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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
4-H Outreach

By Caitlyn
Follow in the adventures of Flip, Rabbit and Caitlyn in the Fledgling Blog.

I hate to brag but, I just have to tell you about how smart two of our cockatoos are, and one is my very own Rabbit! We went to what is called an outreach. Our county 4-H and the local group of Master Gardeners put together a children’s day to celebrate birds and bugs. There were all sorts of people there; people with bugs, with bats, with crafts and us, with our birds. It was a fun day, and I made a bat, a cool bug hat and saw some really icky bugs that are good for our garden. But what about our birds?

We brought Rabbit, my Goffin’s cockatoo, a new Moluccan cockatoo named Angel Guy, and Tango, a macaw. Rabbit and Tango have been out with us before, but since it was Angle Guy’s first time in public, we weren’t sure how she would be. She was wonderful and let everyone pet and hold her. I was so proud! We had some extra time while there weren’t too many people around, so we thought we’d take some extra time to teach Angel Guy and Rabbit some new tricks. Remember I told you how I taught Rabbit how to “Turn around?” Well, she learned it pretty well, but I wasn’t too good about working with her a lot with it and she didn’t do it all the time. So we practiced it more at the outreach. Now, when I hold up a sunflower seed or a pine nut, and say “Turn around,” she turns around 4 times per nut! We taught Angel Guy to do that trick too! Now both of them will do “Turn around” for anyone who holds up a pine nut for them. They are some of the most intelligent cockatoos I’ve ever seen! How’s that for 30 minutes?


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