Parakeet Training Record

Train your parakeet the scientific way!

In the 60's, science had an answer for everything, and vinyl did much more than just supply you with the latest pop tunes. For a mere 98 cents, this 45rpm disc from Hartz Mountain claimed to be able to teach your parakeet to talk using a "scientific new method". The idea, it would seem, was to place your bird near the record player while a "carefully trained voice" recited over and over again a series of banal phrases. "Hello, baby", says the voice. "Hello, baby".

Whether this worked or not is anyone's guess (put me down for No), but judging from the wear on this particular disc, it would appear that somebody gave it a shot. It's actually hard to imagine how much easier using this record might have been compared to the "old fashioned" method it replaced. Considering that each side of the thing is only about 3 minutes long, a dedicated parakeet owner would have had to do an awful lot of record-flipping to generate any appreciable amount of listening time. Weigh that against the disadvantage to having your parakeet learn only those phrases carefully selected by the Hartz Mountain engineers, and -- wait, I keep forgetting. This was the 60's, and these are consumers we're talking about.

It's too bad that the parakeet training concept seems to have been a passing phenomenon. With today's multi-gigabyte MP3 players able to hold hours of sound, it might actually have a chance. Hello, baaaaaby...

Parakeet Training Record
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Introduction/Hello, Baby! (Real Audio) Teaching your parakeet to talk is fun! But the old method took too much time!
Good Morning (Real Audio) Good morning. Wanna eat? Good morning. Wanna eat!
Real Parakeet (Real Audio) If you ask me, the "real parakeet" sounds suspiciously like the announcer holding a handkerchief over his mouth.

Your Comments:

Lindsey ( says:
Hey~ i just got 2 parakeet's and they don't tweet or talk when we teach them if anybody has and tips please e-mail me (06-17-2003)

Mike Mastro ( says:
How do I get this CD
Mike Mastro (06-15-2003)

alexa says:
ilove my parakeet! so i knew i had to buy a cage that is taller than 2.11 in. so 3 feet or taller, i also needed toys for my new friend and the more colorful the better they are required a bell and at least 2 other toys sutch as ropes and swings but there are many other toys to choose from. when you go to buy a parakeet you should try to get a baby so that they last longer, so they can get used to you easier and so they are easier to train. most parakeets do not eat on there first day so if they don't eat on there first day than it's just because they aren't comforable yet but if they do eat on there first day that meens they are should buy a book on "budgies" so that you can find out even more about parakeets. (06-10-2003)

alexa says:
your sight should have training method pictures so that anyone who wants to train there bird can and that way you would get more coustemers for their parakeets but i do love that i can come to the bottom of the page and type what i think. (06-10-2003)

SOHA (cookiesandcream786) says:
I just got 2 parakeets. One has a light pink beak and the other has a tan beak. How do i know if it is a boy or girl? How do parakeets mate??? My parakeet doesnt go on my finger and always goes back to its cage wat should i do??? (06-09-2003)

parakeetsucker ( says:
my parakeet just died and i don't know why, i think it was all the sun he got, i put him under the sun for 1:30 minutes, and then i gave them a cold shower for 2 minutes, so if you have any idea how i missed up, please help me, (06-06-2003)

joshua ( says:
can you tell me how to train your parakeet to perch on your finger (06-04-2003)

Adan Bravo ( says:
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Adan Bravo says:
I just got a 3yr old parakeet from a friend and it wont stop biting when you want to pet or hold it. It's green and has a sky blue tail and don't know wether it's a boy or girl.I also want to know if it's to late to train it. Plz help! Thankyou! (06-04-2003)

km says:
i just 2 parakeets a few days ago. they are soooo cute. i still have to get started on taking them out of the cage. i did read that you have to be very patient. when you bring your parakeet home you have to give it about a week in the cage so that it gets used to its environment. then try to get it used to sitting on your index finger before you try to get it out of the cage. if it hops off, try again.
the adult male parakeet has a deep blue ridge across its beak and the adult female parakeet has a pale blue or pink ridge (06-02-2003)

Mathew ( says:
My parakeet will not chirp or jumparound in the cage? Any help just E-mail me.

Thanks! (06-01-2003)

eatme (lickit) says:
fuckme (06-01-2003)

Amber.D ( says:
I havent got mine yet so if any body has some facts for me just e-mail me!!! (06-01-2003)

jedidia ( says:
I just got a parakeet and it's 3 weeks old. I'm pretty sure it's a female,it has a pink beak or nose. I was told that you cannot train it to talk because it was a female. I was wondering if anyone knows if you can, and what you did to train it? (05-28-2003)

shawn ( says:
hi i just got this new parakeet, its really cool and he always bites and he doesnt stands on my finger. i would like to speed up the process. plz help me. (05-28-2003)

Kc ( says:
My Budgie is scared he bites me when I put my finger near him but he wont get on my finger ( bite doesn not hurt at all) i trained my wild budgie to go on my finger . Lilo still bites me and wont get on my finger soemone help me and i tryed to calm him down . MY BUDGIE IS A CHICKEN!!!!
help me plz. (05-26-2003)

Ann-Marie says:
I tried the record in the late 70's. All I remember is "prrrr-et-ty biiiiiirrrd" over and over and over and over. My bird did not learn how to speak. All the record did was make me mental. (05-22-2003)

Why do u need to know? ( says:
I haven't tried this yet but I probably can't because I can't get my parakeet to my computer without him flying off my finger.He's really cute though...his name is Pierre. You pronounce it pee-air (05-20-2003)

megan ( says:
PARAKEETS RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (05-19-2003)

Cleo ( says:
HELP!!! my parakeet Riku would rather have conversations with the birds outside than even give me a slight whistle!! ive tried EVERYTHING!! he does like 50 cent tho.. but i doubt very much that even THAT is gonna help him to talk ot me.. hes being very aggresive lately 2.. i think he has a plan with the outside birds to escape or somehitng.. grrrr.. HELP ME!!
xxxxx (05-16-2003)

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