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Old 09-29-2020, 11:42 AM
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Re: Bird Purchase Mistake - Help!!!

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I don't understand the difference between clicker training and touch training.
Such happy news that a breakthrough was reached!! Clicker training is any kind of training where you click when the bird does what you're asking for. It's useful to build a language that you both can understand - click means good.

Touch training (also called target training) is a type of clicker training where you have a chopstick (or any kind of short small stick), and you click when the bird touches the end of the stick with its beak. Using target training, you can target the bird up onto your hand to aid in step up training!


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Old 10-02-2020, 07:49 AM
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Re: Bird Purchase Mistake - Help!!!

I’m so glad to see that you’re making so much progress so quickly! And still hoping for a picture???


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Old 10-02-2020, 07:16 PM
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Re: Bird Purchase Mistake - Help!!!

clicker training just rewards any desirable training with a click immediately after (targeted/desired behavior +click+ immediate reward). Touch training (depending on how you are using the phrase) often involves a clicker, but specifically requires the bird to touch a point before it gets the click+ reward. It can also be a desensitization technique that involves you touching the bird a bit, then clicking and rewarding. If the bird is food motivated, they will start to associate the contact with a positive result (treat). That having been said, if the fear is greater than their love for food, it will not work.

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Old 10-02-2020, 10:26 PM
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Re: Bird Purchase Mistake - Help!!!

Hi all,
Update: We have made lots of progress in the last several days. Bird is stepping up. Wanting to be out. Waddling down the hall (we will allow his ridiculously short feathers to grow out so he can be fully flighted). Starting to grow on me. Won't let us take him from the cage but then tonight when I tried to put him to bed, he threw a fit and then stepped up on my hand so has been hanging with dad well past his bedtime - sorry. I know I am being a bad bird mom for leaving him up so late, but I wanted to reward him for stepping up and communicating with us. Last but not least, I wanted a boy when I was dealing with the breeder. She had all girls and one boy and one untested that I could have. The other boy was spoken for and all the girls went fast. Bought my pet store bird with no info. about sex. Had the bird DNA tested last week and results came in today. Assumed it was a girl for various reasons. It's a boy!!! I had wanted a boy when I lost my other beautiful boy. That's what called to me. I just teared up when she said it was a boy. The breeder got ahold of me just after I had my spontaneous purchase and the one she had, turned out to be a girl. And the one I got with no info., is just what I was looking for... And, that just felt like the universe was saying - this is the right bird. This is the right choice. Also, I want to upload a pic but I am not sure how to do it.

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Re: Bird Purchase Mistake - Help!!!

Thanks for the update and the wonderful progress report!

Here's a link that may help you with posting pictures.....

How to Post Pictures

Looking forward to seeing some pics, and don't forget to let us know when you settle on a name. I'm so very happy for the two of you
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yes! keep your heart open, and you will see! yay!
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Re: Bird Purchase Mistake - Help!!!

http://www.parrotforums.com/members/...g-boy-cage.jpg

I can't copy and post the pic here but I was able to post the URL. We started him in a travel cage because he was very awkward when he came home. Just not used to getting around. He is now in a big boy cage.

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Re: Bird Purchase Mistake - Help!!!

I can fix that for you if you'd like
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I don't want to jinx it...but....just saying...
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Re: Bird Purchase Mistake - Help!!!

Wonderful progress, this makes me so happy! (you must be ecstatic!!)

I am so glad you joined, shared deep background and lack of early bonding. Folks in the future will stumble across this thread (often via internet search) and view some fine advice!
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