Lisa Bono, CPBC
Articles by Lisa:
Many companion parrots enjoy spending time outdoors when the weather is nice as much as we do. What’s more, exposure to natural sunlight can be great for your pet bird’s mental and physical health. However, before bringing your feathered friend outside, some important safety precautions are in order. Follow these recommendations to ensure your bird is safe while enjoying the Great Outdoors.
Vet Visit Prep: Reducing Stress For Everyone
Your bird depends on you for their care, which includes feeding nutritious foods, providing optimum housing and offering plenty of enrichment. Another important part of being a good bird steward is being prepared for vet visits.
Making Space For The Parrots: Adding On A Bird Room
What makes the perfect bird room? Find out how one woman fulfilled a childhood dream and created a wonderful space for her companion birds.
Why You Should Rethink Allowing Your Parrot On The Floor
Companion parrots have both innate behaviors, which are instinctual (think flight!) and learned behaviors, such as figuring out how to reach a treat in a foraging toy. As our birds’ stewards, understanding both behaviors and how to work with them can serve us well in avoiding behavior issues. A “cute” behavior that may have encouraged by the caregiver in the beginning, can become a learned behavior that is adapted by the parrot that leads to negative consequences. Case in point – allowing a bird free roam on the floor, which results in chasing and biting feet. Learn why allowing a parrot to hang out on the floor can cause havoc and what to do instead.
Bird People Share: “What do you wish you knew before getting a parrot?”
Life with a pet bird companion can certainly be a life of adventure. You have a feathered friend with the intelligence, and often the mischievousness, of a young child. A pet that might be inclined to talk back, or perform aerobatic feats around your furniture and furnishings. Your bird might be a snuggle buddy who shows affection by gently preening your hair or brow. Intermixed with all that love and shenanigans comes everything in between — especially the unexpected. Here’s a snapshot of what some bird stewards wish they knew before getting a pet bird.
Why A Routine Helps The Flock & The Caregiver
A daily routine can give companion parrots a sense of security — knowing what’s in the plan for the day means they can look forward to timely meals/snacks, out-of-cage time, social interaction, and clean cages. Get inspired by the way Lisa Bono, CPBC, maintains a schedule that helps ensure she doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to caring for the flock.
Parrot Behavior Consultants: Who They Are & How They Can Help
Life with a parrot companion can sometimes mean dealing with a situation that you don’t quite understand or that might be causing discord in the home. A certified parrot behavior consultant can help. Learn what it takes to be certified, and how these specialists can assist you.
Be Inspired By These “Special-abled” Birds
Special-needs birds are perfect in the eyes of those who care for them. The stories of Cricket, Oscar, Emma Lynn, Igor and Ren, and Thumper and Sammy prove without a doubt that they are much more than just special-needs birds.
Moving With Your Bird? How To Reduce Stress For Everyone
Your house is all packed up, and you’ve hired movers to transport your belongings to your new abode. All that is left now is ensuring that you and your loved ones— including your feathered family members—arrive safely at your destination. Lisa Bono, CPBC, offers some important insight based on her own experiences on making the move stress-free for the flock, as well as tips to follow anytime you transport your bird.
Top 5 Pet Peeves From Your Avian Retailer
On a given day, your avian retailer has a variety of people perusing the aisles, from those new to birds to those who’ve had birds for years. Ever wonder what challenges those who run a bird store sometimes face? Check out these Five Top Pet Peeves from an avian retailer.