Bird teaching methods
Our methods are at a crossroads of imprinting, traditional and positive training :
With the imprinting method the bird will then become in need for contact with its carers( as if they were its parents). Therefore it will become very responsive to whatever is asked from it at an early age.
Training traditionally allows for safe free flights by controlling the bird 's return response. Its primary incentive is used : food.
Starting at a young age, we train them so they undestand that they will get fed after each return.Quicly, this becomes automatic.
The positive training approach is globally based on trying to eliminate pressure and stress as much as possible. We use rewarding as sole incentive during practises.
Each species has specific abilities and behaviours . Still, each bird has its own temperament, dynamism , its need for independance, all of these must be respected.Therefore, we adapt to each one. Hence, special affinities arise between the carers and the birds. We take account of them.
If they feel safe (otherwise they want to protect themselves or escape) birds always have intentions : they want to investigate about something, to play or relax and for those with more evolved brains (corvids for example) to experiment. Birds must feel they are safe.
To be able to sense what birds feel is not easy. Indeed, very few of their expression codes are similar to mammals' (and we are naturally closer to mammals). Thus we spend very much time with them to be able to understand every detail of their behavioural responses to a given environment. Only then, can we guess and feel their fears and intentions and be able to propose stimulating interaction.
We teach them by way of playing activities and other types of stimulation , therefore mutual trust can be established.The birds' sensitivity and cognitive faculties are not underestimated.
It takes about three years to have a bird that will perform well. Then, its ability to adapt to new situations will increase with age and experience , therefore we start working on this ability from the bird's early age.
Thanks to these technical skills and these « experienced » birds, we can be particularly precise on film sets and theater stages despite time, place and environment constraints.