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This is a thread on how to teach your bird: tricks (hard,medium and easy) and how to make them talk and last the rule of three :)

Rule of three

1. emotion= if the bird sees your emotion they pick up signals on what to do. If you do a sad facial expression for a trick the bird will know that if you do that expression you mean you want the bird to do that trick. Expressing anger in facial expressions is a great way to get across your emoticons without harming the bird but showing it that you mean buisness. Happy is praise for a bird and this can be substituted instead of treats and birds tend to repeat a trick more if you do big and bold (over the top) facial expressions.

2. Repeating= repeating the trick is a very important step as birds tend to forget easily and just teaching a bird a trick once is not going to get it in the birds head very well. Talking involves a lot of repeating as the bird needs to learn the mouth movements and positions as well as the vocal side of things. It is the same basic fondation as tricks as you have to reapeat the movement of the trick and you have to repeat the facial expression. A bird that has a trick repeated to it lots will be a easier bird to teach and a quicker one as they will know the command off by heart to repeat it without your help.

3. Praise= Praise is the most important. A bird that does a trick for nothing will not be intrested in doing it again as it knows it does not get anything however if a bird does a trick and gets praised for it, it seems to respond again to get more praise and this helps you start the training process. Praise must only be given if the bird does the trick correctly with only some bounds of flexibility. If the bird does not do it how you want it to, do not praise it as it gets a treat for nothing. Praise can be in the form of treats, facial expression or playing a game with a toy. Most birds respond more to treats such as: millet, seeds, honey sticks and biscuits (for birds) rather than facial expression or games. Charlie responds to games more than treats and never really responds to facial expressions.

After doing these things your bird is ready to be taught a trick, only till you understand the proper ways to teach a bird will it be likely your bird does anything.

Simple tricks

Ringing a bell, in three simple steps

1. First get the bell and ring it so the bird can process the movement of the action and the sound. Say the command "Ring" so the bird knows that when you say ring the bell moves and makes a sound. When the bells has stopped repeat this process until the bird is full aware of the bell and the movement combine with it's sound.

2. Give the bird the bell, hooking it into it's mouth or placing it infront of the bird. Point your finger towards it so that the bird is aware of it's presence and will go and explore it. If you placed it in the birds mouth use your finger to ring the bell while it is in the birds mouth. The bird shall feel the vibrations and know it has to shake the bell in order to produce the sound and movement. When the bird shakes it's head say the command "Ring" and praise it. If you put the bell on the ground keep pointing to it until the bird picks it up in it's mouth by this time the bird while picking it up may of dropped it or it may of made a sound during the pick up process and the bird would have heard the sound. It should then pick it up and drop it or shake it and make the sound. In any of these cases say the command "ring" and praise the bird for doing so.

3. Repeat this process over and over until the bird has mastered the movement and can do the trick without nany assitance.

Shake, in two simple steps

1. position the bird to the appropriate position for you to reach under it's tummy, the bird may neglect your finger and bite it but keep going with the movement until the bird lifts it's leg up and back down. While in the lifting stage say the command "shake or wave" and the bird will know that when you say wave/shake it needs to lift up it's leg. Praise the bird for lifting it's leg with a treat such as millet or seed ..ect

2. Repeat this process until the bird has mastered the movement and no longer needs you to put your finger under it's belly to lift it's leg up but does the movement on it's own.

Hoop, in two simple steps

1. Purchase a hoop or ring from a retailer and put it beside your birds cage for a week so the bird programs into it's head the hoop is ok and safe to use. When this week has pasted bring your bird out and gently slide it througn the birds body till it has gone all the way past from it's head to it's tail feathers. In this process say the command "Hoop" and praise the bird. Next do this backwards when the bird has mastered forward hoop and say the command "backwards hoop" And praise the bird. If the bird doesnot go through the hoop plant a treat the other side and make it come througn the hoop in it's own time to get it's reward and soon the bird will know the hoop is safe.

2. Repeat this until the bird will just walk through the hoop with no treat or just on your command "hoop"

Climb ladder, in two simple steps

1. To teach your bird to climb a ladder you only have to place the bird on the ladder and drag a treat up the ladder (or down) and say the command "climb or down" The bird then knows when you say "climb or down" it must travel down or up the ladder. Praise the bird for doing this.

2. Repeat this over and over again so the bird climbs the ladder with no treat and only on the command "climb or down"

Come, in two simple steps

1. First get your friend to hold the bird on her/his arm. Then take the bird off of her/him and say the command "come" Do this around ten times saying the command "come" then get further away and make the bird hop onto your hand instead of taking him. If your bird does not want to place a treat on your hand or arm and the bird will hop to get it, again say the command "come". Soon you can get far away and say the command "come" and your bird will fly over to you instantly instead of ignoring you.

2. Repeat this until your birds just flies over to you with no worries.

Tug of war in one easy step

1. Tug of war involes a keychain and nothing else. get the bird to grab onto the keychain and when you pull it should not let go, this usually is natural to the bird as they like to play and don't want to let go. If your bird will not do it smear some treat e.g banana on the end of it and the bird will grab onto it to taste then pull and say the command "tug of war" and the bird may stay and grab it or may let go and follow it but either way praise the bird and then repeat it over and over again

Medium tricks

Fetch and give, in three steps

1. Get a small toy that your bird loves (it has to be small, the size of a keychain) and chuck it somewhere that your bird can still see it and walk over to it. Your birds reaction will be to go and get it as they want to play with their best toy ever and will go over to it and start to play with it. At first you must only say the command "fetch" and leave the command "give". Repeat this until the bird fully knows the command.

2. Next slide your hand under the bird so it stands onto you, STILL WITH THE TOY IN IT'S MOUTH! Then say "give" and pull the toy out of the birds mouth and give it a treat and praise. Then repeat this until you move your hand far away and your bird walks up to your hand and places the keychain in your hand in exchange for a treat.

3. you must repeat this over and over until your bird does it with out seeing the treat in your hand and just walks over and you give him a treat.

Jigsaw in two steps

1. first place the bird on the floor or somewhere it can see all of the jigsaw puzzle (stick to a simple puzzle and move onto a harder one as you don't want to confuse your bird with a hard puzzle). Put a piece of puzzle in the bird's mouth and point to the place you want it (it will be easier for your bird if the puzzle is in shapes or colour co-ordinated then you can say the command "green" or "red" and the bird will put the red puzzle piece in the red slot and the green in the green slot.) Your bird will approch it and slot it in, it usually takes around 6 months to train for this trick so be patient.

2.Once your bird has mastered that take it apart and try again.

Flip in two steps

1. first you must make sure your bird knows the command "come" as it will be easier to do this otherwise. This is because when you do this you must make sure the bird flys into this trick instead of just doing it. You must first grab your bird and flip it (don't force it into doing this!). Once done that you must do it again and say the command "flip" and do this on the ground. Then give a treat.

2.Repeat this until your bird can do the trick without any help from your hands. And it does it when you say "flip"

Extend in two steps

1. First you must wait until your bird extends it's wings (you must use a clicker on this one as it is easier) then you praise the bird and give it a treat and say the command "extend". do this everytime your bird extends it wings, praise it and treat it and soon you can just say the command and it will extend it's wings.

2. repeat this until it extends his wings with just the command "extend"

football in three steps

1.First get a ball and train your bird to fetch and kick the ball by putting a big treat inside and making the bird try and get it. Then introduce your hand and you kick it about so he becomes protective and nudges it away from you.

2. Next set up goals and place a treat in the ball and the goal. The bird will rush for the treat in the goal pushing the ball at the same time into the goal

3. repeat this until the birds knows how to play football and you can join in.

Home in two steps

1. Everytime you put your bird back into it's cage say the command "home". each time get further and further away so the bird has to jump or fly to get home, always remebering to say "home" Soon the bird will learn to go home when you say the command "home"

2. Repeat this until fully tame about going home.

Hard tricks

I can not say of a hard trick myself as there are none it is the way you link tricks together that makes it hard. You must link three or more tricks together and commandments so the bird is made to do more than one trick at the same time, if this confuses your bird break it done into chunks and say one commandment at a time so the bird does that and then moves onto the next one. You may want to come up with a commandment for the whole routine like "rountine 1" or you may want to stick with the individual trick names which in somes ways in easier as the bird know each command off by heart and this means it can do it no problem but with a new commandment it means the bird has to know what tricks to do in what routine.

Your bird can repeat more than one thing at a time and learn it but to make it even harder do the routine in different orders each time to test your bird and this shows how clever your bird is. Here are some routine ideas

1. come --> shake --> hoop

2. ladder --> hoop --> bell

3. bell --> shake --> come

As you can see i am just mixing and matching my tricks together to create harder ones. Why don't you try?

How to talk

Follow the rule of three to see how to make the bird talk.

1. Repeat or play a recording of a word you want your bird to say, when you see your bird mimic it or vocally make a sound start saying the word yourself instead of the tape.

2. Your bird at first will either make mumbled sounds or open it's mouth and say hello with no sound to it, this is ok becuase this is the first step to learning. Just follow the rules of three and ....

3.Your bird will say hello correctly

Simple first words

◦pretty boy
◦the name of the bird
◦good day
◦good evening
◦good boy
◦good girl
◦well done

medium words

◦how are you?
◦where have you been?
◦see you later
◦hello again
◦wake up sleepy head
◦my name is ...
◦hello to you to
◦let's play a game
◦i see you
◦i want a cuddle (or scratch)

Hard words

hard words include: songs, books and any long word like

i live at: and they give the address

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Nice post, full of information, Amberlea.

Thank you

What trick is Charlie working on now? What about your budgies?

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Nice post, full of information, Amberlea.

Thank you

What trick is Charlie working on now? What about your budgies?
Charlie is more working on his photographs more than tricks at the moment but shake and a few words he is working on mostly :)

My budgies don't do tricks :giggle:

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Nice post, it sounds easy the way you do it! My budgies don't do tricks, but they can say everything our conure Remmy says! Even one hen is talking!

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Oh wow, thank you! Seems like you spent a great deal of time on this. :D

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Awesome post :D
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