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Old 04-20-2017, 12:45 PM
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Well, that proves it—parrotlets are extremely smart! I've tried to teach Noah to nod, but it isn't going well. I think the movements required for the trick are too subtle or something. If you manage to teach your kid to nod using the target stick, let me know. I also can't teach him to do the "wings!" trick, because he freaks out if I touch his wings, even after trying to desensitize him.

Fudge, I guess both of us should train our birds to accept towelling. The Parrot Wizard has a video on it, and it would definitely be helpful for teaching them to accept touches elsewhere on their body (obviously just once in a while, but sometimes you need to examine a wing or something).

What I want to work on right now is flight. I want to teach him to fly to different objects and all that, but I'm still working on building him a little tabletop training stand.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:30 PM
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Tonight I took a short video of Bumble getting her evening skritches. She makes the cutest little peep peeps when we do this. Video quality isn't great because I was balancing my iPhone between my mouth and my chest and trying to keep it pointed in the right direction . Later, my BFF came over with her daughter so we could play pass the birdie. And for the first time, she ASKED for skritches by lowering her head near my thumb. She's always been happy to let me hold her and skritch, but she's never asked.

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Old 04-21-2017, 06:27 AM
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Awwwwww Bumble!!!! What a tiny darling



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Old 04-21-2017, 03:49 PM
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Aww, it seems like she's going through the different stages at around the same pace as Noah did. Except you got to skip the stage where Noah demanded scratches, but would only let me use the hand that was HOLDING THE PERCH. My gosh, I don't know how he expected me to hold the perch AND scratch his head at the same time. And no, the hand HAD to be holding the perch at the same time -_-

It's nice that you don't have to use a perch to handle her like I did (he's fine with hands now, thank goodness). It's great that you're socializing her and desensitizing her at such a young age. Look out for the terrible twos, though!

Oh my, she sounds a lot different from Noah! I guess she still has a ways to go before reaching maturity.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:50 PM
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Aww, it seems like she's going through the different stages at around the same pace as Noah did. Except you got to skip the stage where Noah demanded scratches, but would only let me use the hand that was HOLDING THE PERCH. My gosh, I don't know how he expected me to hold the perch AND scratch his head at the same time. And no, the hand HAD to be holding the perch at the same time -_-

It's nice that you don't have to use a perch to handle her like I did (he's fine with hands now, thank goodness). It's great that you're socializing her and desensitizing her at such a young age. Look out for the terrible twos, though!

Oh my, she sounds a lot different from Noah! I guess she still has a ways to go before reaching maturity.


Well she is still less than 9 weeks old . How old was Noah when you got him


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Old 04-22-2017, 03:42 PM
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Noah was around 2 years old when he was dropped off in June. The little goof's getting his beak and nails filed on Monday. I'm getting Alice examined on Monday, so I thought I might as well bring in Mr. Pointy Beak.

By the way, what does Bumble smell like? Noah has a sort of aromatic, broccoli and asparagus smell to him. The budgies just smell disgustingly sweet. I haven't sniffed the kākāriki yet.
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Old 04-22-2017, 05:58 PM
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Noah was around 2 years old when he was dropped off in June. The little goof's getting his beak and nails filed on Monday. I'm getting Alice examined on Monday, so I thought I might as well bring in Mr. Pointy Beak.

By the way, what does Bumble smell like? Noah has a sort of aromatic, broccoli and asparagus smell to him. The budgies just smell disgustingly sweet. I haven't sniffed the kākāriki yet.


I'm not quite willing to get my nose close enough to find out - I don't trust that she won't give me a good bite! But I'll let you know when I feel more confident about not receiving a new piercing


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Old 04-24-2017, 04:27 PM
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Yeah, probably a good idea not to put your face near her yet! I still remember the first time Noah climbed onto my shoulder and nestled in my hair to sleep. I just about wet myself! He was still quite bitey and I thought for sure he was going to tear my ear off! I had to have my parents rescue me (I may have overreacted, but they seemed quite concerned, too). The next night he did it again, but this time I was more confident and just let him snuggle.

Honestly, he doesn't smell very good, but for some reason I'll just put my nostril right against his head, sniffing him for a few minutes (he enjoys it). Mom laughed at me the one time because I inhaled one of his feathers . Man, I'm so glad Noah got past his biting phase.
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:05 PM
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I tried to give her a little sniff today. All I smelled was seed.


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Re: Bumble-ing Along

Excellent work with Bumble. I suggest doing your training time the same time every day, parrots love consistency. DOing the hoop is just the start, she seems trick-inclined, so have stuff to challenge her. SHe might surprize you. Salty was doing the same trick, and all of a sudden he took the ring in his beak and flipped it over his head. No prompting from me. Once they get used to the idea of training, most parrots seem eager to 'show off' and learn new stuff. I have to come up with new tricks for Salty all the time or he gets bored.
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