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Old 10-01-2014, 10:42   #61
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Re: Liveaboard Pet Parrot?

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I spend a couple hours a week with native Californian birds. Some types are very social and enjoy interaction with humans (like ravens); others want to just do their "thing" (like woodpeckers). Some birds become imprinted with humans, and prefer our company (like this quail).

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That's what I thought. I wonder if there are anymore nearby?
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You'll be fine, especially if you can supply basic psychology. Parrots and their kind tend to be very intelligent and will understand. Positive reinforcement works best, but they do understand negative. I potty trained an african grey by putting him in his cage immediately after pooping outside of it (he wanted to be out). I read up on your parrotlet and he seems like a fine choice. Buy young. I second what others have said about conures, they never stop screaming!

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Nice, best (informed) advice I've found yet. It's been prove. The positive reinforcement is the best method. But I agree potty training would probably be a neg reinforcement scenario.
The problem I'm struggling with now is that my AC stopped working last August and I haven't fixed it yet since it's been mild to cold weather. The heater works fine tho. So I won't buy a bird and then submit it to the heat of summer if I don't have at least some form of AC. From my research birds can't handle temp change. And It may be possible to leave in in the cage under the Bimini, but that just doesn't sound pleasant during windy rainy weather.
So first step fix or replace my AC. Then I'll revisit.
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Re: Liveaboard Pet Parrot?

And as a note for future trainers of animals. Positive reinforcement= treats for desired behaviors.
Neg reinforcement = removal of something good (being outside a cage)
Punishment = yelling and "spanking"
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