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
(click picture to magnify)
Send a Postcard! Next Exhibit


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:

larry ( says:
i want to know how to make my to parakeets have baby;s i just received a yellow one today and she act like she is stuck up or something my other one is trained and she is quite wild how to calm her down pleas help me. (04-16-2004)

Helperbird says:
Johnathan, to fix your problem you have to try and be gentle and walk and move very slowly. Normally birds are frightened because the owner is going so fast that your bird thinks you might be trying to attack it. Try just moving slow and tell your family members just to move slow around your bird. (04-16-2004)

threebirdcrazy says:
i have a blue parakeet who has blue feet! you don't see too many like that...i also have a cockatiel who loves "doing it" on my hand - every day!...also a lovebird who is as yellow as a lemon
my parakeet must have the heart of an eagle though because he rules around here (04-15-2004)

Johnathan ( says:
Why is my parakeet so afraid of me when I come near the cage he hides? (04-15-2004)

helperbird says:
The best way to hold a bird is first letting her get used to sitting on a thin pole. Just for a day or two you might want to hold a thin pole up to her and let her sit on it. Then after sometime try using your finger. Birds always hate being held, they would rather sit on your finger or shoulder. (04-15-2004)

james says:
how should i holdmy bird? him sitting on my inger or actually holding him? because she hates beit held with her wings covered. is that ok?

helperbird says:
When a parakeet bobs its head up and down it means it likes something it hears, it copied that from someone or it is just a normal action and your bird likes doing it. (04-14-2004)

helperbird says:
to train a bird see what I said by clicking on more comments close to the bottom of this website. (when you go to more comments, find what I said about training a parakeet, its close to the top). (04-14-2004)

Jennifer (JennifertheDivagirl) says:
What does it mean when your parakeet bobs it's head up and down? (04-14-2004)

yo u dont kno says:

helperbird says:
Kristy, your bird may be very excited since he is finally out of the pet shop and in a bigger place. One main reason your bird isn't getting any sleep is that he can't with out a sheet. Most pet birds sleep better with a sheet. So this is what you do, get a small to medium size sheet or blanket and cover the entire cage at night. This way your bird is more comfortable and will fall asleep faster. Don't worry, putting a sheet on a bird's cage will not cause it to sufficate, it can still breath. Try it, this may help. (04-13-2004)

kristy ( says:
we just our birds yesterday and my sisters bird hasn't slept there anything wrong with it? (04-13-2004)

helperbird says:
I meant her, your bird is a girl right James. Anyway sorry. (04-13-2004)

helperbird says:
It is scary to a bird to come from the safety of its cage to a big new environment. James, to help him feel more safe you should try and hold him and maybe walk around the house. This way he knows the place and will get familair with where your living and may not seem so scared of it. It is always hard to know what to do with your first bird. If he is still scared you might want to leave him alone for just a day or two and maybe he will feel like he is ready to come out of the cage. (04-13-2004)

james ( says:
I have a baby parakeet but she is scared of going outside of her cage. Before she loved it. i try to play with him but she just sits there. mabey i don't no how to play with him (she is my first one). if u could please tell me how to play with him and help her become more eager to come outside again (04-12-2004)

helperbird says:
to trian a bird see what I said about training on this page or click on more comments. (04-09-2004)

helperbird says:
The younger the parakeet is, the easier it is to make it talk. Sometimes if your parakeet or parrot is old it is impossible to teach it to talk. To see exactly how to teach a parakeet or parrot to talk, click on more comments on the bottom. (04-09-2004)

helperbird says:
To tell if a bird is female or male you must look at where its nose holes are. If the area around its nose hole is pink then the bird is female, if its blue its male. It doesn't matter if they are young or old, you can always tell. (04-09-2004)

moein ( says:
how can we train parakeet. (04-09-2004)

moein ( says:
how can we train parakeet. (04-09-2004)

Advertise on this site

More Comments - Go To Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32

Got something to say about Parakeet Training Record? Use this form to post your comments or write your own mini-review. Your comments will appear right on this page for everyone to see!

Your Name:
Email Address: (Optional)

(click to enlarge)
  In order to help avoid spam, please answer the following question:
What is the woman in this picture carrying?

cell phone

Previous Exhibit Museum Home Next Exhibit
You are browsing in alphabetical order. Switch to chronological order.   ...   frank's vinyl museum   ...   webversi   ...   photo albums   ...   blog   ...   trs-80   ...
Search this site: