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Ten things no one told you about living with a parrot, but you wish they would have.

Ten things no one told you about living with a parrot, but you wish they would have.



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    10 Things You Should Know 10 Things You Should Know Presentation Transcript

    • 10 Things You Should Know Before You Get a Parrot. …but no one told you.
    • Things Everyone HAS Told You
      • Parrots Bite
      • Parrots Scream
      • Parrots Make a Mess
      • Is it true…sort of….
    • Parrots Are Wild Not Domestic
      • Behave as prey species
      • Bring the wild to your home
      • Have no chosen traits
      • Not motivated to respond to your displeasure
    • Parrots Come in Species Not Breeds
    • Canis Familiaris
    • Felis domesticus
    • Poicephalus senegalus and Poicephalus rufiventris
    • Psittacus erithacus and Ara chloroptera
    • What the difference in a species?
      • Different diets
      • Different behavior
      • Different body languages
      • Different preferences
    • Parrots Have Strange Body Language
      • Birds have very different body language from dogs and cats and it is far more subtle.
      • Feathers
      • Wings
      • Dilating pupils
    • Parrots Require Complicated Nutrition
      • Parrots need variety ( you can’t get it all from a bag)
      • Different requirements for different species
      • Require more fresh food and longer prep time at meals
      • Different dangers from the table
    • Parrots Have Complicated Physiology
      • Specialized veterinary care
      • Different diseases
      • Less identifiable illnesses
      • Sensitive respiratory system
      • Delicate bone structure
      • Different Dangers, diseases, poisons
    • Parrots have Complicated Brains
      • Parrots need interaction
      • Parrots need time outside of the cage
      • Parrots need enrichment
      • Parrots need a challenge
      • Parrots thrive in an environment worthy of investigation
    • Parrot Training is a Necessity Not a Possibility
      • Training is about communication and choices.
      • Parrots need interaction and some control of their environment.
    • Why Train?
      • It’s a conversation
      • It’s a relationship builder
      • It’s forward thinking
      • It’s fun!
    • You Have to Have a Lifelong Plan
      • A large parrot may be with you for the rest of your life. How sure are you about what you’ll be doing with the rest of your life?
    • 5 Heartbreaking Reasons Parrots Need New Homes
      • Assisted Living
      • Senility
      • Unexpected Illness
      • Foreclosure
      • Divorce
    • You Need A Lifelong Commitment to Learning
      • Scientist learn new things in the laboratory and in the field every year. There’s much to learn still about parrots.
      • Nutrition
      • Physiology
      • Behavior
    • Just Because You Hear it Often Doesn’t Mean It’s True
      • Common Wisdom is only common. There’s rarely any wisdom involved…
    • 10 Things You Should Do Before You Get a Parrot…
      • …or now that you already have.
      • Find an excellent vet
      • Find an avian consultant
      • Join a parrot club
      • Subscribe to magazines (Bird Talk and Good Bird especially)
      • Buy some videos
    • 10 Things Continued
      • Learn about applied behavior analysis
      • Hone your positive reinforcement skills
      • Go to workshops and lectures
      • Go see parrots in the wild
      • Buy my book!