A lot of pet owners are worried about letting their birds keep their long wings to fly because they might hit the windows and has a tendency to break their necks or just simply hurt themselves. So the usual answer to this is to just let your parrot fly. They need it, and it’s also good for their health.
But don’t forget to introduce your pet parrot to windows. You may try to look for a window that is low to the floor; with these, it makes easier for your pet to locate your window. But sometimes, parrots think that they may go through a glass, so unless you show them, they may make a mistake of hitting one, and this could be nothing at all or as simply say it could sometimes be fatal.
How to Make Your Parrot Window Ready
1. Introduce Your Parrot to Windows and Doors
Try to put and make some little introductions. You may hold your bird on your hand and set your parrot on the floor. Open the door and put your pet on the other side, and as its owner, you may proceed on the other side.
2. Encourage and Treat Your Parrot
Try to encourage your pet parrot to go over you by simply asking him yourself since your pet likes you so much, or you may also try to use some treats. Try to do this so that your pet may just walk, and it might not run or either fly over the door and try to go through it. Your pet may go head first and it taps the window using its beak, then it may feel about going right and left, up and down and try to look for the way out where the window might stop.
3. Show Your Parrot the Right Way
Your pet parrot would finally found out how to go around the door or window and go to you right away. Try to put your hand often to show your pet the right way. Try to repeat this over and over until your pet parrot skipped on trying to make it through a window, and it just went straight around. Then try to move on to more windows, and in time, your pet may ignore all windows to show off that he finally knew better.
4. Let Your Parrot Feel the Window
It may sound easier, but this may totally work on your pet. If your pet continues not to identify, you may attempt to hold treats behind the window and let your pet parrot feel how solid your window is. Assist your pet in figuring out how to go around then give them a treat as a reward for doing a good job. Motivate your parrot from a close distance, then try on a further one. With these, you can now notice that your bird is already returning and learning about the window.
5. Allow Your Parrot to Fly in Different Places
When it comes to recalling your pet, the first and most important thing to do is learn to fly your pet in you. Then it follows to teach them to fly to the right places in your home and not others.
Here are some helpful tips for training your parrot:
- Buy or at least built a pair of training stands and immediately familiarize your pet with those stands by simply putting it on them often.
- Your pet can also use those stand to eat its food and do some clicker pieces of training with it. Keep the two strands parallel to each other and between walking distances.
- Attract your pet to walk between the two stands while you are offering some treats. As you make a distance to your pet, it would flap its wings to secure. The part of these exercises is actually about to teach your pet to use its wings to make it beyond the gaps between you and your pet.
- Try to teach your pet to get beyond the gap with exactly the same method across the stick. If you feel that your pet cannot get the target behavior yet, just simply offer them a treat. Teach them a flight recall before the target training.
- Target training is a great method that training recalls. If your pet may forget everything, at least it may recall the most remembered and reliable thing in its life. Skip with any other stuff and direct straight to recall training, which is commonly more progress to teach. Also, especially when your pet is still young, use these baby age to learn and have the willingness to make the most advanced teaching recall training.
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If you are training a recall to your newly acquired pet parrot, you may use the procedure that commonly uses by the hand feeder – motivating your pet to come in you in regards to a treat. If your pet is not aware of this kind of training, then you may begin to teach it to step up with the recall or the common behavior taught. Your pet should build trust in you for them to be ready with the recall training. Just like the case of a human baby, a parrot trusts people easily at a very young age.
Once your pet already knows how to fly in a few meters constantly to your hand in a room, it is advisable to add some different games and exercises. Try to hide in another room inside your house and call the parrot to go over you. It was just like flying between one person into another person. Once that your pet is already answers to your contact, you may try to call or just whistle to it as just like you play hide and seek.
It is considered important that your pet can immediately answer in just a few seconds to your call. If you continued to repeat the call again and again, then your pet can answer after several minutes later, then you are unintentionally teaching your pet a latency.
Here are some tips to prevent latency:
- The first thing to prevent it is to turn your back or maybe try to leave the room for at least a few seconds when your pet parrot might not comply with your first request.
- If you feel that your timing is right, the parrot might be impatient for the treats. Maybe those treats are the favorite or the desired toy your parrot really loves to play with. So as time goes by, your parrot may realize that non-compliance means no reward.
- There are a lot of parrots that are commonly best to teach to fly and even recall. But it always depends on how your pet was socialized and weaned. Normally, budgies, conures, and cockatiels are easier for those first-timers. The cockatoos and macaws are not considered to be the starter birds; however, some novices manage them well. While the greys and the amazons adjust well because it is sensitive in handling.
You may have a pet at a young age, or a newly acquired pet. But the basic theory is that you need to train your pet parrots using positive reinforcement. Avoid or at least minimize some negative reinforcements in every training session for your pet to have also some positive thoughts. Showing your parrot that you are eager to train him will increase his trust in you. Use treats or rewards to motivate him to comply with the recall training. Of course, you have to also be patient and understanding os as not to stress your parrot too much.