Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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We have had moderate success with all of our birds. By that I mean that they all know what I mean when I put them over the "potty perch" and ask them if they need to go, and, if they need to go, most of them will go. As Jenny said, the larger the bird the easier it is to do because they go less often. The smaller birds are also just as good about understanding the concept and trying to comply as the larger birds. The problem is that they have to go so often that it is difficult to remember to offer often enough. When I just had one little bird, it was easy to remember, but with the fact that I often have more than one little bird on me at a time, it is hard to remember who might need to go. I consider this MY problem, not theirs, so I just clean myself off.
I've never made any attempt to teach them to hold pooh in. I guess I didn't know that was even possible, but I can see how that would be dangerous if a bird wouldn't go if it had to. I know people whose birds naturally refuse to defacate inside their cages. Even that seems unhealthy to me, but these people didn't teach this. It was a natural behavior for their particular birds.