Saturday, September 19, 2009

Simplest Steps to Teaching Step-up

Yesterday I volunteered at the local zoo, and as usual they utilized my outstanding cleaning skills. Well okay anyone can hose down penguin poop and sift exhibit sand, but that's not the point, I'm just saying I stayed busy while I was there.
Every week I also bring by enrichment items for the birds to shred, and this time it was two large willow baskets filled with goodies and some sort of cardboard foraging toy I made from what was leftover in a box that was shipped to me last week, cheap and fun!

I usually get some free time to goof off with the animals and during that time I got to start working with a female Gang-gang Cockatoo. From what I hear she used to step up, but now she does it rarely and only with specific people. Take a listen to my diary to find out what happened, some of it is hard to understand because of my poor editing skills, and I will get better at that. - Download and save to your computer to listen, you will need microsoft media player, or something that plays an MP3 *Revision: after a current self assement of the method used, rewarding with a "jackpot" at every step is not needed, even though it says to in the MP3. It is preffered to use jackpots less often, as I have learned from Cassie Malina last weekend.*

Disclaimer: I am not a professional trainer, everything I do is based on POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT theory and I get my information from top professional trainers in the field. One trainer that I highly recommend is at

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Thursday, September 17, 2009


The Birds

This is Achilles, my personal pet. She was abandoned at a local Emergency Vet Clinic after she flew into a fan, the accident left her crippled. Her left foot and wing bone where broken, and she has permanent neurological problems with seeing. I fostered her and planned to adopt her out myself through Safe Haven Avian Placement Services, after keeping her for one year and not finding the "perfect" home I've claimed her as my own.

These guys are a part of my friend's flock. I've known them for about 6 years and get to pet-sit for them every month or so. Not shown are Cuarvo, Mango, and Savanna.

And every week sweet faces like these pop up! Volunteering at the zoo is quite an adventure.

The Mouse
This is Fidget, and what a better name for a twitchy little mammal!? She was pretty much an impulse buy, she sated my 'need' to have another pet. Mice are small, low maintenance, very cutie and very trainable! Fidget was not always sweet though, I picked her for her unique coat but her disposition was not calm and cuddly. All the credit for taming goes towards Positive Reinforcement, which is a part of Applied Behavior Analysis FYI.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Let's Blog!

I figured that "The Sequential Psittacine" was an appropriate name for those few privileged people that like to know everything about their parrots, or just like to know what else is happening in "the bird world". I will attempt to present everything in an orderly fashion -hence the word Sequential- all while supplying a plethora of photos. Are pictures not the best part of a blog?

In the future I hope to post the latest happenings in my life, and the world of birds/parrots. You may get to see My cockatiel, Achilles, and all the other animal related things I do or run into.

And with that, let us blog!