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I already have a Quaker & a Macaw, and today adopted a 5 month old Timneh African Grey. Want to do the best for our new baby & am hoping to get lots of tips from this forum.
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Trying to find good training methods. Any suggestions?
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Welcome to TP. As for training methods, the best one, by far, is that based on positivie reinforcement. Here you will find lots of information.

Take a look on the internet on the articles from Susan G. Friedman, Bob Bailey... and remember that training is similar for any species (not only parrots), so you can begin by reading the Karen Pryor master piece, "Donīt shoot the dog".

I do have a blog about parrot training specifically, but is in Spanish. However I am begining an English version. You can check them if you want (see my signature).

Anyway, the golden rules are:
- Treat any response you want to be repeated and ignore any response you dislike,
- Be a splitter, not a lumper: break any "trick" you want to train into tiny pieces, so the animal learn in baby steps, meaning it can have a high rate of reinforcement.
- Be patient, let the parrot set the pace.
- Have fun while training (both u and your animals).

Anyway, welcome on board.
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what kind of macaw? some training methods are different, depending on species. Also, welcome



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what kind of macaw? some training methods are different, depending on species. Also, welcome
Of course there are a few variations in the way one aproach the training session depending on species; what I meant is that the basics of training, the philosophy if you want, remains the same for a macaw as well as for a dolphin or a cockroach. Is just a question of the science behind training. Obviously the practice is not the same, but, personally, I donīt find any diference if we deal with a scarlet macaw or a military one.
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Thanks for your replies. My Macaw is a Red Front, however, he is about 10 years old. The new baby is a 5 month old Timneh Grey. He is the one I am trying to train.

The older birds are very interested in the Tim. They actually seem to try to impress him. Very cute. I think they will be helpful in training.
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If he sees you training and playing with them he may pick a few things up from them, birds like to copy each other

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... and of course you can train a 10 years old parrot (just in case...)
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