Tips for a Trained Bird
Dear Parrot Lover,
Adopting a parrot that has been previously owned by someone else can be scary. After all, it is probably safe to assume that there will be some issues, but you are not aware of what these issues are upfront. Listed below is a few suggestions in effectively training your second hand parrot.
1. Before you agree to the adoption, do as much digging as you can about the parrotís past. Speak with his previous owners. Get them to tell you in their own words, exactly what the parrotís personality is like. Ask them if the parrot has any habits or likes certain things done a certain way. Obtain the parrotís veterinarian contact information and give them a call too. Ask the vet about the parrotís general health. Finding out as much about the parrot beforehand will help you step into second hand parrot ownership more easily.
2. The very first thing you need to be aware of is that undoubtedly, your new parrot will come with plenty of old baggage. It will be your job to figure out what that baggage is, and then help your parrot to release that baggage. This means that, in the beginning, it may take your parrot a few weeks before he feels comfortable enough to trust you. Always move slowly and carefully around your second hand parrot. If you move too fast you may scare him and set back his trust.
3. Regardless of his history, and how we was treated, or mistreated, at his former home, you will need to show your second hand parrot that his new home with you will be much better and very different. Try to see things from his birdís eye view: heís just been placed in a second home (maybe even for the third or fourth time), heís around new people, he has new fun toys, a new and improved diet, and maybe even a new cage.
4. If the parrotís old cage is rusty, broken, or too small for him to realistically hold out both of his wings and turn around in the cage without either of the wings touching the sides of the cage Ė then his cage is too small and you must replace it immediately. Always buy the biggest cage you can afford. Start his new life with you on the right track by outfitting his new cage with new toys that will help him forage, have fun on his own, and stimulate his mind.
5. Your second hand parrot may not want to, or be used to, being touched by people. This means he may not know how to respond appropriately to the Step Up command. Use a dowel rod to train him this command and eventually work up to gently petting his head and back. The more you interact with him, the quicker he will learn to trust you. Remember that your second hand parrot will tire easily at first. So be prepared in the beggining to keep any interactions and training sessions short and sweet so that he can get plenty of rest. As your parrot starts to trust you more, you can slowly start to increase the training sessions.
Tips for a Trained Bird
How smart are birds?
Birds, especially parrots and birds like crows and ravens, are really intelligent. Many birds mimic our speech and sounds fairly well, but this isnít accepted as true intelligence. Understanding a word and being able to associate it with the meaning of the word shows higher intelligence, and itís generally considered that some birds, like African Greys, are capable of this task.
According to Audubon, scientists now think that crows are as smart as the average 7 year old child. Howís that for a smart bird? Researchers use an 8 step test to help determine how a bird is thinking. Many of the tasks require a bird to figure out how to get a piece of food. For example, can he determine which color of string is attached to the piece of food and pull the right one when there are two choices of string? These tests help determine reasoning and problem solving skills.
Utilizing your birdís intelligence
There are many ways to train a bird, but one of the easiest ways capitalizes on his intelligence. Itís called rewarding him for doing good behaviors you like so that he figures out what behaviors work best. Do you like it more when he is quiet? Try providing attention to him when he is being quiet all on his own rather than getting upset and even yelling when he is screaming.
You can also use other methods commonly used in other forms of animal training such as the use of a clicker. Lure training can also be used. This is when you use a piece of food to encourage him into the right behavior until he learns what youíre asking him to do.
Professional bird training
There are a lot of tips to make training your bird easier. Someone with years of experience knows the best tips to save you a lot of time and possible frustration. The bird professionals at Bird Tricks have spent years learning what works and doesnít for things like correcting behavioral problems but also for training tricks.
This information can be quickly accessed through videos and articles to help you start out the right way with training your bird.