Taming a Parrot
So where do you start? Everything is very simple. A good basis for further understanding will be the taming of a parrot. Here, as in everything, consistency is needed. Therefore, before practicing with a parrot, it is best to be patient and stock up on love for the bird. Taming a parrot can be divided into two stages:
First stage. The parrot needs some time to adapt in a new place. Therefore, professional breeders recommend that the pet himself move to his new home from a special bird carrier, in which he gets to the new owner.
For faster passage of this stage, the cage should be quite spacious so that the parrot could not just sit in it. It is also better to put it at the eye level of the owner, this will facilitate contact. Near the cell, you should not make any sudden movements or pronounce loud sounds. And even more so, it’s better not to touch the bird and not to clean its cage. All this time it is better to carefully approach the cage and gently talk to the parrot, calling him by name. Such an addiction, as a rule, takes about a week.
Second phase. After the parrot is no longer afraid of the presence of the owner, you can begin to accustom him to his hands. It is important to remember that birds can be shy and not force them to do anything. Otherwise, the pet will become vindictive and will no longer make contact.
First, you can stick your favorite parrot food through the grill, holding it between your fingers. When the bird gets used to it, you can try to put your hand in the open door and offer a treat in the palm of your hand. After such training, if the feathered friend is confidently sitting on his hand, you can take him out of the cage into the room.
The parrot will be considered tame in the case when it continues to sit on the hand, even if it was taken out of the cage. It is important to remember, after this the bird should be fed either by hand or in a cage. Otherwise, he may not return, having left once.
Learning a parrot "talking"
To teach a parrot to speak is the dream of many owners of feathered friends. After all, he can not only repeat the words he has heard, but also speak them at the right time.
The ability of parrots to reproduce human speech is very individual. Here it is impossible to say for sure which birds are most adapted to this. Because even within the framework of one species, one can meet both talented "talkers" and completely untrained representatives.
But if you consider parrots from the point of view of speaking ability, you can still identify the most capable. They are rightfully considered Jacques. Among them there are such representatives, by whose voice it is possible to determine who the words belong to, man or woman.
Well-developed abilities and some representatives of the Amazon, Red-tailed parrots. Only by their "pronunciation" it is immediately clear that it is not a person who speaks.
Quite rarely you can find "talkative" birds among large cockatoo. Also with Ara.
I would like to note that the prevailing opinion about the greater ability of males to “talk” is not scientifically based. Talking parrots are found equally among boys and girls. The exception, perhaps, will be only Budgerigars. But their females, despite the difficulty of training, pronounce the words much more clearly.
Directly "training." It is better to start training with an already tamed, manual parrot. After all, he already trusts the owner, considers him his relative.
Young parrots at the age of 2-3 months are much easier to learn. At this time, it is better to remove all the toys from the bird, which will help it concentrate on human speech. It is also better to separate the “student” from the rest of the pets.
There is an opinion that it is better to wait until the parrot falls on the owner’s shoulder. After that, you can start classes. Talk with the pet should be quiet, clearly pronouncing the words and repeating them several times. In the case of the correct reproduction of the parrot should definitely be encouraged. Then you can begin to study other words, phrases.
You can also teach birds how to play various tunes. In this case, the owner must clearly, rhythmically and in the same order to whistle them so that the parrot can remember. A lot of repetitions should be done so that the pet learns the order of sounds and could repeat them more clearly.
It has been established that birds are more susceptible to the female voice. So, a weak half can achieve great success in this.
A special role in learning is played by the time of classes. The most suitable are morning and evening hours.
Possible difficulties. First of all, they can be associated with the age of the bird. Young parrots are better trained than those who are over 3 years old.
Of particular difficulty may be the ill-treatment of previous owners. In this case, it is unlikely that it will be possible to achieve any results from the parrot. Otherwise, much depends on the patience of the teacher.
Other parrot skills
These include water treatments. Despite the fact that many parrots love water, they need to be trained to it gradually. Strength and coercion will not help here. The bird should wake up interest in this element.
Here are some easy ways to teach your parrots to swim:
You can bring the bird on your hand to a stream of water. Just do not dip! The parrot should be interested in it.
Parrots also like to rub themselves against various wet objects. This can be used when accustoming them to water.
Following these simple rules, you can achieve great results in the education of your feathered friend. You just need to arm yourself with patience, and your pet will reward the rest. Do not forget that parrots trust their owners and friends. Therefore, you need to treat them with affection and care. And then your work will be paid for what you deserve!