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Old 10-09-2018, 01:47 AM
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Today I decided its the time to start actually training. It's been about 2 months and Trickee has settled in nicely. He is running, climbing, chirping, squawking, and chewing everywhere. Every morning he releases his squawk call. This consists of his lungs literally screaming I kind of wonder how he does it without drinking water. The first time he did this I thought he was caught in his cage but he was sitting on his perch looking so innocent. He normally uses his squawk when I "try" to sleep in during the weekends. He will consistantly squawk until I get up out of bed. He has started running around on his own and leaving his cage. He will run around on the floor and jump on wires and climb them and then come back to his cage and climb all over it and chirp and squawk. He runs around with me most of the day and sleeps during the night. He does however take naps during the day to fill in when I'm busy and can't play with him. He loves chewing and watching or listening to things. He has learned to walk around mostly but not perfectly. He knows how to get back to his cage from the living room but is not perfect at finding the exact room and will sometimes stumble into the kitchen or the bathroom and be confused and look for me to help him.

I started to take in consideration that maybe using his skills of rememberence that I could teach him how to walk around the house on his own (not really). Or teach him to walk beside me which would be a good source of exercise. I started today with showing him what a good praise is. I got some millet and tried using "step up" as a key. Each time he stepped up I gave him some millet and praised him using "good boy". I did this until I noticed that he understood what it mean't. I could tell he was starting to understand because his iris is clear now. His iris would move in and out and thats how I knew he was understanding what I was saying. When he didn't he would not move and just look at me. After that I took him into the hallway and started to think of what to teach him first. I noticed during the time I let him out the hallway he had a hard time understanding how to stop or wait. Especially when I was grabbing something he would run away and try to find something to perch on. I put him at the end of the hall and stood in front of him and said "wait" and backed away like you would when you taught a dog how to "stay". It took him a while to understand and he would run the other way because he was thinking I mean't to stay away from that side. However he was able to complete this task 3 times with attentively watching me and waiting for me to say "good boy". He wouldn't take the millet and eat it but I could tell he understood what he did was good.

I stopped because I lost his attention and was starting to "overheat" because today my bedroom has been really hot. I've noticed it as well and almost 3 times today he has started to "overheat" I can't figure out why though. The rest of my apartment is super cool and is to the point where it kind is freezing. I did take him and turn the fan on and waited and then misted him with some cool water but not really cold so he wouldn't go in shock. The way I can tell he is overheating is because his mouth will open and close in sort of a breathing manner but the weird part is his tail will be completely still with not bobbing at all. His feet also get super hot like a hot stove. As soon as he does any of those symptoms I start trying to get him to cool off. Sometimes I let it go though as its just from a bit of running and his feet are warm. But if he starts breathing out of his mouth I will cool him off. Otherwise its been successful today and I plan on continuing with the "wait" command tomorrow.

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Old 10-09-2018, 03:33 AM
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It's great that you're wanting to do some training with Trickee and he sounds like the perfect budgie to work with. You could maybe start with teaching him to fly to you and land on your arm when you call him (or whistle, use a clicker or whatever signal you choose). This would come in handy for times when you need to get him down from a high place or need to get him back into his cage quickly.


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It's great that you're wanting to do some training with Trickee and he sounds like the perfect budgie to work with. You could maybe start with teaching him to fly to you and land on your arm when you call him (or whistle, use a clicker or whatever signal you choose). This would come in handy for times when you need to get him down from a high place or need to get him back into his cage quickly.


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When I sit him on counters when I grab something I taught him to jump from a 2 inch distance onto my arm or finger because its important especially when I'm holding something. He won't fly however since his wings are snipped and he has learned that he can't fly so he just uses his wings to hop around on the floor or glide down from my desk. He seems too scared to jump/fly from more than 2 inches.
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That's great that you've taught Trickee to jump onto your arm or finger. It's also good that with his clipped wings, he's aware of his limitations and isn't attempting things that could get him hurt. Of course, as I've said before, you always need to be extremely careful if Trickee is running around on the floor. Do you plan on keeping his wings clipped or are you letting them grow in?


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That's great that you've taught Trickee to jump onto your arm or finger. It's also good that with his clipped wings, he's aware of his limitations and isn't attempting things that could get him hurt. Of course, as I've said before, you always need to be extremely careful if Trickee is running around on the floor. Do you plan on keeping his wings clipped or are you letting them grow in?


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I was planning on training him until he gets his wings back. I wanted to see if he would still obey and not fly away. But if he did fly away I would clip them again and keep training.
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That's great that you're planning on letting his wings grow in. He'll likely enjoy exploring all the new, high places that he couldn't access previously due to not being able to fly, but if you stick to his routine and work with him on a regular basis, there's no reason why he shouldn't obey all the commands he's been taught. Once he starts being able to fly, be sure to check that the higher places that he's previously been unable to access, are bird safe (eg. Don't have ceiling fans turned on while he's out of his cage).


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That's great that you're planning on letting his wings grow in. He'll likely enjoy exploring all the new, high places that he couldn't access previously due to not being able to fly, but if you stick to his routine and work with him on a regular basis, there's no reason why he shouldn't obey all the commands he's been taught. Once he starts being able to fly, be sure to check that the higher places that he's previously been unable to access, are bird safe (eg. Don't have ceiling fans turned on while he's out of his cage).


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I have a huge mirror with lights above it. He loved flying on the lights and sitting on them when I first got him. He doesn't even care about the mirror which is strange. He just thinks its invisible. He doesn't really have no where to go except maybe those lights or the top of my bed. I did notice that he has been preening one side of his wings and it looks all messy. The other side is fine though but the one side looks like he broke the ends and they are sticking out. I've also noticed his iris coming out more with a grayish tint and he has been eye pinning a lot. It's kind of creepy sometimes especially when I give him something to eat he looks like a demon. However its also cute when he squawks and his eyes pin like crazy. I've also noticed him trying to talk a little bit. When it gets quiet during the night he will make little squeaks like they do when they try to talk. It mostly sounds like this video that I found. Budgie (Parakeet) Starting to Talk! - YouTube I don't think he's trying to say anything but it just sounds like he is trying to start moving into talking.

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I've stopped training for a while because I've developed a sinus infection. However Trickee is developing on his own. He is starting to eat most of the stuff I give him. Normally he would run away or look at the food like it was crazy. But last night I had some boiled eggs and I decided to try them. I sliced one in half and sat it in front of him and he started eating it. I did this once before and he ran off. He didn't eat a lot of the yolk but he did eat a great part of the white. I think fully the reason why he wasn't eating anything I gave him in the first place is because he wasn't sure I was a good food resource. I think after a while he saw that what he was getting from me is good stuff and it was worth a try to eat it. He's also becoming very vocal in when I'm too loud. Whenever I use a vacuum or something loud he will squawk a loud squawk and won't stop until I do. I think he gets sometimes very annoyed easily and especially when he doesn't get a lot of sleep, mostly when I'm doing late night things. He does always get sleep even if we both stay up until like 6 am. I make sure its quiet and we both go to sleep.

He is also starting to learn how things work like his food bowl. Whenever its time for his seeds he comes with me and I sit him on the counter. I fill up his food bowl and his water bowl. After I put his food bowl down he has learned to knock it over and start eating. So I have to wait for him after I get his water otherwise he barks at me real loud. He has also learned that he can climb on his cage and he does it every so often. I noticed this when I looked for him a few days ago and couldn't find him and I was confused and I looked at the top of his cage and saw him. He likes climbing all over it and chirping and sitting there.

I however had a small incident where I accidentally hit him. I was clicking with my mouse and he likes to chew on my mouse. I went to move my finger and he pulled the mouse and I kind of bopped him on the head. He looked at me for a few seconds and then kind of backed away. I don't think he understood it was an accident. I had to do a bit of re-training because he stopped going to my hand and didn't wanna step up no more. I have made progress and he is starting to trust me more now. He jumps on my finger from a distance again. It's kind of weird how they understand small things like that. But I would not trust a human if they bopped me on the head either.
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That's great that Trickee is starting to try new foods. My two budgies get really loud when I have the vacuum on too. I think most budgies do and it's an excitement thing rather than fear. It's best to try to keep Trickees sleep pattern to a routine (eg. Bed at 8pm, wake up at 8am), rather than keeping him up until 6am or whatever time you're up until. If you're still up, that's fine, just cover his cage and keep as quiet as you can. My budgies cage is right behind my chair in the lounge so they're right where I spend all my time. As soon as I cover them at night though, they go to sleep, even if I'm still up watching TV.


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I've off and on trained Trickee for a while now and have made LOTS of progress. Our bond has also grown stronger and is extremely noticeable if you separate us. If someone tries to touch him or associate with him that he doesn't know he will run to me. He also has started understanding things more. That's what has helped training run a little bit smoother. He is also becoming more of a talker and tends to squeak and squawk and has a little whistle mixed in. Adding onto the last post, he still tastes most food that is offered (unless it has no smell or is big). Most of this training was done verbally unless I pick him up on my finger and moved him (I never grabbed him or hit him).

- Step Up -

This has probably been the most easiest one for him. He always steps up even without a command. He also has started jumping from place to place or flying. Mostly instead of slowing walking onto my finger.

- Stay -

This was hard at first but he has mastered it. It basically means wait at the end of the hallway in case I need to grab something out of my room and come back. First he tried running into the kitchen to move out of the way. Which he corrected after placing him at the same place multiple times after he moved. The second issue was him running towards me thinking I wanted him to come. So after tons of practice he finally understood that "stay" means to not move.

- Wait -

Wait is another command that means stay. I taught this one at the front of my bedroom doorway because he likes to run to his cage immediately. I use this because sometimes he needs to take a bath, or I need to get him food. The first issue was of course him running past me. I had to first teach him the boundaries of the "wait" command. Which was the doorway wall length. It took a long time but he finally figured out that I wasn't trying to grab him and put him somewhere and that I was just wanting to move him to his favorite spots.

- Run -

I did this one last because it would confuse him into thinking I didn't want him to "wait" or "stay". He did pretty good but was confused because he thought I wanted him to stop. He got the hang of it and ran all the way, but was sometimes confused and just kept running. I'll still have to work on this plus the wait together.
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