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Old 04-22-2009, 10:07 AM   #1
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While surfing a budgies site I often to go, (I have two budgies as well as my Parrotlet, Marco, and my cockatiel, Kermit), I noticed a thread on, "Millet Training".

Needless to say, after not having made much progress with Marco the first year I'd had her, I read on.

There were only 6 simple steps, and, along with a detailed explanation, there was a very instructive video placed on Youtube. So, I tried it.

Low and behold, Marco is now "investigating" my hand, eating not only millet but other "treats" such as lettuce, (not iceburg), and parsley from my hand, but she's also coming over when I'm sitting near her cage, and puffing up/watching my movements. She seems so much happier, and more interested in me!

So, I figured, after searching to see if there were any threads on here about it, that I'd post it for other struggling owners.

The Thread:http://talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=24092

The Videos:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkkT0i376rI
and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B3x2dx_9hM

Hope this helps one or more of you guys the way it has helped me.
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:04 PM   #2
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WOw thats pretty interesting, I've never heard of it before - clicker training but not millet training, cool!! Thats awesome that Marco took to it so fast as well!!
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Old 04-22-2009, 03:32 PM   #3
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Yes, and it's just as applicable to Parrotlets as Budgies. Patience and positive reinforcment do work wonders! It does backfire to force or grab a bird in order to try and tame the bird.
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When I brought Callie home she did not want to step onto my hand to get out of her cage. She would only come out and climb on top, then bite if I tried to come near. I was frustrated with this situation, as I knew in the future if going to the vet, and other 'taking out of cage' situations, this behaviour would prove to be difficult. So using millet training, I taught her that if she wanted to come out of her cage (which she was showing obvious signs she wanted out) she had to step up onto my hand. Within 2 days she had this down pat
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Thanks, guys! The best part is that each day she does better. She let me pet her stomach today!
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thanks for posting the video - many of us tell impatient or frustrated owners having problems with taming to be patient, work slowly, reward with millet, etc., but this video showed all that and hopefully will help many people with their birds!
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thanks for posting the video - many of us tell impatient or frustrated owners having problems with taming to be patient, work slowly, reward with millet, etc., but this video showed all that and hopefully will help many people with their birds!

You are quite welcome. Can I get sticky status? That way we'll be able to refer frustrated owners to the video and threads.
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Good idea! It's done.
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This was really informative! I don't have problems with getting Katie out of her cage, but as I have said before, I have been the last resort to some skid row birds, and I used the "grab" method on some of them. It DID work, and was probably a pretty brilliant and brave idea for a 12 year-old kid to come up with, especially considering the lack of resources like the internet back in the 80's, but millet training is certainly a kinder more gentle way to get a scaredy-bird to come out!
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my p'let wont even eat the millet i left in his cage.. he only eat his seeds in the dish. today is his third day in my apt..
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