Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

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Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by Kimberly Kohle » Sat, 01 Nov 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

> Buddy a peach faced lovebird that I potty trained a few days ago

Is that really possible?  I always thought that birds did not have bowel
control of any sort.  No muscles in the... whatever the technical term
is, I won't be graphic.  I thought they couldn't "hold it" or even
really tell when they needed to go, it just leaked out when the body was
done with it.

Any vets out there who know about bird anatomy?  Or is this only pigeons
(I seem to recall learning it relation to pigeon poof on my father's
car)?

Not to dispute you, I'm just shocked!!

Kimberly

 
 
 

Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by Kimberly Kohle » Sat, 01 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> Buddy a peach faced lovebird that I potty trained a few days ago

Is that really possible?  I always thought that birds did not have bowel
control of any sort.  No muscles in the... whatever the technical term
is, I won't be graphic.  I thought they couldn't "hold it" or even
really tell when they needed to go, it just leaked out when the body was
done with it.

Any vets out there who know about bird anatomy?  Or is this only pigeons
(I seem to recall learning it relation to pigeon poop on my father's
car)?  :)

Not to dispute you, I'm just shocked!! :)

Kimberly

 
 
 

Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by kim birne » Sat, 01 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
> > Buddy a peach faced lovebird that I potty trained a few days ago

> Is that really possible?

Yes, it is. My***ateil will poop on comand. It was really easy to
teach her.

Some people question if this is a good idea, because if you forget to
give the poop command there is a danger that the bird will hold it long
enough to do some damage. Bill, it's great that your bird was clever
enough to tell you!

 
 
 

Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by WH LAMBD » Sat, 01 Nov 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>Is that really possible?  I always thought that birds did not have bowel
>control of any sort.  No muscles in the... whatever the technical term
>is, I won't be graphic.  I thought they couldn't "hold it" or even
>really tell when they needed to go, it just leaked out when the body was

Yes it is in fact possible to potty train birds.

I have potty trained 1 Sun Conure, multiple***atiels, and Buddy is the
third lovebird I have potty trained.

Now birds have to go often. It is bad on their kidneys to hold it for too long.

I tried a brand new technique with Buddy that was virtualy stress free for
Buddy and myself.

I placed a magazine (the magazine is go that you can tear or cut the top
sheet or two and dispose of the droppings) under a perch, and when I first
get Buddy out of the cage, I sit him on that perch, and refuse to play with
him until he relieves himself, After relieving himself I would praise him,
and pick him for our play session. After about 10 minutes I returned him to
the perch, and he had to sit there until he relieved himself. Again after
relieveing himself, I would praise him, and pick him up for more play. By
the end of the second day of one on one time, he was conditioned to where
he would relieve himself within 5-10 seconds, and he was ready for more
play. After the bird is conditioned to poop when given the opportunity, you
can stretch out the time to 15 to 20 minutes. Do not go past 20 minutes.

Scampy's signal that he has to go is to jerk his tail feathers up and down.
Buddy's signal was turning around like he was distressed and looking for a
place to relieve himself.

In the last 5 days, he has only had one accident, and I'm very proud of him.

Quote:
>Not to dispute you, I'm just shocked!!

You're not the first to find it hard to believe that birds can be potty
trained.

I teach all of my feathered friends uusual tricks.

1. train them to fly to my arm or shoulder before I clip their wings.
(very handy if the bird lands on the curtain rod, ceiling fan, or heaven
forbid a treelimb should they escape.

2. train them to allow me to lift and examine their wings (handy for
clipping wings, or spraying for mites or lice.

3. train them to allow me to roll them on their backs, and lay them down
on another surface. (useful for accuate weighing, or checking the keel bone
and body for injuries,

I also teach them cute tricks  like climbing up my arm, kisses, pretending
to shoot them and they playing dead, climbing a ladder of fingers, tickle
where they hold their heads to the side where I can stroke the feathers
around the neck area, etc.

Birds are very smart, but it takes patience, perserverence, and time to
condition them to what you want them to do.

WHL (Bill)

With Buddy (PF lovebird), and Scampy (Lutino***atiel)

 
 
 

Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by WH LAMBD » Sat, 01 Nov 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>Hehe, who is doing the conditioning, us, or the birds??

Actualy I conditioned buddy. I refused to play with him until he went
potty. ;-)

WHL (Bill)

With Buddy (PF lovebird), and Scampy (Lutino***atiel)

 
 
 

Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by Scott McColloug » Sat, 01 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>Birds are very smart, but it takes patience, perserverence, and time to
>condition them to what you want them to do.

>WHL (Bill)

>With Buddy (PF lovebird), and Scampy (Lutino***atiel)

Hehe, who is doing the conditioning, us, or the birds??
 
 
 

Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by RI Exoti » Sun, 02 Nov 1997 04:00:00


We have a blue and gold that is potty trained - to a point!- he will poop on
 command, but sometimes still lets loose when he's out of the cage!  

But for the most part - he's pretty good with it.
Christina
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Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by WH LAMBD » Sun, 02 Nov 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>We have a blue and gold that is potty trained - to a point!- he will poop on
> command, but sometimes still lets loose when he's out of the cage!  

Try the T stand methor, and place him there, and refuse to play with him
until he poops. It is the best mathod I have found.

i accident since October 26th speaks volumes.

WHL (Bill)

With Buddy (PF lovebird), and Scampy (Lutino***atiel)

 
 
 

Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by Goldfis » Sun, 02 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
> Some people question if this is a good idea, because if you forget to
> give the poop command there is a danger that the bird will hold it long
> enough to do some damage. Bill, it's great that your bird was clever
> enough to tell you!

 I recently read that this isn't a real concern, because if you forget they
will have to go where they are anyway.

--
Signed- Kellie  USDA zone 7/8, Sunset Zone 33
My Karma Ran Over My Dogma.  It was a Catastrophe.
Now my Dogma's Dead and my Karma's out of alignment.
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Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by WH LAMBD » Mon, 03 Nov 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

> I recently read that this isn't a real concern, because if you forget they
>will have to go where they are anyway.

It is rough on them trying to hold it in, and accidents sends a signal
that is is acceptable to relieve themselves on you.

Buddy didn't want to go on me, but he was a bit distressed turning in
circles looking for a place to relieve himself, I got a peice of s***
paper, and held him over that and gave him the signal to "go potty", and he
relieved himself, and I returned him to my shoulder.

WHL (Bill)

With Buddy (PF lovebird), and Scampy (Lutino***atiel)

 
 
 

Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by Goldfis » Mon, 03 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
> It is rough on them trying to hold it in, and accidents sends a signal
> that is is acceptable to relieve themselves on you.

> Buddy didn't want to go on me, but he was a bit distressed turning in
> circles looking for a place to relieve himself, I got a peice of s***
> paper, and held him over that and gave him the signal to "go potty", and he
> relieved himself, and I returned him to my shoulder.

I guess it's just essential to be aware all the time.--
Signed- Kellie  USDA zone 7/8, Sunset Zone 33
My Karma Ran Over My Dogma.  It was a Catastrophe.
Now my Dogma's Dead and my Karma's out of alignment.
Get in KNEE DEEP!  <http://www.moonsgarden.com/~rzutt/newsletter.html>
 
 
 

Buddy signaled he needed to go potty!

Post by WH LAMBD » Mon, 03 Nov 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>Hey, Bill- how long did this take?  I know that it will vary from bird to
>bird-  just as for human kids...  I'm going to make a concentrated effort
>this
>week to get in the habit of "perching" her every 15 to 20 minutes.

Buddy was conditioned to where he knew why he was on that perch by the end
of the second days' play session.

Perch her when you first get her out of the cage, then perch her again
every 10 minutes.

After she is conditioned to poop when she is on the perch stretch the time
out to 15 or 20 minutes.

One easy way to tell when she is conditioned, is that she will poop within
a few seconds after you sit her on the perch.

Remember to praise her when she does the right thing.

WHL (Bill)
With Buddy (PF lovebird), and Scampy (Lutino***atiel)

"There are only two opinions that matter to me. Neither of them is yours."
(WHL 9-97)