Bridging the Communication Barrier Between You and Your Bird

Target training is a foundation behaviour that helps establish clear communication through precise black-and-white criteria, which can later be used to shape more complex behaviours and fun tricks. This video shows the mechanics of teaching your bird to touch the target. If your bird shows signs of fear toward the target and/or clicker, please discontinue training temporarily until you have watched our video on this topic (coming soon!).

How To Socialize a Timid Bird Using Target Training

Indoor Flight Training Foundations for Small Birds (Budgies, Lovebirds, Conures, Quakers, Cockatiels, ect.)

At Welcome Wings all of our baby birds are allowed to fledge (learn to fly) naturally at their own pace. Once they are confident in their movement I encourage further development of these skills by setting up opportunities for the babies to try more difficult flight skills including ascending (flying up with power and strength), descending (flying down with careful control) and landing on my hand (accuracy). These skills help to build the baby’s confidence, strength, and stamina while the practice of them strengthens our relationship. In the event your bird ever accidentally got out of the house, these skills can help you have a better chance of recovery.
If you are taking home a Welcome Wings baby you’re already off to a great start with indoor flight training. If you have a bird form another source you might need to put in a bit more effort in the foundations, but it is well worth it in the end!
Regardless of where you are starting from, this video goes over the basics of indoor flight training for small birds with or without prior experience. While they mainly use a Budgie in the examples, the same concepts and methods apply to Cockatiels, Conures, Quakers, Indian Ringneck and other similarly sized parrots.

Teach Your Bird To "Step Up" WITHOUT Biting

Step up is one of the most important cues your bird will learn. Not only will it allow you to move your bird from place to place easily with cooperation and clear communication, but it is a foundation behaviour for other more complex tricks such as “wave” or “high five”. Our friends at BirdTricks have what we feel to be the best method of teaching this behaviour and as we couldn’t have said it better ourselves, here’s their video explaining the simple yet effective process.

Basic Budgie Care

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Vet Care for Your Avian Companion

In the wild it is common for the sick or injured bird to become a target of predators looking for an easy dinner. As such birds are experts at hiding signs of weakness until the very end — useful in the wild perhaps, but challenging in a safe home environment where the caregiver is only trying to help. Recognizing subtle signs of illness right away will help you seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Join the BirdTricks team to learn the 8 signs you may have a sick bird.

Never Fear! Building Your Bird's Confidence by Helping Them Overcome Fear

Most birds have, or will develop, fears toward foreign objects, people or environments. If your bird “freaks out” when a new toy is added to the cage, or when the cage is moved to a different room, you’re seeing first-hand how stressful fear can be and you want to put an end to it as quickly as possible, right?

Removing the “scary” object or person validates the bird’s fear, making it more likely that this same fear will manifest itself in similar situations in the future. Instead, I would like to present an alternate approach in which we take just a few minutes (total training time in this 3-part video series was less than 15 minutes) to help the bird build confidence by OVERCOMING the fear with your help.

Top Two Reasons Birds Bite (and how to avoid them!)

Teaching Small Birds to PLAY With Toys!

Most birds take to toys quite naturally and are happy to spend their day exploring and destroying what is made available in their cage. Some birds, especially those from re-home situations whose history with toys is unknown are a little bit hesitant getting started and benefit from formal training sessions to introduce the concept of toys. If the idea of a bird completely ignoring every wonderful toy offered to them sounds familiar, this video is for you!


Picky-No-More! How to Introduce Veggies to a Seed-Fed or Pellet-Fed Bird

Several times a week we are asked how to convert birds from a seed-only diet, or pellet-only diet, to a more well-rounded nutritional plan that includes fresh vegetables, whole grains and cooked lentils. Oftentimes the owner has tried offering “chop” more than once, only to become discouraged when the bowl goes untouched again and again. Encouraging your bird to eat healthy fresh foods is a journey worth taking, but sometimes smaller steps will help you see results faster. 

Filling Nutritional Gaps Using Supplements

You’ve already selected a healthy well-balanced pellet and made a fresh batch of “chop” and now you’re wondering how to fill any potential gaps in your bird’s nutritional program. If choosing the right supplements for your bird’s diet seems like a confusing task you’re in the right place! This video will introduce you to a few of my favourite nutritional supplements and explain how and why I use them for the flock at Welcome Wings Aviary.

Disclaimer: Supplements are intended for use in conjunction with a healthy and well-balanced diet. While some supplements will help to speed the healing of a bird recovering from recent illness or injury, they are NOT intended as a substitution for the advice and treatment of a qualified avian veterinarian.

Parrot Cages, Cleaning and Maintenance

From "YUCK" to "Yay!" -- How I clean messy cage trays in a jiffy!

Looking for a non-toxic cleaner that is safe for your bird’s cage? Wondering what can be used to line the tray? This is the video for you!