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Welcome To "Life Hacks" For Parrots

We got your life hacks.

Rebecca K. O'Connor

Life hacks are all about making time for fun!

We Got Your Hacks Here!
I’ll be the first to admit it. This whole "life hack” thing is overdone and rampant on the Internet. All the same, I haven’t seen any "life hacks” for living with parrots in my Facebook feed. So I figured, why not? We could all use some tips and tricks that are quick, easy, and effective when it comes to dealing with our complicated avian counterparts. I’m hoping I can get everyone talking and sharing their own as well. So every week, I’m going to offer up a short column with ideas for making life with the birds a little easier.

What Is A Hack, Anyway?
Maybe you’ve missed the whole life hack movement. Chances are though, you’ve seen those clever posts about how to peep a banana correctly (Hint: you’re peeling it from the wrong end.) or using a bobby pin to keep your toothpaste tube firmly rolled in place. A life hack is a strategy or technique used to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way. There are tons of tips and trips that make managing behavior, daily chores, and other parrot challenges easier. And the easier it is to manage daily parrot interactions, the more time we have to have fun with our birds!

Keep It Positive
My hacks will all be about effectiveness and expediency, but I have three rules. The first is that all parrot life hacks are positive. Wild animals are very sensitive to the things in their environment that they deem negative. Why wouldn’t they be? Surviving in the wild means quickly learning what experiences are negative and then avoiding them. Parrots in our homes, however, often don’t have the option of avoiding negative experiences. So if we consistently force them into situations that make them uncomfortable, we undermine our relationships.

Building Better Behavior With Your Birds
On the flip side, if all your interactions with your parrot are as positive as possible, you build a strong relationship. All of my parrot life hacks will touch on building better behavior through positive methods. After all, a parrot that exhibits behavior we appreciate is a lot easier to care for and enjoy. It doesn’t make a difference how old your parrot is or what its past is either. Parrots live long lives and seem to have a limitless capacity for learning and growing. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but this certainly isn’t true for parrots. (In fact, it’s not really true for dogs either.)

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Make It Fun
No one brings a parrot into their life because they want to do more work. We live with parrots because they are vibrant personalities in our homes that make us laugh. Parrots make life fun! At least, when we ensure that they are happy, healthy, and well-behaved they do. People who have fun with their parrots are also more likely to keep their pets throughout their lives. So hacks should make life more fun. Heck, life should just be more fun in general!

So tune in every week. Pick up a few tricks on making life with the birds a little easier. And be sure to share your own hacks. After all, maybe life hacks are for the birds!

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Posted: August 22, 2014, 4:30 p.m. PDT

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Lisa, RW, FL
Posted: 11/2/2014 8:54:07 AM
Oh is still "hard" with or without "hacks"!! LOL!
Carol, Annapolis, MD
Posted: 8/26/2014 12:42:33 PM
Make sure you have a good and easy cleaning routine. I cover bottom grates with newspaper. Major time saver. Also, ID their favorite pooping spots and put paper down there. Keep a lobby style dustpan with broom nearby for quick sweeps vs one big one. Have a cordless vac nearby.
Marion Harris, new york, NY
Posted: 8/25/2014 2:12:36 PM
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