Parrot Training Workshop Auckland Zoo 4th Nov 2012
Hosted by Barbara Heidenreich
We had 3x interactive parrot sessions.
First up was a SC2, who was not co-operative, all he wanted was his handler.
But he did provide one very good example.
Well it was a human that gave us a true life look at what not to do, or showed how to use coercion as a negative reinforcer.
The Parrot was down on the floor and walked under the seats and was refusing to step up on a voluntary basis. And this guy pushed him into stepping up and returned him to the stand. When Barbara explained, he still wanted to argue? Some will never learn.
Next was training a Lori who was scared of towels to walk on to and then step into a tunnel made from towels. This took 3x 15/20min sessions. But that bird walked onto and then crawled through the tunnel.
The third was the Kea’s that I have posted the photo’s below. This was again target training. Showing how to introduce a syringe to a bird that had never seen one before. This was fun, as I had one of them land right beside me when they first came down. And later I came close to having one step up, but food won out. And we are not meant to touch.
For your viewing pleasure I do have some pics of them. They were the only pics I took.
Training. She showed how to target train and using very small steps to get the desired results. And how to reward each step, instantly. She also showed using a clicker for when you are not right with them as a positive re-enforcer.
She did show my fav and that was the lady who thought she was being so good walking around in circles while her bird held on flapping it’s clipped wings.
21years and she could still not see the bird was freaking out trying to hang on. She thought it was making sure it got good exercise.
How to teach a bird to offer it’s feet for nail trimming.
How to relax and be rolled up in a towel, and even putting its own head into the cup over it’s head to be anesthetized.
How to get a bird used to having a needle stuck in it’s chest.
How to read different birds body language and how to respond to it accordingly.Like teaching a bird that tends to bite instead of stepping up. By re directing it's head up using targeting and then asking it to step up.
One thing she did say and I am going to guess a huge number of us have done this! Is, do not push a birds chest to get it to step up. This is using force. A bird should be asked to step up and volunteer to do this action.
Showed a vid of Sirocco and talked about how they re directed his sexual out goings.
Excepting a harness.
She showed parrots, rabbits, chickens, rats, guinea pigs, and other animals.
A video of a place. I do not remember where! Mexico or South America where they free flighted 42 Macaws. Awesome sight.
This only covers a rough idea of what we saw and heard. Talk, videos, and interactive made up the day.
As you can imagine there was a huge amount to take in. as this run for 8hrs.
If you are ever lucky to have this lady hold an event near you I can promise you will not be disappointed going to learn.
Barbara likes to show you a short video and then ask you to make comments on what you have seen and how you interpret what was happening and includes likely outcome.
Pics from the Weka and Kea enclosure.
The dominate male, as you can see from his puffed up feathers.