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Does anyone know how? #345548 01/05/09 11:41 PM
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My grandfather(when I was a baby)used to whistle and his 2 birds would come to their cage, or they would come to him and land on him...how did he do that? My 4 birds freak out if I try to touch them outside of the cage, if I even get too close they all fly away. They are all finger trained, and are fine alone with me, but it is like when they are together, they all agree that I am enemy #1, and I am so afraid if one of them (god forbid) got outside, they'd never come down to me....so, do any of you know how he might have trained them to come to him? Anyone?


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Re: Does anyone know how? [Re: Looney Luna] #345563 01/06/09 12:47 AM
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What kind of birds was it?


Re: Does anyone know how? [Re: Stephanie sweet keets] #345569 01/06/09 01:02 AM
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They were green parakeets..not sure if they were budgies exactly but parakeets, yes.


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Re: Does anyone know how? [Re: Looney Luna] #345571 01/06/09 01:10 AM
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Thats pretty amazing that they would fly to him. Maybe he wistled one time and one flew over to investigate and he gave it a treat so the bird associated whistling and treats?

Re: Does anyone know how? [Re: Kirby&Yoshi] #345628 01/06/09 12:00 PM
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I'm sure that Caribbean mum used a whistle to get her boys back in the cage, I've not seen her on here for a while but you could PM her and see how she trained them!
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Re: Does anyone know how? [Re: CMB] #345636 01/06/09 01:32 PM
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Here's the thread from Carribean mom. It has a movie clip with her whistling her boys to bed!! A must see smile

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Re: Does anyone know how? [Re: Jasper's mom] #345646 01/06/09 03:12 PM
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I've started training Levi to come to me when I do a certain whistle.First I worked with him perched on my finger and would hold my other hand just a few inches away and said Jump and did a 2 tone whistle(high note,low note). Whenever he did it I would sound all happy and Goood Boy! Gooood job!!! I guess by my tone he knew he did something cool and he caught on really fast.Then I did it when he was on top of his cage-just 5-6 inches away-whistle-and from there I just kept moving further away and holding my arm out. He knows what the whistle means and does it quite often..but of course he doesn't do it EVERY time on command. It's more like IF and WHEN HE wants to.
So anyway I guess as with anything you want to teach them you need patience, and repeat repeat repeat. And of course REWARD be it treats or just excited Good jobs and "pat on the backs" I think they really respond to words and your excitement/approval of a job well done even more than treats.
Funny little story-my son wanted to see if he would come to him the same way, but he can't whistle. So he said woohoo in the same tone I use-Levi proceeded to say woohoo and zoomed toward my son, did a quick turn right in front of his face, raced back to his cage again and said Woohoo again bobbing up and down. It was sooo funny. We all started laughing. I guess he pulled a good one on my son LOL




Re: Does anyone know how? [Re: kksuns] #345653 01/06/09 03:43 PM
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LMAO!! That's brilliant.

They seem very responsive to whistle training, Bernard whistles at me but I haven't tried using it in training.... maybe he thinks he's training me!! lol


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Re: Does anyone know how? [Re: CMB] #345687 01/06/09 06:30 PM
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Do you always let them all out of the cage at once?

To train them to step up when outside the cage, you probably will need to work with them one at a time, ideally in a separate room so the one you're working with can't see the other birds.

Re: Does anyone know how? [Re: Faith says hi] #345743 01/07/09 02:46 AM
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Yes, I do seperate them for "school" as I call it, and I bring them to a different room, turn music on etc. but, it is hard to catch them and a couple of them are too smart, they know that small yellow cage is for training so they fly to the highest point and won't come down(cheeky), so, until I get a big enough cage, I HAVE to let them fly together, they go to bed together, in the morning I let them out because it is too cramped (18x18x30 for 4 birds). If I clipped their wings, it would make my life a lot easier as far as training goes, but I have a cat and when their wings were clipped, we almost had a tradgedy because Smooch flew to the floor, I thought the cat was out, he came around the corner, ran to Smooch, was confusd for 1/4 of a second(thank God), but I ran, screamed at him and scared him away...too dangerous, it's better when they are "up" where our old cat can't reach, flying is their only defense. Occassionally, I will let them all fly around the house, but OMG if I want to leave it takes me an hour to get them all into the cage. This is why I wish I knew how my grandfather got them to go into their cage with just a whistle, but I have started whistling like you do with the step up command about a month ago, it is just not soaking in with them yet, but I'll just keep doing it. Thanks for tryng to help. I'm going to watch that "Carribean Mom" video now.


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