both males and females can make equally sweet little pet birds.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, December 31, 2007
I have started providing more fresh foods, and am giving daily baths to mimic breeding season's arrival. All of the birds are getting extra birdy bread and veggies twice a day and they are loving it! I will be sure to keep posting as the season gets into full swing! Cheers! Happy New Year! And may fat pink fuzzy babies bless us all!!!
Friday, November 9, 2007
In my last post I only mentioned 3 of the little blackmask babies because I had no intention of selling the fourth baby. He was such a little sweetheart, but he had a problem with one of his legs. His mommy had been extra enthusiastic in cleaning out her nestbox one day and apparently he sat on the slick wood floor with nothing to grip for almost 24 hours. Well as a result one of his little legs is splayed (it pokes out funny to one side.) I took him away from the nestbox for handfeeding as soon as I realized what had happened but we were unable to correct it by use of splints. So I called him Gimpy.
Gimpy didn't seem to be bothered by his slight handicap. He could climb around his cage and perch just fine, but I just didn't think I would ever be able to find just the right home for him. I really grew attached to him and his funny antics. I wanted to be sure that he would be loved and taken care of just like all of his perfect little brothers and sisters. Happily I did find a great home for him with the lady who took home the last of the peachface babies. I really felt good about letting her take him, and I know he will be well cared for.
This is Gimpy.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Great news! We have successfully raised another 2 clutches of baby birds. Our peachface lovebird "mystery babies" (See past blog post for story and earlier pictures) have completely feathered out and have been weened from their handfeeding. These are super sweet, cuddly little clowns! In the picture to the left we have (from the left) a Peachface Pied, Normal Peachface, DutchBlue Pied Peachface lovebirds.
We also have 3 blue blackmask lovebird babies that are just weaned and ready to go! I have found the blackmask lovebirds to be much quieter, and a little more shy at first than the peachface lovebirds. But when these little guys decide to open up, they make the sweetest pets you'll ever find.
Click on any of the pictures for a larger view.
*Peachface Pied, and Peachface normal Babies (picture above right)
*Peachface Pied showing tail colors (picture left)
If you are interested in any of these babies please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Bird trainers use food as a reward, which is one of the things birds care about most. Because of this you should probably schedule training sessions before feeding your feathered friend. That way he will be extra motivated to receive the treat or reward that you give him. I will include a list of training rewards in the next blog post.
Assuming you are starting out with a handfed bird that is already reasonably tame, how can you teach your bird a few tricks? Positive reinforcement is the trick. So long as you are careful never to teach the bird something that could jeopardize his health, tricks can only increase your enjoyment of your bird and the amount of time you spend together.
The first step in teaching any kind of trick is to notice a natural behaviour that can be modified easily into a trick. You may notice that your bird loves to push his food around in his dish before he eats it. If so then your bird has already started doing a fun little trick, it is just up to you to teach him to modify it a bit, and make it more elaborate. You can buy a little wooden parrot wagon (often available at larger pet stores that carry a good selection of bird toys) or you can use a little die-cast hot wheels type car, and teach him to transfer the pushing habit onto the toy by loading it down with a little bit of food. You can offer him a reward or treat (see list of treats as training aids in next article), when he gets the behaviour you want right. And don't forget to name the trick . For example say "Push the wagon (car)" every time he does it. Soon he will learn to do this on command. Remember that treats such as sunflower seeds work great as training rewards but can be very fattening so they should not constitute the basis of your birds diet! After a time your bird will begin to push without the benefit of the wagon or car having any food on it.
In the beginning it might take a while for you and your bird to really learn to communicate. But once your bird learns that acting a certain way both makes brings a reward and gives him extra attention from you, his flock mate, he will get much faster at learning new tricks. Learning to preform tricks can also help chronic pluckers. Sometimes birds that pluck are just plain bored! They often become the best performers, and the plucking is alleviated as a by-product of having something new to do.
Teaching "Stick 'em up" is also quite easy. When you first take your bird out of its cage they will often stretch their wings straight up over their heads. When he does this point your finger at him (like a gun) and say "Stick 'em up" or "Put 'em up". After a week or two of doing this every time you see the bird stretch he will start to do it on command. If you find it helps you can offer a reward, but for a trick this easy to learn it is often not necessary.
Some other tricks that are easy modifications of normal parrot behaviour include:
- Offering a foot to shake hands
- Hopping (dancing or pretending to be wind-up toy)
- Bobbing its head(Answering yes)
- Raising its crest
- Flapping its wings (soaring like eagle, escaping the police, etc.)
- Swinging head side to side (saying no)
- Stomping feet (dancing)
- Hanging from feet or beak from its perch or your hands. (acrobatics, or swinging upside down)
- Lying on its back (play dead, or roll over)
This is not a comprehensive list of tricks that your pet parrot could learn, the sky (and your patience) is the limit. Playing with his natural tendencies and coordinating them with your verbal commands, you can find a virtually limitless repertoire within your bird's natural behaviour. We have all seen macaws dunking basketballs, and cockatoos roller-skating. Be sure to be on the look out, the next time you go shopping for parrot toys, for things to use as props in making your parrot's performance "Star Quality" And don't forget to make it fun! Keep your lessons short 10 to 30 minutes. You can have more than one training session per day, if you would like to reinforce the day's lesson and progress faster. Most importantly always end each session on a positive note. End with a behaviour that your parrot can do well and will earn your praise and a reward.
If you have thought hard and you're not sure what treat your pet bird likes, then you need to create a desire in your parrot to have a certain treat. Start by offering a small amount of the treat food with the parrots regular food each day. When you see the bird beginning to eat the treat before he goes to his regular food you have done it! Now you can stop offering the treat with the bird's regular meals, and only use it as a reward during training sessions.
- Walnuts (halves or pieces)
- unsweetened cereal
- toast cubes
- pepper flakes
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- popcorn (without butter & salt)
- pasta (cooked or raw)
- hard boiled egg
- peanut halves
- grapes (or half grapes)
- chopped apple
- carrot (grated or chopped)