EPE for the Breeder

The EPE program begins with acknowledgement of stages based on physical characteristics and not necessarily age. By identifying and breaking down the stage identification by physical characteristics, the EPE program can span across the many species of parrots raised as companions. The EPE program utilizes “Tools” to implement the “Educational Focus” or lessons introduced at a timely moment. Tools used in the Educational Focus include: Nurturing, Monitoring, Socialization, Desensitization, Modeling, Mentoring, and in later stages, Play. Each lesson, once mastered, becomes a building block toward a more advanced lesson as the fledgling matures.

Early Parrot Education & Weaning Program

  • Prepares the fledgling parrot for life as a companion.
  • Proven timely & methodically introduced lessons that applies to all pet parrots species.
  • Easy to follow program for all companion bird caretakers-breeders, pet retailers, adoption facilities & pet owners!
  • Adds credibility, validation to breeders & pet bird retailers!
  • Complete instructions and support material to accompany the parrot from pre-fledgling to its juvenile age.

Introduction to the program

Avian caretakers, be it the breeder, pet retailer and even the new pet owner, maintain a record of each parrot chick’s achievement or advancement with Chick Growth Chart, Chick Weaning Chart, and most importantly, the Chicks Primary Lessons. As these documents become part of the parrot’s permanent records, caretakers can maintain the education that benefits the bird’s lifestyle as a companion pet.

To learn more about the 6 stages of the Early Parrot Education program and the techniques to use, we encourage you to review the program links below.

  • Early Parrot Education Stage 1 – Introductory

    The pre-fledged chick will seek the human caretaker’s mentoring ability to guide him as he advances throughout the education process... Read More
  • Early Parrot Education Stage 2 – Pre-Fledging

    This is a big step as the chick is challenged with many new occupations - those that come naturally as well as those that require a continued guidance by the caretaker... Read More
  • Early Parrot Education Stage 3 – Fledgling

    Of the 6 stages of EPE, this new stage will involve the most dramatic desensitization period as a vast array of many new lessons and experiences will be introduced... Read More
  • Early Parrot Education Stage 4 – Advanced Foraging

    In Stage 4, the recently fledged chick now starts to actively participate in the training sessions. This stage is similar to a preschool child beginning his first day in kindergarten... Read More
  • Early Parrot Education Stage 5 – Fledgling Independence

    More independence brings challenges of newly acquired self assurance. Birds may challenge caretaker’s hierarchy and boundaries... Read More
  • Early Parrot Education Stage 6 – Feeding Enrichment

    This last educational weaning stage is often carried out after the fledgling has left the breeder . The focus is then carried out by the new caretaker... Read More

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