How to Train a Parrot

Q: My parrot poops wherever he wants while playing outside his cage, and it’s hard to clean up. Is it possible to train it at home?

The quick and easy answer to your question is to only allow him to play on surfaces that can be papered or are easy to clean, such as tile, laminate or luxury vinyl. Cover furniture with towels or other washable covers when your bird is outside.

But yes, birds can be house trained. With patience and consistency, you can teach your bird to “go” anywhere. Young birds seem to learn faster, but it is possible to teach older birds new tricks.

Start by noting what times of day your bird usually rests, and pay attention to its body language beforehand. Maybe it shakes its tail feathers before dropping a load?

Choose a prompt, such as, “Go potty,” “Hurry up,” or whatever phrase you want to use. When you see your bird getting ready to go or it’s normal time for him to rest himself, take him by the hand and hold him where you want him to go: a line. Wally wastebasket, paper plate or your other “poop zone”. Choice Say your potty cue and praise when he goes. Eventually, he will begin to associate the sentence with the action and respond appropriately to the cue.

Keep in mind that larger birds can “hold it” more than smaller birds. Budgies and cockatiels may need to go every 15 to 20 minutes, while macaws and cockatoos may go several hours between poops. And no bird is completely trustworthy. Sometimes, when you gotta go, you gotta go.

The bottom line? Parrots are messy, and cleaning up after them is part of living with them.

– Michael Baker

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Do you have a pet question? Send it. askpetconnection@gmail.com Or visit Facebook.com/DrMartyBecker. Pet Connection is created by veterinarian Marty Baker, journalist Kim Campbell Thornton, and dog trainer/behavior consultant Michael Baker. ©2024 Andrews McMeal Syndication

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