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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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Songs:

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:

moein (moein_book@yahoo.com) says:
how can we train parakeet. (04-09-2004)

moein (moein_book@yahoo.com) says:
how can we train parakeet. (04-09-2004)

moein (moein_book@yahoo.com) says:
how can we train parakeet. (04-09-2004)

Lupin (evilpsychoangnel666@hotmail.com) says:
i've got this new bird, the pet store said it was a female but it looks like a male to me do you think they made an error or is it because it's young that you can't tell? (04-09-2004)

Laura (iloveruffles@hotmail.com) says:
My sister just got budgies and I was wondering are they able to talk? My friend has one that can but the previous owner taught it to do that and whistle. HOw do u do it? Please help! (04-08-2004)

helperbird says:
If you want to teach your bird tricks then here's how. One cool trick is making your bird walk on a string in mid-air. To do this start with a thick pole and make it really low to the ground, as the bird gets better make the pole thinner and higher. Keep doing this till he/she masters the string way in the air. Try anything you can think of, use your head. ^ ^
------------- (04-07-2004)

helperbird says:
I forgot to say, when I was talking about how to teach your bird to talk, try and use your voice not a recording. It will sound clearer and better. Males tend to learn faster than females but that doesn't mean males can't learn to talk.(I had a male and female and the female learned faster so you never know) (04-07-2004)

helperbird says:
I forgot to say, when I was talking about how to teach your bird to talk, try and use your voice not a recording. It will sound clearer and better. Males tend to learn faster than females but that doesn't mean males can't learn to talk.(I had a male and female and the female learned faster so you never know) (04-07-2004)

helperbird says:
Let's see, okay for those of you who have a scared bird, it usually means you aren't playing with it or it doesn't have enough good toys. The main reason birds are scared is because you never went though basic training. Basic training is when you first get a bird you must go really slow around your bird and don't even lay a hand on it for about a week or so. After the week is up try using a stick of some sort and let him/her stand on it after your bird is use to the stick, then try using your finger by moving it very slowly toward its chest and say UP in a soft, gental vioce. After this your bird will be more comfortable around you and will trust you more, so it won't be afraid of you. For those of you who didn't do this when you first got your bird, try and start doing this now. (04-07-2004)

helperbird says:
okay first of all for those people who want their bird to talk, it is really difficult for the first word but after its quite simple. Okay first off you need to have a bird that is able to talk like a parrot or parakeet. Next you must shut off all distractions (T.V.,radio, computer,ect.) then you have to say the word you want to teach it over and over and over for at least 30 minutes a day, morning is best. Do not go way over 30 minutes or else your bird might become bored and might NOT want to speak, this is bad. Anyway the first word takes about 1 or 2 months to learn, I know I know this is a REALLY REALLY looooooooooooong time but it's worth it. After its first word, the other words you wish to teach it will take less time than the first one. After all this you will feel as if your bird is really a person. If you have the patients and you did this, give yourself a pat on the back good job, and CONGRADULATIONS!!!!!!! (04-07-2004)

andrew (kickflip1217@aol.com) says:
i think my parakeet is stupid, he'll sit there and poop , sleep and then go sleep some more, but he's awake sometimes and i just want to teach him how to talk, cuz he's pretty boring, if only i could teach him to say something.... i wanna teach him to say taco (04-06-2004)

Sarah (miller220@comcast.net) says:
I Just got my first parakeet and she dosen't do anything she just sits their she's very afraid what should I do leave her alone for a couple of days or start to play with her? (04-03-2004)

marissa says:
gey a lfe this website sucks!!!! (03-30-2004)

jamal (Jamalblack369@netscape.net) says:
i think my parakeet is a mute because he never makes any noise, also i think he is tramatized because when i got him he was almost eaten by a grey macaw is it posible for a bird to be scared silent please email me with help and info (03-28-2004)

Lyss says:
can i get my bird to do tricks if so how (03-27-2004)

Lyss (babesinchrist@netzero.com) says:
I got my bird to whistle I just don't understand how to get it to talk do i just keep sayin he word over and over again i don't understand (03-27-2004)

pat (laquacn2004@yahoo.com) says:
Hey, i just got a parakeet and i was wonderin how to make it talk or even just wistle. Please email me and help. Thanks (03-21-2004)

megan (smileyface12321@yahoo.com) says:
also...he is reali reali scared of me...and i dont kno how to handle it...i also want to get more foods in his diet..how should i go about doin this....plez help...answer soon...email or rite here :) (03-08-2004)

megan (smileyface12321@yahoo.com) says:
neone kno how to train an older parakeet....he wont play with me...and barely talks..he is healthy..but doesnt communicate well...email me if u can help!! (03-08-2004)

Misty (kinky_gurl_420_69@hotmail.com) says:
I dont get how to like get them to talk and like they fight all night long and make funny noises amd om afraid to hold them because they bit hard help me (03-07-2004)






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