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  1. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

    Jan 17, 2009
    North Eastern PA
    Does anyone else have a bird that does tricks? Echo will do anything for some cooked oatmeal so I trained her to do several cute things. Now I've noticed she will actually try to "perform" new tricks to get more treats and attention. She will flap her wings and pick up random toys/objects and drop them inside cups on the table. She is going on 2 years old and is really becoming a member of the family. I noticed that training her has brought us very close. Before I started training she wouldn't let me touch her besides her feet. Now I can flip her upside down and even scoop her up like a chicken, haha. She has been talking and playing more and seems much happier. I would suggest to anyone trying to make a bond with their parrot to look into "Clicker Training". I also have been giving her and all my other birds fresh food everyday. Corn, Kale, Apple, Carrot, Plum, Banana, Whole Wheat Toast, Unflavored Cereal, Pappya, Cooked Pasta, Cooked Eggs, etc. Her overall behavior has improved!

    Here's a few videos of her tricks...

    Basketball/Piggy Bank
    Piggy bank
    Flapping her wings

  2. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

    Apr 16, 2011
    Pinallas Park, Florida
    Thats is pretty cute! Birds can be so smart! My 2 conures do not know a whole lot but they can say a few words and Sonny will dance and click back to me when ever I click twice. He will go back and forth with me all day doing that lol.
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    I really want a pet bird :) They are just so expensive to buy, and I can't quite legitimize the need to spend that much..

    I also don't want to support any petstores. Not sure where else to get one.
  4. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

    Jan 17, 2009
    North Eastern PA
    Well you are in luck. I work with a parrot rescue and they help neglected, abused, and unwanted parrots...kind of like an animal shelter would do for cats and dogs. I see you're from Canada so Iooked up just a few different Canadian Parrot Rescues.



    In most cases adopting a rescue parrot is cheaper but you will have to put in a lot more time to gain his or her trust.
  5. CluckyBoss

    CluckyBoss In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2012
    SO FAR, I've taught my hahns to wave, spin, bat bird (flips upside down), give me kisses, and he's target and clicker trained. Working on potty training him! Haha! I love Echo!

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