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Old 07-18-2019, 05:14 AM
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Oh my, Celeste is absolutely adorable!! What a darling little girl she is. I really hope you値l regularly post pics of her. I知 so glad your bond is becoming stronger and I hope it値l continue to grow, even after she goes through that stroppy 選知 a big bird. I don稚 need you phase. Maybe a simple trick you could start with would just be to get her to fly or jump to your finger/hand when called, just from a short distance given her difficulty with flying. It痴 very handy anyway to have your bird come to you when called. Another possibility is teaching her peekaboo. You could put up a piece of card or something similar and say 叢eekaboo when she sticks her head out from behind it. It won稚 take long at all for her to cotton onto the game.


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Old 07-18-2019, 09:06 AM
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Thank you Blingy.

Honestly, I don't really like to use "step up" as a trick.
I want Celeste to step up on my finger because she trusts me and likes to stay on me, and not because she expects to get a treat in return.
But the "peekaboo" trick is really funny, I think I will teach her that later on. Thank you very much for this suggestion!

Anyway, I take back what I said yesterday, I think I will go back to teaching her "nod yes".
I tried it this morning and Celeste seems to have almost figured out what I want her to do. Perhaps she didn't learn the trick before because she hadn't bonded with me yet, so she wasn't ptobably interested in what I was doing.
My aim is to have Celeste nod when I say "yes" and move my hand up and down from a longer distance.
I obviously need to hold a seed between my fingers to make her follow my hand with her head. The hard part is to get her to do so without the seed, but I think I have an idea.
When she will nod I won't give her the seed between my fingers, since the actual treat will instead be a seed I have in my other hand, so that she will pay less and less attention to the seed in the moving hand, until I will remove it. Then I will progressively increase the distance between her and my hand.

Would you like to see a video of Celeste's target training?
She learned very well to follow and touch the stick, she does it with no hesitation.
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:17 AM
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Update!

I'm happy to tell you that Celeste has learned her first trick: nod yes.

I decided to take a step back and make her follow with her head the seed I was holding, up and down, then rewarding her with that same seed (as using a different seed in my other hand wasn't working).
We spent the weekend practicing in this way, and yesterday she had already understood that I didn't want her to follow the seed, but just to move her head up and down.
So, this morning, I moved my hand up and down without holding a seed and she finally nodded!
I gave her a seed I had in my other hand as a treat.
We practiced it several times and now she nods almost every time I move my "seedless" hand up and down.
Once she doesn't hesitate anymore in performing this trick, I will start with the next one: shake head no.
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Old 07-26-2019, 07:37 AM
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Update!

Celeste has learned the "shake head no" trick!

At first I was unsure about how to teach her to shake her head. I couldn't make her follow a seed with her head from left to right, because it was kind of unnatural. Budgies naturally "nod" when they regurgitate seeds, but they never move their heads horizontally and slowly.
I did some research online and I found out that it is possible to make parrots shake their heads very quickly by blowing on them. However, it didn't work for Celeste (it works on Sid, but he is not tamed so he can't learn the trick) and I also thought the blows could bother her.

So, I decided to just give her a treat every time she shook her head naturally (she often does it before grooming). Celeste quickly realized that she would have gotten a reward if she shook her head, and she started to do it more often.
I started to say "no" when she was doing the correct move and now almost everytime I say it (with no hand gestures) she shakes her head!
She still gets confused sometimes, and nods instead of shaking her head, but it surprised me how quickly she learned it!
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Wow, that's great progress, would love to see a video if you can get one without her getting too nervous.
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Congratulations! You are making great progress with Celeste's training!
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Old 07-27-2019, 06:45 PM
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Thank you both!
I created a thread where I can publish videos of Celeste doing the tricks:
https://www.talkbudgies.com/newthrea...ostthread&f=76
I hope you like them!

Now I am unsure about what to teach her next. I am still trying to make her learn the "Wings/Big eagle" trick (which consists in making the budgie raise her wings on cue) but she doesn't seem to get it. Perhaps I should focus on this one now that I am done with the other tricks.

Then I thought it might be funny to teach her to wave with her wing, since she can't wave using her foot (because of her handicap).
When budgies preen themselves, they sometimes raise (a bit) one wing at a time to reach the feathers under it. I could teach her to do that (without preening) when I say "wave" and/or when I wave with my hand. Do you think it is possible?
Parrots are always taught to wave with their feet, but not with their wings, so I don't know if Celeste could be able to learn something like that.
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Take a look at the training journal by forum member sdodo, you might pick up some good suggestions there. Sdodo has had good results with training to do various tricks.
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Not really an update. Just a very wordy post that I hope you won't be bored to death by.

I have been trying to teach Celeste to wave with her wing (since she can't do it with her foot) for the past couple days.
There is no tutorial online about how to teach a parrot this trick because everyone obviously teaches them to wave using their feet, so I had to come up with something by myself.

I started to touch her wing with my finger while saying "wave", then rewarding her. The only problem is that she doesn't like to be touched there at all... not a surprise.
(I know it has only been a couple days but I don't want to bother her too much.)
When I observe Sid and Stella, who are a couple, they only give each other head scratches and never peck at the other one's wings, unless he/she wants her/his attention or is bothered by her/him.
So, why should Celeste be different? It is perfectly normal that she doesn't want me to touch her wing, even if she is bonded to me. Budgies don't give each other "wing scratches".
Since it is not really an option to teach her this trick by waiting for her to spontaneously raise one wing while preening (as she doesn't pay attention to me during these moments and might think that I want her to preen too and not only to raise her wing), I think I will skip it for now and focus on something else.

If you have read my "Budgie doesn't fly very well" thread, you know that Celeste's ability to fly has reduced a lot since compared to a few months ago.
Faery and Cody told me that it would be a good idea to teach her the "recall" trick, namely to fly to me when I call her, slowly increasing the distance, so that she can do exercise and get better at flying.
But... it is way harder than I thought, of course. She almost always accepts head scratches from me, but she still doesn't want to stay on my finger/hand, except in rare cases.
And if she only nibbles my finger and makes a low sound that means she is irritated when I touch her wing, she bites me hard and makes a loud sound of annoyance if she realizes I am trying to make her jump on my finger/hand, even if I tempt her with food.

I am okay with this limited interaction because she shows me affection anyway, in the same way she would do with another budgie, giving me "head scratches" back and trying to spend time with me as much as possible. And that is all I need.
At the same time, teaching her "recall" would be the perfect way to improve her ability to fly... but I have a lot of work to do before even thinking about it.

I will probably go back to the "wings" trick at this point.

What do you think?
Thanks in advance.
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Instead of trying to teach her something using a body part what about using a toy. I had a bird that loved to toss things to the floor and watch me endlessly pick them up so he could throw them again, his favorite was to use a small bell or a ball like the one in this picture. In between tosses he loved to chat with the object, it was really funny. Some birds will toss things automatically to the floor and wait for their servant to pick it up does she have any interest in toys?
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