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By Laura Doering

Laura Doering dreams about hiring some extra help to care for her pet birds 

After a particularly hectic morning — one in which my conure dumped all the food out of his bowl in protest of the diced broccoli, and the ’tiel fluttered about the living room, as if lost but really just extending his fly-about time, again —  I arrived in the office with my feathers a bit ruffled.

I lamented to associate editor Jessica Pineda that I could use a personal chef and recall flight instructor to help manage my flock (yes, I can hear the sighs from all those who share homes with more than two birds). So we threw this question out to the bird community on BirdChannel.com: “If you could afford professional house staff, would you hire a ...” (Check out the poll results.)

The No. 1 response makes sense since it is the least personal task. Instead of scrubbing the cage, you could spend more time with your bird. A free-flight/recall instructor would be cool, too — I can just imagine a little aerial show in my own living room ... the ’tiel as the star of course.

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Jessica, My husband & I have written an indoor flight recall training program. I would like to send you a copy to look at. I found it to be very benifical when 2 of our eclectus got loose at the same time(outside). I practice in our home with it every day as a plytime activity with all our birds. I have included the long range whistle as part of the program. I have just started going to different bird clubs with this program/birds, to show it off. I hope you like it as much as we do. My phone # is 518-324-5018. We live in NY up by the canadian/Vermont border.
Kathy, Plattsburgh, NY
Posted: 9/8/2010 10:16:50 AM
I have 3 conures, their wings are clipped when I call them to me they climb down to the floor and run to me. The hop from the cage to ther play stands and climb down their ropes or toys to the floor on command.
Donna, Bainbrdge Island, WA
Posted: 1/18/2010 8:00:36 PM
I want both a chef and a someone to scrub cages!
Andrea, Toronto, ON
Posted: 1/6/2010 6:18:06 AM
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