Author Archives: Kris Porter

Sweet Potato Treats

This is an update on a blog post I published a few years ago showing how to dehydrate sweet potatoes or yams.  I had purchased Sam’s Yams brand sweet potato chews for the dogs and got the idea to make … Continue reading

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Teach Your Bird To Fly To You On Cue

I am excited to tell you that Understanding Parrots has launched the first online course, Teach your bird to fly to you on cue!  This course will explain everything you need to know to teach your parrot to fly to … Continue reading

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Ditto Plucks – And It Isn’t My Fault

I participated in a parrot enrichment workshop over a year ago at my local bird club. During the workshop I was helping a woman with ideas for toy making and she shared with me that her parrot had started plucking … Continue reading

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The Perfectly Trained Parrot – Book Review

The Perfectly Trained Parrot  by Rebecca K. O’Connor is a really good book.  I have read this book cover to cover twice now and I intend to read it again and again.  I find it informative, encouraging, and inspiring.  Reading it … Continue reading

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Creating Foraging Opportunities – Part III – Increasing Complexity

This is the last article in a 3-part series on teaching parrots to forage that I wrote for Parrots magazine earlier this year.  With this article I hope to show you how to increase the complexity of foraging opportunities and fit those ideas into … Continue reading

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Creating Foraging Opportunities – Part II – The Next Level

This is the second in a 3-part article on teaching parrots to forage that I wrote for Parrots magazine earlier this year.  Part I gave you some basic ideas on how to get started providing foraging opportunities for your parrots.  In … Continue reading

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Creating Foraging Opportunities – Part I – Getting Started

This is the first in a 3-part article on teaching parrots to forage that I wrote for Parrots magazine earlier this year.  Part I will give you some basic ideas on how to get started providing foraging opportunities for your … Continue reading

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Oliver’s Garden Handcrafted Bird Toys and Perches

I saw a blog post at Coco’s Flock with a review of Oliver’s Garden bird toys and perches.  I have been coveting the platform perches made by Susan Tuck, owner at Oliver’s Garden Bird Toys, ever since. I finally ordered my … Continue reading

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DIY Toy Jam-Packed With Shredding Fun

I have an Avian Avenue Forum member, Renae, to thank for giving me the idea to make my own version of a toy she shared in a forum post.  Renae posted this picture of a toy she made using links, … Continue reading

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Stainless Steel Skewers

Stainless steel skewers are safe durable toy bases.  Skewers are refillable so you can make some pretty impressive foraging toys for your parrots in no time at all.  You can string on a wide variety of toy parts as well … Continue reading

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