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Old 06-03-2019, 09:42 PM
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Okay...life is getting back on track. Thank you. Its been a hectic few weeks.

Star is on short day vacation. She has been showing some nesting behavior and has been sleeping more. Her weight has been inching up again. She has her active moments but she is sleeping soo much more. Also we are screaming when anyone gets close to her bedtime cage (not just in the mornings) and i had to hide the carrier when she found it. We are keeping a close eye on her and her weight while she is on short day vacation.

Meanwhile boys got their toes done aaannnddd Max was his usual overly dramatic self.

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Old 06-13-2019, 11:48 AM
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Just popping in to update on how everybirdie is doing.

Star is off her short day vacation. She is creeping back up with her weight but seems to be comming back to being her usual toe nipping diva self (maru forgot about the toe nips she gives through the devider)
The boys are as silly as ever. Since they were moved to the second bedroom Ziggy has been suucchh a stinker about going to bed! It takes Max eating millet for a while to convince zigs to go into the carrier and that is IF max doesnt take advantage of the open carrier. Once ziggy is in thecarrier i scoop him up and put him in his own carrier since Max cant share.
We will get our dresser next week and once i have that in i will move the bedtime cages back to that room. Then i can get clicker training set up and get back to working with the bird! Family stuff is keeping me super busy but I think as time goes on we will continue toward something akin to normal.

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I enjoy hearing about Max and Kiger. What joy they bring!
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Update!
Well a mini update. Did some good birdie training tonight. Maru is a champ about hopping into my hand while in his cage. Pip is a bit more hesitant but still good. Star is more iffy AANNNDDDD she is biting my hand after stepping up and eating millet. So i worked on giving treats only when she stepped up and did NOT bite me. Max was his usual good boy self and ziggy was even good about step up!

Im working my way back into training. Going to take my time. I am still crazy busy with life stuff. My goal is to at least do good birdie training once a week. Eventually I will bring back tricks but first I am still finding a routine around my summer class.

It does feel good to be getting back into really working with the birds. Its been too long.

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Glad to hear that the step-up training went well overall.

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Update!

The dresser is in, the birds are back to their normal bedtime space and my clicker training setup is...mostly back. Sadly the clicker and cat toy ball were victims of 'where in the world did i put them' that happens when moving stuff around. Going to buy replacements since it doesnt feel right not having a clicker. I dont think its needed per say but I feel more comfortable with a clicker.

Still we did do some tricks review last night! I need to mind Maru for turn around, if im not careful he will disaprove of target stick behind him and fly off. I got him to do 1 half turn! Max needs to work on loop. He refused to even consider doing the trick so we start over. Star is being a nippy little brat. -sigh- its the usual 'step up, dont care, dont care, chomp on fingers 3 times in 3 diffrent spots, dont care and step doen ro perch'. Did my palm look at her wrong?! I dont get the biting thing. In all honesty im not surprised. Its one of those things she does when she starts on getting broody. Its still just the biting and super posessive of the carrier behavior so no short day vacation yet. I will wait until she starts advertising to the boys.

Ziggy got a spritz bath this morning. He always seems to have the worst molts and this one is worse then usual. Aparently Maru likes spritz baths...a lot... first ziggy was by maru but then took off to the other side of the cage by the water dish. Maru was enjoying his bath and didn't like not getting spritz so he flew over to the cage wall and climbed up to the perch so he could continue with his bath. The not so little goof!

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It is nice to know that other users are interested in teaching tricks to their budgies.

My male budgie Sole, who passed away a year ago, was able to bite the target stick, wave, turn around, flip a card, fly to me when I called him and "shake hands".

Now I have just started to train Celeste, my female budgie, and in two days she has already learned to bite the target stick. I'm also using a clicker, that I didn't use when I trained Sole.
I will probably talk about this in her training journal soon, if you are interested, I would love to get your opinion.

So, I have a question for you. It is something you might have already written in one of your posts, but finding it in a thread of 69 pages is slightly difficult so... I hope you don't mind if I ask you here.
I guess the first thing you taught your budgies is, like I did, to bite the target stick; how long did you reinforce the target training before starting to teach new tricks?
I don't want to confuse Celeste, but I don't know how long I should wait.
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It is nice to know that other users are interested in teaching tricks to their budgies.

My male budgie Sole, who passed away a year ago, was able to bite the target stick, wave, turn around, flip a card, fly to me when I called him and "shake hands".

Now I have just started to train Celeste, my female budgie, and in two days she has already learned to bite the target stick. I'm also using a clicker, that I didn't use when I trained Sole.
I will probably talk about this in her training journal soon, if you are interested, I would love to get your opinion.

So, I have a question for you. It is something you might have already written in one of your posts, but finding it in a thread of 69 pages is slightly difficult so... I hope you don't mind if I ask you here.
I guess the first thing you taught your budgies is, like I did, to bite the target stick; how long did you reinforce the target training before starting to teach new tricks?
I don't want to confuse Celeste, but I don't know how long I should wait.
Thanks in advance!
Is it really 69 pages?! I use tapatalk a lot so it doesn't keep track of that. -checks start date- aannnddd it has been 2 years. Wow time flys when your having fun


Sounds like Sole was very talented.

The short awnser to your question is, when they no longer hesitate to do the trick. Also consistency is key. They will get confused if you repeatedly give them diffrent signals for the same trick.

Long awnser is, with targeting i ask them to target without hesitation and also move around the perch to target. An example of hesitation is Stardust. I ask her to target. She kinda looks at it... i ask again...she still wont target, i bring the target closer...she maybe will SLOWLY reach her neck out and mouth it and watch me at the same time. To me that means we need to go back and focus on targeting to reinforce targeting both up close and while moving around the perch. She is also a bit of a diva so we go through this a lot.
Then you look at Max, Ziggy and Pippin. Both are usually quick to target and sometimes even before I ask them to.
There are exceptions and even my pro's have their bad days.

For me its a gut feeling when I know we can move on. Knowing my birds, learning as we go (probably what most of those 69 pages are. Me pondering how to convince ziggy to wave, or max to tolorate a new stand, or star being a diva) and being flexable and willing to go back and re-work on a trick that they are starting to struggling with durring review.

For a collection of reasons I only work with mine once or twice a week and keep each session short since im working with each bird individually and I want to get all 5 done before their 7pm bedtime. So the progress I make is slow (another big part of those 69 pages. A rince and repeat day ) but they do improve as long as i am consistent with what means what and what my expectations are. The 2 long breaks I've taken (October last year and then May and most of June this year) are impacting how i approach training. I cant expect them to be like they were last May when i havent reinforced any training in over a month.

Good for you to start training Celeste. As im sure you know with your time with Sole it can be so rewarding. Don't hesitate to ask questions. You might get really wordy responses from me about how i handled something but keep an eye on what others do as well. The YouTube flocktalk has some awsome videos, and others who have been doing this far longer and have it down to a sience.

And thank you for reading even a little of my waayyyy to long thread

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Old 07-11-2019, 11:13 AM
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Udate...kinda...

The setup is changed a bit and will change again so no surprise none of the birds were all that into training. I got my new clicker at least. Been crazy busy lately. >. <

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