Training my serama to do tricks. Pictures!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Ondra's Seramas, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    I have started training my pet quality serama, Buckeye. I am going to do what this http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=cache:mypASlNZ_vMJ:vein.library.usyd.edu.au/links/Trainingchicken.pdf+how+to+train+a+chicken&hl=en&gl=us&sig=AFQjCNGrlGuLuaAvNF5ILwOZKn3VHnFsXQ says to. So far he will peck a black dot, follow it around and then peck it, and run to the dot to peck it. It is soooo cute!! Of course, now whenever he sees a black dot anywhere, he runs to peck it, expecting a treat. I can't stand to see him looking at me with that cute little eye, expecting his reward. Guess I will have to toughen up! [​IMG]
    Now I am training him to peck the key h on the keyboard. next he will learn to peck the letter i.
    I use wetted down food as a treat. He likes lettuce better, but that would be wwaaaayyy too messy. As it is, he sprays food everywhere.

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    More pictures and info on http://seramas.net/drupal/?q=node/17 . Feel free to comment!
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2009
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Cool! Teach him to post to BYC! That would be so neat!
     
  3. denasfarm

    denasfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use to do agility with my dogs and at one training seminar we were broken up into small groups and given a chicken to train as part of the trainer training.
    So we had a week to clicker train the chicken to do one trick. Some chickens were weaving, some jumping short jumps and running small sequences.

    Get a clicker from petsmart or similar store and first teach the bird the click means food. Click feed, click feed, for a few hours. When the click means eat then start with something simple.

    Amazing! Works with Rats too!

    I may have to go clicker train some my birds now!
    We should have a video competition on here with a prize for the most amazing sequence, fastest run, etc...
     
  4. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    Quote:Cool!

    He is clicker trained. He really caught on fast.
     
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  5. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    Buckeye finally figured out the h on the keyboard and now pecks it consistently,even when he can see all the keys!

    Training log:

    11.13.09 12:00-12:20
    Goal:peck H without paper on keyboard, review target training.
    Circumstance: Moderately busy
    Responses:
    1-10: Peck target, follow it in circles and figure eights, etc.
    10-20: Consistently choosing J to peck when 6 keys were visible.
    21:peck H!
    21-30: Peck H with 6 keys visible
    31-37:peck h with ALL keys visible!!

    Summary: He got the j confused with the green h for about 10 pecks. I didn't reward him. He finally pecked h and got rewarded, and continued pecking h. I took away the paper covering the other keys and he continued to peck h.
     
  6. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    I wish I could see this! You'll just have to make us post for picture rewards!
     
  7. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    I have some more pictures on my blog. I also got some movies, but I can't post those until I update my website. Soon hopefully. Here is one from his training session today:

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    Disclaimer: Buckeye is a PET QUALITY Serama. He is not a good representation of the breed, nor is he what I sell. He is just a great pet.
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2009
  8. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is that purple thing on his rear side a "diaper"?
     
  9. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    When you open up your Serama Training Academy, I would like an application for Pip please. [​IMG]

    He is highly intelligent and would be a wonderful asset to your academy... [​IMG]

    Nice job Ondra! I think I now have a winter project!
     
  10. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    Quote:It is. It was meant for a different chicken, but it fits.

    Believe it or not, there is a chicken training facility. http://www.collegeforpets.com/chickens.htm
    I
    have been told I need to open an online one. Maybe in the future..........
     

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