| Why Stick Training Is Important for Birds
A stick can be any type of long rod, preferably wood and something that your bird can comfortably grab onto. Although a bird cage perch would seem to make the most sense they are usually too short. A 3 foot dowel rod of the appropriate diameter can be purchased from your local hardware store or home improvement store. A broomstick can be just as handy.
It's important to get your bird accustomed to this"bird stick" early on in your relationship. The stick can not only possibly prevent injury to you and your bird but it may be needed in an emergency.
In a recent article we posted about hormonal issues birds
we talked about those times when your bird may be so hormonal that you cannot handle them without being bitten. Your bird is still going to have to come out of the cage and be placed back into the bird cage be it for exercise, cage cleaning or just to give it some freedom to flap its wings.
A six or seven-year-old Amazon parrot coming into puberty can be very aggressive towards it's owner and cause a great deal of damage regardless of the owner's intentions. This is where it's important to have the bird already used to seeing and riding on the stick.
This stick may come in to play should your bird fall behind an appliance be a refrigerator, washer, dryer or bookshelves. This can happen and you may not be in the position to move the heavy object away from the wall to rescue your bird. Being able to introduce this "friendly" bird stick and have your buddy willingly grab onto it when it's trapped behind a large object could save it's life.
Jamaar Wright Date 4/15/2012 10:04:49 PM
I just purchased an african grey I don't have no experiecne with birds. As I was in the process of buying a bird at pet store the bird I bought was always regurgitating every time I came in the store browswing for a bird to buy. I was going to the pet store maybe 2-3 times a week now that I have the bird home I feel like I have to start over in the pet store when it flew off the counter I was able to pick it up from the floor and it would "STEP UP" now home when it lands on my carpet either it k
parakeetsounds Date 4/27/2012 5:51:00 AM
yes, your points are right.Stick training are essential for the home birds because they need some balance while the bird stands alone at the snick.