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What are you currently training/teaching your bird(s)?

As the title indicates....it can be a trick training or behavioural modification. How is your progress going? Need any assistance? I am hoping we can open some dialogue to assist one another.
What I am currently working on for Oscar is flight retrieve from the floor.....currently he will flight retrieve from flight stands, tables, and basically anywhere that is NOT the floor. I know that parrots often feel vulnerable on the ground/floor as they are prey animals in the wild and its my belief that is what is holding him back. As a solution I am doing more activities with him on the floor and having him do simple retrieves on the floor, as opposed to flighted retrieves. Basically desentitizing him to the floor so he gets over the slight hurdle/fear.
What are you trying to accomplish currently?

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I taught my parrotlet some tricks, turn around, wave, go upside down. Right now we are working on socializing everyone, parrotlet, budgie, and linnie. Also working on relieving my parrotlet's cage aggression.

It sounds like your training is going well, congrats on yours and your birds success.

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I have recently started training my senegal again. This is a recent video of the retraining I did with him http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaQiI...ature=youtu.be he is starting to get the hang of it all again.

I have tried to train him to play dead before but that trick was too difficult for me to teach him. If anyone has successfully trained their birds to play dead then please do share the secret .

At the moment I am trying to train him to accept a harness on him, he's been trying to bite the harness off him whenever it is on him. If i succeed in harness training him I would like to take him outdoors to do some flying in his harness, and maybe do some recall training outdoors too.


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I'm working on getting Ren and Stimpy to consistently step up right now, but I think Ren might be learning a few words. Either that, or he's just mumbling. :P
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I'm currently training Paulchen (blue) not to spread his wings and open his beak or even bite when I put my hands into the cage to give my linnies food and water.

Further I'm training both linnies not to poop on the keyboard of my laptop when they are visiting me at my desk.
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I'm currently training Paulchen (blue) not to spread his wings and open his beak or even bite when I put my hands into the cage to give my linnies food and water.

Further I'm training both linnies not to poop on the keyboard of my laptop when they are visiting me at my desk.


My Stitch has also started doing that recently. Probably because I've been very busy lately, so no time and I'm in a rush. But I just look at him and when he realizes the hands are attached to my face, he relaxes.

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I'm working on getting Ren and Stimpy to consistently step up right now, but I think Ren might be learning a few words. Either that, or he's just mumbling. :P
They mumble till they get it right then one day a word comes out!!! You will be surprised too!

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They mumble till they get it right then one day a word comes out!!! You will be surprised too!
I am hoping my plet will get confident enough to say his words in front of me. He says them all when he thinks I am not paying attention and I listen from around the corner, lol. As soon as I walk in , huh? I didn't say a thing.

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4thebirds, I was disappointed in my plet he never talked for me, 8 yrs later when I discovered he is a she that could be the reason. Skyler is my only talker at first he would only talk when I was out of the room but could hear him at the door. Now he starts talking when I'm in the room. When I say an old phrase he says it with me I'm working on new words, I love his voice. Finally when we went to the bird shop for a wing and nail trim he said "hi" to to the one grooming him. Andrea was looking for linnies, their own shop couldn't get any in. I gave them Cindy's number in Sacramento she has recently adopted 2 young linnies from her. Zoe at the bird shop also called Cindy, now has 2 linnies as well.

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I'm training my parrotlets to step up on my arm from their cage. It took a few days and today they both came out and stayed on my arm. I ws feeling so proud and then....as I fed my female. A seed she bit me. Now I have to start all over. Maybe little birds are just to nervous to be socilized birds?
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I'm training my parrotlets to step up on my arm from their cage. It took a few days and today they both came out and stayed on my arm. I ws feeling so proud and then....as I fed my female. A seed she bit me. Now I have to start all over. Maybe little birds are just to nervous to be socilized birds?
Little birds can be socialized same as bigger bird. Smaller birds generally have a quicker fight/flight response than larger birds, but can be socialized quite well.
I would target train the parrotlets to step on and off your hands. Reward only if they dont bite. The more time you interact with birds in a positive fashion and dont get bit, the more the biting behaviour will extinguish over time.

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[quote=Julie;200874]I'm training my parrotlets to step up on my arm from their cage. It took a few days and today they both came out and stayed on my arm. I ws feeling so proud and then....as I fed my female. A seed she bit me. Now I have to start all over. Maybe little birds are just to nervous to be socilized birds?[/quo.te]

I trained my parrotlet when I first opened the door she had to wait till I offered my finger to step up. But as a treat I offered a little piece of millet, but big enough so she could see it was food. When you offered your bird a seed she probably thought your fingers were a big beak Don't give up they are smart and learn quick. She understood after a while if she bit me I would say "no bite" and right back in the cage. After about 15-30 secs. I repeated it. jelly Bean has been with me for 8 yrs and doesn't bite

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I am teaching a Sunday male given up because he was not people friendly and all he did was scream and chew your clothes to step up and to like scritches. He already learned not to chew on clothes and to give kisses so now I am working on step up and touching him without him flying away- he's doing great but I don't really train them, I just ask them and, eventually, they do it.
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Bindi was trained by her breeder to step up on to a little ladder. She won't step up on to anything else but a ladder, which is fine by me.

To get her in and out of her cage I hold a little ladder and she steps up on it.

Today I decided that I would try and teach her to come out of her cage using a long ladder from the door opening to the floor, without me holding it.
She took to it like a duck to water, and mastered it on her first attempt. She climbed down around the perches in her cage, trying to pick the best route to the ladder, then climbed down the ladder for which she got a food reward...I'm so proud of her.

I'll try and get a photo of her on the ladder next time.

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I have recently started training my senegal again. This is a recent video of the retraining I did with him http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaQiI...ature=youtu.be he is starting to get the hang of it all again.

I have tried to train him to play dead before but that trick was too difficult for me to teach him. If anyone has successfully trained their birds to play dead then please do share the secret .

At the moment I am trying to train him to accept a harness on him, he's been trying to bite the harness off him whenever it is on him. If i succeed in harness training him I would like to take him outdoors to do some flying in his harness, and maybe do some recall training outdoors too.
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May I suggest you watch the You Tube videos of Michael Sazhin he has a flighted Senegal that he flies at a park. He also has a bird forum called Parrot Forum and a book he has written in training your parrot. The name is The Parrot Wizard's Guide to Well-Behaved Parrots. I'm reading the book now and also am in the process of training my six parrots. Take a look at his website too.

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I'm training my parrotlets to step up on my arm from their cage. It took a few days and today they both came out and stayed on my arm. I ws feeling so proud and then....as I fed my female. A seed she bit me. Now I have to start all over. Maybe little birds are just to nervous to be socilized birds?[/quo.te]

I trained my parrotlet when I first opened the door she had to wait till I offered my finger to step up. But as a treat I offered a little piece of millet, but big enough so she could see it was food. When you offered your bird a seed she probably thought your fingers were a big beak Don't give up they are smart and learn quick. She understood after a while if she bit me I would say "no bite" and right back in the cage. After about 15-30 secs. I repeated it. jelly Bean has been with me for 8 yrs and doesn't bite
If I offered my finger she would bite it. That is why I offer my arm. We've been at this a month now and not much of a change. After 15 min they will step up on my arm and then will sit while I talk with them for ten more minutes then they fly off. the only treat I can find that they like is a Safflower, they don't like millet. I know it takes a long time, but I thought after a month we would be further along than this! Any suggestions?
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I'm working on clicker training Jester, and I'd like to teach Peatree how to wave.
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I am hoping my plet will get confident enough to say his words in front of me. He says them all when he thinks I am not paying attention and I listen from around the corner, lol. As soon as I walk in , huh? I didn't say a thing.
Completely agree, mumble mumble chirp chirp mumble....and the next thing you know it's saying "I"m a pretty bird, pretty bird pretty pretty pretty bird..i'm a pretttttttttttttyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bird". It was really cute the first couple dozen times I heard him say it..but he never. gets. quiet. I mean my little blue psycho bird will talk and talk and talk like a toddler on crack. So about 2 weeks ago i'm sitting at my desk working and he's hanging out on the monitor doing his pretty bird song and I make the comment "Hey M'éanín, love to hear you talk, but could you change it up a bit, try out some new words or something". Know what the little blue psycho did?

"Peek-a-boo Pretty Bird......."

I had no clue. Had been playing peek a boo using a kleenex tissue for several days prior to that, he never said a word the whole time...then out of no where.

As for training, I don't "train" officially. I simply talk to him normally, much like I would a small child. When I open the cage door I say "Good Morning" several times, same at bedtime and say "nite nite". At the moment we are repeating several common words, but he's the one who strings them together, mumbles 24/7, even when he's asleep he's mumbling. I just know i'm going to wake up some day and find him carrying on an entire conversation.

With my little girl, we are working on just her becoming less scared of everything. She's a rescue bird, was abused and she's fairly fearful. I've only had her about 2 months or so, but she's doing great. Loves to chase me around the house, she really bonded to me and M'éanín, neither one of us can leave her or she will start this panicked chirping thing she does and take off after us.
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I am hoping my plet will get confident enough to say his words in front of me. He says them all when he thinks I am not paying attention and I listen from around the corner, lol. As soon as I walk in , huh? I didn't say a thing.
Jeanie my Alexandrine does this! I find it so sweet I could listen to her practicing talking all day.
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What a great thread idea!

With Nala and Chip, we are working on socializing them with other people, getting them to be friends with Kuzco, and just bonding time in general.

With Kuzco, we are working on flight recall, since he enjoys it much more then stepping up, getting used to hands, and more bonding time.

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