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Abundance Weaning
The term "abundance weaning" was created and trademarked by Phoebe Greene Linden of Santa Barbara Bird Farm. During abundance weaning, parrot breeders continue to give the chicks handfeedings while offering them solid foods to try. The birds are allowed to stay on handfeedings until they themselves decide that they are ready to eat and drink on their own. Most breeders agree that abundance weaning techniques lead to birds with more stable physical and psychological health.
Applied Behavior Analysis
ABA is the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvement in human and animal behavior. ABA includes the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. ABA is based on the science that an individuals behavior is determined by past and current environmental events in conjunction with organic variables such as genetics. Thus, it focuses on explaining behavior in terms of external events that can be modified rather than internal constructs that are beyond our control.