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I have a crimson bellied conure that I'm working on potty training. She is getting the hang of going when I say "go potty" and put her either on top of her cage or on a high perch in her cage, but I'm having trouble with her still having accidents on me. She seems to poop like every 5 minutes or something! :eek: She's only about 11 weeks old, so I know it will take some time and I can expect some accidents, but what is the best way to try to get her not to poop on me? I have started putting her in her cage and leaving her in it for 10 min or so when that happens, so she realizes that she doesn't get to stay out when she poops on me, and then I'll make her potty before I will hold her again but I don't even know if that's effective or not. Anyone else have any suggestions? She's caught on pretty fast to going on her cage when I say "Go Potty" so I know she's a smart little bird. ;) Thanks!
 

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What I do with my Conures is before I let them on me, I would ask them to "do a poop" when done they can play on my bed or on me, then in about 4 to 5 mins I repeat and ask them to "do a poop" again. To me that is the only way.

I would never put them in the cage as a training method for any amount of time if they've pooped on me. By doing so you're making your Conure holding it in and that's not good for your bird.
 

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Potty training is to train your bird to do a poop on command, you don't train the bird to hold it in. I don't know where you read about the training to teach your bird to hold back the poop when he/she is on you. That is just so wrong, so so wrong.
 

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As Tippa said, you do have to be careful with potty training. If you teach them to hold it in, then you run the risk of them holding it in and only pooping on command which is bad for both their physical and mental health. I had clients who potty trained all wrong and their greys or cockatoos literally will NOT poop unless the owner gives the command :(

Best thing you can do is to hold them over a trash can, or somewhere you want them to poop, and ask them to poo. It's your responsibility while holding him to ask regularly if they have to go, so they don't poo on you. While training, you can wear an old towel or shirt over your shoulder (take an old t-shirt and cut it to make almost a scarf, or bib, that covers your shoulders but still has the hole for the neck so you can wear it over your clothes) and use that so you don't get poo on you, but your little one can still sit on you while learning. Even a properly potty trained bird is going to poop on you if you don't prompt them, or offer them, the chance to poo
 

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Yeah, I don't bother with potty training. I haven't heard the best things about it, and I personally don't think it's a good idea.
 

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It's a tough subject, really. I know far more people who have success with it. Our moluccan was "potty trained" as in he would poo on command if he had to. The advantage with a bigger bird is he pooped every 20 minutes or so, so it wasn't so bad. I would ask "gotta poop?" and he would cock his head, think, then walk to the end of my hand and do his business lol. I thought about doing the same with Goober, but unless she HAS to go badly, she won't poop on me. In the 2 years I've had her home she's only pooped on me twice.

You just have to watch how you're doing it. Most people are either unsuccessful or have moderate success. Teaching them to hold it and not go is what's very hard and not recommended. Teaching them to poo when asked isn't so bad
 

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I haven't bothered with it either Abby
 

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i didnt bother and solo trys not to poop on me he will try direct it so that it does not land on me and if it does oh-well just gota clean it up :shrug:
 

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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.
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I really appreciate it. :) I didn't mean to start a controversy and come off like I wanted to try to teach my bird to hold it for long periods of time. That was not my intention at all...I have been taking her to her cage every 5 to 10 minutes as it is, and I don't expect her to be able to hold it for a hour at a time by any means or some crazy amount of time. The whole reason I even asked is because I grew up with a sun conure that wouldn't go on you at all just as long as you took him to his cage often enough... every 20-30 minutes or so, so I guess I just assumed I could do this with my bird as well. I thought that was reasonable since he was also a conure...He would poop on me if he had to go and I didn't get him to his cage in time, so I never even thought about inadvertantly teaching my bird not to poop except by command. I definitely don't want to do anything to harm her, so if it's not a good idea, then I won't do it. Tippa, I really appreciate the advice, but your second post did seem a little judgmental to me...I can assure you that I am here to learn and by no means wish to harm by bird by making her hold it in. Thanks again for the advice...i appreciate it!
 

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NCGirl,
I'm sure your crimson bellied conure will learn as well as your sun conure did in the past. My green cheek is good about this as long as I pay attention. As I said earlier, sometimes now I have so many little birds on me at the same time that I don't pay attention like I should.
 

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I have only had my pgcc for almost 4 weeks now.... at 1st we had to worry about him pooping on us every 5-10 minutes or so... without any training at all he is holding it ( some...lol) while on us and pooping when he gets on a hand or a playstand and not so much on our shoulders... they seem to understand this... my parrotlet also does this but the budgies could care less if they poop on us.. ( or do they do it on purpose??)
 

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Potty training is to train your bird to do a poop on command, you don't train the bird to hold it in. I don't know where you read about the training to teach your bird to hold back the poop when he/she is on you. That is just so wrong, so so wrong.
@NCGirl, you can see what i said there "l don't know where you read about the training to teach your bird to hold back the poop when he/she is on you" i meant this training you read is so so wrong. Which part of my post is judging you? If my post came across like i'm being judgmental then i apologise. I thought you read this method somewhere. I am trying to tell you it's so so wrong. Hope this has corrected any misundertanding. I come in peace.

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