Portable universal bird perch for enhancing training or interaction
Create seven unique bird perches by reconfiguring the components
Easy-clean cone offers safer handling & protection from bird droppings
Keep out-of-cage time fun, safe and clean wherever you go! The innovative Caitec Percher offers a portable and novel way to keep bird training and companionship more rewarding. Clever, four-piece design allows use as a hand-held or free-standing perch perfect for training sessions or just hanging out. Create seven unique bird perches by assembling the pieces in the configuration that best suits your needs.
The Percher is comprised of a textured perch, a protective cone, a grip handle and a decorative base. Universal perch accommodates birds of all sizes while protective cone catches bird droppings and keeps inquisitive beaks away when used in a hand-held configuration. The Percher boasts easy-to-clean plastic construction and simple, tool-free assembly. Great perch for African Greys, Cockatiel, Conures, Parakeets, Lovebirds and any small or medium bird that loves out-of-cage attention.
Percher measure 8" in diameter and 11-1/2" high in standard table-top configuration. Perch diameter is 1".
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Every pet needs to be trained in some fashion and that includes birds. Since a natural physical behavior of a bird is to step up, this is a fairly easy command to teach. Added benefits of teaching this command include reinforcing your higher status, helping the bird overcome his natural fear of you, and strengthening the bond between you.
As with training any animal, sessions should be short - usually around 15 minutes. Make training a positive game!
Train in a safe, enclosed, quiet room without distractions.
Be consistent - pick one command and stick with it.
Watch for signs of sleepiness, inattentiveness, fear, or aggression.
If the bird is not used to you, spend several sessions slowly and quietly placing your hand in the bird's cage, away from the bird. With each session, move your hand closer to the bird. Allow the bird to perch on it of his own accord - tempt him with a treat!
During initial training, you may wish to use a dowel or other stick in place of your finger. Get the bird used to the dowel by first placing it in the cage and allowing him to investigate it.
End the session on a positive note.
Teaching Step Up
Gently push on the bird's breast right above his legs with your finger or dowel. Either one needs to be placed ABOVE whatever the bird is currently perching on.
When the bird starts to step onto your finger, say "step up" or "up." Choose only one of these commands.
When the bird steps up, praise him and give him a very small treat - something he really likes, but only gets when he obeys a command.
Birds may use their beaks to help them step up. Do not pull away, since that may indicate to him that you are afraid and then he has the upper "hand." Also, he will be reluctant to obey "step up" if the finger/dowel is pulled out from under him!
As the bird becomes comfortable, take him out of the cage and continue the training in other quiet environments. When away from his cage or territory, he may pay more attention to you.
Providing the variety of perches your bird needs is easy and inexpensive. A wide range of perches is available commercially, and you can also fashion a number of suitable perches from natural materials.
Several furnishings are needed for the cage. These include perches, dishes, grooming supplies, nest box, cage cover, and toys. Ensure that when accessories are in the cage that the bird still has plenty of room to fly and move around.
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