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  1. Lisa
    July 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Hi Lara,

    I found your aviary online as I was searching for ideas on how to enclose my back yard for a parrot I’m about to inherit.

    I think your idea of netting in the whole backyard is much better than building a huge wire avaiary or cage.

    I am looking at both of these sites that you referenced:

    I am wondering if you can tell me what type of netting you chose exactly? What’s the cost of netting your back yard run?

    Any more info on that would be great! Thank you so much,


    • July 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Lisa.
      I know I used the 1″ TopRite I or II for the netting found on jacissel’s website. I would highly suggest calling them and asking them to send samples. This is what I did when I was getting ready to construct the aviary. The cost of the netting will also depend on if you want it custom sized or are willing to order in the size they have and make it fit. I chose the second and I also ordered about twice as much as we needed. For the netting and cable I ordered it cost near $1,000. It has given us over five years of enjoyment and allows us to sit in the backyard and play with the birds, eat outdoors with them, and read the paper and have coffee while they are flying around. It is not predator proof and shouldn’t be used to leave birds out unattended.

      Good luck and have fun. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. Anne
    July 1, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Hello Lara,

    First I like to tell you, I really like your photo with your Umbrella Cockatoo, is he Rico? Both of you look stunning and confident at the same time, safe & harmless. Hahaha….that’s to Rico, Of course I believe you are safe & harmless but I rather said: Hey Lara, you look nice, I hope we can be friend!!” than “Hey Lara, You look safe and harmless, I hope we can be friend.”

    I am Anne currently living in Borneo Island without a pet bird yet as I will move to Australia in the future and I don’t wish to leave them behind. I did rescue two wild birds though, one of them was a song bird, a type of low land species called Shriek Bulbul, we called her Birdy. The other is a very young black bird, her species is unknown. One morning, we found her dropped from her nest above us while we think, she was learning to fly. I got her back to our apartment, feed her and teach her to fly more than two feet or fly probably without crash landing. Hahaha!! I have to say, I was touched to read about the owl you rescued, I do understood the feelings to have to let go.

    Your blogs are full of information and very educating. For that, I believe I owe you a BIG THANKS for sharing your knowledge in birds, their cares, behaviors and trainings PLUS your time to write all these blogs to help we parrot rookie to be a better parront. I can not wait to get my first macaw and enroll in your internet training course.

    I particular like the aviaries ideas in one of your blog and how you read Rico’s behavior and respect his will.

    Please take care of yourself, enjoy the Summer!!
    May God Bless You and Your Family!!!!

    Warm Regards,

    P.S. I am not sure my message has gone to you, so I have placed another one here.

    • July 1, 2013 at 6:59 am

      Hi Anne. Thank you for touching base with me and letting me know the information you have found here is helpful. I wish you well in your future encounters with birds. You may want to keep contact with me on Facebook also. You can find me at “Lara Joseph” or at “The Animal Behavior Center.”

      • Anne
        July 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm

        Will definitely do, Lara!! Just to let you know, I am not really active in FB especially after watching People of Interest, on the other hand, I believe FB is one of an ideal way to keep in touch. See you in FB!!!

  3. Eileen Schoeman
    March 16, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Hi Lara

    I am very worried about my African Grey. He has in the last 4 weeks behavior changes that is worrying me. He sleeps at night in our room on top of a birdcage and has been since I got him as a small bird that I hand raised. In the last 4 weeks he wants to climb off his cage and come into my bed every time I put him back he just climb off again. He has since Thursday started to bit his feet. The biting has become worse and I am very worried. I am not sure what the problem could be as he gets lots of attention, love and is very spoiled. I am really worried please help me.


  4. Val
    April 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I have a handfed Meyers, she was 3 months old when I got her last June. She is a very sweet bird and loves to cuddle with everyone or lay on her back in your hand while you scratch her belly or head. She used to climb all over my arms when I rearranged or added something new to her cage but lately she has started lunging and biting when I put my hand in her cage for anything other then to have her step up or scratch her head . Sometimes she plays with her toys like she is attacking them (does this mean she doesn’t want them in her cage?) and if I put my had near one of them she lunges at my hand, now she pretty much attacks anything I have in my hand that isn’t food including my cell phone. What is the best way to stop this behavior?

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