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Old 12-28-2012, 12:14 AM   #31 (permalink)
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All of these birds totally fascinate me! So interesting to hear about them.

Can you clicker train them? And google says yes: Birds | Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Petfinder Adoptable Parrot | African Grey | Lansing, MI | Sport and Ernie look at this pair.

Their story is very interesting. No kids, but dogs are totally fine (came from a hoarding situation).
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All of these birds totally fascinate me! So interesting to hear about them.

Can you clicker train them? And google says yes: Birds | Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Petfinder Adoptable Parrot | African Grey | Lansing, MI | Sport and Ernie look at this pair.

Their story is very interesting. No kids, but dogs are totally fine (came from a hoarding situation).
I just cross posted this on Avian Avenue, I think the blind parrots usually find a home from someone on there.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:20 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I had an African Grey in middle/high school, I saved up for 2 summers to buy her...LOL Her name was Murphy.
She was absolutely wonderful - I got her too young, I think, the breeder had me hand feed her for while (weeks?).

Murphy was a sweetheart, she wasn't real social with people she didn't know but she wouldn't bite, she'd just growl and avoid them. She was a great talker. I remember I was teaching Djenga to speak, and Murphy must have heard it. So she started saying "Murphy speak! Woof woof woof - good girl!" It was so cute. She'd also call the dogs over to her cage and tell them to sit.

When my husband was sent to Germany, I left Murphy with my parents. My mom adored her, and was happy to have her. They had a spare bedroom for Murphy's cage. Unfortunately, one day the door to the bedroom was left open, and Murphy fell off her cage and was on the floor. One of their dogs got in and bit her...and she died shortly after It all happened in a matter of seconds.

I would love another Grey one day, but right now I know I just don't have the time. They do require LOTS of attention and their diet is high maintenance. But they are worth it.
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I've clicker trained my quaker ... that's how I finally got her to like me!!! I've also clicker trained her to go to certain spots on / outside of her cage so that I can clean it.

I clicker trained Echo for tricks - she plays dead, hangs upside down and flies to specific perches.
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Just a curious question ...

Those with large birds, is it ok for them to go outside is a protected area?
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Just a curious question ...

Those with large birds, is it ok for them to go outside is a protected area?
Absolutely not, unless they have a harness on.

We used to take our Macaw out, she had clipped wings, they grew out a little and one day she got spooked, then flew off in the middle of a city on New Years Eve. I was hysterical! We got her back within 4 hours, with the help of many people.
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Yeah even birds with clipped wings can fly pretty far if they get a good gust of air. When I first got my pionus she could flutter maybe two feet. I brought her outside and she flew 50 feet on a light breeze.

I'd only feel comfortable having my birds outside in a travel cage or in some sort of fully enclosed aviary.
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I use to let my birds out all the time. I had a huge play area and they loved it. I have lots of pics bit tis was before digital...so would have to scan them. I supervised them when they were out, of course. I was always sure there were no flight feathers coming in.

Parrots with longer tails can get air easier than the shorter tailed....even a wind draft could launch them.
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In my last place I had a huge gazebo and I would take them out one at a time (since Ellie hates Echo) and let them enjoy the weather. Last summer I just brought them out in their cages LOL ... it was easier and they loved it ... I live on a fairly busy residential area so I can't leave them unattended for even two seconds b/c someone is ALWAYS coming up to see them!
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