How to Put a Trick on Cue [Parrot Training]

How to Put a Trick on Cue [Parrot Training]

 June 30th, 2015
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This week we were asked two really important questions:

1. Why shouldn’t you leave food in your bird’s cage all day long and if you don’t, what SHOULD you do?

2. How do you put a trick on cue? (Get your bird to do something when YOU ask rather than when the birds feels like it)

Since I am actually in the training process with our blue throated macaw Jinx of putting his talking on cue (when he says the word Bubba which is his first word he has been willing to say in front of people) this was the perfect opportunity for me to share with you what the real training of it looks like. So pay close attention to when I click, when i DON’T, and when he earns a reward.

To learn more about the training diet and how to motivate your bird to train, check out One Day Miracles.

And make sure to check out our other free Bird Tricks Tuesday videos in case you feel like you’ve missed any.

As always, leave us feedback, comments, concerns and lots of QUESTIONS! So we have more to give you in the following weeks.

Happy BirdTricks Tuesday!

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13 Comments on “How to Put a Trick on Cue [Parrot Training]”

Brenda Martin  06/30/2015 7:17 pm

I feel like there are so many opinions about bird care out there. How do you pick your vet? I don’t know how to determine if they are trust worthy because I hear so many different opinions about everything.

Rebecca  06/30/2015 8:59 pm

Hi Guys,

Fantastic video, very helpful to see the live training sessions. It’s always appreciated to see your birds learning new tricks in such a positive way. Thank you for keeping up with these videos in spite of the hectic schedules you’ve got going on it means alot. I learn so much every time I log onto your blog.

Lizzie Ferrell  07/01/2015 2:05 pm

thank you for your videos, it’s nice to come into your lives, makes me feel a part of the picture
I’ve tried all of what I have learned from you for a friends bare eye cockatoo, the bird had what they thought a perfect home. A day cage it came and went when it wanted, a night cage also went to bed when he wanted and got up the same, an outside walk in cage also went to the door asked to go they let it walk out and when it wanted in it called and they let it in. He one day decided he wants nothing to do with them, they cant’ get near him. We are still doing the diet, he lost too much very stubborn, tried to get him to touch train, won’t even try, tried to get him to come get or take from their hand a favorite toy, he doesnt’ play with any thing any more. I have the 12 days, and many other of your training products, but I am stuck. He doesn’t care about anything. He has a dish that is in the cage for treats only. He won’t even go get one from that if he can see them, and will let days go by. He eats enough to maintain his life and kept at the present weight and he is not fat, has a very prominente breast bone. This bird would let them do the grooming, now we towel him as he can’t be touched, cashed to be caught to do that. I took him from the house, and put him on the ground, and he gladly steps right up for them. Take him back home and he bolts from the carrier and will no longer interact with them. This is probably not a good question for you while on the ship, but I am really stuck with this bird. He is in perfect feather no plucking he is very quiet, unusual for a cockatoo. Keep up the great videos, you are “real” makes me feel like a friend.
thank you for what you doing for many of us
blessings and grace to you

Susan  07/01/2015 4:59 pm

Really enjoyed the video this week. Very good point about most birds being obese couch potatoes. I have been scared to take my parakeet’s food away because he is so small even though I know it would make training easier. You have motivated me to do it.

Donna  07/01/2015 5:41 pm

Can u use the clicker to stop the parrot from scream to train it to stop and give him a treat for not screaming.

Michael and Cookie  07/01/2015 6:26 pm

Don’t get your feathers all ruffled that we don’t want to see your kid, we know your on a ship and we know you don’t have a nanny with you its just that everybody has kids, no big deal, but not everybody has parrots, we want to see parrots. Myself I’m not one that says Jamie spaces out all the time. Anyway, I leave food in all the time for Cookie. Then again I’m not training her to do anything so I’m not giving her treats. I do weigh her daily, its also good to do since thats a good way to find out if somethings wrong, weight loss. Although I’m not training her I still love these Tuesday videos and even for me theres info in there that I can still use.

Linda Karnstedt  07/01/2015 7:18 pm

Loved the forage info. I had typically put the treat type food in all the forage places so now I will change out and put the “real” food in there instead so the treats become special – thanks. Linda

Shirley Quillen  07/01/2015 9:01 pm

Enjoyed this week’s video. I train one to three times a day and notice that when I work with the bird a lot he doesn’t consume his usual amount of pellets. So, my question is how much treats while training is too much? This bird is a 106-110 gram Sun Conure. His favorite treat to work for is sunflower seeds, but he’ll work for other things. I usually used shelled sunflower seeds(or even 1/2 of one) so I don’t have to wait while he shells them and we can go on quicker. He doesn’t seem to get tired of working.

Gail Ross  07/01/2015 11:58 pm

Margaret Laurens I am sorry as the flagged button was bumped and I don’t kow how to undo it.

Carmen King  07/03/2015 6:19 pm

Thank you for taking quality time to help us understand and train our sweet birds!

Nuzaik Mohamed  07/04/2015 7:54 am

Thanks for the huge points revealed. All your videos are very much usefull But please try to keep your videos short( I think thats the biggest mistake you got in all your tuesday videos).
Keep going with such nice works.

Nell Matthews  07/04/2015 10:04 am

Thanks. I tend to get lazy and let the conure do his own thing. Everything you say is spot on. I need to put myself on cue! My biggest issue with Cheddar the sun conure, is his negative reactions to my use of ordinary things. If I get out the wine opener, he gets excited and will work up to biting me if i don’t redirect him. If I do anything repetitively, like sewing, painting, cutting my nails, etc., he gets increasingly agitated and will bite. He can go from interested to aggressive really quickly. I think this requires my being ready to stop and do some target training to redirect him. Agreed? I promise to look at the YouTube videos.
I do appreciate these videos.

Sherry Harrington  07/04/2015 7:13 pm

Enjoy our TBT videos. Appreciated you demonstrating your cues, when to and how. ( never mind Michael and Cookie, he’s a guy). Nell Mathews made an interesting comment about our birds all of a sudden get freaked out about ??? anything that seems to evolve into a threat to either himself or perhaps even “protecting ” me from this monster. However like Nell said, I’m the one getting attacked!