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2010 Wrap Up: Our Top Posts of the Year

December 31, 2010

It’s been a somewhat slow year for postings here on Best in Flock, but I thought I’d do a year-end wrap-up as we approach 170 different articles.

We didn’t work on a lot of new clicker training tricks in the last year, but Mika made a lot of progress with flying.

I also started making a lot more DIY foraging toys out of Dixie cups, which both birds enjoy.

Perhaps the coolest update this year was when we learned that Stewie’s “screaming sun conure” video helped two separate parrot owners retrieve their lost birds.

That video – our most popular video on YouTube – is up to nearly 75,000 views!

Here are some more highlights…

Top ten most viewed blog posts this year:

  1. 5 Best Parrots for Families with Children
  2. LOLbirdz
  3. Clicker Training for Birds: My Parrot Training Bible
  4. Parrot Props and Trick Training Toys
  5. Favorite Foraging Toys for Parrots
  6. Interview with Free Flight Trainer Chris Biro
  7. How to Get a Parrot to Go Back Inside His Cage
  8. Your Parrot Won’t Play with Toys?
  9. Frostie the Dancing Cockatoo
  10. Clicker Training Myths and Misconceptions

Top posts written this year:

  1. Favorite Foraging Toys for Parrots
  2. Phoenix Landing Foundation Rescues 26 Parrots
  3. Making Our Own Parrot Toys
  4. Annual Well-Birdie Visit to the Avian Vet
  5. Seminar on Parrot Enrichment with Kris Porter

Were there any particular posts you enjoyed this year? Please share in the comments. And let me know if there are specific types of posts you’d like to see more of.

Farewell 2010! Happy New Year!

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Dancing Cockatoo Frostie: Whip My Hair

November 20, 2010

Frostie the dancing parrot shows off how to whip yo’ hair.. um, I mean “crest”.

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They Learn the Darndest Things…

August 15, 2010

The other day I was feeling like I needed more snuggle time with Mika. So a little bit before their regular bedtime, I put an almond in Stewie’s cage and put him away for the night, thinking this would give me extra time to hang out with my pionus girl.

However, as soon as Mika saw Stewie in his cage enjoying his almond, she ran inside and sat on her roosting perch… and waited for her almond.

My birds are usually cooperative when I need them to go inside. I just make sure they see me put a high-value treat in their cage, and they go in by themselves.

Apparently Mika has the routine down so well that a treat inside Stewie’s cage is a signal to her that she should go inside her cage also.

And thus my plans to snuggle with Mika were foiled by her being way too cooperative about going back in her cage.

Related: How to Get a Parrot Back Into His Cage

Mika enjoying an almond

Mika eating an almond in her cage

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Screaming Sun Conure Saves the Day

August 5, 2010

We just got the BEST comment on our YouTube channel ever! (Seriously, best ever!)

It was a response to Stewie’s “how loud is a sun conure” video. Most of the responses to that video are along the lines of “OMG that’s annoying” or “I love sun conures despite their screams.” The best comments so far were the ones that said “I’m glad I saw this because I was about to get a sun conure, but I now realize that my living situation isn’t suited to one.” Those are great because I feel like I helped someone out, and possibly saved a conure the heartbreak of being rehomed.

But this comment beats them all:

Stewie just saved our little black capped conure! He flew away when we had him out side and we couldnt find him…I grabed my laptop and played Stewies video…it is his favorite..we were able to find him and capture him and bring him home 🙂

Thankyou Stewie!

Here’s a screenshot for posterity:

Screaming Sun Conure Saves the Day

Stewie, my little (screaming) hero!

Updated: Wow! I’m not sure if people are pulling my leg here, or what, but there’s now a second report of someone getting their bird back because of that video. That sure makes me happy I posted the clip. Here’s the second comment:

HELLO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR VIDEO… It helped me get my conure back as well. Shady loves watching this video. We have his wings clipped but they were in the process of growing back when he got out. Two days we sat at a tree trying to get him out. I finally remembered he LOVES this video and so I came home grabbed my phone and recorded the sound. Shady came right down….. YOU SAVED MY BIRD TOO!! 😀 SHADY LOVES STEWIE!!!

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Happy Conure Noises

July 22, 2010

Stewie has been on a shredding kick. He can pull apart a conure-sized parrot pinata in a few hours. Here’s a quick video clip of him making very satisfied conure noises. (Don’t mind Mika squeaking in the background.) He doesn’t quite get into “eeeeh of glee” mode, but he’s still quite happy.  Contrast this to his “I’m a sun conure” scream.

I, of course, love any toy that’ll keep him occupied for any length of time.

And here’s what the bottom of the cage looks like covered in pinata guts and debris.

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Happy Anniversary, Stewie!

July 15, 2010

Today marks the 3-year anniversary of when I brought Stewie home from the Arlington Animal Welfare League. During our first few months together, he bit the snot out of me often enough. Eventually we started to understand each other a little better. Now, after three years, I can tuck him into my shirt, rub his neck, and listen to him do his little conure purr. I couldn’t imagine life any other way.

Happy anniversary, little brat!

Stewie's Party

I hope we have many more years ahead of us!

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Budgie Is SO Happy to See Him

July 10, 2010

This is currently my favorite talking budgie video:

You know why I love it? Because for the bird to love saying “I’m so happy to see you!” that much, you know he’s probably heard it a million times. And that’s what’s awesome: the part you don’t see, the guy telling his budgie how happy the bird makes him. We all love our pets (I hope!) and probably say it often, but I grin from ear to ear when I imagine a grown man cooing at his little one ounce ball of feathers: “I’m so happy to see you!” and saying it often enough and with enough excitement that his bird repeats it over and over.

So even though in the description, the guy says “Sven is driving me nuts”, you know he doesn’t really mean it 🙂