BirdTricks Tuesdays: How to Properly Socialize Your Parrot to Other Parrots, Other Pets & People

BirdTricks Tuesdays: How to Properly Socialize Your Parrot to Other Parrots, Other Pets & People

 May 12th, 2015
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STOP! In the name of love… just kidding. What a great screen capture for our video (laugh).

Here is our very FIRST BirdTricks Tuesday video for you! We are so excited. PLEASE, give us feedback on what you like, didn’t like, want more of, want less of and of course… keep sending in your questions to us via facebook and email (

Our goal with these Tuesday videos is not only to answer your questions but also to help you learn something, inspire you to try something new and positive with your parrot at home and to make you feel like you get to know us a little bit better every time, too. We love sharing our lives with you guys so any and all feedback as we try this new series is appreciated. It’s something that will continue to evolve as we go.

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44 Comments on “BirdTricks Tuesdays: How to Properly Socialize Your Parrot to Other Parrots, Other Pets & People”

Brenda Martin  05/12/2015 5:59 pm

I am really excited you took the extra time to tell the elephant story! I sent in a question about how to socialize my bird with my dogs. I agree it’s important for safety to keep the distance but at the same time my bird is putting himself in danger by flying to attack the dog. I am going to try a this method to hopefully improve the safety of all of our lives together. Don’t worry precautions will be taken during the training to protect everyone! πŸ™‚ I’m just sad I have to wait until next Tuesday for another video!!!!

Carol Pollard  05/13/2015 3:57 pm

i am new to and I love it. I have been weaning my birds off of seed and giving fresh fruits and veggies. I have started touch training with my 3 conures. My question is what do I do if my bird won’t eat the fresh food? Do I give in and give seed? Also I watch the video’ from one day miracles to help guide me. Awesome material. I wish I had them back when I had my Amazon and cockatoo. Boy I sure didn’t know what I was doing. Thanks for being my coach and mentors

Katy Scarlet  05/13/2015 4:26 pm

Help! I think my local bird store closed for good and my 4 birds need their claws trimmed:( I have one macaw, one conure and 2 cockatiels. Would you please instruct me the proper way to safely trim them?

Bailey  05/13/2015 4:30 pm

I really liked that the video was a bit long. It gave time to better explain. Overall a great video and very educational. I really enjoyed it πŸ™‚

Rita Kelly  05/13/2015 4:33 pm

You have taken on quite an undertaking. It will be informative and fun for me. I am jealous though. I can’t carry my cockatoo and laptop at the same time as the cockatoo wants to eat the computer. He has destroy my mouse. He likes to chew on anything wood preferable kitchen cabinets. I have quite a few of your videos and still can’t get him to stop on the no things and chew on the things I give him. I always try to come away with something learned from the videos. Some of them were hard to do that with so were a disappointment. I wish you well on your endeavor. Thank you for your time and especially your energy.

Bonnie Adzamoah  05/13/2015 4:57 pm

How can I get my 2 cockatiels used to the clicker sound? They’re afraid of it.

Christine Freelove  05/13/2015 4:58 pm

Thanks for the Tuesday video, looking forward to next weeks video. Liked the click training with short duration tips, along with what to watch for with bird language. Hope you will feature a Tuesday video on screaming conures, how to get them to stop without using frustration actions toward the bird. I have caught myself wanting to just lash out which I don’t, but my Jenday conure just continues to scream. I’m still trying to ignore her until she stops, plus I use the clicker with good behavior. She ais sweetie and seems smart (until it comes to her continuous scream), picked up on several tricks very quickly.
Thank you, you both are very entertaining!

Jan Barker  05/13/2015 5:03 pm

Perfect timing for this video in my household. New cockatoo arrives today and I will start working on intros! I especially like the reminder to work though scenarios and only reward the behaviors that we are working towards. Thanks πŸ™‚

Tom  05/13/2015 5:42 pm

Love your videos! Heard you say the video was getting too long, but don’t worry I can watch them for hours πŸ™‚ Especially the ‘behind the scenes’ footage is really cool to watch!
As I live in The Netherlands it’s really difficult for me to come to one of your shows and meet you guys, but one day I definetely will!
Good luck with your shows and can’t wait for next week πŸ™‚

Lynda Potter  05/13/2015 5:54 pm

Enjoyed the video. My only suggestion would be to ditch the plaid shirt on “date night”, Dave, LOL! ????

Marti  05/13/2015 6:00 pm

Love Birdtricks Tuesdays – fab idea! And I wish your cruise ship was coming to the UK!!!! Key-take-away: don’t train for too long/quit whilst you’re ahead. I think I always push my luck and go on too long, which doesn’t always end on a positive. Looking forward to next Tuesday!

Joann  05/13/2015 6:53 pm

It’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one that has a bird that doesn’t like their owner. I am so trying to get him to like me and your ideas are helpful. I have your one day miracles and I get so discouraged that it’s been 10 months that I’ve had my 15 year old macaw & he still won’t let me touch him. I wanted it to happen in a 1 day miracle. Haha. Thanks for your ideas and hope for the future with my beautiful bird.

Claludette Jaggers  05/13/2015 6:59 pm

As some one else already said it is all about timing and knowing your bird and their body language. But what I take away from this is you need to have patientce and really pay close attention to what your bird is telling you. They will let you know what is acceptable to them and not. And to always make sure that you are training from a positive situation and not negative. Love you guys you are the greatest.

Kathy Comer  05/13/2015 7:19 pm

Wonderful informative video, mush appreciated. We have a cockatiel and a parakeet and have a new male baby turquoise Indian Ringneck Parakeet coming home to join our flock soon. I plan to use your training tips to hopefully help them all to get along. Keep your Tuesday videos coming as we love your presentations and your love of birds. Thank You.

Shari H  05/13/2015 7:50 pm

It was really helpful to stop when the birds are relaxed and end on a positive note. There is always the temptation to try it one more time and then disaster can happen!

Erin Burns  05/13/2015 8:21 pm

Love watching your videos! I have a pretty well socialized IRN but the biggest take away for me was probably the part on animals that are both a bit scared or wary of each other and how important that power pause really is. I’m generally not a very patient person and haven’t been using power pause for a long time as she is so well behaved. But my partner is being gifted next AU season, a lutino IRN from my friends first ever clutch and my girl seems to be jealous of and hate any new animal that takes attention away from her. Takes her a month or so every time I am baby sitting other people pets to stop being mean to me and them and watching them like a hawk. After learning vicariously through your experiences, I know this is going to be my most powerful tool for our future situation and I can thank you guys enough for sharing your different experienced and wisdom with us. <3

Kat Harrison  05/13/2015 8:35 pm

Loved the video and no not too long at all. With spring busting out all over can you talk about the dreaded hormonal male and how to read him. Seems like the only time my Umbrella Cockatoo bites me is in the spring.

And again I can’t tell you how much I loved the video. Can’t wait for the next one!

Jerry and Amanda Weiss  05/13/2015 8:39 pm

I feel better knowing that there are ways to over come social issues between birds as well as people and other pets. My wife and i have several birds that are real attention hounds but don’t like to be out together which can make it tough to quality time with everybody. We will now try your suggestions with getting them more comfortable with each other when out of cage. Of course we will try with only two at a time but this video gives us hope we may be able to give them more quality, quality time together. Thank you.

Donna  05/13/2015 8:40 pm

How can I stop my parrot from screaming your in the same room with him. My husband want take him to another home because just screams for no reason. We cover him with a cover and he still screams. Want is another way we can stop it. He is a blue and gold parrot. Thanks PLEASE HELP ME.

Natalie  05/13/2015 9:52 pm

Loved how you guys emphasized the importance of varying training for the birds involved aka timid vrs aggressive birds. My question is how much vocalization can you expect from your birds – cockatiels in particular? I recently moved from a house to an apartment and they seem to be a lot louder now … I am not sure if this is because I just moved and they are getting use to the new place or if they were always this loud but I didn’t notice as much when they were in the house. I don’t want to hinder them but I don’t want to annoy my new neighbours either ….

Mandy Gordon  05/13/2015 10:55 pm

Thank you for the info on socialising with the clicker. My Sulphur loves me, hates Hubby. He will take treats from him and then turn. We will start clicking the calm behaviour. At the moment he so does the pinning death stare at hubby when he enters the room and I have to limit his out of cage time because he goes on the attack

Julie  05/13/2015 11:09 pm

Happy On Queue was my huge take-a-way. Love. LOVE, LOVE the video. Really wasnt too long at all — it was just right. Your daughter is THE most ADORABLE CHILD! What great lifestyle to experience. Thanks for all the lessons and fun style of learning.

jennifer love  05/14/2015 12:17 am

My takeaway is . Its hard to loose a “jinx” from an ocean liner, if you have the key.

Ahmed Salman  05/14/2015 3:30 am

Can you please show a video about how to train your parrot to wave, dance and speak.I have been training my male indian ringneck parrot for more than 5 months and he is not understanding what i realy want to teach him.Pleeeeeease can you upload a video about how to train your parrot to do these tricks

Kathrine  05/14/2015 4:50 am

I am a happy new Senegal – baby owner. She is timid and careful and I try to be respectful, gentle and at the same time progress in training her. She is parent fed – and I am basically the first who has handled her. I have watched so many “one-day-training-clips” I thought I was doing something or all of it wrong – until you said: You have to reward a timid bird differently than a bird that isn’t afraid. THANK YOU. I knew it – sort of, I just didn’t know I knew it LOL πŸ™‚ I have had her for a week and I started training her after 3 days. She will go on a stick on my command if she is out of the cage – and I have just managed to get my hands close enough to give her treats and veggies. She was only used to parrotmix food (nuts and seeds) and apple. I have introduced her to herbs, tomato, etc – and she loved my blender veggie mix which I got to hand feed to her. YAY. πŸ™‚ It was so nice to see a different approach from a bird to my fingers. My lovebird hates fingers – and is crazy after she was refused access to the drawer we keep our cutlery in. Sudden change from I kinda doesn’t like fingers to devil bird who eats em. My lovebird training atm is only – hands on the cage, cus she (?? no dna test) will attack any finger or hand near her cage.
Tnx for the vids. πŸ™‚

Kathy  05/14/2015 6:55 am

Thank you so much for the video! I look forward to watching them, as a matter of fact on Tuesday I kept checking my email for it!!! Happy even if it’s a day late! Haha. Your videos always inspire me to try something new or just serve as a “reminder” like “hey, you didn’t do any training yesterday”! So I thank you for that also!! You both are very informative and knowledgable, and the bird community definitely grows stronger and more dedicated with each video , blog, etc! Ok, well at least I DO! On your next video I would love to hear how your “date night” went!!! Yay ????

Sonja  05/14/2015 4:27 pm

Thank you for this video! I have a request for another video. My Conure (Grande) has a HUGE squawking problem. We can’t hold him 24/7, but we still have him on our shoulders a lot, and if we don’t he’s often in the same room. But, as soon as one of us set him on his stand or cage, he starts squawking nonstop, as loud as possible! He is so demanding, it’s become very hard to take care of him. We are considering getting him a friend, but he has never met another bird before, so I want him to become used to other Conures. Also, what if the squawking get’s doubl-y horrible? Please, please help! I really don’t want to give up Grande!

Julia  05/14/2015 5:16 pm

Birdtrick Tuesdays are my new favorite thing! I love all the free information and tips to having a great bond with your bird. I hope one day that my lovebird (Lola) and I will be able to understand each other and have a great bond. As of right now…we don’t. However, we have been working on it. I was hoping you could do a video on how to get a bird to forage for their food. I first got my bird from another owner who kept her on a seed only diet. She is switched over to pellets but she won’t eat vegetables and it is so frustrating! Please help us, it would really mean a lot. And have fun on your cruise!

Kelly Pulis  05/14/2015 5:45 pm

How do we find out what ports you guys will be at if we wanted to say hi?

Randall Miller  05/15/2015 1:36 am

i really enjoyed the video very informative I have a conure and a cockatiel I know this will help in referance to training both birds.

Monica Walters  05/15/2015 2:37 am

Love the information … please keep them coming.

Jamieleigh  05/15/2015 7:51 am

Jamieleigh  05/15/2015 7:52 am

Do you have our cookbook? it has TONS of foraging ideas while converting your bird to healthy eating.

Jamieleigh  05/15/2015 7:53 am

We will definitely do a screaming video in the next few weeks. We’ve gotten so many questions that we are doing a topic per week and trying to cover as many as possible, and screaming is definitely on a back log!

Jamieleigh  05/15/2015 7:54 am

Make sure you do the diet stuff properly; πŸ™‚

Jamieleigh  05/15/2015 7:55 am

I promise we will do a video on screaming within the next few weeks!

Jamieleigh  05/15/2015 7:57 am

We will address this in a video, but for now, muffle the sound in your pocket or use a snapple cap.

Jamieleigh  05/15/2015 7:59 am

I would try the conversion recipes in the cookbook to work your bird’s way up to eating the birdtricks diet. πŸ™‚

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Jamieleigh  05/15/2015 8:11 am

I can’t believe we launched this idea in the middle of spring horror-mones… ahhhh! We will address it. πŸ˜‰

Paulette Melick  05/15/2015 5:55 pm

Really enjoyed your video…thanks for sharing your life with us! For some reason I’m just now seeing it. No matter. Socializing is great for my 38 yr old yellow nape I raised from a baby. My Gray, who I got at about 5 (she is now about 15), is not as easy ( at least not for me). She is fine with my husband, but is pretty leery of every one else. My roommate readily shows off her scare where Greta took about a huge chunk of her arm some years ago. That information does not comfort anyone! Greta seems fine, then suddenly turns and nails the person, so it is hard for me to even ask anyone to try to socialize with her. Any suggestions? She is touch trained, but no one will trust her (rightfully so!) to treat. I like the idea of me treating her…I’ll certainly try that.

Aracelli  05/17/2015 7:26 am

It looks on the video that your birds don’t sleep… Nice video… About socialize birds, I was wondering if you should do the same thing for birds with eggs… My male bird become violent and afried of me if I get close to the cage where the eggs are. I really don’t master when to remove the eggs and how to do it that they will not be sad.

Richard Gilles  05/19/2015 10:28 am

I think it’s great that you guys really care about the birds and are willing to help us enjoy ours. There is so much to learn about their behaviors, but I am getting better at it. I have trained my blue and gold to do many of the tricks and am starting to do the harness training, so any info on that would be great! Also where can I get a reasonably priced bicycle for Rocky to ride? I can’t think of the lady you guys referenced right now, but I bought a scooter from her, but the guy he had make them for her is no longer available. Thank you so much for everything.

stacey  05/20/2015 1:19 am

I really love your video guys, im from the UK and its vary hard to find someone that knows what there on about. Keep up the good work, and cant wait to see more