I am so thrilled I really don't know where to begin!
Let me start with the fact that I never thought of taming any of my keets by clicker training. Recently I have been learning more about large parrots to prepare for the day I get one (and to become a parrot know it all!). I came across birdtricks.com and admired there bonds between their large free flight parrots and I watched an episode of their one day miracles. They cured an amazons problems in one day by target/clicker training. So I sat there and thought, 'huh... Well I have 2 more birds to tame and I guess I could try to clicker train.'
Ace and leo are the last of my flock to be tamed. They are very nervous with everything (and are getting a little better everyday). They have recently been clipped and put into a smaller cage (compared to their other cage) for training and will be moved into a big flight cage once they start coming out. About a week ago I just started training them, the usual "you get millet if you step up on the perch". I wasnt going very far with that.
Yesterday I started clicker training. If they touched the popsicle stick, they got a click and some millet. They didnt fully understand it. Today I tried again doing the same thing. Though the course of maybe 5 training sessions they finally were starting to get it. I started making them move to touch the target and then hop onto a perch to touch it (which wasn't all that successful). Then sometimes I would use my finger in the place of the target. I then started to make my finger more and more horizontal with each time I wanted them to touch it. Leo was the most motivated and the 'best' at stepping onto the perch a week ago.
He touched my finger when it was horizontal... Click. Treat. He did this a few more times. Then he touched it again and I clicked and waited.. He touched my finger with his foot. Click. Treat. Then I clicked him for touching my finger and lured him onto my finger with the millet. He stepped up and I clicked and treated him. The next times he was stepping up and I was clicking for touching my finger then clicking when he stepped up and rewarding him.
Note that he never had an intrest with stepping up on my finger before, only the perch. Now, in LESS than ONE DAY, I have him stepping up on my finger with clicker training. I am truly amazed!!
I have tried several different training methods from doing perch and millet, and also Roland's SEAT method (from talk budgies), and other little things along the way, but clicker training is proving to be the best method for me. It gives rewarding millet a whole new meaning!
That is my one day clicker training story that I just wanted to share
there is still much more to be done before he (and eventually ace) actually come out, but the first big step (stepping up on my finger) is over! I am so excited to see how quickly he learns!