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Training A Pair #110629 01/21/05 06:27 AM
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I recieved my parakeets about a month ago and have been trying to finger train them from the beginning. They don't perch yet, but if I have seed in my hand they immediately hop on my hand and eat. They've been doing that since the first day. smile Anyway, I've read in some places that it's a lot easier to train 2 or more keets if they are separated, while other sites say the opposite. Which is best?

Also, when I have seed in my hand and they're both sitting in it and eating, as soon as they've finished all the seeds the female (i think), starts biting my hand. At first she'd just nibble at my fingers, but gradually over the last few days she's started biting harder and almost breaking the skin. She's obviously not afraid of me since she's standing on my hand while doing it. Is it perhaps because she wants more food? confused I haven't had this problem with the other keet.

Any advice would be much appreciated. smile

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I've read that it's easier to train keets when separated so that they will focus on you and not the other keet...


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Re: Training A Pair #110631 01/21/05 07:21 PM
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I have two keets as well, and it would definatly be easier to train them if they were seperate. However, once they have been together for that long I would not seperate them.

The best way I think is to t0 give them individual training everyday. In a different room so that they can not see or hear the other keet.

My too actually are not too bad, they love to play outside the cage and ZOe is starting to fly. I just get really jealous when I see how my sisters keets acts if I had jjust waited longer to get the second one.


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Re: Training A Pair #110632 01/24/05 02:20 AM
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Right if you had just brought them home I might keep them apart - but once they are together, it is pretty cruel to drag them apart and be alone.

Make sure you work on the training and building trust so the keets are with you because they want to be with you - that is an important part in them treating you nicely smile Also make sure they have a lot of things to gnaw on, keets need to gnaw.


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Re: Training A Pair #110633 01/24/05 05:54 AM
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Thanks everyone for the advice. smile

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Originally posted by Lisa Shea:
Right if you had just brought them home I might keep them apart - but once they are together, it is pretty cruel to drag them apart and be alone.
Yeah, they've been together ever since we got them so I was a little apprehensive about separating them. I put my hand in the cage today to see if they'd perch and Joon (the female who's the bolder one) just hopped on and started wandering all over my hand nibbling on it. lol Is that good or bad? lol The first day I was able to get them both to perch on my finger, but since then for some reason they've been afraid of my hand if there was no food in it. confused So, just one more question: If the shyer one sees the bolder bird becoming more tame, he'll eventually learn too, right?

Thanks again smile

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I dont know if he will learn to be tame, but he will follow the bolder one around.


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Re: Training A Pair #110636 01/26/05 05:42 AM
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Remember, "tame" is about trust. It's not about brainwashing smile So the entire point of doing these things is to build a personal relationship of trust between you and each intelligent little creature. The more time you spend with each bird, the more each bird will learn to trust you as an individual person.

It shouldn't be about food or tricks - it should be that they truly learn to trust you as a person and want to be with you.


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