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Old 05-21-2019, 07:09 AM
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Potty Training..

Hello~ I haven't posted for a pretty long time cause everything is going very well between Crippi and I and he's perfectly healthy. I will update on him in another thread though.

Anyways...

I'm getting an aviator harness and I don't want to have poop on me in public. I wanna train him so he will poop on command...

Any help/suggestions?

Also, I'm having a hard time finding a good treat for him. He hates everything I try, even sunflower seeds..

What do you give your birds as treats?
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:10 AM
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Re: Potty Training..

Our goal of potty training with Cairo isn't for it to be on command. Some birds try so hard to please, so we want to avoid him straining himself to hold it in or let it out. I know some birds have had a prolapse due to potty training on command.


For our potty training, we watched him closely the first couple of days, and whenever he did his pre-poop fluff or went into what we call "the poop squat", we'd scoop him up and put him on his tripod stand (which is his poop perch). As he went, we'd use a cue phrase (a Chinese term). We'd make such a din every time he'd go and reward him with a treat after he used the appropriate perch.

When we keep it up, he remembers to fly to the poop perch when he needs to go (but it's something we humans need to be observant and consistent about).

When he's on our shoulders, now he knows to start yabbering away when he needs to go. He's only used the phrase once (and in context too) to tell us (I think it's a lack of confidence about his pronunciation), but at least he increases the frequency and volume of his vocalisations to let us know.

When we're out and about but he's feeling shy (which means quiet), then we just have to time it. Every 10-15 minutes, we stop, put him on a horizontal 'perch' (often times a railing), give him the cue to let him know, if he needs to go, that now would be a good time. Wait and see if he wants to go. If he doesn't, that's fine, he goes back to my shoulder, and we continue on our walk. If he does, then that's fine as well, and he'll get some praise.

We're conscious of the fact that, if not done safely, it can cause health issues. So we just try to provide him structured places and opportunities, and we're hoping for an eventual verbal cue from him.


Also, so glad you managed to get your hands on an Aviator! Do take all the time you and Crippi need to get familiar with it For some, it takes months of positive reinforcement to go near it, let alone understand the concept of putting their head through the loop.
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What that Ekkie-lover said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:11 PM
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Re: Potty Training..

I agree with Charmed, I don't give a command for my DYH, Bo, to potty when we are out and about or even when he's hanging out on my shoulder at home. As long as I'm paying attention, he'll get antsy and physically cue me that he needs to go. If we're busy and moving around where it's hard for him to cue me, I'll set him down every 15 to 20 minutes and ask if he needs to go potty. He will sit there a minute or two until he goes if he needs to, otherwise he'll lift his foot up right away if he doesn't.

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Old 05-21-2019, 11:56 PM
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Re: Potty Training..

Thanks for your replies....
i still have a problem. I cant find any treat that crippi likes.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:47 PM
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Re: Potty Training..

Quote: Originally Posted by Raisin View Post
Thanks for your replies....
i still have a problem. I cant find any treat that crippi likes.


Without knowing specifically what youíve tried, itís hard to know what to suggest.



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Old 05-22-2019, 10:40 PM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Raisin View Post
Thanks for your replies....
i still have a problem. I cant find any treat that crippi likes.


Without knowing specifically what youíve tried, itís hard to know what to suggest.



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I have tried sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, fruits (watermelon, apple..), Lettuce, carrots and chilies (dried)
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Re: Potty Training..

Spray millet seems to always be a hit so you could give it a try if it's available?
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:52 PM
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Try some almonds. I take one and chop it into tiny pieces. I get the raw unsalted ones at Trader Joeís.


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