In my attempt to determine what I wanted to be when I
grew up, I found myself employed as a technician at a veterinary hospital
specializing in avian medicine in Orange County, California. There I improved
my skills in the medical management of various avian species. I developed
a series of seminars for pet bird owners and aviculturists, including "hands-on"
lessons in handfeeding baby birds. I also helped develop in-house diagnostic
methods for the hospital.
The veterinary hospital was also a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center.
There I gained experience in handling sea birds, raptors, songbirds, and
my specialty... hummingbirds. I later obtained my license independently
for rehabilitating rescued hummingbirds in my home for release back into
Meanwhile, my own birds were increasing in both size and
number. My laboratory and husbandry experience lead to the opportunity
to handfeed for local aviculturists in addition to my own birds. This included
handfeeding the third Green-Wing King Parrot ever raised in the United
States. I have handfed many species from the tiniest hummingbirds to the
largest of parrots: the Hyacinth Macaw. I've also done extensive behavior
modification work with parrots, including helping owners work with their
birds to develop them into better pets, improving owner/bird relationships,
and making the most of your bird's abilities and intelligence through trick
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