1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

training?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenman7, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    230
    0
    129
    Sep 11, 2007
    TX
    Hi, does anyone know how to train a chicken to play the keyboard?[​IMG]
     
  2. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    3,479
    47
    246
    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    That depends, what song do you want to teach it? Cluck Old Hen or Little Red Rooster?
     
  3. Rebel Chicken

    Rebel Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    193
    0
    139
    May 9, 2007
    southern Indiana
    I've never heard of training a chicken to do anything...Why are you wanting to train a chicken to play the keyboard???
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You can clicker train a chicken to do a few pecks where asked, but they can't learn more than a few things in sequence, and after each "correct key" you'd have to reward it... not worth the effort really.
     
  5. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    230
    0
    129
    Sep 11, 2007
    TX
    any songs.Can it be done? I've seen it on tv.[​IMG]
     
  6. Draconargentum

    Draconargentum Out Of The Brooder

    67
    0
    39
    May 9, 2007
    ...Maybe if you had one of those keyboards where the keys light up to teach you to play a song? I saw one at Target...oh, years ago, at least three or four. You could reward the chicken for responding to pecking the lighted key/s to reinforce the behavior.
     
  7. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

    32,243
    920
    491
    Jan 11, 2007
    Washington State
    I would imagine there is a grain of scratch on the keys they want the chicken to peck, but I would think intense behavior training would be involved to get them to play songs.
     
  8. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    1,881
    10
    171
    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Coast gaurd was training birds to spot orange life vest (probably 15 years ago) dont think it ever really worked, but if you could teach them to peck certain key when seeing different color it might work, would have to be a slow song and limited notes. MAYBE?????
     
  9. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

    3,216
    127
    254
    May 17, 2007
    It has to be a very simple tune. They can only play one note at a time.

    Rufus
     
  10. EggCentric

    EggCentric Chillin' With My Peeps

    352
    0
    139
    Sep 14, 2007
    Ball Ground, Ga
    Get one of those keyboards you put on the ground and step on. You can get the whole flock involved!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by