Heckled By ParrotsBlue Sky WritingFalconryRebecca K. O'Connor

Examining, Surviving and Loving life with Parrots

Getting Feathered

Morris Transformation

Morris is looking amazing, becoming a pro-trainee and foraging for living. I couldn’t be prouder of him!

I have to admit that I was a bit worried that my all-encompassing plan for Project Parrot Positive might end up being a bust. (And in all honesty, it’s possible that he could start plucking again at any time…) However, his progress has been astounding and I think it’s time to share how we got here.

The plan was as follows:

  • Working with a vet to address any health issues and medicate for stress as necessary.
  • Set him up in the best possible housing with plenty of foraging/enrichment opportunities.
  • Change up Morris’s diet to be as healthy as possible and expand his interest in investigating new foods.
  • Work on simple training to build a positive relationship (and help him “learn to learn”).
  • Train behaviors that encourage interactivity and investigation.
  • Wean him off of stress medication.
  • Raise his weight. (He was still somewhat under normal weight.)
  • Train behaviors to give him a means to seek attention other than worrying his feathers.

We are now at the stage where Morris I’m working on training some fun things to keep him occupied. He’s still doing a tiny bit of feather stripping, but we are on the right track! So in the coming posts, I’m going to discuss the phases and considerations in Morris’ “rehab”. I hope they will be helpful to some of you struggling with feather destructive behavior. There are no easy solutions, but maybe you’ll discover a few things to try with your own birds!

In the meantime, Morris would like to show off his new suit –


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Friday’s Favorite Feathers

Beak by Thomas Hawk

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Friday’s Favorite Feathers

Burrowing parrot (Cyanoliseus patagonus ) by Erik Schepers

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Friday’s Favorite Feathers

Kea by Jon Mollivan

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Friday’s Favorite Feathers

Photo by Ravi Jandhyala

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Friday’s Favorite Feathers

Cockatoo by Phalinn Ooi

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Friday’s Favorite Feathers

Sun Conure by Danny Chapman

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Friday’s Favorite Feathers

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Friday’s Favorite Feathers

Red-crowned Parakeet

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Want to attend a training workshop with Rebecca??

Morris Basketball Low ResRebecca offers four- hour parrot training workshops in her studio in Grand Terrace, CA and throughout the country. These workshops are a fantastic way to get one-on-one instruction from Rebecca in an affordable and intensive setting. All workshops include a Powerpoint presentation, video clips, handouts and training demos with parrots. They are also catered to attendee’s training concerns and challenges.

 

Training Basics: Beginning and Refresher Course
Learn the basics of using applied behavior analysis (or refresh your memory) to shape your parrot’s parrots behaviors.
Saturday, February 22, 2013
10 AM- 3PM  (Lunch Included)
22545 Barton Rd.,  Ste. 201
Grand Terrace, CA 92313-524
Cost: $59

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The Next Step: Training for Daily Living
After a quick refresher on training basics, jump into learning how to train behaviors which will help with cleaning, bathing, grooming, vet visits and encouraging good behavior. Bring your own challenges and have them addressed in class.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
10 AM- 3PM  (Lunch Included)
22545 Barton Rd.,  Ste. 201
Grand Terrace, CA 92313-5244
Cost: $59

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Training Plans for Managing Bad Behavior
After a quick refresher on training basics, jump into learning to work on aggression, screaming, feather plucking and other problem behaviors.
Saturday, April 19
10 AM- 3PM  (Lunch Included)
22545 Barton Rd.,  Ste. 201
Grand Terrace, CA 92313-5244
909-264-3602
Cost: $59

For More information contact Rebecca at rebecca@blueskywriting.com

SPACE IS LIMITED TO TEN ATTENDEES.  SIGN UP EARLY!! (Cancellation is non-refundable, but IS transferable to another workshop date.)
NOTE: The studio requires climbing a flight of stairs in order to get to the entrance. Unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible. 


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