>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.
>Not to dispute you, I'm just shocked!!
You're not the first to find it hard to believe that birds can be potty
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.
With Buddy (PF lovebird), and Scampy (Lutino***atiel)