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How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Discuss the methods and techniques of clicker training, target training and bonding. These are usually the first steps in training a young parrot.

Re: How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Postby Carter » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:21 am

Michael you are amazing! but what if the parrot your having is a wild parrot? (senegal)
does the same thing apply to it?
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Re: How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Postby Michael » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:34 am

Basically. The fact is that these techniques rely on operant conditioning through positive reinforcement. They don't so much rely on the bird being hand fed and liking people to begin with. In fact most of these efforts are for a bird that doesn't like people so much. That being said it may take a lot more effort with a wild parrot and results are not guaranteed.
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Re: How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Postby loukasvvl » Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:31 pm

today i fed him in the morning...when i came back from job i took his food away fo a couple o hours....then i started put my hand in his cage with some millet spray......after 3 hours off trying...he finally started eating!!!!!!!now every time i put my hand with millet he eats....and now he is asleep heheheheh!!!!!!!!
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Re: How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Postby xify28 » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:03 am

congratulations!

im also thinking of getting a parakeet/budgie.
should i get a baby budgie and handfeed it or just get a budgie?
i have experience at handfeeding because i dit it with my lovebirds. :swaying:
and was duke hand raised?
:budgie:
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Re: How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Postby ijtorresg » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:58 pm

hello there!, i've been trying to do as the guide says, but im having some trouble stablishing the training food. For my bird (a fisheri lovebird) the only thing she would eat is alpist, i tried everything (as treats), from different types of nuts, and different types of seed, different types of vegetables, some friend gives rabbit food made of vegetables and some seeds so i tried that and nothing, he doesnt like any of them exept for the alpist...so the only way to train the little thing is to basically leave him without food for about 2-3 hours and then train him with no treats, just her main food...the only thing i've tried to stablish is touch training. after 2 sessions she already knows that if she touches the stick she gets rewarded. then i tried to train her to step on a separate stick to touch the target stick and to get out of the cage and she does it quite well, but when its time to try with my finger she just keeps staring at it with her back feather up (meaning anything could happen, and i mean bite) and the times she bites theres blood, and i dont know what to do next...

about the food, shoud i just let her without food for a couple of hours and start training or what? cuz it seems shes a selective one in terms of her food.

well thanks in advance hope u guys can help me with this
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Re: How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Postby Michael » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:18 pm

You basically answered your own question. You said if it doesn't eat anything else, you can just get it hungry and feed what it normally eats. Then you said it worked for target training and stepping up on stick. You also said you've only been doing this two sessions. That answers the final question about going onto finger. The bird hasn't had enough experience with target training to overlook the finger and just follow the stick. Just need to slow down and get the bird used to things.
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Re: How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Postby ijtorresg » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:18 pm

well, thanks for he help, ill post more stuff when im getting more results. thanks!
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Re: How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Postby bmsweb » Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:50 am

Its been 24 hours now since we first tried this teaching method. I must say the transformation has been nothing short of amazing! Can't wait to see what our new Cockatiel will be like in 72 hours! Hoping to have him out of his cage of his own free will by the weekend.

THANK YOU!

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Re: How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Postby Michael » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:37 am

That is fantastic. Just be careful not to get too ahead of yourself and overwhelm the bird or make it hate training. Be sure to check out my theory about the plateauing effect of parrot training:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=275&p=3210
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Re: How to Teach Parrot to Step Up and to Come Out of Cage

Postby bmsweb » Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:35 am

Michael wrote:Be sure to check out my theory about the plateauing effect of parrot training:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=275&p=3210


Thanks Michael, it was very interesting.

I was convinced there was no way he would come down to the bottom perch and he did that today. Almost out of the cage. Still wont go on my hand but its only day two. He has no problems eating from our hands at all now . . . Still a little cautious, but still progressing.

I think I must have done about seven sessions with him yesterday. Today I only did 3 training sessions. He seems to enjoy them
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