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Old 08-12-2017, 06:06 PM
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Nigel can shake hands, fly on command, show off his wings, poo in designated areas (don't know if that's a trick), and order us all around.


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Old 08-13-2017, 07:41 AM
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Re: What tricks does your bird know?

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The first couple tricks are hard to teach them, because they don't understand you are trying show them what they need to do to get the treat. Now, Salty knows we are going to do some thing new and gets excited, hoping from foot to foot. And he gets stuff in 2 or 3 tries. I think they enjoy learning new things. Salty swill even devise new things to do with some of the props. If you've seen the video of him flipping the ring over his head, he invented that, I didnt. And he came up with a second way to it , too, where he balances the ring on its end, and then he just walks thru it. Salty has a set time every night that we train, and heaven help me if I am late, he will raise a ruckus. I think training your parrot to do tricks help strength the trust.
So true! They come to enjoy the training for two reasons, IMO. One, because it's a form of mental stimulation. They are intelligent and, as such, need to challenge themselves and engage in activities with others to keep from being bored.

And second, because it's a form of communication with their person. No matter how good we get at reading our birds' body language, we still miss a lot that another bird would not. So developing a trick, or a command and response exercise of any kind that has a result that can be anticipated, would be an exciting prospect.

Amazing video btw, Al! Blows me away every time I see it!

As for tricks and such, Jolly will:
-spin on command
-ask for kisses (in either a sweet voice or this really grimy sounding voice, depending on his mood. Lol!)
-make a kissing noise if asked for a kiss
-sing a song comprised solely of his name ("Jolly, Jolly, Jolly, Jolly... you get the point. Lol!)
-raise his wing on command
-shake hands (when prompted by the phrase, "Pleased to meet you")
-fetch specifically requested colored rings and fly them to me on command (currently knows red, blue and yellow)
-take said colored rings and fly them over to a designated cup
-targeting and recall at virtually 100%
-stay put on command at maybe 80%
-hangs upside down on command
-100% potty trained and will fly off to his tree stand to poop

Spoken words and phrases
-"Jolly's a good boy!"
-"Good job!"
-"Well done!"
-"Love you!"
-"Out!" (In context, when he wants to come out of his cage.)
-"Hello/hi"
-"Mom" (Reportedly. He apparently only says it to my Mom. Lol!)
-"Gimme kissssssss!"

Maya will:
-spin on command
-hang upside down on command
-targeting at 90% (because if she's preening, I just have to wait until she's done.)
-recall at 100%
-hangs upside down on command
-fetch specified colored rings and walk them to me upon request (because the Diva still refuses to fly!) Currently differentiates between red and blue
-returns colored rings to cup upon request
-makes a show of stretching upward when I ask for a kiss
-grudgingly allows the harness to be put on (yes, I absolutely count this as a trick! Hahaha!)
-potty trained in that she'll hold it as long as she can. But since she doesn't like to fly, if you don't notice her squirming... she'll give your shirt a new look. Lol!
-does the whistle from Hunger Games

Spoken words/phrases:
-"Maya" (said in a freakishly exact mimicry of my wife's voice that has fooled me more than once!)
-"Hello/hi" spoken in a frightening array of voices: old man, gravelly Wolverine voice, little child and deep man voice
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:50 AM
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Re: What tricks does your bird know?

How do you train your parrot to roll over? Kermit is not comfortable laying on his back without letting go of my finger, though, which will probably make it difficult. Ducky hates being upside down!
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Re: What tricks does your bird know?

1) playing "bird tag" I guess you call it maybe "bird football" I described in another post where he avoids me till he makes a goal post, then demands to be picked up and celebrated.

2) speaking in context (a few phrases)

3) professional bathing either solo or a tandem sport with his owner.

4) professional body-guarding keeping wild birds away when we are outside tending the yard.

5) racketeering in order to get human food

6) "shake" I'm not sure if is on command or an initiation of "wrestling time" I'm working it into a command.

7) on that note, professional TV style fake wrestling laying on his back giving me "what for", verbally more than anything else.

8) pooping where told, unless I forget and wait to long to take him...my fault.

9) kisses 24/7


May not be as impressive a list as the others, but we all get the bird that chose us and I wouldn't trade mine for any other.

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Old 08-13-2017, 10:07 AM
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Re: What tricks does your bird know?

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How do you train your parrot to roll over? Kermit is not comfortable laying on his back without letting go of my finger, though, which will probably make it difficult. Ducky hates being upside down!
Haha! Yeah, both of my ekkies do the death grip when on their backs as well. They're completely copacetic lying on their backs so long as they have the safety net of my finger to hold on to, but should I try to remove said finger? Ever see a person in deep water who doesn't know how to swim? Yeah, that's pretty much what it looks like.

From what I've seen from others doing the roll over trick, though, the trick is in letting them get one foot on your finger and then supporting the side as you roll them onto their backs. If you look closely at Al's (Wrench13) video with Salty, you'll see an echo of what I'm talking about. Albeit at a more advanced stage in the process. He's at the point where Salty knows exactly what to expect, so he doesn't have to cradle him anymore. But notice the one foot on the finger. And treats are huge with this! Once he makes the association between getting treats and completing the roll, the trick will be getting him to stop! Lol!
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Re: What tricks does your bird know?

Teaching Salty to roll over took awhile. Giving the rollover command and hand signal, I started by taking one footie, and with the other hand cupping his back, rolling him over, gently. THis took maybe a dozen tries, before he realized what I wanted he to do, and then I didn;t have to cup his back, but still to this day , have to hold his footie or rather he holds just the tip of my finger as he rolls over. Oddly enough , he used t extend either foot to roll right or left, but has now settled on only extending his right foot.
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Re: What tricks does your bird know?

I don't know how comfortable Kermit would be with flipping him over like that.
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