What color goes well with a parrot
This is how your parrot learns to recognize Lego bricks by color
Now we come to a more difficult exercise. It is very effective because you can vary and expand it very well, ergo - you can make a lot of it. The highlight of this exercise is that we teach our parrots to recognize the colors right away. As a result, the exercise takes a little longer, but the success is a great feeling, for yourself and for your parrot or parakeet.
What do we need for the exercise?
As always, we need our amplifiers, fun and motivation on both sides and now it comes, several small, differently colored toys. I did it with my children's Lego bricks, which worked very well, especially since all the bricks are available multiple times. I chose the square parts, they are big enough and have the advantage of being hollow at the bottom. You will recognize this advantage very quickly during the course of the exercise. You are welcome to try out for yourself what exactly you choose.
Step 1: This is how your parrot learns the color "red"
The first thing I did was to put 3 blue stones and a red stone on a table and hide an amplifier under it. It didn't take long and then the birds turned the stone, only the red one, and found the amplifier. Nothing was hidden under the blue stones. Since they still worked on the amplifier themselves, in this case only my "good" came. Of course, every time I hid the amplifier, I used “red” as the signal. This behavior can be learned very quickly.
Step 2: Let your parrot put the Lego in your hand
Now there is a small sticking point. We want our animal to put the Lego in our hand. What you do here now is if the bird has the stone in its beak, let's try to catch it in the palm of our hand immediately after letting go. This requires a little patience at the beginning. We combine this action with our new signal, here “red - in hand” and now hand the amplifier in connection with our previous “good”.
Step 3: Teach your parrot more colors
If that works, then we can remove the hand a little further step by step and the bird will put it in his hand. If that works well, we can add another colored stone. Let's take yellow here. We adjust our signal accordingly and only reinforce the task that we have set. In this way, we can expand our training more and more over a corresponding period of time by naming the colors and connecting them to a corresponding signal. The bird will quickly understand the instructions and it is so, for example, that you put the stone on the table and ask the animal to fly to us and put it in your hand. Works excellent after a short time.
It is always important not to overwhelm the parrot, keep the exercise times short and always stop when it is most enjoyable. Don't forget good + amplifier.
Step 4: avoid the most common mistakes
There are a few little things to consider. Some parrots have the habit of dropping the "Lego brick" here very quickly. That makes it a little more complicated. You should react immediately with "good" + reinforcement when the animal takes the stone in its beak and NOT only when it drops it. He then connects this activity and thus learns faster. There are also birds that play around with the stone for a long time. Patience is required here. We try to catch the stone, if possible not to let it fall on the ground, because this sound is self-reinforcing for some birds, i.e. it finds this sound more tingling than our food enhancer.
What you can do if it doesn't work out right away
If it doesn't work with a stone and you have a more stubborn feathered friend, you can also use a small colorful ring and first tie it to your finger with a ribbon for training so that it cannot fall on the floor.
Another little tip
We only use these stones for training and put them in the closet afterwards. Otherwise it may become more difficult to perform the exercises. Later, when we have learned everything, these are available again, wrongly desired.
Well, that's it again, I wish you all a lot of fun with this exercise, which can be expanded very soon. E.g. attaching rings according to color and much more.
Greetings, your Annita
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