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:

Samantha says:
Female birds have a light nose(on top of beak)and males have a darker nose. (05-05-2004)

Homer says:
mmmm...parakeet (05-05-2004)

Frank Larosa says:
Yes...we are monitoring Peanut Head very closely. I don't think you will see much more of his activity on this website.

thank you very much. (05-02-2004)

nobody ( says:
Peenut head, you're the one that's "fukkin stupid". Get a life, and if you can't get a life, get a vocabulary. (05-02-2004)


Stephany ( says:
I just got 2 birds and 4 sum reason they both starting 2 fight. I think they r both boys. But i dont know can u please help me.i want to find out if its a boy or girl. (05-02-2004)

shellchang ( says:
I just got my parakeet and she has runny stool what is there that I can do about that? what might be causing it? (04-28-2004)

slouch ( says:
My friend Cody's grandmother had a Myna bird, and it coughed (or imitated coughing) all the time 'cause his grandmother smoked 2 packs a day. It spoke in this awful ironlung voice. I hope it's dead by now. (04-27-2004)

douglas says:
I have bird. bird is nice. I hurt bird, bird is mean. I don't like birds anymore. hoooooo lagapagajajakalakajahagafadasaraeawaya. Hi this is brenda sorry my brother is retarded we have to lock him up so he can't get a kniffe and kill us all even our bird. My brother is a psycho!!! ahh he's coming gotta go!!!! (04-26-2004)

Laura says:
how to teach your bird to talk is easy, just talk to him alot, keets tend to want to chirp and sing more than talking. You can say hello over and over again for years and they might not ever say it, then one day out of the blue they might say hello, it weird. my birds first words were pretty pretty he was only 4 months old. also its better, if you want a hand tame bird, to only have one keet. If you have two then you are not considered the "best Friend" the other keet is. (04-23-2004)

Laura (lebelly84@yahoo) says:
I have a green and yellow keet. His name is Perrywinkle and his hatch date is August 24. I love my little bird and he is very tame. he sings the Andy Griffin song and he says things like " hi pretty perrywinkle" "what did you say?" "hi baby bird" and he also mocks my laugh. Perrywinkle also enjoys taking showers with me. My biggest annoyance is that he screams alot, what do i do to stop him from screaming so much. is there any thing i can do to teach him not to scream?? please help (04-23-2004)

Kelly says:
I have a parakeet that is bright yellow
I can not figur out if it ts a girl or boy
and do girl bird talk because my bird will not be quiet (04-22-2004)

Peanut Head ( says:
My parakeet, Harry P. Ness, is soooooo fukkin' stupid!

I'm outta town alot, and sumtimes my gerlfriend looks after da bird for me.

Da udder day I cum home and relax wid my Jimmy Osmend LP and dat bird starts chirpin' some shit.

I gives it some food, and it starts squawkin' "Ahh, yeah....give it to me baby!...ohhhh, yeah...." So I give da fukkin' bird MORE food, and it STILL keeps chirpin' "MORE!!.....uh yeah, baby.....MORE...YEAH....!"

And dis bird got religion too!!! Always wid da, "Oh GOD!....ooh yeah....GOD yeah....MORE...MORE!" I'm runnin' outta fukkin' bird food.

I can't even get dis fukkin' bird ta say hello, what wid it screamin' "More" and "Oh God".

I asked my girlfriend what's wit da fukkin' bird but she so stupid, so says nothing.....

Dumb bird....uh oh....hav'ta Mommy's calling me....bye... (04-22-2004)

helperbird says:
Sorry I won't be able to help all of you until later this week or in a month or 2. Maybe even sooner sorry guys, check my other messages and see if they help. One is about training your birds to talk and stuff and another is about health and so on and so on. If it is not on this page please click on more comments located on this page. (04-21-2004)

garrett ( says:
i need help! i want to teach my bird to say "hello"
HELP ME PLEASE! (04-20-2004)

new parakeet owner ( says:
I just purchased two babie parakeets yesturday they seem to be scared of everything my female has started to eat but the male I dont believe has I heard someone say I should leave them be for 7 days to become more acustom to there suroundings I want to teach the to step up and step down and to talk and whatever else I might possibly be able to teach them but when I put my hand in the cage the freak out any suggestions?? please help.. (04-19-2004)

Woodi ( says:
We had a Parakeet for 2 weeks now. Sunny comes out of the cage by itself, and will come on our fingers as well, but if sunny doesnt want to be bother outside of the cage he/she will try and run away fast. Sunny loves the bay window and climbing up the screen. What I am wondering will this hinder sunny to bond with us. Sunny does not seem to want to sit on our shoulders or fingers that much, will let us help him/her get out of the cage but then right away flies to his/her window. Any suggestions? Thank you :) (04-19-2004)

Julia ( says:
the two parakeets i have are babies and i want to teach them when they are young. if anyone can help, email me! HELP!!!!!!!!! (04-18-2004)

Julia ( says:
i bought two parakeets (male and a female)two days ago and they are afraid of everything. i really need help. if there is anything you can do because i dont want them to be afraid. i weant to bo friendly and happy birds that will get on your finger. HELP!!!! (04-18-2004)

maize ( says:
can a parakeet change it's gender? and how can you tell from a bpy to a girl? (04-17-2004)

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