Find out about how to train tricks and good behavior to your parrot
How to teach my parrot tricks, how to teach my parrot to step up, how to train my parrot to fly to me
Senegal Parrot, Cockatiel, Budgerigar, Parakeet, Conure, Poicephalus Parrots, African Grey Parrot, Eclectus, Amazon, Cockatoo, Macaw
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This is a blog about how I trained my Senegal Parrot but it is relevant to training any kind of parrot
People often ask me how I trained my parrot but unfortunately I do not have videos of the early training sessions with Kili. So now that I am getting a new Cape Parrot, I intend to record videos and write articles about it from the very beginning
This parrot blog has been created to discuss, display, post about and talk about how to teach and tame parrots. This blog will show experiences in methods of how to train a parakeet a trick. This blog will also reveal experiences with how to tame and bond with a Senegal Parrot. Experiences training an African Grey to talk on cue will be discussed on this blog. This blog will show that parrots are incredibly entertaining and fascinating animals that can bring a lot of joy to their owner's lives. Owning one may involve training tricks, taming, bonding, and caring for these intelligent animals. Although parrots are extremely enjoyable companion pets, this blog will show that they do have downsides. Parrots love to chew, and they will make a mess. Many parrots have are aggressive or scared. Some parrots will bite, lunge, screech, scream and fly away out of aggression, to defend their territory, or out of fear. Problems can be overlooked or overcome if you teach, train and tame a parrot with the correct techniques used by contributors of this blog.
For anyone who is considering a parrot as a pet, a considerable amount of research and evaluation should be done before a decision is made. Some companion bird species can outlive their owner. An Eclectus may live for 65 years, an Amazon has a life expectancy of about 50 years, a Macaw may reach the age of 60 years, Budgies can live to be about 20 years old, and some Cockatoos can live to be about 65 years old but a Cockatiel may live for 20 years. As a result of such a long lifespan in many species, a parrot should be a lifetime commitment. You must imagine yourself later into your life and consider if you would still be willing to care for your pet decades from now.
This blog will depict a log of experiences of parrot owners who teach their parrots how to perform a trick and the process involved to train one to mimic an entertaining word, phrase, or sound. Some basic tricks to teach a parakeet how to perform are wave, shake, nod, spin or turn around, and show or lift and spread wings. This blog will depict experiences with target or stick training, using a clicker, and this blog will depict experiences with how to use this technique and a clicker to train tricks. Teaching tricks shown on this blog is an incredibly fun and enjoyable way to bond with your parrot. Target or stick train and clicker techniues apply to parrots of all sizes, including a parakeet, a parrotlet, a lovebird, a lorikeet, a caique, a senegal parrot, a meyer's parrot, a red bellied parrrot, an eclectus parrot, an african grey parrot, an amazon, a cockatiel, a cockatoo, and a macaw.
Many parrots are chosen for specific desired qualities that generally occur in that type. Amazon parrots are bold, friendly and confident talking parrots and they can learn to sing songs. African Grey parrots are known to be one the best and clearest talkers. Cockatoos are extremely cuddly, playful and affectionate but demanding birds. Macaws are large, brightly colored and loving parrots with the potential for a very big bite. Poicephalus parrots are small, quiet birds with a bigger bird type of personality. Conures are parakeets with some varieties having extremely beautiful plumage but they are known to be loud. Budgerigars, parrotlets, and lovebirds are small, inexpensive and widely available parrots with many beautiful genetic mutations.
Blog Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get my Alexandrine parakeet to step up?
Training a bird to step up is a universal technique that can be applied to a parakeet, as well as a macaw, grey, cockatoo, amazon, conure, poicephalus, lovebird, parrotlet, caique, and more. In order to teach your parakeet how to step up, you must think of a command you would like to use to cue your Alexandrine parakeet when you would like it to step up. You can choose to say something such as "Up", "Step Up" or "Hop Up" and always use it as your cue. To teach your parakeet how to step up, you simply hold your finger out under your Alexandrine parakeet's abdomen, press it gently against your Alexandrine parakeet, and your bird will become unbalanced. In order to correct its balance, it will step forward and up onto your finger. To make this training effective and rewarding, always reward your parakeet with praise each time they step up onto your finger. Saying "good" or "good bird" and giving your parakeet attention when they step up will teach your parakeet that if they step up onto your finger, they will enjoy it.
What are the essential items needed to own for an Amazon parrot? What supplies do I need to buy from a pet supplies store when I purchase my Amazon parrot?
The Amazon parrot is a large sized parrot and needs an appropriately large sized cage. Your Amazon parrot should be able to move around a bit inside of its cage, as well as have room to stretch its wings completely. A cage for an Amazon would most likely also be appropriate for an African Grey, a Cockatoo, an Ecelctus, and possibly a Macaw. You will need to make sure that the spacing between the bars of your cage is appropriately sized for your bird. Your Amazon should not be able to stick its head through the bars of the cage because that is a safety hazard for a parrot and it is extremely dangerous. Some pet supplies store items that are essential for owning an Amazon are a variety of types of parrot toys, a variety of natural wood perches, food bowls, a water bottle, a cuttle bone or mineral block, food, treats, and vitamins. In addition, you should purchase a book about owning your Amazon, a carrier for traveling, and supplies to clean your Amazon parrot's cage.
How do I stop my Sun Conure from screaming when I leave the room?
The Jenday Conure, the Nanday Conure, and the Sun Conure are known to be very loud. If your Sun Conure has learned to scream for you whenever you leave and you responded to the scream by giving it attention instead of leaving, it has learned to scream to get your attention. In order to get your Conure to stop screaming for attention, all you can do is simply ignore the behavior. Never respond to your Conure screaming whenever you leave and your Conure will figure out on its own that screaming is a waste of effort and time. It may take a while to undo all the reinforcing you have made to the screaming and your Conure may have screaming fits for days or weeks before it learns to stop trying, but you cannot be sympathetic to the screaming.
Why do you need to weigh your Blue and Gold Macaw on a scale?
It is important to weigh your Blue and Yellow Macaw on a gram scale because Macaws, like all parrots, hide illnesses. You may not realize that your Blue and Yellow Macaw is ill you have weighed it on a scale and noticed that your bird is underweight. Being underweight may be a sign of a disease of some kind such as a bacterial crop infection, a virus or another kind sickness. A large gram scale may be needed with a perch on it to weigh large species of Macaws. It is important to continually weigh your Macaw and find out your Macaw's average weight based on its normal fluctuations and watch for this seemingly unnoticed symptom. If you notice that your Blue and Gold Macaw continues to have a very low weight or is losing weight dramatically, it is important to take your bird to a veterinarian immediately for an examination and treatment.
Should I clip my Senegal Parrot's wings?
Clipping your Senegal parrot's wings has many downsides. If your clipped Senegal parrrot falls, it may not be able to catch its own fall and it may suffer from an injury. A poicephalus parrot without flight feathers would be very vulnerable to a serious injury from a hard fall. If your clipped Poicephalus parrot molts in new feathers, the new primary feathers will stick out. As the new flight feathers molt in and they are developing, they may break. If a blood feather breaks, your Senegal parrot may suffer from a tremendous amount of bleeding. These problems can be avoided by not clipping your Senegal Parrot's wings. All poicephalus parrots can benefit from being flighted, including the Meyer's Parrot, the Red Bellied Parrot, the Brown Headed Parrot, the Jardine's Parrot, the Cape Parrot, and the Rüppell's Parrot.
How do you target train your Congo African Grey parrot?
Target training is a fundamental skill your parrot should learn. To begin to teach or train your African Grey parrot how to target, you should obtain an unused, untoxic chop stick. Hold the stick out in front of your Africa Grey parrot in the hopes that they might bite the very tip of the chop stick. If they touch it at all, even by accident, click your clicker and reward them with a treat. If they are not interested, you may have to force them by touching the stick to their beak and rewarding them. Always reward for them touching the end of the stick. Always wait for them to touch the stick or take it away out of their sight, wait a minute, and then try again with an easier distance. Be sure to vary the distance and the direction as much as you possibly can. Targeting is the most useful behavior to teach an African Grey or any other species because it can be used to teach your African Grey to perform a trick or follow the target stick where you want your parrot to go.
How do you stop a Lovebird from biting you?
It is impossible to stop your Lovebird from biting. Start teaching your Lovebird to behave the way you'd like it to by never reacting to any of the bites your Lovebird is giving you. Do not ever try to punish your bird, yell at your bird, or put your Lovebird away as a result of a bite. You must ignore a bite at all times to prevent bites from being reinforced. Luckily, lovebirds have a small beak and they cannot bite very hard. Similarly, Budgies, Parrotlets, Cockatiels, and Parakeets have very small beaks and very weak bites. However, you can distract your Lovebird when it is biting you in several ways. You can misbalance your Lovebird if it is perched on you, you can cue your bird to do a trick and you can make your bird step up onto your fingers repeatedly to tire your bird. If you train your Lovebird to perform a trick, it will most likely try to do a trick to earn a treat instead of trying to bite you. If you teach your bird how to target to a chopstick, you will have an effective hands off method of handling your Lovebird. In addition, your Lovebird will have a positive association with you if you are giving it a reward. These tips can be applied to all other species of parrots regardless of size in avoiding and preventing bites or any aggressive behavior.
Is it safe to have nonstick pans if I own a Parrotlet or are they dangerous and toxic to birds?
The fumes given off from overheating the nonstick coating on nonstick pans is toxic and fatal to a Parrotlet, Lovebird, Budgie, Parakeet, Conure, Cockatiel, Caique, Poicephalus, Eclectus, Grey, Amazon, Cockatoo, Macaw and all other parrots. You should immediately dispose of and purchase an alternative to your nonstick pans. People think that nonstick pans are safe to keep as long as they are not overheated, but this is not true and too risky for the safety of your Parrotlet. You can use affordable alternatives to your nonstick pans such as stainless steel pans and cast iron pans which do not give off toxic fumes.
Is it safe to have a pet cat or dog along with my Budgies?
Cats and dogs are predatory, meat eating animals who they can and most likely will injure, kill and consume your Budgies. It is extremely unsafe to own a cat or a dog with any kind of parrot because there is an extreme risk that a cat or a dog would get into your their cage and harm your bird if you are not there to watch your pets all of the time. A cat or a dog would also be dangerous to keep around larger parrots that they may not be capable of eating such as the African Grey, Cockatoo, Amazon, and Macaw because of bacteria present in cat and dog saliva. This bacteria could cause a fatal blood infection in your Budgies.
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