NEW video!!! Going back to school or back to work after being home for the summer or during quarantine? Here are ways to help your bird adjust and enjoy spending more time on its own!!!
I recently trained my macaw to give me a high 5 with his wing, and I explained how I did it during one of my most recent Youtube vids! I also talked a bit about the training process called shaping. When you use shaping, you can take an already existing behavior and put it on cue or modify it and create a new behavior that you can then put on cue. This week I challenge those of you with birds (or other pets) to train a high five or use shaping to get your bird(s) or other pets to do something they are already doing, on command. Let us know what you can come up with, and have fun!!! I will leave you with the video showing off Curacao’s high 5!
Have you tried target and clicker training with your bird? If you haven’t done it, you should definitely check it out. You won’t believe what you can teach with these methods. See our latest video on the perch about target training with our blue and gold macaw Curacao!
Are you looking for find more good information on all things parrot? Well thanks to windycityparrot.com, you won’t have to do much searching! Click here to find their recently compiled list of “12 YouTubers For Parrot Lovers You Need To Know”:
The list contains some really great channels. Want to know how to free fly a bird outside….there’s a channel for that! Want to know how many times Caiques poop? Don’t know what a Caique is, but you are dying to find out? Yep, there’s a channel which can help you out! How about a video depicting a bird which takes care of a baby in front of David Letterman? Uh huh.
Shameless plug….our channel , The Parakeet Perch, made the list (and we are so proud). What’s cooler, though, is to know that there are quite a few people out there who share our passion for birds and education. Check out the link and see some of these cool people in action. If you aren’t a bird lover already, you are sure to become one soon thereafter!!!
One of our first, and still most popular, videos on YouTube is the one below. In it, we show how to teach a budgie free flight to a hand. So much fun! Budgies are quick and eager learners, so this can be used as a starting point for other flight tricks including retrieves! Enjoy the video, and be sure to check out some of our other fun budgie videos.
Here at the perch, we get a lot of questions about what fresh foods budgies can eat. There are lots, and they are a great addition to your bird’s diet! Instead of just listing them off, however, we thought it would be much more fun to start sharing some fast and easy recipes utilizing fruits and veggies budgies can eat. The first is for a fun salad we have named “Goodness Grapes.” We just had to start with a tribute to grapes, since it’s a favorite of both Siri and Soma.
Goodness Grapes Budgie Salad
Wash all fruit and kale thoroughly. If you can buy organic, it is better for your bird(s). Then take the seeds out of the grapes if necessary (or buy seedless….hello!) and cut a pretty good sized chunk of apple which has no seeds in it. Next, cut each ingredient into very small portions. As you can see from the photo below, the pieces need to be pretty tiny for a budgie. Mix even amounts of each ingredient and serve. You can give it to your bird(s) in a bowl or scatter it on a surface, if your budgie(s) like to forage. Also, don’t become discouraged if your birdie doesn’t try it right away, or even on the same day. Parakeets can sometimes take a while to warm up to something new. Keep experimenting with ways to present the salad and be patient! I like to keep a few large leaves of kale to serve whole, as my budgies like to bathe and nibble on them! If that is the case with your bird(s), you can try sprinkling the salad around the larger pieces of greens to entice them. Enjoy!
We love budgies around here! So much that we have a whole channel dedicated to this wonderful, little parrot on YouTube. Check out our channel trailer and then go watch, enjoy, and subscribe. We can’t wait to share what’s going on at the perch with you here!!!