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~Tillie's Story~

Where to even start? I've been staring at this sentence for ten minutes, and can't find the words <3

...Probably because part of my heart has been in Oregon for two years, and now she's here in my house. In all of the best ways, so many of my birds just kind of showed up. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I feel like little Tillie and I picked each other, the moment we met. So here's her tale.

Tillie is a twenty-two year old red vented cockatoo. I'd never seen one before I met her. ๐Ÿ™‚

Her caregiver was my friend Chris Shank of Cockatoo Downs, who is one of the most incredible bird owners in the whole world. All of her cockatoos are free-flight. Their homes are big, beautiful aviaries, and many days they roam free and then come home. To visit these sweet cockatoos is to be surrounded by goofy bird smiles and happy, flying, feathered acrobats ๐Ÿ™‚

Tillie lived this way for 17 years... until she was unexpectedly attacked by another bird. She was mauled, and nearly died. Her wing is permanently injured and has arthritis. Her face bears the marks of the accident.

Chris found her and of course nursed her back to health... but forever, even all of these years later, Tillie seems to associate Chris with the pain of that day.

When I met Tillie two years ago, she still seemed to suffer a sort of PTSD. She was terrified of toys, terrified of movement, of shadows. And of course, she was wary of other birds. She couldn't be housed in the aviaries. She'd never fly again.

Within moments of meeting, she snuggled into my neck and I kissed her sweet forehead. I held her and held her. I felt her little heartbeat in my hands, her warm feathers in my fingers as she nuzzled... and she stole my heart.

I think I unexpectedly found myself shyly saying, "Well... if she ever wants to come to Florida..." just as Chris quietly commented, "Wow... you two... maybe she'd like Florida...?"

We talked about bringing her here that fall (2017), and schedules never worked out. The following spring, Isabelle was plucking and struggling so much... I didn't feel we could handle another adjustment and I apologized to Chris for yet another delay. Months and months passed, and then nearly a year as we worked through Isabelle's challenges.

And every single day I thought of Tillie.

It's an odd feeling when one of your 'kids' is across the country. You know they're coming, but they're not here yet. You wish you could snuggle them, kiss them goodnight. I wondered what she was thinking, what she was doing... Just as I do my own little birds so often.

And finally Chris emailed me, "How about next June?"

We decided I'd come to visit, and then take her home with me for year-round warm weather and a home full of sisters <3

I was counting the weeks, and then the days... and then the hours ๐Ÿ˜ณ I got her room all ready, and smiled as I thought of teaching her how to read, introducing her to this big, beautiful world, one word at a time... starting with little letters.

And when I saw her again, I felt like my heart couldn't even contain all of my happiness, it was just going to pour out and embarrass me, making me cry.

What else can you do when a little creature steals your heart?

This Tillie was a different Tillie, too. She was so confident, her play area sprinkled with toys, her little toes tight and sure around my fingers. Chris had been working with her on resilience, working on reducing her fear responses these past years.

Once more, she snuggled into my cheek and I just held her, my heart finally reunited with the little bugger who stole it.

So we spent part of the weekend snuggling, learning, and playing. She seemed to stand on my shoulder as though she belonged there. At the hotel the night before our trip here she was so brave, still so confident and steady.

But then... :'( Our flights, layovers, travel from Oregon to Florida a week ago today... well, that was a blow.

She was so afraid of me, she'd hide if I even walked in the room ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

I knew we were meant to be together, though. She's part of our family. Ellie and Moonlight adore her. So every day we've been working working working on rebuilding her trust <3

Ellie has been an amazing sister to her already, helping her feel safe. <3

Soon I'll share our trust journey, but for right now I'll say that today for the first time since our trip, after nearly a week of heartbreaking fear, she stuck her little face into my fingers again. I stroked her feathers and kissed her little forehead.

Hold onto me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
Settle down, it'll all be clear
Don't pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you're not alone
'Cause I'm going to make this place your home <3

~"Home" by Phillips Phillips
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~Tillies Story~

Where to even start? Ive been staring at this sentence for ten minutes, and cant find the words

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Nothing is easy, is it ?!?

Oh my, bless this sweet girl. I can't wait to see her story continue with you!

Keep telling her how much you love her, they understand ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

What a beautiful soul and wonderful story. Here’s to Tillie being home ๐Ÿ’œ

Bawling as I read this. You are such a loving mom and caretaker, and Tillie sounds like such a sweet sweet soul. Hoping and praying that she eases into this transition and gets comfy with you and the rest of your loving girls!!

such a lovely birdy and momma story. ๐Ÿฅบ

Okay, am I the only one who cried reading this?๐Ÿ˜ญ

Aaaaaaaand now I’m balling ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ what a total sweetheart. I can’t wait to see more of her journey!

Welcome home sweet babie

I love that the others are welcoming her.

I just need you to know that you have the most beautiful soul a human being could have. I’m a grown man in absolute tears reading this, first with horror at poor Tillie’s hurts, then with joy at her starting to trust you again! You and your daughters are incredible, and I thank God every day that I came across this page to be able to share in your lives. Lots of love from Louisiana. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Welcome home Tillie! Momma got you!! โค๏ธ

So beautiful. Glad you have her home. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Do you ever go in her room and quietly read while not looking at her ?

Beautiful story of love

Meant to be

Betty Cockatoo Herrlinger

I wanna cry reading this, Tillie has such a wonderful mom and sisters to love her for the rest of her life!

Bless you for the patience and love you show these wonderful creatures and for sharing your journey with us all. Logging on and seeing a new post about the adventure is always exciting to see

Oh Jennifer Cunha I'm crying like a baby!

When they choose you, it's such a humbling, world-shattering feeling.

What a sweet baby!

Amazing and beautiful story and what a loving relationship! I wish everyone could read this to understand the bond animals have with humans. It takes time, love, patience and total understanding on both parts. Would it be less with a child, no. Animals are also God’s creatures great and smallโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•♥๏ธ

She is a doll baby.โคโคโค

Such a journey for both of you. I was holding my breath as I read the story even though I knew the ending already having seen previous posts. Your girls are a real credit to your hard work but how wonderfully rewarding that work has been. I can't wait to see how this story unfolds. Sending lots of love to you all xx

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I'm feeling pretty dang proud of myself today ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Deforestation is the reason Tillie and Moonlight are endangered in the wild. (There are less than 1,000 Tillies left in the wild, which makes me want to cry. :'( ) Their homelands are cleared for trees, mines, factories, and other natural resources...

Paper towels, napkins, cardboard packaging, cereal boxes,... Humans keep using paper, wood things. And soon Tillie's species may be gone forever because we keep taking away trees. ๐Ÿ˜”

Did you know (due in part to deforestation) there are left in the wild:
--less than 87 blue-throat macaws?
--a few hundred sun conures?
--fewer Goffin's than in captivity?

I committed to a 30 day "waste-free" (ish) life. No garbage. No recycling (if I can help it). And today was my first grocery shopping experience!!! ๐Ÿ˜

You guys I've been so excited about this adventure! The green market is only open on Sundays!!

So I went to the green market instead of the grocery store, and I brought a basket and a cloth chic shoulder bag. I politely declined all plastic bags, boxes, or anything packaged and gave the merchants back their packaging cartons to reuse. ๐Ÿ˜

Which they were super awesome about doing! And thanked me for being so earth-conscious! ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I bought:
--delicious kalamata olive bread (and wrapped in a scarf)
--lots of fruits and veggies (many not at the store ~ passion fruit and lychees!)
--KOMBOUCHA ON TAP!!!
--fresh, local honey from a guy who will give me a $1 for returning the jar for more honey
--farm fresh eggs also from someone who will re-use their egg carton
--granola cereal in a jar from someone who will also re-use their jar if I bring it back ๐Ÿ™‚

It was so easy and fun to have NO packaging, just yummy food! And I think I spent less than at the grocery store, too.

ALSO YOU GUYS there are A LOT of other people doing this, who knew?! I met so many cool peeps shopping with their bags and baskets and we all grinned at each other!

What kind of low-waste tips do you have?! I'd love to learn more!

#ZeroWasteLiving #AvoidingPaperLIkeTheDamnPlague #PlasticToo #ForTille #AndMoonlight
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Im feeling pretty dang proud of myself today ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Deforestation is the reason Tillie and Moonlight are endangered in the wild. (There are less than 1,000 Tillies left in the wild, which makes me want to cry. :( ) Their homelands are cleared for trees, mines, factories, and other natural resources... 

Paper towels, napkins, cardboard packaging, cereal boxes,... Humans keep using paper, wood things. And soon Tillies species may be gone forever because we keep taking away trees. ๐Ÿ˜” 

Did you know (due in part to deforestation) there are left in the wild:
--less than 87 blue-throat macaws?
--a few hundred sun conures? 
--fewer Goffins than in captivity?

I committed to a 30 day waste-free (ish) life. No garbage. No recycling (if I can help it). And today was my first grocery shopping experience!!! ๐Ÿ˜

You guys Ive been so excited about this adventure! The green market is only open on Sundays!! 

So I went to the green market instead of the grocery store, and I brought a basket and a cloth chic shoulder bag. I politely declined all plastic bags, boxes, or anything packaged and gave the merchants back their packaging cartons to reuse. ๐Ÿ˜

Which they were super awesome about doing! And thanked me for being so earth-conscious! ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I bought:
--delicious kalamata olive bread (and wrapped in a scarf)
--lots of fruits and veggies (many not at the store ~ passion fruit and lychees!)
--KOMBOUCHA ON TAP!!! 
--fresh, local honey from a guy who will give me a $1 for returning the jar for more honey
--farm fresh eggs also from someone who will re-use their egg carton
--granola cereal in a jar from someone who will also re-use their jar if I bring it back :)

It was so easy and fun to have NO packaging, just yummy food! And I think I spent less than at the grocery store, too.

ALSO YOU GUYS there are A LOT of other people doing this, who knew?! I met so many cool peeps shopping with their bags and baskets and we all grinned at each other! 

What kind of low-waste tips do you have?! Id love to learn more! 

#ZeroWasteLiving #AvoidingPaperLIkeTheDamnPlague #PlasticToo #ForTille #AndMoonlight

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Well done .... If even half of the world's population took this attitude and lifestyle on, there would be a major change in the deforestation and loss of species .... Thank you. I have made many changes too like growing a lot of our own fruits, veggies and herbs and reusing or repurposing things. Anything we do must make a difference.x

Awesome <3

Would you like a reusable crocheted egg carton? I would be delighted to send something like that your way!

This is exactly how we move from living unsustainably, to co-existing in harmony with Nature. Small steps, taken frequently. <3

You’re awesome for trying to better the world for your babies ๐Ÿฅฐ Unfortunately I have no waste-free tips for you, but I would like to know what species your girls are! They are all so beautiful!

I use my reusable bags. I do use plastic produce bags but we do save the majority of them. Plastic shopping bags get saved for reuse, storage, and trash bags for the cars. We have a compost bin in the backyard where everything biodegradable, including teabags, coffee filters, and coffee grounds, go. We also put into it used bird dropping paper to balance it all out. We put used eggshells in there too, or the shells get nuked, ground up, and added to the birdseed so the wild birds get more calcium for their eggs. If we can, we wash and reuse aluminum pans. We also save leftover candle wax, cardboard egg cartons, dryer lint, and then combine them into emergency fire-starters (which work REALLY well).

I love it! Also you should make some passionfruit curd for me, I have not been able to get them out here in Washington state and it’s my favorite food ๐Ÿคฉ

Can't 'love' this enough!

I always carry a water bottle, a collapsible keep cup for coffee and a cutlery set with a straw made from bamboo. As well as a small cloth bag in case you buy something and need to carry it. I also vowed that if I didn't have my keep cup then there is no coffee for me. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I admire you!

Cook at home instead of fast food!!!

My local store, New Seasons, lets me bring my own containers. They weigh and mark the tare weight before I fill them. Then they subtract the difference at checkout. I refill my liquid soap, shampoo, cashew butter, olive oil, spices and many more items.

Tully Case this is too wholesome for me to not share, literally my role model ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Motion to the floor to rename the red rumped cockatoo species "Tillies"

Good old fashioned shopping like it was when I was a little kid, no bags then.

Jen are you familiar with Permaculture? You might see if there’s a society in your area. They have great ideas on reducing waste and becoming highly sustainable!

My aunt practically collects egg cartons this time of the year. The hens just don't stop laying eggs ๐Ÿ˜…

Love it! We used to have a package free grocery store where you could go in with your own containers. You might want to (but prob already done) check if you have one around. I also go to the market, we are lucky to have it twice a week. I’m not a saint and could have less waste but it saves so much plastic to go to the market for your fresh produce! You go girl!

Looks yummy

You do what you like, I'll do what I like. Different people do different things.

Wow that is incredible!! Farm fresh eggs cost over double the amount here vs eggs from the store, and kombucha also so much that it's accessible as an occasional treat rather than a daily habit (which is why I plan to start making my own). How nice it must be to have a place like that you can shop at and support!

I've switched to a bamboo tp and I really like it. Here's the link if any of you are interested. smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BUSSRJW?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_image

If you need an alternative to plastic baggies you can get (or make with fabric and beeswax) beeswax cloth sheets

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She is an alien # 4 and they will get this world soon and Ellie is their General ! And they made General Headquarters in your house, Jen ! Beware!

Awww she is mega meany fierce cutie butt lol ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

Awwww, what a good brave bird. My Lily Bird is such a wuss!

Aw she is so cute!

“This. Paper. Is. All. WRONG. The feng shui is ALL WRONG. Wrong! No, you over there and you over here! I gotta do all the rearranging BY MYSELF!”

The paper started it!

Raymond Palmer we should make some of these for kiwi and mango tomorrow

Keep in mind you are promoting nesting behaviors. This may stimulate her hormones to lay an egg. This can depleat some of her calcium and cause other problems. Good luck with your little girl.

So cute

All parrotlets are tiny velociraptors.๐Ÿฆ–

Shea the most dangerous of all birds

I keep shreaded paper at the bottom of my T-wrecks' cage and switch it daily, he spends SO much time going through it looking for dropped food and lost toys (that us when he doesnt soak it all from his baths in hus water dish lol)

totally stealing this idea for my ringneck, he loves to dig through shredded paper!

Peter Hulley she's so tiny and cute

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I love her so โค๐Ÿ˜ญ

Working so hard to rebuild trust... this feels like such a big milestone for us!

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Way to go, Tillie!!

Let the love in, Tillie! โค

Yummy in my tummy, mommy!

What kind of bird is she?

Were you reading her body language and backing off when she started backing up from you or were you just grabbing more treats?

I tried to back off while she was still comfy! If she was nervous, it would be too late. (This does happen.) The idea is to give her control over my presence and proximity and back off while she's still relaxed, then come forward again...

A testament to your bird mummy knowledge and care. Really amazing.

I'm curious about the travel experience for her. Did she have to fly or was it in the car with you? I hope it's okay to ask. Just trying to understand how she became distrustful. I do hope she soon becomes comfortable with you and allows direct interaction. You obviously know what you're doing, so I'm sure she will readjust just fine.

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LAST CALL! Teach ๐Ÿ‘ your ๐Ÿ‘ birbs ๐Ÿ‘ TONIGHT!

Join our Learnin' Birds June Enrichment Class!

No prereq's ~ this is a BEGINNERS ๐Ÿฅ class for all the beepers that are learning yes/no and book/craft enrichment!

Swimming, walking and hopping with fish ๐ŸŸ turtles ๐Ÿข and frogs! ๐Ÿธ The world is FULL of amazing things to explore with our little learners!

What better way to enrich them than to stimulate their minds? You'll come out equipped with tons of enrichment ideas to teach your bird throughout the month! <3

Using simple vocabulary and toddler-level crafts and books, our cute little guys are going to learn all about our water friends ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Familiarity with simple training concepts - yes/no, book enrichment, or crafts with birds - will provide a wonderful basis for this enrichment class! Come with your questions! We'll continue working on these learning skills together!

myreadingpets.com/product/learnin-beepers-jun22-730pm/

When: TONIGHT, June 22 @ 7:30pm EST (Sunday am for the Aussies!)
Where: Online - using your smartphone, tablet, or computer
Cost: $20 for an hour and a half of friendship, learning and sharing!

Can't wait to see you!
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LAST CALL! Teach ๐Ÿ‘ your ๐Ÿ‘ birbs ๐Ÿ‘ TONIGHT!

Join our Learnin Birds June Enrichment Class! 

No prereqs ~ this is a BEGINNERS ๐Ÿฅ class for all the beepers that are learning yes/no and book/craft enrichment! 

Swimming, walking and hopping with fish ๐ŸŸ turtles ๐Ÿข and frogs! ๐Ÿธ The world is FULL of amazing things to explore with our little learners!

What better way to enrich them than to stimulate their minds? Youll come out equipped with tons of enrichment ideas to teach your bird throughout the month!

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Oh no I missed another one when is your next yes and no one for beginners please xx

Ellie and I are slowly trying to help Tillie feel less afraid. She's being so brave! โค

The only voice on here is Ellie's. She greets her sister hi over and over again, and when we left Ellie called, "I love you!" ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญ
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Awwww

Sweet girls.

Ellie is such a sweetheart

Ellie is a gem ๐Ÿ’Ž

She showed signs of feeling comfortable....the preening and the wing stretch at the end! ๐Ÿ‘

Ellie shows understanding. She doesn’t try to fly over. And I love the fact that she uses words to address Tillie.

Ellie is such good girl!!

Was Tillie alone before coming to you ?

So, I have to ask.....is that Isabelle crying in the background in the other room? LOL

Ahh, Ellie is so good trying to welcome Tillie.

Ellie is such a sweet soul

StILL CRyING

Slow but sure. Love and trust will grow.

I heard an "hola" from Tillie, that means hello in Spanish... or maybe it was my imagination.

I can't believe Ellie didn't grab that treat out of your hand! She must really love her new sister.

Ellie you are such a love. Tillie looks comfy and curious. I just love seeing your girls ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Tammy Jenn

Who called “I love you” in the background in response to Ellie?

You’re such an amazing birb mama

I can't believe how far Ellie has come and oml, the amount of patience she exhibited there is absolutely astounding. Did you talk with her before you went int to visit Tillie?

My heart!!!!!

Ellie's little happy muppet voice! Also was that an attempt at a quacked "hello" from Tillie?

Omg Ellie is just a little kid saying hello to her new shy friend <3

is there anything sweeter????๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

how did Ellie know not to eat the treat? I love all the pterodactyl screams in the background ๐Ÿ˜€

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Yesterday, I intentionally taught Tillie to "scream". Or vocalize, anyway. She did this at Chris's, too - I heard her ๐Ÿ™‚ So she came packaged with a good repertoire of vocalizing.

Tillie's in a room by herself so she isn't overwhelmed by sisters, but I also wanted her to know she could ask for company--a treat, someone to sit with her, a sister to visit... and I'd respond. So yesterday whenever she called, I came and gave her a treat or hung out (giving her lots of space) for a bit.

If you were to ask me, I'd tell you I think my girls are expressive. They sing, they hum. They call me. Isabelle tells me all of the things on her heart in the evenings before bed and I just melt.

Sometimes they yell at me. If I've left Ellie too long playing in the bathroom, she'll yell at me. If Moonlight feels left out (we're in the living room and she opted to stay in the bird room), she'll yell at me. If Isabelle is needing more time and affection than I've given her, she whines at me, sobs sometimes, yells.

But I think I deserve it. They're communicating with me. They let me know their needs, and their needs are reasonable. I do the things to fix the issue. It's fair. (The bell system means I get rung at more than yelled at these days, yay...?)

I set boundaries, too, using behavior training, and the consistency means they also know there are times when I won't respond. My home is pretty much silent until I wake up. (Thank you, girls!)

My home is also silent when it's working time, and in the evening when they've gone to bed.

So I taught Tillie that when she vocalizes, I show up -- and sometimes Ellie, too. If she's front and center on her cage, we'll interact. If she's in her corner, I'll just peek in and say hi. She's most often front and center - ready for a little bit of presence (but no touching please!)

I want her to know that, just as before at Chris's, her voice has value, it has meaning. If she calls, we'll show up. What she has to say--her preferences and opinions--means so much to us.

There will also be gentle boundaries that will come with time. And maybe a bell system for ringing mom over ๐Ÿ˜‰

This afternoon I realized how thankful I am for my girl's voices, for their confidence and trust that I'll respond to them. Ellie is learning to fly(!!!) and wound up in so many pickles today. OMG you guys, I can't even tell you.

Anyway, one pickle was climbing to the top of the aviary and then getting stuck not knowing how to get down. So she yelled - I heard her from across the house and rescued her.

Later she managed to get onto the roof of the house (within the aviary). I'd left her playing in the shade--the doors into the house are wide open--and I worked on a project inside. It's a hot day, and finding herself on the roof (oy!! I didn't even know this was possible!) she was stuck again.

She called me - and I came once more right away to find her stuck self and rescue her once more.

I feel happy that Tillie has the opportunity to know that in our home, as in her last, her voice has meaning and power - that I'll come when she needs me (or even when she just wants company).

I also felt proud today that Ellie knew she could call when she was stuck, and she'd find help <3

These girls. I love them so!
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Yesterday, I intentionally taught Tillie to scream. Or vocalize, anyway. She did this at Chriss, too - I heard her :) So she came packaged with a good repertoire of vocalizing.

Tillies in a room by herself so she isnt overwhelmed by sisters, but I also wanted her to know she could ask for company--a treat, someone to sit with her, a sister to visit... and Id respond. So yesterday whenever she called, I came and gave her a treat or hung out (giving her lots of space) for a bit.

If you were to ask me, Id tell you I think my girls are expressive. They sing, they hum. They call me. Isabelle tells me all of the things on her heart in the evenings before bed and I just melt. 

Sometimes they yell at me. If Ive left Ellie too long playing in the bathroom, shell yell at me. If Moonlight feels left out (were in the living room and she opted to stay in the bird room), shell yell at me. If Isabelle is needing more time and affection than Ive given her, she whines at me, sobs sometimes, yells.

But I think I deserve it. Theyre communicating with me. They let me know their needs, and their needs are reasonable. I do the things to fix the issue. Its fair. (The bell system means I get rung at more than yelled at these days, yay...?)

I set boundaries, too, using behavior training, and the consistency means they also know there are times when I wont respond. My home is pretty much silent until I wake up. (Thank you, girls!) 

My home is also silent when its working time, and in the evening when theyve gone to bed.

So I taught Tillie that when she vocalizes, I show up -- and sometimes Ellie, too. If shes front and center on her cage, well interact. If shes in her corner, Ill just peek in and say hi. Shes most often front and center - ready for a little bit of presence (but no touching please!)

I want her to know that, just as before at Chriss, her voice has value, it has meaning. If she calls, well show up. What she has to say--her preferences and opinions--means so much to us. 

There will also be gentle boundaries that will come with time. And maybe a bell system for ringing mom over ;)

This afternoon I realized how thankful I am for my girls voices, for their confidence and trust that Ill respond to them. Ellie is learning to fly(!!!) and wound up in so many pickles today. OMG you guys, I cant even tell you.

Anyway, one pickle was climbing to the top of the aviary and then getting stuck not knowing how to get down. So she yelled - I heard her from across the house and rescued her.

Later she managed to get onto the roof of the house (within the aviary). Id left her playing in the shade--the doors into the house are wide open--and I worked on a project inside. Its a hot day, and finding herself on the roof (oy!! I didnt even know this was possible!) she was stuck again.

She called me - and I came once more right away to find her stuck self and rescue her once more.

I feel happy that Tillie has the opportunity to know that in our home, as in her last, her voice has meaning and power - that Ill come when she needs me (or even when she just wants company).

I also felt proud today that Ellie knew she could call when she was stuck, and shed find help

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This made me cry.

So unbelievableโคโคโค

You and your girls are amazing

You are all lucky to have each other!!๐Ÿ’œ

You are amazing ๐Ÿ’– and I so desperately want to learn to do the same with my babies! How can I start?

โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

You’re doing so so right by them and setting a great example for us all. Inspirational

What a wonderful bird momma you are and what a happy birdhouse you all share! โฃ๏ธ๐Ÿฆ

Goodness; this is a full time job !

You're all Wonderful!!!

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Isabelle would like you to know that screens are not to be trusted ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Aviary construction was all well and good until the mesh came up. She's convinced they are a lethal ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜„

Note: she's literally never had a bad screen experience. This cute girl's brain. We're snuggling until she feels comfy by herself ๐Ÿ™‚
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Isabelle would like you to know that screens are not to be trusted ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Aviary construction was all well and good until the mesh came up. Shes convinced they are a lethal ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜„

Note: shes literally never had a bad screen experience. This cute girls brain. Were snuggling until she feels comfy by herself :)

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Riff Raff seems to have a similar aversion to the screen on my bedroom door. Wobbles will diligently search for a gap while Riff Raff stays well away even if the screen is open.

That's like jute rope for my u2. IT WILL KILL US ALL ๐Ÿ˜‚

Hey Dany is terrified of tree stands... addicted to climbing in actual trees but as soon as you take a big branch and attach it to a stand, it's clearly attempting to murder her. We hear you Isabelle!!

Poor baby

Don't let my giggling throw u off. I really am sympathetic....poor baby

My grackle has a similar random aversion to feet.. Hes also never had a bad experience with them.. Unlike myself, whose had the experience of his pointy lil beak hitting me under my big toe nail, ouuuch lol. Heres a tiny example lol

Oh, no! Isabelle, say it isn't so! You've become a tin foil hat birdie? ๐Ÿ˜ฎโค๏ธ๐Ÿฆœ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Screens are a little sketch, I get it Isabelle ๐Ÿ˜

My red lored Amazon thinks blue nail polish is lethal.

Poor baby. That scary screen!๐Ÿ˜„

Can we associate for her that yes screen means no hawks?

Isabelle is such a silly baby

Hope she accepts the screen! My sister has a yellow nape that will eat you alive if you wear a red shirt. Everyone knows, noooo red around Johnny Boy!

I tried to make a stand out of white PVC my birds would not go near it if their lives depended on it.

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*We interrupt ongoing birb commentary because... This guy ๐Ÿ˜*

I'm gone 12 days and I swear...

Monday was my 16 hour travel day from Oregon to Florida. Joe met me at the gate to pick me up from the airport and brought dinner (seafood fajitas from my fav Mexican restaurant!). I got home, and he'd stocked my kitchen with groceries for the week...

...and on top of all that, while I was gone he ordered the very best, top of the line laptop to replace my totally falling apart work computer that I never have time to fix.

Then today he took me to lunch at a new restaurant he discovered while I was away.

My life is filled with so much goodness. My Joe is the very best of it. <3
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*We interrupt ongoing birb commentary because... This guy ๐Ÿ˜*

Im gone 12 days and I swear...

Monday was my 16 hour travel day from Oregon to Florida. Joe met me at the gate to pick me up from the airport and brought dinner (seafood fajitas from my fav Mexican restaurant!). I got home, and hed stocked my kitchen with groceries for the week...

...and on top of all that, while I was gone he ordered the very best, top of the line laptop to replace my totally falling apart work computer that I never have time to fix.

Then today he took me to lunch at a new restaurant he discovered while I was away.

My life is filled with so much goodness. My Joe is the very best of it.

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Awwweee ๐Ÿ˜

He sounds like a wonderful man & u are blessedโฃ

You deserve everything! Nice job, Joe!โค๏ธโค๏ธ

You know you are loved when someone goes that extra mile to make you happy. All the best to you both. ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

Too sweet, the consideration and love is so nice!๐Ÿ’—

What a sweetie!!! To consider you like that you know he really LOVES you! ๐Ÿ’ž

And he loves birds...

Good men are hard to come by, and must be appreciated and celebrated! ๐Ÿ˜

Sounds like a keeper! You deserve a guy like Joe!

Glad you have him in your life. He sounds like a wonderful man.

I think he likes you ..... ๐Ÿ˜

Isn't it wonderful to be so blessed!?

He sounds like a keeper. How did I not know you were in Oregon?

It is a rare gift to find a true companion. It is obvious he takes time to observe the things that make you feel loved. It restores my hope, and I rejoice with you!

All that goodness is a reflection of you!

โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

You rock Joe

Definitely a keeper ๐Ÿ˜€

Aaaah how lovely

He’s a keeper!

Guys like that are so rare, and ain't it the greatest when you get one? I had one for 28 years. Treasure the time! It goes too quickly. ๐ŸŒน

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Ellie has greeted Tillie with "Hello!" and "Hi!" and "How ya doin'?" five times in the past five minutes ๐Ÿ˜

She also invited her new sister to dance... the initiation rite for all newcomers to the house, human or, apparently, bird ๐Ÿ˜‚

Tillie is curious and seems more comfy in Ellie's presence than mine alone. โค I'm definitely on the crap list after yesterday.

Moonlight popped in to check on everything and Isabelle's pretending she has no sisters, least of all another one. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคฃ

Thank you, Ellie, for your sweet soul. ๐Ÿฅฐ
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They are the same type of cockatoo, right?

Isabelle's attitude cracks me up. And I cannot DEAL with how sweet Ellie is

Awww Ellie is so excited!

Awwww! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ Ellie is so adorable! And poor frustrated Isabelle!! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธHobbling about with her suitcase of emotional issues, poor baby! I hope she can grow to accept her sisters.

Ellie can hardly contain her excitement โค๏ธ

"Poor" Isabelle!

omg I'm so excited to watch the bonding. Did I miss how this new family member came about?

That excited little hello just melts me

What happened to put you on the crap list?

This is so dear ๐Ÿ’œ

And I had figured Isabelle for a good reaction. She doesn’t dissapoint

Love you Ellie!!! You are such a good girl. I hope you have a bestie in Tillie!!

Well, Moonlight was technically the "3rd child syndrome" so Tillie should be a breeze. ๐Ÿ˜ Awe Isabelle, you poor jealous miffed girl. It'll be okay.

I’m so glad you posted. You and your flock were on my mind today.

You're a sweetie, Ellie! Tillie, you are so cute! I hardly ever see anyone with Red Vented Cockatoos!

Oh the shy little marshmallow face in the back! And such an excited puff up front!

You really need to consider writing a children’s illustrated book about Ellie And her 3 sisters. When you said Isabelle was pretending she had no sisters - I saw the book in my minds eye.

Awwwww! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

Awww Ellie you are so sweet!!

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Learnin' Birds Monthly Enrichment Class next Saturday @ 7:30pm EST!

Swimming, walking and hopping with fish ๐ŸŸ turtles ๐Ÿข and frogs! ๐Ÿธ

In this basic skills class, you'll enrich your parrot with new animal friends while practicing your touch-training, simple vocab, and yes/no communication skills!

We'll learn about three little water critters and we'll also explore movement language with our sweet littles!

myreadingpets.com/product/learnin-beepers-jun22-730pm/

Wherever you are in your learning journey, we'd LOVE to see you! Come with your questions, your challenges, and share your amazing progress!

We'll be working through simple training skills, sharing ideas for simple crafts and books, and having tons of fun together, too!

See you there!
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Learnin Birds Monthly Enrichment Class next Saturday @ 7:30pm EST! 

Swimming, walking and hopping with fish ๐ŸŸ turtles ๐Ÿข and frogs! ๐Ÿธ

In this basic skills class, youll enrich your parrot with new animal friends while practicing your touch-training, simple vocab, and yes/no communication skills! 

Well learn about three little water critters and well also explore movement language with our sweet littles! 

https://myreadingpets.com/product/learnin-beepers-jun22-730pm/

Wherever you are in your learning journey, wed LOVE to see you! Come with your questions, your challenges, and share your amazing progress! 

Well be working through simple training skills, sharing ideas for simple crafts and books, and having tons of fun together, too! 

See you there!

You're welcome! ๐Ÿ˜‚

#TeamLily #MomsHomeBathtime #FloofyShowerDinosaur #ShowerAllTheTime
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Youre welcome! ๐Ÿ˜‚

#TeamLily #MomsHomeBathtime #FloofyShowerDinosaur #ShowerAllTheTime

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omg she is just too cute ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Hi what is she....besides super cute?! I just lover her!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

She is wonderful! ๐Ÿ’–

She's saying, "grrrrrr".

Soooo cute!!!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

omg she looks like a baby chick ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

So t e e n y ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Lil' nugget โค๏ธ

Not looking to happy

ALL IVE EVER NEEDED RIGHT HERE

I want to wrap her in a towel and cuddle her

โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆโค๏ธ

Ahhh! It’s Lily! Be still my heart! ๐Ÿ˜

She's so adorable, irresistible! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿฆœ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Oh my gosh! Wet parrotlet cuteness!

She's a Sweet Gum ball ๐Ÿ˜‚

Proof that the best things come in the smallest packages โค๏ธ

๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Pink beak!!! Kyle Wijesekara

She is so adorabird!!

Parrotlet loveโฃ๏ธ

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Tillie is home!

Truth be told, she is a little bit tired from travel and feeling kind of stressed.

Ellie got a peek at her new sister and was bursting with excitement! I have been prepping Ellie for some time now about having a new sister. After her little peek interaction we had this conversation.

Me: Did you see Tillie?
Ellie: Yes
Me: Is Tillie your sister?
Ellie: Yes
Me: Do you like Tillie?
Ellie: Yes!
Me: Do you want to see her again?
Ellie: Yes!

Then she did her HELLO FRENNNN!! call for five minutes until I put everyone to bed because it's after midnight ๐Ÿ˜Ž

We will give Tillie some time to settle in and feel comfy before she really meets her new sisters ๐Ÿ™‚
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Tillie is home!

Truth be told, she is a little bit tired from travel and feeling kind of stressed.

Ellie got a peek at her new sister and was bursting with excitement!  I have been prepping Ellie for some time now about having a new sister. After her little peek interaction we had this conversation. 

Me:  Did you see Tillie? 
Ellie: Yes
Me: Is Tillie your sister?
Ellie: Yes
Me: Do you like Tillie?
Ellie: Yes! 
Me: Do you want to see her again?
Ellie: Yes! 

Then she did her HELLO FRENNNN!! call for five minutes until I put everyone to bed because its after midnight ๐Ÿ˜Ž

 We will give Tillie some time to settle in and feel comfy before she really meets her new sisters :)

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Happy homecoming.

Sooooo glad you made it hone safely!!!! Yes! Its time for sleep & deal with sisters in the morning!!! How exciting! Hope you can sleep ! I know Ellie will have a hard time!

What a sweetie!!

So much excitement!

That's so sweet! I hope introductions go smoothly tomorrow

I'm so happy for you and your girls!!!!

I can’t wait to see all the trouble Ellie gets them into together ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

Man I love that you can actually and meaningfully communicate with your birds.

Yayโฃ

Happy homecoming.

Another one smart alien in the house ๐Ÿ˜„

Welcome home, Tillie!

She looks very sweet

Welcome home Tillie. Hope you and Ellie become fast friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ellie was scared of Moonlight at first, right? This is a great reaction x

She looks so precious ♥๏ธ

Hello Frennn. Omg so cute!

Welcome Tillie!! You’re a lucky bird! ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒบ

I am so happy for you! You have waited a long time for this. Now your flick is complete ♥๏ธ I love Ellie's reaction, I can't wait to hear what the others think (never thought I would say that about a parrot!).

So pretty I’ve never seen one with her color

Awwwwwww!! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

I absolutely love how Ellie loves every new sister to come through the door, but doesn't give too much of a shit about poor baby Isabelle :'''''')

She is beautiful. More than anything tho I so admire your sweet soul, your passionate love for your babies and the inspiration you are to so many.

Fasten your seatbelt, Tillie ! Your life is about to change in a big way ! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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We're camped out in the Las Vegas airport for the next few hours. You wouldn't have even guessed Tillie was on our first flight she was so quiet. Now we're playing in the (currently dog free and just us!) pet area. ๐Ÿ˜Š

It'll be a 12 hour travel day... wish us luck! ๐Ÿ‘
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Were camped out in the Las Vegas airport for the next few hours. You wouldnt have even guessed Tillie was on our first flight she was so quiet. Now were playing in the (currently dog free and just us!) pet area. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Itll be a 12 hour travel day... wish us luck! ๐Ÿ‘

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Good luck mom and tilly!

Aww, sweet Tillie๐Ÿ’œ

Delta airlines?

Sounds like you get 12 extra hours of bonding time! ๐Ÿ’š

she’s beautiful

Safe travels!!!! How exciting

Aewww. So sweet

โค๏ธ

Good luck and safe travels ๐Ÿ™‚

Homeward Bound ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถโฃ๏ธ

God speed!!

Wow something I would never attempt

I'm so happy for you and your family!!!

That girl is in love, both of them. Cant wait to hear Ellie's response

My Amazon was so freaked out and upset over our travel day when I moved from Jupiter to Los Angeles. So glad you aren’t experiencing that with your new addition!

Lucky girl

Soooo precious โฃ

So knowing how your thoughts are Always first about the babies....I know you prepared them for this arrival <3 ๐Ÿ˜‰ What were the collective responses of getting a new sister??

Sending good vibes for a trouble-free trip. Can't wait to hear about her introductions to the rest of the flock. ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

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Tillie says she wants pets and treats and no kisses or water thanks! ๐Ÿ˜

My new bird daughter learned yes/ no plus vocab words yes, no, treat, water, kiss and pet and started telling me all of her favorite things within 10 minutes ๐Ÿ˜ณโ˜บ

#ProudMama #YesNoTraining
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Tillie says she wants pets and treats and no kisses or water thanks! ๐Ÿ˜

My new bird daughter learned yes/ no plus vocab words yes, no, treat, water, kiss and pet and started telling me all of her favorite things within 10 minutes ๐Ÿ˜ณโ˜บ

#ProudMama #YesNoTraining

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Such a sure fit.

Uh oh, you're going to have another "how do I keep up with her?" Ellie-style challenge I bet!! ๐Ÿ˜

Congratulations on bringing home my new grandbirdie.

Is she a Goffin's like Ellie?

Amazing bird and teacher. Bet shes so happy.

Another perfect flock member. Congratulations on Tillie ๐Ÿ’œ

How are her sisters reacting?

Congratulations

Are those straws!?!

Craig Burrill

What will you do with another genius in the house? You are in big trouble now!

What a smart girl!

Tillie is critically endangered right? Happy she's with a caring flock!

Aaammmaaaazzzzingโฃ

Of course she’s smart! She will learn so fast. You bring out the best in your fids. She is going to be so happy. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’•

Wow! What a smarty pants!!! Look out !

Welcome to the flock Tillie!!!

I can't wait to hear how she gets along with everyone!

Do you have a video?

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A thing happened! Tillie!!!

BRB love fest! ๐Ÿฅฐโค๐Ÿ˜
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A thing happened! Tillie!!! 

BRB love fest! ๐Ÿฅฐโค๐Ÿ˜

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Is tillie going to live with you and the girls?

Hello Tillie!

I’m so excited for you.

Oh my goodness! Well hello Tillie! You’re so so lucky ๐Ÿ’œ

Tillie baby ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

โคโคโค

Welcome Tillie, you lucky little girl!โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Welcome Tillie, you dont know it yet but you just hit the birdie lottery. You are going to have the best life with your momma and sisters!

She's so cute!!!

I can't wait to hear who wants to nip whose tail now. Oh boy!

Can’t wait to hear about Tillie. I wonder if the others will help teach her.

Oh wow, is Tillie a new sister for the girls? ๐Ÿ˜€

I recognize that background!!

welcome tillie!!!!!!

Welcome to your forever home, Tillie!

Awww! Looks like love!โค๏ธโค๏ธ

Welcome, Tilly Chicken! <3

Welcome Precious Tillieโฃ

๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ Have fun on your new adventure !! ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Do on your new family member! So exciting!

Welcome Tilly!

Two beautiful scholars...and future ph.d scholars in bird/ human communication. Proud as punch to know ya!๐Ÿ˜Ž

Congratulations to your family! ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿฆœ๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿฆœ๐Ÿ•Š

She is sooooo cute ๐ŸŒน♥๏ธ

Shes a beauty! Congratulations

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What do your birds like to learn? Moonlight practicing her letters. ๐Ÿ˜ Now if only Mom could just face them the right way ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

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I love how you use your mouth as the clicker <3

I'm curious, do any of your birds ever direct you by pointing with their foot. Scooter does that constantly. If he can't tell us what he wants (or simply doesn't want to even if he knows the words) he points with his foot and we follow it to whatever he wants or wherever he wants to go or whoever in the house he wants to see. You get the feeling you're his personal uber driver sometimes. ๐Ÿ™„ I begin to wonder who is training whom around here.

Moonlight is so smart.

John Girjatowicz

Lorrin Can moonlight come to your class?

Linda, all the things your bird could learn!

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Did you know that hand-reared, solo-housed parrots have the highest rates of unhappiness - plucking, biting, and screaming. If your little one struggles, you're not alone <3

Research also shows that enrichment can help dramatically. Classical or soothing music, a wide variety of toys and foraging opportunities - and of course, sooo important!!! - cognitive enrichment by way of choice and fun mental challenges (learning, training, and puzzles!) has shown to cheer these little ones right up. ๐Ÿ‘

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Hazel Mccorry

Yep. If I don't supply opportunity for foraging, toys, branches,flowers and different ways for his food, Toby the Great, he screams the house down.

That's why you should at least try to introduce a mate for every lone bird you get (a bird of it's own species). They don't even need to be handraised, just kept alone, to be able to get depressed over not having a mate - because fact is, different species have different languages so even if you have multiple birds in a home, the chance of them getting along or activly interacting is small because of that, which can also cause unhappiness.

Rio must be the exception...๐Ÿ˜… xxx

Do your birds get mad at you when you go away on vacation?

Last week--before I left for vacation--was rough! Ellie twisted her little foot and then I was clearly in the doghouse with Moonlight... :/

So. I'm not actually home right now, and won't be for yet another week. My girls have THE BEST babysitters on earth, who just love them and dote on them and TEACH them too... They have SO much fun. Lucky, lucky girls!!

One of my favorite bits of yes/no cards plus easy yesterday/today/tomorrow training is that I can ask them if they "felt happy yesterday" while I was away - and they always say yes ๐Ÿ˜€

The girls were NOT impressed when I told them I was leaving. I think we always miss the ones we love when they are gone, even when we are having a good time.

And that goes both ways <3

Ellie says she feels "sad and mad" at grandma, too, when grandma is away. Those responses seem so natural. Birds are amazing.
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I simply LOVE and am amazed at the intellect of your feathered babies!! You, ...and they...are making incredible leaps and bounds for the future of parrots and owners with communication, understanding & better relationships for the generations to come! Much respect, gratitude and wellbeing blessings sent. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜

Poor Moonlight โคโคโค (what did Issi do, noone likes her right now?)

Yosh and Azalea understand when we're going to be gone for a few days if we tell them before we leave, but when one of us is gone for longer than that, we have to call and talk to them if we don't want to be in the dog house as far as they're concern. Contact calls from the other room are a great bridge to the concept of the "tele-chirp."

Your work with your birds blows my mind. I love every video. You are amazing!

I leave town twice a year for about a week and scooter, my male Umbrella, has a fit before I leave as I'm packing the car. Mind you, he is staying here at home with my wife, but he mopes around, refuses to eat a for day or two and keep asking his mom for "Daddybird" constantly until I facetime him. Then he gets a little better and will eat but still mopes. When we both go on vacation we have to take him, as few people, even bird sitters, are very understanding about the emotional needs and the acting out of a male Umbrella Cockatoo. Besides, he love, loves, loves the beach and meeting people who will pet him and take photos with him. He also enjoys eating out at restaurants that have a pet friendly deck outside, preferably with live music. If he likes the music he might actually even try to sing. Thank heavens for the Aviator harness!

Of course they miss you but they are being taken care of! You miss them, too! Hugs to all!โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

I am trying to find a house sitter that will move in while I take a vacations. Must be very comfortable with M2's. I will even fly the perfect bird sitter in and it pays 100.00 daily. I'm in central Florida on the water

I know the feeling im at the airport I can't wait to get home . I miss Apollo so much โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

I am in the Florida keys right now and would love to visit you. Sounds like you are not there ๐Ÿ™‚

John Girjatowicz

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Did your bird ever have an "ouch"? If they could use yes/no cards, where would they say their owwie is? Did they want you to kiss it better? <3

~Green for yes and red for no!~ Poor Ellie got a little ouch on her foot! I was trimming her nails (force free! I was so proud!) and she pulled back right when the clippers were pressing down - so it was a little twist on her foot.

Nothing big (whew!) but a teensy bit sore. As always, I'm glad we could talk about it. At the end she says YES she wants me to kiss her little owie... and then she wanted me to kiss it better again and again. <3

Poor little thing. She was right as rain the next morning ๐Ÿ™‚
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My budgie fell in his cage once... right into his seed dish. The edge jammed into his belly. I asked “birdy okay?” to which he replied clearly “my tummy hurt”. Complete with whiny inflection. He learned the phrase from me because my tummy often hurts, but applied it to himself correctly. That was 8 years ago and I’m still amazed. Birds are incredible.

Bless her little heart

Valerie Douglas Wolfrey

That’s so sweet, she has such a lovely little face

You are truly amazing! ๐Ÿ’•

Must be going around. I caught PJ's foot in the travel cage door yesterday.

Debby Reno Seckel

Stan Seckel

Natalie Barry

Matteo Zamaria this is SO FUCKING CUTE

I'm a second year vet student and I'm thinking this would be really helpful to ask a patient where it hurts ๐Ÿ˜

Maci Long

You're so sweet with your birds and it makes me smile! โค

Mike Bendell look at how smart this bird is

The loving look in Ellies eyes at the end ♥๏ธ

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Please read to me any of these books!!! ๐Ÿ˜

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She needs to be in your byline! Such a sweet beauty!

She always looks so happy

How can you say no?

How did you get started reading to your birds? Do you just start reading to them? Do you teach them some of the words first? I just got a mitred conure and I think he would benefit from some story time

Awwwww! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Hi Moonlight!! Pick out a story!

Man, she is so beautiful! ♥๏ธ♥๏ธ

Beautiful

Oh My. Never seen one living in a home before. That is incredible.

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โ€œFor all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.โ€ <3

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โ€œFor all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.โ€

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Omg so soft and sweet and snuggly

so beautiful โค๏ธ

That looks like the best cuddle ever ๐Ÿ’œ

Look of complete happiness and bliss

Maci Long ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

So sweet

How sweet

That was very very sweet! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธI love Isabelle!!!

Reuben Dutton

Awe

Åååååhmageeeerd ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜

So sweet

Robert Shy Saenz โ™กโ™กโ™ก so sweet!!!

Birdie hugs are the best hugs ever๐Ÿ’œ

Aww

Awwwwwwwww xxx

Bird snuggles are the best

True words, just how I feel about mine โค

Adorable ♥๏ธ

Suitable for framing !! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Aww lovely ... they are so beautiful and their intelligence is awesome ... ๐Ÿฆœ โค๏ธ

I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying!

Rob Parrigan ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

That is a look of pure contentment

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Putting Ellie's mind into a box - trying to understand it for purposes of science - feels equal parts humbling, intimidating, and impossible.

It's like trying to construct an object from snapshot pictures. Pictures show a slice in time, a representation under these conditions in this moment. But pictures do not replace the wonder and complexity of the object--of the moment--itself.

Science feels itself like stepping into a box and having the lid closed on you. Of taking in the wonder and beauty of a moment, of a creature, and slicing it for analysis and data.

Which, of course, is absolutely, absolutely essential. It's also cool and beautiful in its own way. It just feels complicated. ๐Ÿ˜€

Objectively, Ellie bombs out on easy questions. She's not alone - chimpanzees and other "large-brained animals" do too. Ask them a stupid question and they'll give you the stupid wrong answer you deserve ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a deep and complicated conversation with Ellie - one that doesn't fit nicely into that science box - and her answers seem rich with complexity.

So we turn to science to see what is testable - and from that - perhaps what is possible. But even the "science-possible" has such limitations.

Kind of like trying to explain the breathless Nepali vacation to your aunt, and only having grainy black and white photos. The majesty simply can't be conveyed.

Some months ago, I began conducting blind research on Ellie's accuracy with yes/no questions for purposes of data collection. Her accuracy on "conversation" topics is 80% on 72 questions - which is pretty cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

But yesterday, Ellie and I had a wonderful and long conversation. We talked about her sisters and her new sister, Tillie. We talked about her hurt foot. We reviewed some basic concepts and learned some new ones.

I scored the conversation today. It wasn't blind, but there were 62 questions under "informal" conditions, where theoretically I could be cuing her.

Her "conversational" accuracy under blind conditions with was 80%. Her accuracy under informal conditions is exactly the same: 80%.

But there's so much more to it. The first questions were "stupid" ones, meant to see if she's paying attention: "Do you want a treat?" (Yes) "Is Mom a bird?" (Yes). Her accuracy was 57%. She simply doesn't care about dumb questions. (And perhaps, in a study, they could be categorized and distinguished.)

But when we got into the concepts training, when we really learned new things and talked about stuff meaningful and relevant to her, her accuracy rate shot right up to over 90%, and even 100% on some stuff.

How do you capture this? Maybe we don't. Maybe we'll have on paper that "Goffin's cockatoo accuracy rate on objective yes/no symbol use with objective questions is 73%."

Seventy-three percent sounds barely passing :/ It sounds like a bird that can do "alright" in this human world. Grade C. But it actually reflects a brilliant creature answering stupid questions so we can take a picture. It shows us something, but not everything.

My hope, though, the thing that keeps me up at night, the thing that ties up all my free brain space... Is that maybe we can design a study that really will reflect her brilliance, her ingenuity, her eagerness to learn, her ability to grasp concepts we could never imagine.

It's Ellie. She's not a research bird--she's too quick, too sharp and brilliant and she self-advocares for tough challenges through bombing easy stuff.

I'm not holding my breath, but I am hoping against hope for someday <3
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Putting Ellies mind into a box - trying to understand it for purposes of science - feels equal parts humbling, intimidating, and impossible.

Its like trying to construct an object from snapshot pictures. Pictures show a slice in time, a representation under these conditions in this moment. But pictures do not replace the wonder and complexity of the object--of the moment--itself.

Science feels itself like stepping into a box and having the lid closed on you. Of taking in the wonder and beauty of a moment, of a creature, and slicing it for analysis and data.

Which, of course, is absolutely, absolutely essential. Its also cool and beautiful in its own way. It just feels complicated. :D

Objectively, Ellie bombs out on easy questions. Shes not alone - chimpanzees and other large-brained animals do too. Ask them a stupid question and theyll give you the stupid wrong answer you deserve ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a deep and complicated conversation with Ellie - one that doesnt fit nicely into that science box - and her answers seem rich with complexity. 

So we turn to science to see what is testable - and from that - perhaps what is possible. But even the science-possible has such limitations.

Kind of like trying to explain the breathless Nepali vacation to your aunt, and only having grainy black and white photos. The majesty simply cant be conveyed.

Some months ago, I began conducting blind research on Ellies accuracy with yes/no questions for purposes of data collection. Her accuracy on conversation topics is 80% on 72 questions - which is pretty cool. :) 

But yesterday, Ellie and I had a wonderful and long conversation. We talked about her sisters and her new sister, Tillie. We talked about her hurt foot. We reviewed some basic concepts and learned some new ones.

I scored the conversation today. It wasnt blind, but there were 62 questions under informal conditions, where theoretically I could be cuing her.

Her conversational accuracy under blind conditions with was 80%. Her accuracy under informal conditions is exactly the same: 80%.

But theres so much more to it. The first questions were stupid ones, meant to see if shes paying attention: Do you want a treat? (Yes) Is Mom a bird? (Yes). Her accuracy was 57%. She simply doesnt care about dumb questions. (And perhaps, in a study, they could be categorized and distinguished.)

But when we got into the concepts training, when we really learned new things and talked about stuff meaningful and relevant to her, her accuracy rate shot right up to over 90%, and even 100% on some stuff. 

How do you capture this? Maybe we dont. Maybe well have on paper that Goffins cockatoo accuracy rate on objective yes/no symbol use with objective questions is 73%. 

Seventy-three percent sounds barely passing :/ It sounds like a bird that can do alright in this human world. Grade C. But it actually reflects a brilliant creature answering stupid questions so we can take a picture. It shows us something, but not everything.

My hope, though, the thing that keeps me up at night, the thing that ties up all my free brain space... Is that maybe we can design a study that really will reflect her brilliance, her ingenuity, her eagerness to learn, her ability to grasp concepts we could never imagine. 

Its Ellie. Shes not a research bird--shes too quick, too sharp and brilliant and she self-advocares for tough challenges through bombing easy stuff. 

Im not holding my breath, but I am hoping against hope for someday

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I can’t imagine conversing with my bird.

I was reading an article about bird migration and they were having trouble with their models because they didn’t have a precise understanding whether birds can accurately keep time. So can your guys accurately gauge how much time has elapsed?

Well you are 'Mama Bird'. I'm not sure that she missed that question!

Your research and ideas are amazing. How do you even come up with them. Ooh yea, you stay awake all night thinking of them.

She is amazing. You are amazing

Sounds like that old proverb about the blind men and the elephant. One feels the leg and says it's a tree. One feels the trunk, and says it's a snake. One feels the tail and says it's a fly swatter. All have an incomplete sense of what the elephant is based on their experience, but it's not enough for them to understand the entirety of the elephant. ๐Ÿค”

She is brilliant! They all are unique, intelligent and brilliant ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Tests are difficult to measure ability by, as there is little external validity. (I could answer a test about the right thing to do in a situation but that doesn't equate to being able to do it when the time comes) I like your idea of separating questions into categories based on complexity. We rank tests that way, "1st grade math", "4th grade math", etc. I remember in standardised testing there were sample questions at the beginning that weren't graded because students tended to bomb the first 10 questions and it didn't actually represent ability, just anxiety. Maybe when writing down the questions you can coffee them into "simple"(boring) ("do you like outside"), "informational" (reading comprehension, "after fall is winter" etc), and "descriptive/narrative" ("I was so mad Isabelle was sitting where I WANTED TO BE")?

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I am in awe of you and your birds. Does Ellie understand the concept of stupid versus smart and can she let you know what measurable test makes the most sense to her? Sounds silly and I am over-simplifying so that my question may not make sense.

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Ellie pinched Kristy and I can't say that hasn't happened to me before ๐Ÿ˜‚

Auntie Kristy came over to visit last week. Ellie had been increasingly fuming over any snuggles given to Isabelle, and the sisters' mutual disgust toward each other while vying for Kristy's attention was Quite A Thing.

(Isabelle twice plotted premeditated murder.)

Finally while I made breakfast, Ellie kept ringing her bell, and Kristy brought over the communication board to see what might happen.

Ellie said: I feel... MAD!
Kristy, a behaviorist checking for consistency in behavioral responses, asked, "Ellie, do you feel mad?"

Ellie looked at her sideways and bit her.

Interpreted: "Don't ask me stupid questions! I already said I'm mad!!"

Ellie used her communication board to ask to learn ("music! math! book! ANYTHING!"), and watching the interaction made me realize something kind of cool...

Whenever I offer the communication board, Ellie *always* chooses a feeling state first. And then she selects a food/activity/learning topic... or whatever.

It's habit. But it's always that order: feeling state and then activity.

I realized that her communication board habits - where she can select from many options - reflect *exactly* our learning habits.

I almost always start every lesson letting my girls tell me their feelings. Often they feel happy or excited, sometimes they are mad. Occasionally they are sad or afraid.

Once we've identified the feeling state and the cause (good or bad!), and most especially if they are feeling upset in any way, I let them pick something that will help them feel better - tea, book, snuggle, book, etc.

But that's the routine: "How do you feel? What would you like to do to feel better?"

And she's carried that pattern of expression to her own communication board. She tells us how she feels, and then selects an activity that would help her feel better <3

Sometimes - like last week - learning with Kristy and mom was everything she needed to feed her little heart.

Other times, she tells me she feels happy and just wants a treat ๐Ÿ™‚

And every time... my heart melts and overflows with pride! ๐Ÿ˜
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Ellie pinched Kristy and I cant say that hasnt happened to me before ๐Ÿ˜‚

Auntie Kristy came over to visit last week. Ellie had been increasingly fuming over any snuggles given to Isabelle, and the sisters mutual disgust toward each other while vying for Kristys attention was Quite A Thing.

(Isabelle twice plotted premeditated murder.)

Finally while I made breakfast, Ellie kept ringing her bell, and Kristy brought over the communication board to see what might happen.

Ellie said: I feel... MAD!
Kristy, a behaviorist checking for consistency in behavioral responses, asked, Ellie, do you feel mad?

Ellie looked at her sideways and bit her. 

Interpreted: Dont ask me stupid questions! I already said Im mad!!

Ellie used her communication board to ask to learn (music! math! book! ANYTHING!), and watching the interaction made me realize something kind of cool...

Whenever I offer the communication board, Ellie *always* chooses a feeling state first. And then she selects a food/activity/learning topic... or whatever.

Its habit. But its always that order: feeling state and then activity.

I realized that her communication board habits - where she can select from many options - reflect *exactly* our learning habits.

I almost always start every lesson letting my girls tell me their feelings. Often they feel happy or excited, sometimes they are mad. Occasionally they are sad or afraid.

Once weve identified the feeling state and the cause (good or bad!), and most especially if they are feeling upset in any way, I let them pick something that will help them feel better - tea, book, snuggle, book, etc.

But thats the routine: How do you feel? What would you like to do to feel better?

And shes carried that pattern of expression to her own communication board. She tells us how she feels, and then selects an activity that would help her feel better

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Goffins pinches hurt! Bugger, but they are so loveable

Did chuckle though. Dear Kirsty I feel mad. Kirsty - are you sure you are mad? Ellie - chomp!! Do you need anymore clarification??? ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ ok so I made a little story up there but still, you could see those beautiful fluffy cogs turning ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

have you got a pic of the communication board?

Does she scream less? Since she can communicate with you?

I love reading about your babies

I feel like Ellie has a better handle of life than I do.

Melody Pedersen-Keck ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

I would’ve bit her too. ๐Ÿ˜€

Sharon Curle

Snitches get stitches.

She's so smart โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Love your stories!

i wish my cat were this smart!

Amazing !!! simply amazing๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

I really need to persuade my Bilbo to tell me in advance what his feelings are. I got bitten this evening (admittedly the first time in around 3 years).

Do you let them have their own bed routine?

This is incredible! Such a smart baby you have! โค๏ธ

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~โ€œSometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart.โ€~

This girl ๐Ÿ˜

I'm a little bit in the doghouse with her right now, and hopefully digging my way out. She is The Sweetest Parrot On Earthโ„ข. She'll go to anyone, she doesn't bite at all, period, ever.

But she's a closet introvert and doesn't always love company, poor thing. I encourage guests to give her treats, but...

From one introvert to another.... I get it. (Although I personally like guests quite a bit!) ๐Ÿ™‚

We're so excited that our screened patio is finally, finally being installed. Ellie and Isabelle have been begging and coercing the builder to dance with them through the window, and supervising him nonstop ๐Ÿ˜‚

I thought they'd be phobic and traumatized. But wild horses couldn't drag those two goofballs away from their management locations (Ellie at the kitchen window, Isabelle at the sliding door), they are In Love with the guy, hat, saw, ladder, drill and all ๐Ÿ˜

But he's definitely disturbed Moonlight's daily routine preferences. She refuses to go near the back door, the usual preferred perching spots to gaze outside.

Instead, she's been boycotting everyone and sitting on the play station in the middle of the living room, grunting and playing with toys, glaring accusingly at me.

Today was better, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ The builder has been gone since last week and she decided she liked me again. We played for a long time in the shower and then hung out in the beautiful sunshine to dry off. She had such a big smile on her face! ๐Ÿ˜

It's been a whirlwind of a week and I'm looking forward to doing some phonics together tomorrow, too ๐Ÿ˜Š

Gosh I love this little angel!
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~โ€œSometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart.โ€~

This girl ๐Ÿ˜

Im a little bit in the doghouse with her right now, and hopefully digging my way out. She is The Sweetest Parrot On Earthโ„ข. Shell go to anyone, she doesnt bite at all, period, ever.

But shes a closet introvert and doesnt always love company, poor thing. I encourage guests to give her treats, but... 

From one introvert to another.... I get it. (Although I personally like guests quite a bit!) :)

Were so excited that our screened patio is finally, finally being installed. Ellie and Isabelle have been begging and coercing the builder to dance with them through the window, and supervising him nonstop ๐Ÿ˜‚

I thought theyd be phobic and traumatized. But wild horses couldnt drag those two goofballs away from their management locations (Ellie at the kitchen window, Isabelle at the sliding door), they are In Love with the guy, hat, saw, ladder, drill and all ๐Ÿ˜

But hes definitely disturbed Moonlights daily routine preferences. She refuses to go near the back door, the usual preferred perching spots to gaze outside. 

Instead, shes been boycotting everyone and sitting on the play station in the middle of the living room, grunting and playing with toys, glaring accusingly at me. 

Today was better, though. :) The builder has been gone since last week and she decided she liked me again. We played for a long time in the shower and then hung out in the beautiful sunshine to dry off. She had such a big smile on her face! ๐Ÿ˜

Its been a whirlwind of a week and Im looking forward to doing some phonics together tomorrow, too ๐Ÿ˜Š

Gosh I love this little angel!

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Winning their hearts again is one of the most amazing feelings, even when you know they love you anyway.

What a goob <3

What an absolute doll ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

poor moonlight, i feel the same way when there are strangers doing work in the house

That smile! I have a girl who's phobic with hands, it goes up and down but whenever she steps up it's such a warm feeling ๐Ÿ’–

I swear Moonlight is my spirit animal!

Sounds like me skulking about whenever my mum would invite a cleaner, gardener or tradesperson into the house. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love her so much ๐Ÿ’–

How could you not love that lite sweetheart!!

This photo is so beautiful, it's like she's let all the cares in the world fly away.

Oh, she's just a little sweetie! Bless her heart!

Awe poor girl. She is such an amazing beautiful soul.

Happy dork is happy. Katrin Tannerbauer

Hi Moonlight! Hope all is right with your world! You are sooo sweeet!

I love reading about your babies. Thanks for making me smile.

Awwww I just love her. She is my favorite

What a lil cutie!!

Such a tender little soul!

What a beautiful creature, inside and out.

Enjoy the parrotporch..parrotio...parorch ๐Ÿคฃ

Just the sweetestโฃ๏ธ

Just the sweetestโฃ๏ธ

Love the way you write!!!

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I commented earlier that my cockatoo was not trained for tricks. I recant and my apologies. She has no problems voicing her displeasure but anything I can learn to make our life easier is appreciated. She is 23. Bonds with me. Occasionally started attacking my husband a couple years ago. Other times she loves him and is fine. She terrorizes 3 cats. But that's OK.

~Introducing Tillie!~

When I was young, I decided I wanted five children. This was The Plan--five kids, no more and no less!--until I was in my mid-20s and married.

He was a frequently exasperated and angry dude that I concluded would definitely NOT be super fun to parent with... so I spent a few years rethinking things (and then deciding it would be nicer to not be married to someone quite so often furious) and got a parrot in the meantime.

The rest is mostly history. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Five is still a nice number. It's a size that's big and fun and a house full of life...

Two weeks from today, my fifth and last bird daughter, the daintiest little cockatoo girl you'd ever meet is coming home with me. Her name is Tillie, she's a 17 years old red vented cockatoo, and she's been two years in the works <3

I have so often thought of her as already here that when asked how many birds I have, I usually reply, "Five! I mean four. Almost five. Kind of five. Soon five, I mean." ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚

A few years ago, I visited my friend Chris Shank, who is both an incredible animal trainer and cockatoo owner. She also has Cockatoo Downs, a training workshop facility. All of her cockatoos free fly everywhere--it's the most majestic sight... except little Tillie, who was injured some years ago, and her wing is permanently damaged.

She seemed to experience some continued fear from her accident, and is nervous around the flock.

When Tillie and I met, it was love at first sight. She snuggled into my chest, and I nuzzled my cheek into her sweet, soft feathers. Chris and I kind of both were like, "Um, since she can't fly... maybe she could come retire in sunny, warm Florida with some cute bird sisters, and learn and play and snuggle...?"

Timing has been a challenge--navigating summer and winter months, Isabelle's struggles... Plans have been made and remade... I think of her so often though, my last little bird daughter coming so soon! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, June 16 is the day! I'm flying up to Oregon for a hippie retreat and then a workshop at Cockatoo Downs, and I'm gonna bring this darling girl back with me.

Her room is all set up for her <3 And I'm counting the hours!!!! ๐Ÿ˜
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~Introducing Tillie!~

When I was young, I decided I wanted five children. This was The Plan--five kids, no more and no less!--until I was in my mid-20s and married. 

He was a frequently exasperated and angry dude that I concluded would definitely NOT be super fun to parent with... so I spent a few years rethinking things (and then deciding it would be nicer to not be married to someone quite so often furious) and got a parrot in the meantime.

The rest is mostly history.  ;)

Five is still a nice number. Its a size thats big and fun and a house full of life... 

Two weeks from today, my fifth and last bird daughter, the daintiest little cockatoo girl youd ever meet is coming home with me. Her name is Tillie, shes a 17 years old red vented cockatoo, and shes been two years in the works

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Welcome Tillie!!!! We can't wait to see more of you ♥๏ธ♥๏ธ♥๏ธ

Awww! Welcome Tillie! How exciting to welcome a new daughter๐Ÿ˜

I’m so excited for you Jen!!!

Have you talked to your girls about Tilly? Are they excited that they are getting another sister? Have you told Tilly that she will probably get her tail pulled by Ellie? I’m so excited for you guys!

You're giving her a different sort of wings so she can experience a different sort of flight. Wishing you much happiness!

Aaaaaaaa a new baby to love!

She's going to be SO loved. Cannot wait to meet her and watch her bloom!

So excited that Tilly will be going to a home that she can just be herself. Xx

She is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. And what a great name! I can't wait to see what sort of personality she has hidden under those feathers.

Congratulations! You will make a beautiful home for her

Oh how exciting!! I can't wait to read about her learning adventures too ๐Ÿ˜Šโค so happy for you to complete your family!! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ’–

Yaaaaay I cant wait to see what Moonlight and Ellie think

Caitlin Macdonald โค๏ธ this ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Traded your husband for birds. I like that.

I am so excited for you and the girls!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Oh wow Congrats!!!! . Can't wait to see more about her.

Welcome, Tillie! You sure hit the jackpot, little one. Can't wait to hear all about your adventures in your new home. <3

happy tears. I'm so happy for You and Congrats.

Congratulations on your newest addition! How wonderful for Tillie & your girls! Can’t wait to follow your adventures together!โค๏ธ๐ŸŒบโค๏ธ

Congratulations. They can be so sweet and so rare.

What an adorable cutie!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆœโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Aww, she looks so snuggly! She is going to be so happy with you and your flock๐Ÿ’œ How will you get her from Oregon to Florida? Can she go on the plan with you?

She sure is in for a Major Life Adventure !! Hope she gets along with everyone !

Which specie is that? So beautiful!

Oh she is just beautiful. Her white is like Dove-white!!! Oh how exciting!!! Enjoy!!!

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Green for yes and red for no! Kristy and I had SO much fun practicing yes/no training with the cutest little parrot babies on earth! ๐Ÿ˜

Maya wanted to play with all of the choices, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thank you, Jay and Ryan for letting us play and practice with your birds at Birds off Broadway!
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Green for yes and red for no! Kristy and I had SO much fun practicing yes/no training with the cutest little parrot babies on earth! ๐Ÿ˜

Maya wanted to play with all of the choices, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thank you, Jay and Ryan for letting us play and practice with your birds at Birds off Broadway!Image attachment

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Mya is a dream come true! โ™กโ™กโ™ก sorry for the late response & as always it was great seeming you Jennifer & need to do it again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ellie fact: When there are fireworks outside, Ellie asks to sleep with the light on ๐Ÿ˜”

Poor, scared little thing. โค

Otherwise, it's lights off, please, Mom!

Zzzz! ๐Ÿ˜ด
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Ellie fact: When there are fireworks outside, Ellie asks to sleep with the light on ๐Ÿ˜”

Poor, scared little thing. โค

Otherwise, its lights off, please, Mom!

Zzzz! ๐Ÿ˜ด

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Awwww ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ poor little sweetheart! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ How does Isabelle handle the fireworks?

My GCC was mad at me for three days (and refused to speak to me or give me kisses for one day) after we lost power during a storm last week. It wasn't illogical-- usually I'm the one who turns out the lights-- but he was so upset that I would turn out the lights with him loose and the scary sounds of thunder, wind and rain. In short, my GCC understands, Ellie.

She's so lovelyโ™ก.

She is so sweet. I love Goffin's

You are so sweet, Elle!โค๏ธ

Scott wholesome little cutie ๐Ÿฅฐ

Hate fireworks! My neighbors have the big illegal kind. Besides scaring my pets, I'm honestly afraid they'll burn my house down. Already dreading 4th of july!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ž

Maybe she needs Alexia and a quick I service. That way she can turn the lights on and off herself. I can see it now all night long, light off, lights on....lights off, lights on...๐Ÿคฃ

Absolutely precious.

Precious heart โค๏ธ

I can relate. I hate fireworks for the racket, and my levitation spasms (laying flat, if there's a sharp noise I have such violent muscle spasms, I bounce off the bed! Hate fireworks.). A little white noise helps. A good noisy fan that blows a lot of air. It helps for most of it, but if the racket is too close, I still bounce around. Yup. I can definitely relate.

Must be a horrible experience to hear scary violent sounds and be trapped in a room or cage unable b.c to fly bad away.

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Ellie is no bueno with the picture flash cards, but when you add words... the magic happens!!!

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This is an interesting video for what it shows and what else it shows. Ellie bombs picture vocabulary, but when she could read the words, her accuracy skyrocketed. ๐Ÿ˜€

And look at how she interacts with word cards vs. picture words. It's absolutely fascinating to see this little cockatoo analyze the words <3

A few weeks ago i decided that my girls needed to hardcore build vocabulary. Shoes, socks, pants, bear, plate, star, house, dog, cat... they need WORDS.

So I bought a zillion packs of flashcards, and initially thought it would be interesting to see whether they recognized pictures of things I think they've learned over the past few years.

We haven't had focus lessons on dog/cat/house, etc. but the words have come up here and there and we've seen pics.

I kind of thought they'd do alright on first-round picture vocabulary recognition.

Ellie bombed. Hardcore bombed.

Which is fine--more than fine. It's interesting. Passing conversations about dogs and cats (etc) haven't built the words into her working vocabulary. Good to know!

But the incredibly fascinating thing was how she interacted with the word cards. She went back and forth, looking at pictures and words and pictures and words and then selecting.

I bombed this too - the whole training is actually one big Jen-side-bias in which I mostly presented on the left. Her overall accuracy wasn't awesome, and I try to always be transparent with our videos as far as representing learning. This one the accuracy isn't represented - she's about 60% with words and 50% without, and it's cuz I botched it.

But gosh her flash card picture/word analysis was really, really cool, and I wanted to share it with you too!! <3
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The egg card made me wonder. Does she know what an egg really is? That she came from an egg? Does she lays eggs?

She looks like she tastes to read ๐Ÿ˜‚ Such amazing little creatures

It kind of looked like she wasn't even really looking at the cards very closely with just pictures. It made me wonder if she understands that the pictures can represent words. Maybe that's why she was so interested in studying the picture and the word when she could see both

Danielle Mechfield

I wonder how she would do with photographs versus illustrations.

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Me: Isabelle, do you want to listen to Bach this morning?
Ellie (tapping my face): *knock knock knock*
Me: Umm... Ellie, do you want to pick the music?
Ellie: YES
Me: Do you want to listen to Bach?
Ellie: NO! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
Me: Do you want to listen to Beethoven?
Ellie: YES! ๐Ÿ˜

Isabelle: ...

Please pardon the 5th Symphony blaring from my house ๐Ÿ˜‚

And Happy Memorial Day! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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You all never cease to amaze me !! ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽผ

♥๏ธ

Your stories make me smile.

Beethoven is so on brand for Ellie. I love it. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Excuse me, I think this bird is broken ๐Ÿ˜‚

Edit: Auntie Angi says this unit is broken and must be sent to her for repairs. ๐Ÿค”

Extra edit: I don't think she'd send her back ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคฃ
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Did you try turning it off and on? ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‡

I love broken cockatoos! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Would you like to communicate and learn with your bird, too?

Check out our shop -- with prices starting under two bucks! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Michael Knott

I love how she bends and positions herself for the hug!

So cute how she enthusiastically double-tapped the yes card when you asked if she wanted a treat ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ’™

Jacquiline-Lee oooh, check it out!

Is there a breed limitation on how much they can learn? Is it only Cockatoos and bigger parrots, or can my Green Cheek use this course?

Miguel Rocha

Raymond Palmer you should follow her page

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Happy Sunday! There's no rationalizing with a cockatoo girl who wants to pull tails ๐Ÿคฃ

~Anyway~

This mama's gonna spend the day writing, relaxing, and snuggling some adorable girls. Joe and I may hit the green market, too ๐Ÿ˜

Aaaand... I owe Ellie an awesome lesson, since I've been short on time and she's been askin'.

So here's an an oldie but goodie ๐Ÿ˜‚

Enjoy!

XO

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My all time favorite Ellie vid!!! I legit go back and watch this every now and again just for entertainment

How the hell do you keep concentration ๐Ÿ˜ญ Rio would have jumped and legged it tweeting away xxx

One of my favorites๐Ÿ’œ

Isabelle is the first of my girls to abuse the bell-communication system. ๐Ÿ˜‚

You might remember that I have been training my birds to ring a bell when they wish to use their communication boards? I wanted them to be able to access communication on their own terms, not just when I sat down with them once per day.

In a shocking turn of events, it is Isabelle (not Ellie!) who ring-rings her desires every 10 seconds ๐Ÿ˜‚

Dare I say, it turns out Ellie is a pretty chill and happy little thing? She rings when someone else is learning (because nobody else should be allowed to learn, and she wants all of the learning time, please and thanks)!

Ellie also rings for this or that--just a few times per day--and it's always quite practical and never a big deal at all <3

Isabelle figured out the bell system yesterday.

Oh boy.

In the span of ten minutes... (Ring!) She asked for a hug. (Ring!) Then she said she didn't like Ellie. (Ring!) She said she wanted Ellie to go away into the bathroom. Isabelle prefers to pretend there are no Ellies in the world.

She protested, generally, vocally and repeatedly, the existence of Ellies.

I asked Ellie: "Do you want to go in the bathroom?" Ellie said no, so I told Isabelle Ellie would stay playing in the kitchen with us.

(Ring!) Isabelle asked to read a book ("Sorry, mommy's cleaning!") and then (ring!) she asked to go outside ("Mommy's still cleaning!"). *Ring!) She asked for more hugs and kisses (I was only too happy to oblige), and then (ring!) said SHE wanted to go play in the bathroom please.

And that was that ๐Ÿ™‚

It was hilarious and adorable, and it will forever be one of my very favorite memories ๐Ÿ˜
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Isabelle is the first of my girls to abuse the bell-communication system. ๐Ÿ˜‚

You might remember that I have been training my birds to ring a bell when they wish to use their communication boards? I wanted them to be able to access communication on their own terms, not just when I sat down with them once per day.

In a shocking turn of events, it is Isabelle (not Ellie!) who ring-rings her desires every 10 seconds ๐Ÿ˜‚

Dare I say, it turns out Ellie is a pretty chill and happy little thing? She rings when someone else is learning (because nobody else should be allowed to learn, and she wants all of the learning time, please and thanks)!

Ellie also rings for this or that--just a few times per day--and its always quite practical and never a big deal at all

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I adore this post โค๏ธ

Guess it was only a matter of time!

I am also one of those "red ball" people. I only ever want the red ball if someone else has it ๐Ÿ˜‚

What an adorable little brat bird haha

Lol

It seemed like such a good idea originally .... ๐Ÿ˜

ay gurl wut dat necc do

Awwww, so sweet! She’s not ringing it for no reason, she has reasons!!

How do they ask you? Do you ask them and they say yes or no? How do you know that she wanted Ellie in the bathroomz.

โ™กโ™กโ™กโ™ก I like that you asked Ellie if she would like to go play in the Bathroom. Then when she said she didnt want to, you informed Isabelle that Ellie would be staying. Basically communication is great and you acknowledge what shes asking but there are boundaries and needs of others that will be considered โ™ก.

Hannah Colebrooke Isabelle is literally too cute for words

I love Isabelle!! But Awww, poor Ellie, having her existence contested ๐Ÿ˜• I know that when *I* exist, I'd rather it be an uncontested existence. ๐Ÿ˜Š I love them! โค๏ธ

Told you...next toddler lesson "not now sweetie". I think you will be needing "office hours" like 10-2! Lol

Too cute!!

Stan Seckel

How precious!! Well done on giving your fids a way to tell you what the want/need! You’re the first person I’ve heard has been successful in doing so. โค๏ธโค๏ธ

My CAG bell trained ME very quickly!

Mum, mum listen, listen mum, mum will you listen? - All mums know that๐Ÿ˜†

Are they able to use their communication boards to ask questions? Or just to make statements and requests?

Dee

Lol this isn't too surprising. Isabelle has such a loud personality. I love that about her.

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๐Ÿ“ฃ LAST CALL!

Practice ๐Ÿ‘ yes/no ๐Ÿ‘ concepts ๐Ÿ‘ with ๐Ÿ‘ your ๐Ÿ‘ bird!

Parrot Yes/No Online Practice Class tonight @ 7:30pm EST! ๐Ÿฆ

Sun, rain, wind, snow... perhaps nothing affects our birds quite so much as the weather! ๐ŸŒฆ From sunny days to scary lightning, we can teach them all about the beautiful outside using simple vocabulary, pictures and crafts!

Whether you've taken a course and want some additional guidance, or you and your bird have the yes/no concepts down and now you're looking for some enrichment ideas, join us for this month's Learnin' Beepers class tonight!!

Click here to register! myreadingpets.com/product/learnin-beepers-may25-730pm/
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๐Ÿ“ฃ LAST CALL! 

Practice ๐Ÿ‘ yes/no ๐Ÿ‘ concepts ๐Ÿ‘ with ๐Ÿ‘ your ๐Ÿ‘ bird!

Parrot Yes/No Online Practice Class tonight @ 7:30pm EST! ๐Ÿฆ

Sun, rain, wind, snow... perhaps nothing affects our birds quite so much as the weather! ๐ŸŒฆ From sunny days to scary lightning, we can teach them all about the beautiful outside using simple vocabulary, pictures and crafts!

Whether youve taken a course and want some additional guidance, or you and your bird have the yes/no concepts down and now youre looking for some enrichment ideas, join us for this months Learnin Beepers class tonight!! 

Click here to register! https://myreadingpets.com/product/learnin-beepers-may25-730pm/

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Hi a friend said they were really good I missed the last one and I didn't know bout this till just now When is the next one going to be if you don't mind me asking xx

Auntie Angi painted Isabelle! ๐Ÿ˜It's so beautiful, and I can't get over how absolutely soulful her eyes are! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿฅฐ

A hundred million thank-yous my friend! โคโคโค
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Auntie Angi painted Isabelle! ๐Ÿ˜Its so beautiful, and I cant get over how absolutely soulful her eyes are! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿฅฐ

A hundred million thank-yous my friend! โคโคโค

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Beautiful. Totally her.

Love it! And the fact someone special made it means so much more! Enjoy!๐Ÿ’‹

Gorgeous

Does Isabelle like it?

Beautiful! She is very talented!

She is so talented!

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"Which one is on the right?"
"Which one is on the left?"
"And which one is in the middle?"

Moonlight is learning direction labels! She's such a quick learner, and such a pleasure to teach! <3

The fact that she stalks me around the house asking for lessons absolutely melts my heart ๐Ÿ˜

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I mentioned yesterday that I realized we have some asynchronous learning challenges. In short, there are gaps in their learning.

The biggest, most glaring deficiency--and this always tugs at my brain and also at my heart--is their lack of vocabulary.

How can they read a book about Curious George Goes to School when they have no clue what a backpack is? Or a teacher? Or a school bus?

How can they read about a day at the zoo when they don't know what a zoo is?

How can they meaningfully--on any grade level--utilize literacy if they don't know what things are? It's not like they're in preschool and talked to all day long ๐Ÿ™‚

I may have gone overboard, but I legit just ordered 8 packs of toddler picture/vocabulary flash cards.

We're gonna learn ๐Ÿ‘ all ๐Ÿ‘ the ๐Ÿ‘ things!

Starting with directions ๐Ÿ˜‚ ..And other pre-K concepts!

(If you'd like to start fun and simple learnin' with your little cutie, you can join our monthly learnin' class tomorrow too!)

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It amazes me so much how smart they are ๐Ÿ˜

This is amazing and I love how you find ways to up their learning.

I’m always amazed. Always.

Holy crap, this looks hard, and not just for a bird. There are trick questions and everything.

Let's ๐Ÿ‘ teach ๐Ÿ‘ our ๐Ÿ‘ birbs ๐Ÿ‘ TOMORROW!

Join our LEARNIN' BEEPERS ONLINE CLASS!! <3

No prereq's ~ this is a BEGINNERS ๐Ÿฅ class for all the beepers that are learning yes/no and book/craft enrichment!

Sun, clouds, rain, snow, wind... day and night! โ˜€๏ธThe world is FULL of amazing things to explore with our little learners!

What better way to enrich them than to stimulate their minds? <3

Using simple vocabulary and toddler-level crafts and books, our cute little guys are going to learn all about the outdoors ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Familiarity with simple training concepts - yes/no, book enrichment, or crafts with birds - will provide a wonderful basis for this enrichment class! Come with your questions! We'll continue working on these learning skills together tomorrow!

myreadingpets.com/product/learnin-beepers-may25-730pm/

When: May 25 @ 7:30pm EST (Sunday am for the Aussies!)
Where: Online - using your smartphone, tablet, or computer
Cost: $20 for an hour and a half of friendship, learning and sharing!

Can't wait to see you!
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Lets ๐Ÿ‘ teach ๐Ÿ‘ our ๐Ÿ‘ birbs ๐Ÿ‘ TOMORROW!

Join our LEARNIN BEEPERS ONLINE CLASS!!

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Sassy wants to know if you need a TA. (I think she is secretly just planning on showing up to see Lucy, but she’s working the instructor angle)

Will this be repeated sometime soon? I’m going to be way out of range camping but I think I need this in my life!

I loved your webinar, Chilli and I practice most days.

Why do I always miss things? ๐Ÿ˜ž Facebook always shows posts in my feed when it’s too late

Ellie is learning to match letters with pictures, and she nailed it! Not in the video, but she had second and third pages with the pictures all mixed up... and she was just amazing at finding the pictures that went with the letters!!

So proud of this little goober!

๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’›

It was a bit of a surreal moment when I happened upon grade-level learning checkpoints... and discovered that the cockatoos have finished most of Pre-K, a lot of Kindergarten, some 1st... and the girls appear to be able to read words up to 4th grade level. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

(Their blind research tests are 4th grade level words, and they demonstrate 71% accuracy.)

I kind of blinked at the computer screen and thought, "Oh, dear."

Yet while they appear to read these big huge words, they still struggle to read multiple sentences on a single page. Paragraphs are a total no-go.

We're still just learning to count to 8.

It's hard when your students can't point, count with their fingers, or use their voices.

How can they read paragraphs or sentences spattered all over the page when they never learned to touch just a few pictures and letters, like all of the rest of us did in Kindergarten?

This seems to be a bit of asynchronous learning development - 4th grade level words with big, giant gaps in the steps needed to get to full 4th grade reading.

So.

The plan.

We're stepping backward to practice practice practice all of the skills, grade level by grade level. There's just a bit left to go for Pre-K and Kindergarten, and it seems varied enough to keep the girls excited and engaged in learning!

Analyzing the whole page is one of Ellie's special challenges, and I was so proud of her on this first-time letter/picture sound matching exercise! She aced it, and I think if we keep going with little baby steps, she can get all caught up to... who knows where?

One of the funnest parts of my world is the unknown. Their little minds are mysteries to me still... If parrots outperform 7 year old children in learning tasks, maybe she can learn up to 3rd and 4th grade work?

And then what?

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You go, girls !! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

Can I please ask I would love to do more training with mine However he is like a mini road runner and never runs out of energy Its like adhd honestly How can I get him to concentrate and focus when he just wanna runs about vooping stuff lol xxx

I was reading about dinosaurs and evolution by 4th grade (books I bought, not school books). Wouldn't it be wild if the girls learned their family history?

truly amazing

Steve Smith

they may take over the world...bahahaha....lol

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If you love drama and you don't have an Umbrella Cockatoo, you're missing out* ๐Ÿ˜‚

Isabelle sobbed. SOBBED. For AN HOUR. During our entire Inner Flock class. Because she thought she was going to bed *sob* without *sob* cuddles *SOB*.

๐Ÿ™„

Snuggle time before bed is SACRED for Isabelle. And me too. My heart needs Isabelle snuggles too.

Anyway, class ended and I came out like I promised, and she dove into my chest. Snuggles snuggles snuggles snuggles ๐Ÿ™‚

Sometimes I feel a bit too tired for lessons. Today, Moonlight learned about directions (left, middle, right) and Ellie worked on letter/picture matching on paper, to give her the building blocks for stronger book-reading skills.

I wasn't planning on any more lessons today - I'm pretty tired - but after a few minutes of snuggles, Isabelle raced over to her learning station and sat like a proper little student, waiting for schooling.

I can never, ever, ever say no to my little girls when they ask for lessons <3 Which is like every day, so I teach a lot ๐Ÿ˜

Isabelle learned her directions so quickly! Left, right, middle. Check! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Then we went onto picture/letter matching on a page - and once again, she was an ace!!!

After that, she ate my English muffin (adios, dinner) and was ready for bed. ๐Ÿ˜‚

And that was that. ๐Ÿ˜Š

*Unless you absolutely know what you are doing, don't get an umbrella cockatoo. ๐Ÿคฃ My mom says Isabelle is harder to raise than any human child she's ever known.

I knew what I was doing and it's still a lot of work!! ๐Ÿ˜ณ And I wouldn't change it for the world ๐Ÿ˜ #MyHeart
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If you love drama and you dont have an Umbrella Cockatoo, youre missing out* ๐Ÿ˜‚

Isabelle sobbed. SOBBED. For AN HOUR. During our entire Inner Flock class. Because she thought she was going to bed *sob* without *sob* cuddles *SOB*. 

๐Ÿ™„

Snuggle time before bed is SACRED for Isabelle. And me too. My heart needs Isabelle snuggles too.

Anyway, class ended and I came out like I promised, and she dove into my chest. Snuggles snuggles snuggles snuggles :)

Sometimes I feel a bit too tired for lessons. Today, Moonlight learned about directions (left, middle, right) and Ellie worked on letter/picture matching on paper, to give her the building blocks for stronger book-reading skills.

I wasnt planning on any more lessons today - Im pretty tired - but after a few minutes of snuggles, Isabelle raced over to her learning station and sat like a proper little student, waiting for schooling.

I can never, ever, ever say no to my little girls when they ask for lessons

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What a sweet babieeee

U2s love routine and drama. Nothing like them

Isabelle’s feathers look really good in this picture!! Beautiful girl!!!

How does cockatoo sobbing sound like? ๐Ÿ˜‚

So much for your relaxing vacation ..... ๐Ÿ˜

Yes my U2 is all drama too so sweet she wanted to learn after huggy time

Lol!! But soooo worth it!!

I have to agree with your mother. I raised 3 children. Looking back it was easier raising them than it is with my Goffin and Citron Cockatoos. They have lived with me for 29 years and were around 5 when I got them, so that makes them 34 .They can both push their limits at times, just like children. I wouldn't change any of it when I see how far they both have come. It's one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. I know you feel the same way. ๐Ÿ’–

Astrid Halvorsen โค๏ธ

My heart is warm. Loves you honey.

Isabelle snuggles are so much sweeter than regular snuggles. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

I KNOW I’m not qualified to have a cockatoo. I do love them so very much, though!

Oh, I wish Scooter was that quiet when he calls for attention! On the bright side, he was very good at Ocean City, MD and then at Neptune Beach and St Augustine, Florida on our two weeks road trip vacation we got home from yesterday. He let every visitor come up and pet him and take photos on the boardwalk in OC and the Historic District in St. Augustine. He must have met over 150 people at all the different beaches in 2 weeks.

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Joe and I were out of town for a few days (Napa ~ wine country!!) and I literally think their babysitter and FAU intern, Jolie, takes better care of them than I do. ๐Ÿคฃ

Which is saying a lot, because (despite constant never-ending truckloads of mother-guilt) I feel like I do a mostly alright-ish job? Or at least the best I can. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Jolie is remarkable!

I returned home last night to find my girls with full tummies and full hearts, and the whole house is basically decorated with bird toys.

Toys are everywhere and it makes me so happy!! Jolie makes bird toys like a boss, cleverly inventing them from toy parts that I didn't even know I had, and hanging them in every spot a little beak can reach, all of the places, everywhere everywhere.

There are toys where I didn't even know toys could go, she's amazing! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

And can I tell you just how utterly thankful and happy I am to know they are so, SO loved - so nurtured and cared for - when I am away?

The word "Thankful" doesn't even begin to do justice to my feelings--the certainty that my girls are alright, me being able to enjoy a vacation while knowing that nobody could love them better!

Jolie's boyfriend, Brandon, is a musician. My girls are smitten with him too, and he serenades them on the guitar and piano for hours and hours.

Thank you, Jolie, for being the world's very best sitter! And a good friend ๐Ÿ™‚

And for all you bird mamas and dads out there, I can't encourage you enough to find (and even teach) others who will love your littles just like you do <3

If you have a sitter, how did you find them? What are your best tips for bird moms and dads looking for someone to care for their littles too?

Our parrots live such a long life, and what a gift for them to know love from others, to know that there is goodness in the world, and even that they'll be ok, if ever we can't care for them anymore.

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Joe and I were out of town for a few days (Napa ~ wine country!!) and I literally think their babysitter and FAU intern, Jolie, takes better care of them than I do. ๐Ÿคฃ

Which is saying a lot, because (despite constant never-ending truckloads of mother-guilt) I feel like I do a mostly alright-ish job? Or at least the best I can. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

Jolie is remarkable!

I returned home last night to find my girls with full tummies and full hearts, and the whole house is basically decorated with bird toys. 

Toys are everywhere and it makes me so happy!! Jolie makes bird toys like a boss, cleverly inventing them from toy parts that I didnt even know I had, and hanging them in every spot a little beak can reach, all of the places, everywhere everywhere. 

There are toys where I didnt even know toys could go, shes amazing! ๐Ÿ˜Ž 

And can I tell you just how utterly thankful and happy I am to know they are so, SO loved - so nurtured and cared for - when I am away? 

The word Thankful doesnt even begin to do justice to my feelings--the certainty that my girls are alright, me being able to enjoy a vacation while knowing that nobody could love them better!

Jolies boyfriend, Brandon, is a musician. My girls are smitten with him too, and he serenades them on the guitar and piano for hours and hours.

Thank you, Jolie, for being the worlds very best sitter! And a good friend :)

And for all you bird mamas and dads out there, I cant encourage you enough to find (and even teach) others who will love your littles just like you do

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How lovely for the babies, to be so loved

I'm so glad you had a great time and didn't have to worry about your critters ! ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท

One of my friends who used to have birds (she either had to re-home them due to allergies or they passed away while I was there) and she's great with my birds! My girly, Zelda, loves her. I'm pretty much ignored once my friend comes around ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ญ Thomas hates almost everyone except me and most men but my friend can easily handle him, even if he's in a bitey mood. A treat is always a good bribe to get him back in his cage or get him to be nice! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Otherwise he's a huge jerk unless treats are involved!

I am always so glad (and relieved!) to hear that they had a nice time while I looked after them!!! They are so sweet and spirited and it’s a wonderful challenge to keep their little minds and beaks occupied and happy! ๐Ÿฃโฃ๏ธ linking different toy bits together into new combos for them is one of my fave parts of their care, thanks for noticing! Every good mama needs a break and I’m glad my presence helped give you the peace of mind to enjoy your getaway to the fullest โค๏ธ

Awww, Isabelle is smiling!

This photo is so sweet!!โ™กโ™กโ™ก

We have a wonderful friend who comes over and stays for hours. The fids love her!! Makes you feel so great not to worry!! If you are in Portland Oregon or Vancouver Washington you need to call Christa Grant at White Wings Farm!!!!!โค๏ธโค๏ธ

A true gift to find devoted caregivers/guardians for our pets.

Wow! You were here and I didn't even know it! Actually I was out of town for the weekend! I hope you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful valley we love it! Did you do some wine tasting? My husband works for Robert Mondavi Winery and I personally really enjoy their wine! I actually loved Florida when I was there 5 years ago (this coming July) my friend and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas for our 50th birthdays and we stayed in Florida for 4 lovely days!

A true gift to find devoted caregivers/guardians for our pets.

Jolie is a wonderful person.

Aaaaah, Isabelle and that cockatoo smile!

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I have been trying to think of a happy post the past few days, but I feel so sad and distressed about the proposed US laws affecting young women--proposing to execute them, in some instances--that I can't find anything.

This will be a controversial one, but it comes from my heart with all of the love in the world. <3

And I have a little favor to ask, if you're free Tuesday night.

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Once upon a time ago, I was a poster-child Fundamentalist Christian. For years, I spent 1.5 hours every single day in prayer and meditation on the Bible. I fasted every Sunday.

There are various Biblical stories that are uncomfortable for Christians, but one in particular gnawed at me. It's about a young girl who was sacrificed - probably killed - because of her father's belief system in God.

It reminds me ever so much of our abortion debates, that some will sacrifice their daughters' whole lives, their well-being, their health, even risk their deaths--for a belief system.

Jephthah was an Old Testament judge who won a battle in the name of God, and vowed to burn-sacrifice to the Lord the very first thing that came out of his house, expecting, of course, that it would be cattle or sheep or whatnot...

It was his beloved young daughter.

Undoubtedly she had been waiting to see him and raced to greet him.

What kind of sacrifice we will never know. Was she burned to her death? It is documented that he wept deeply, compelled to honor his vow to God. Culturally empowered to rule over her, he felt obligated to destroy her whole life--figuratively or literally--for a belief system.

A belief system that even today amongst Christians, doesn't make any sense. No father would burn his daughter to death--would sacrifice her very life--for a belief system. Period.

Or would he?

We've recently been discussing the brutally raped 11 year old girl, a child who was kidnapped and is now pregnant.

For an ideal--the loss of "potential life" as some call it--this child's own life is at risk. The United States has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world. Yet, she cannot terminate the pregnancy, under the laws of her state of Ohio.

Because of a belief system...

She will endure the most excruciatingly painful experience known to humans.

She, at eleven years old, will bleed for months and months.

She may be incontinent the whole rest of her life.

Her abdomen walls may rip and be permanently torn.

She could suffer permanent back pain.

I won't call it a "Christian" belief system, because many Christians reject this ideology. But some maintain it, while conveniently dismissing all kinds of other Scriptural passages that no longer suit them.

There actually is not a single Scriptural reference that women must be forced to give birth, and herbs to induce abortion have existed since the dawn of time. Most mammalian animals have the capability to spontaneously abort their fetuses, if conditions are not optimal for birth.

And yet...

Pregnancy even when desired is terrifying. Forcing young women, raped or otherwise, to give birth through government policies--and imprisonment or even proposing execution if they don't--is horrific.

Here is my request for you <3

Whatever your beliefs about late-term abortion, free-access to abortion or no--if you think the new laws (proposed or passed) that would execute young women, that would prohibit access to abortion even for rape victims...

If you think that's too far. Say something. Do something. Stand with us.

This could be your daughter, your sister, your niece, your dear friend. Dead, imprisoned, or disabled because of a belief system that doesn't make any sense.

Join us this Tuesday as we--across America--protest these draconian laws. <3

Click here to find a march near you:
www.stopabortionbans.org/naral/?source=naral&s=0

Together, we canโ€”and willโ€”fight to protect young women.

XO

Jen

***PS - if you would like to get more involved in this fight for young women, let me know. I'm the president of our local National Organization for Women. We are non-partisan, and have no political affiliation <3

You can join my NOW Chapter (even remotely--it's $35/year and it goes toward protecting women!!), or I will personally introduce you to a group in your area. The time commitment is only a few hours per month. We can do this together.
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Thank you for using your platform to bring the sad, tragic truth to light! ๐Ÿ’–

Do you know of any resources for Canadians wanting to help down there? This is a cause I am passionate about, but I'm not sure what steps I can take from up here.

Jen, where is your event on Tuesday?

Thank you for your advocacy.

Execute??? I hadn't heard that.. That's outrageous!

In my country (Italy), a 1978 referendum depenalized abortions, making them safe and accessible in public hospitals (with some loopholes that are a pain in the neck to this very day). Prior to this referendum, rich women would just cross the border for a quick "vacation" in countries that have also legalized abortions. Poor women, on the other hand, would either abort the embryo with whatever long, sharp objects they could find at home (without adequate sterilization, of course) or see these women called "mammane", a.k.a. middle-aged women with no medical training who would perform abortions at home, again without proper tools or sterilization. You can imagine how many of them ended up dying from these awful procedures, just because embryos were more valuable than existing human beings. I don't know if there's ever been such a figure in the US, but I don't want to see the rise of anything like that. Any law that could allow death penalty for a teenage girl who doesn't want to put a child (whom the government itself won't give two shits about once it's out of the womb) through a life of misery is absolutely barbaric. Wholeheartedly supporting you all from the other side of the ocean.

I really appreciate you taking the time to support this for women everywhere. I’m so glad to see you’re an advocate.

Thank you, Jen. That was a moving plea and brought tears to my eyes. I am seventy-three and remember that prior to the Roe/Wade decision in 1965, almost 20% of all deaths during pregnancy and child birth were due to illegal abortions. I saw young women maimed for life both physically and emotionally. I do not believe laws will stop women from having abortions. I just think anti-abortion laws will mean that many women, instead of being able to make a perhaps heart-breaking decision about their own bodies and lives, will be shamed, punished, imprisoned, and even executed. But if a woman feels strongly enough, she will risk all that as well as the horrors of an illegal abortion. Awful. It's just awful.

Thank you, dear Jennifer.

I only heard about this yesterday ( Aussie) I could not believe that anywhere in the world could take such a backward stance,and to top it with no exceptions is just beyond belief

Lucy Natas โค๏ธ Bird people are great

yes!!!!! ๐Ÿ–ค

Solidarity from across the pond โœŠ best of luck with the protests, this is the fight of our lifetime, thank you for standing up for our sisters x

Extremely well put.

As a right leaning Democrat on most things this may push me back towards the left. It is this issue that has kept me a dem.

This is truly a sad, depressing time for all women. Because a bunch of MEN decided how things can and cannot be done there will be much needless suffering and loss of life! Sickening. ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ

BEAUTIFULLY put ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

Thank you for not staying silent on issues that are controversial but need to be discussed. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

I’m Christian, and conservative, and pro life, but these bans.... are really scary. And sudden, and highly unsupported.

So distressing that this is still something we have to fight for. Tell a man what he can and can't do with his body and see what happens... How is it we are still fighting for equal rights in 2019???

I stand with you.

I would love to help out, but I’m really tight on money right at the moment because I am currently unemployed due to some health issues. I would love to volunteer though. I live in the Charlotte, NC area.

I came from Brazil, and there, abortions are illegal, except in cases of rape, malformations and when the mother's life is at risk. If a woman wants to get an abortion outside these prerequisites, she needs to travel to another country (if she has the money), or she may find another way (and maybe die trying to get rid of the fetus). And yet, some politicians are trying to make this even harder, prohibiting abortion in cases of rape too. People talk about adoption, but forget that not every child in an orphanage is adopted, and not every orphanage is like the movies. And here, the politicians say outloud that they are against it because of God. The same politicians have relationships outside their marriage and send their lovers on a "vacation" to nearby countries. And people just keep saying "she opened her legs and now she regrets??" as if the prohibition would stop illegal abortion

Please confine your speech to your parrots, thank you very much. Clearly, while you baby your parrots you have no regard for the most vulnerable of society! At the time two DNA combine, you have a unique human being or life. To think that society would not protect it’s most vulnerable is truly draconian! Our Bible tells us the history of child sacrifice to Baal, Moluc and other heathen, man-made gods. Hopefully, we’ve become more civilized in the course of 6000 years. All states that are anti abortion make allowances for Mother’s health, rape and incest. Alabama is introducing an extreme law, for the purpose of a Supreme Court ruling. Birth control should be addressed in the bedroom and not the operating room!

All women have the right to exercise control over their primal urges or use birth control. I support the rights of unborn women and the most helpless. A society is judged by how they treat their most helpless.

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What if my girls could INITIATE conversation - initiate communication, request schooling or activities or food, or tell me how they feel, any time they wished?

What if they didn't have to wait for me to ask them questions, but could pipe up and request things - using literacy - throughout the day, whenever they wanted?

~This has been my unrealized dream! Active, expressive, on-demand communication...~

I've been aiming for it for forever using various symbols from painted standing stations to pipe cleaners, always unsuccessful. Evidence of our failed attempts literally is all over the house. ๐Ÿคฃ

And then yesterday happened. And I think my heart might burst <3

But first: The other day I decided to take another stab at it. I hung bells at various play stands around the house. Ellie was on one of her play stations, and I rang the bell next to her, and immediately presented her communication board. I repeated this gesture several times, and she half-heartedly touched the bell and used her board to ask for treats.

"Dumbest lesson ever, mom. Can we please work on math?" ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚

Since she was solidly glaring at me, I abandoned the notion again, and didn't give it a second thought. She didn't even ring the bell once. Oy vey.

But the bells remained on their stations... And last night, we had a little Helen Keller moment!

As I snuggled Isabelle before bed, Ellie was absolutely melting down in the kitchen - yelling and glaring and yelling more. And then, like the light went off in her little head, she raced over and shook her bell!

~Eureka!~

I startled with disbelief and hopped up immediately (sorry Isabelle). I darted straight to her with her little communication board and she used her board to say I WANT / LESSON / BOOK. I confirmed with her yes/no cards - yes! She wanted a lesson! Book please!!

And she read book after book after book, her little butt feathers waggling with happiness ๐Ÿ™‚

Then tonight she raced to her bell. She said I WANT / LESSON / MUSIC! I double checked again with her cards - and she said YES! Music lesson please! We snuggled up, reviewing all of her favorite composers and learning about a new one, Holst's the Planets <3

I'm pretty freaking darned excited about this!!! FINALLY! Communication on her terms! And so far, she hasn't abused this privilege either, which has genuinely also been a concern. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฃ

In a tremendous feat of irony, I have been trained by a parrot to respond to a bell ๐Ÿ˜‚

And I wouldn't change it for the world! Ahhhh! Happy day!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
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What if my girls could INITIATE conversation - initiate communication, request schooling or activities or food, or tell me how they feel, any time they wished? 

What if they didnt have to wait for me to ask them questions, but could pipe up and request things - using literacy - throughout the day, whenever they wanted? 

~This has been my unrealized dream! Active, expressive, on-demand communication...~

Ive been aiming for it for forever using various symbols from painted standing stations to pipe cleaners, always unsuccessful. Evidence of our failed attempts literally is all over the house. ๐Ÿคฃ 

And then yesterday happened. And I think my heart might burst

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Amazing!!!

That is bloody awesome!!!!! Congratulations and amazeballs and a hundreds other things that celebrate that achievement. Well done you beautiful feather butts for being able to reach out and tell mummy what you want and need. This is a much needed step in the right direction ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

OMG!

Awesomeness! I have been "bell trained" by my CAG.

Brianna North

This is so amazingly awesome!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Pavlov would be proud of both of you. Congrats!

Awesome and i knew it would happen!

Amazing...

I never fail to be amazed by your persistence and fantastic results ! But this one really is wonderful. Well done you, and well done Ellie !! ( Though I suspect you may regret teaching her how to get you to rush to her command !! ๐Ÿ˜‚ )

Simply Awesome !! ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Our conure rings her bell in two different ways, happy musical style and angry- i am in mood pay attention way! It's amazing how animals try to communicate if we pay attention! I love hearing how clever your girls are!

So exciting!!!!

My cag rings different bells for different things. The little jingle bells after for me to sing him certain songs so he can dance. The larger bell is just for attention from me or my son and the other bells at the moment I think I'll for play x

I got all teary-eyed! That's so amazing!

๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜˜

This is so fantastic! And love how she is learning also about music.

amazing

Congratulations ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’–

You realize you're going to be hearing ringing bells CONSTANTLY from now on, right?

That is absolutely amazing!!!! Love this post.

Samrina Bardouh

Gabby Hicks

Love it! Also your bell comment at the end ๐Ÿคฃ

Samuel Rhys wow

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Happy Mother's Day to our bird (and human) mamas out there! Whether you've got birds or humans (or both!), mama-hood can be really freaking hard! And beautiful. And gut-wrenching. And precious. And guilt-ridden. And the most amazing experience on earth. Usually.

You. Are. Amazing!!!

So here's to you! And here are some bird-mom musings on Mother's Day, too ๐Ÿ™‚

๐ŸŒทโค๏ธ๐ŸŒทโค๏ธ๐ŸŒทโค๏ธ๐ŸŒทโค๏ธ

Mother's Day is an... interesting day. It's a day that can be filled with love, cherishing the ones in our lives who nurtured us, who raised us, who didn't kill us when we were ridiculous and not particularly adorable ๐Ÿ˜‚

It's a day that can bring some mixed feelings, too. Some of us didn't know a loving mother. Some of us don't know what it's like to have a mother who cared for us, can't relate to that "family" sense. Some of us have lost our mothers.

For some, it's a sad day.

Some of us are bird mamas struggling with our own difficult bird children, wondering whether we're doing right by them. Some of us are trying to right years or decades of wrongs done to our adopted birds.

Some of us are struggling <3

I was a particularly opinionated child ๐Ÿ™„ (oh hi, Isabelle, my twin soul) and felt I quite knew best at all times how my parents should be raising us. ๐Ÿ˜

It honestly wasn't until I was a "bird mom" to cockatoos that I began to relate to my own mother in any sense whatsoever. Being a mom is freaking hard!!!! I developed a fair amount of empathy all of a sudden for all of the mothers everywhere in the world ๐Ÿ˜‚

There are instruction books out there these days AND IT'S STILL FREAKING HARD.

My sweet mama says, "They didn't have Google back then!!" I can't even imagine ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Anyway.

As a sort-of mother myself these days, I find myself so often thinking back to my own childhood. "What would my mom have done?"

There are ~no~ perfect mothers on earth. None. But this I remember: my mother loved us. Absolutely loved us. She loved to play with us. She cooked with us, played games on rainy days, rocked us to sleep, and read and read and read to us as we four piled on top of her on the sofa, extensively fighting over the cushion real estate.

On the odd occasion, she also scolded us, kicked us outside for hours to go play, and warned us that she was Up. To. Here. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

We taunted her. We pestered her. We startled her with snakes and lizards. We put red paint in the shower so it looked like blood, and honey on the toilet seats...

And yet - and so often I go back to his - I never, ever, ever, ever remember feeling *afraid* of her. She never frightened us. She never scary-yelled at us or came out swinging. Y'know?

She was human. We were pesky kids. She just worshiped us and we loved her to bits, and occasionally annoyed her to her wits' end.

My girls are birds, not humans, but I hope so much to be just like her. I hope my girls always know that I utterly love them, that they are precious... even though they are also pesky and occasionally get me to the end of my wits, too. I hope they know how absolutely much I enjoy them, how much I enjoy their opinions and their cute drama. How much I enjoy teaching them, playing cards, snuggling, staring at the clouds outside together, watching butterflies.

And even when at the end of my wits (and on the odd frustrated mommy moments), I hope they always feel they are safe and precious beyond all imagining.

In short, I hope to be half as wonderful as my own mama <3

To me, Mother's Day has always been... not necessarily about the woman who birthed us, I guess, but about the one(s) who filled that role in our lives. Obviously, I didn't birth these birds. They've come to me at different ages and with varied experiences.

Mother's Day, to me is about the one who nurtured us, the one who enjoyed us, guided us, loved us when we were silly and obnoxious.

So here's to the good ones, the ones who raised us, the ones who guided us, the ones who cared for us and loved us, regardless of gender or even whether or not they were a family member. <3

And if you're a bird mama, this is for you. Today is a celebration of you too <3

I don't think ~any~ of us feel like we've got this thing down pat. We're all learning along the way as we absolutely love these cute little critters we cherish ever, ever so much! You are amazing, and your littles are sososososo lucky to have such love in their lives!

Happy Mother's Day, mamas!!! ๐Ÿ˜
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You. Are. Amazing!!! 

So heres to you! And here are some bird-mom musings on Mothers Day, too :)

๐ŸŒทโค๏ธ๐ŸŒทโค๏ธ๐ŸŒทโค๏ธ๐ŸŒทโค๏ธ

Mothers Day is an... interesting day. Its a day that can be filled with love, cherishing the ones in our lives who nurtured us, who raised us, who didnt kill us when we were ridiculous and not particularly adorable ๐Ÿ˜‚

Its a day that can bring some mixed feelings, too. Some of us didnt know a loving mother. Some of us dont know what its like to have a mother who cared for us, cant relate to that family sense. Some of us have lost our mothers. 

For some, its a sad day.

Some of us are bird mamas struggling with our own difficult bird children, wondering whether were doing right by them. Some of us are trying to right years or decades of wrongs done to our adopted birds. 

Some of us are struggling

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Happy Mother's day!

Happy Mother's Day ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ โค๐ŸŒฟโค๐ŸŒฟโค๐ŸŒฟโค๐ŸŒฟโค๐ŸŒฟโค

Happy mothers day!!

Happy birdie Mother’s day to you from Fred & I

Happy Mother’s Day!! You are so awesome!!!

HAPPY Mother's day

Happy Mothers Day!! โค๏ธ๐ŸŒบโค๏ธ๐ŸŒบโค๏ธ๐ŸŒบโค๏ธ

Happy Mother’s Day to you!

"She never frightened us." The most peaceful, loving, respectful form of mothering ever.

You said it all

Beautiful โค๏ธ

Happy mother's day to you sweetheart! Your girls obviously love you as much as you love them, if that's even possible!

It's all about the love. Happy Mama's Day!

It's all about the love. Happy Mama's Day!

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If at first you don't succeed, try try again! ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚

I'm a little bit super determined to get my girls counting to 10. If I can get them to 10, I think I can teach them multiples of 10 in a categorical way... right up to 100!

Where there's a will, there's a way. ๐Ÿ˜Ž (Especially when it involves treats!)

But first we've got to get to 10. And right now we're stuck on 6/7. Yesterday afternoon's lesson with Ellie was a bit of a disaster. We tried counting, we tried conditioning techniques. She enjoyed it, but didn't seem to get it (which is quite unlike my girl!).

Alas. It was Isabelle's turn.

How do you teach a cute little cockatoo girl to count six and seven dots?

Well, since I wasn't entirely sure, I mostly decided in the second round to leave it up to her to figure it out. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

We didn't practice counting. We didn't do extensive conditioning. We'd just see what would happen.

I did simple conditioning of 6 and 7 to the corresponding number of dots generally, and then dunked her in the deep end with questions and let her start to swim.

At first she was a bit lost. And then--kind of cool--she wasn't. ๐Ÿ™‚

By the end she seemed like a pro!!! I was so proud of her! And now I'm gonna try the same technique on Ellie too ๐Ÿ˜€
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amazing

Love watching your teaching videos with my little one๐Ÿ’œ

These videos are so amazing. I absolutely love watching them and I'm continually astounded.

The dots seem pretty effective actually—I’ve been using Pom-poms. I think I’ll try dots next time we’re working on numbers, as they’re clearer to look at when you get above 4-5.

It is so obvious she is really looking at each card and considering and thinking about each card.

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Isabelle wants toys and grandma for her birthday... but no broccoli please! ๐Ÿ˜‚

She's such a cutie-pie!!
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Grandmas make the best birthday ever! ♥๏ธ

She knows what she wants!

Aww, she's adorable!

Wow

The feathers are so beautiful... what food do you feed?

Grandmas make the best birthday ever! ♥๏ธ

Cathrine Tolversen det var den her jeg talte om og ikke kunne finde. Prøv at se nogle af de andre videoer på hendes side (hvis du har lyst ๐Ÿ˜‰) Det er for vildt hvor meget man kan lære dem ๐Ÿ˜

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Learning to read in Germany! ๐Ÿ˜

Papageientraining Hildegard Niemann
Liebe Papageienhalter,

gestern haben wir mit Jen Cunha bis in den späten Abend getagt um die Versuchsbedingungen für die Papageien zu besprechen, die an der Studie der University of Texas teilnehmen werden. Es war ein spannender und produktiver Abend und wir sind stolz, so motivierte und engagierte Halter mit ihren Vögeln betreuen zu dürfen. Daher also noch einmal ein ganz großes und herzliches DANKE! an diese Halter und ihre Papageien! Noch ein kurzer Satz zu dem Video oben: Tini arbeitet erst seit ein paar Wochen nach der Lernmethode von Jen Cunha und zeigt mittlerweile enorme Lernfortschritte. Wir dürfen also gespannt sein, wohin uns diese Reise führen wird…

Wenn Sie Interesse an dieser Lernmethode haben zögern Sie bitte nicht, uns unter www.papageien-training.de/kontakt.html zu kontaktieren.

Herzliche Grüße

Hildegard Niemann, PBC
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Coralette Licorice Chalk Damme more!

Bravo ๐Ÿ‘

klasse ๐Ÿ‘

oh my god german birdddddssss

"We made this!" Ellie and Moonlight and their cute, goofy smiles!

I think this is yet my very, very favorite "craft" we've ever made, partly because all of my girls crafted together with me.

Sometimes I teach a lesson - just a whatever topic, something to learn - and in the middle of it I realize OH MY GOSH, THIS IS ACTUALLY A REALLY RELEVANT AND COOL TOPIC!!

Dirt and rocks. Who knew?

But plants grow in dirt, and plants start as seeds, but they get bigger, and grow into things that sometimes we eat. My girls love bananas and apples, they love peas and the like...

I mean, without dirt, we wouldn't be eating, right?! And it's EVERYWHERE! There is dirt all over my house in containers. The ground is made of dirt.

Dirt is legit one of the most practical vocab lessons I've ever taught ๐Ÿ˜‚

So for our lesson, they learned about rocks and dirt, and also vocab for plants and such, and then I decided we could do a craft together. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love crafting with my girls <3 My heart bursts with such happiness and pride when they choose their favorite materials and colors, telling me yes to this and no to that.

Anyway, for this craft, they each got to choose a shape, and then select whether they wanted the shape in rock or sand. Moonlight and Ellie asked for a square rock, and Isabelle asked for a circle rock. Lily preferred dirt, and chose the heart <3

I glued the shape/material onto the canvas, and added each girls' flower selection, with her own little initial next to her shape.

All of their little essences seem to fill this little canvas, and I have it on the desk in my room. I can't look at it without smiling. It won't win any awards, but it's ours--all of ours together--all of the love of our family in one little art project.

<3 <3 <3

*Reminder: if you craft with birbs be sure to be safe! Materials can be poisonous, noxious, toxic, etc., so a little reminder to use lots of precautions!
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We made this! Ellie and Moonlight and their cute, goofy smiles!

I think this is yet my very, very favorite craft weve ever made, partly because all of my girls crafted together with me.

Sometimes I teach a lesson - just a whatever topic, something to learn - and in the middle of it I realize OH MY GOSH, THIS IS ACTUALLY A REALLY RELEVANT AND COOL TOPIC!!

Dirt and rocks. Who knew?

But plants grow in dirt, and plants start as seeds, but they get bigger, and grow into things that sometimes we eat. My girls love bananas and apples, they love peas and the like... 

I mean, without dirt, we wouldnt be eating, right?! And its EVERYWHERE! There is dirt all over my house in containers. The ground is made of dirt.

Dirt is legit one of the most practical vocab lessons Ive ever taught ๐Ÿ˜‚

So for our lesson, they learned about rocks and dirt, and also vocab for plants and such, and then I decided we could do a craft together. :)

I love crafting with my girls