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:

Denise ( says:
we have a great parakeet who says over 75 words
and has a personality that is unbelieveable. he
chats all the time. he is a bird with attitude. we
have had 3 other parakeets but this one has talked
the most. We started when we first got him gave him a new word every day. evev taught him our home
phone number. he is amazing! wouldnt trade him for the world!!! (03-06-2004)

shelby says:
My parakeet tenori likes it when I take him to the barn to see my ranch. My ranch has 27 horses like 300 cattle and a bunch of hens. I live on a ranch in northern nevada. (03-05-2004)

stephanie ( says:
please read what i wrote below and respond with any information you might have. thank you (03-03-2004)

stephanie says:
i just got a parakeet and i am haveing trouble getting him to go on me finger and trust me. i was thinking of bringing him in a small room where it is just me and him and he can't crawl under anything to get away from me. this is my first bird so i am not really sure if that is the right thing to do. any information will help so please respond if you have any advise. (03-03-2004)

ct ( says:
I got 3 parakeet for over 2 year now and i dun think it can talk anyway i just wana learn how to make 1 bird go on me hand. the yelow one (i suspect male cause bird with bright color are male (they want attrract other female) anyway the yelow one get on my hand easily and not scare but the two other femaale wont help!!!! (03-03-2004)

ct ( says:
I got 3 parakeet for over 2 year now and i dun think it can talk anyway i just wana learn how to make 1 bird go on me hand. the yelow one (i suspect male cause bird with bright color are male (they want attrract other female) anyway the yelow one get on my hand easily and not scare but the two other femaale wont help!!!! (03-03-2004)

Johnny Mism says:
Parakeets tastes great! (03-01-2004)

KOU ( says:
how do u get ur keets to talk?..............i really wanna knoe so email me quick!! (02-29-2004)

GaryMicheal07 ( says:
Hi i just got a parakeet 5 days ago. It is one of the prettiest i have ever seen. It is Purple, Baby blue, White, Yellow, Light green, and has little red dots on its cheeks. It does have stripes but they r very light. They are a very light gray not dark. Does that mean its older? Also the space above it's beak is purple. Is that mean its a boy or a girl? Also i have had it five days and it is still really quite. I have only hurd it make noice like 4 times. Also it goes on my hand but inside the cage. Sumtimes its scared of my hand and then sumimes its not. It has never bitten me. Also it eats alot! and i have the millet treats hanging on a toy, and this toy with fuit, and sum other beak things, but it doesnt seem to drink or use its others toy besides the millet one? Is my bird ok or is it jus not used to me yet. (02-29-2004)

chris says:
parakeets can't talk (02-28-2004)

John says:
There was a Dennis the Menace comic circa 1967 where Dennis frustrates Mr. Wilson in his attempt to train his parakeet. "That's a pretty dumb record, Mr. Wilson." I found one of these many, many years ago among the used 78s at St. Vincent de Paul. (02-28-2004)

Weston says:
I Love My Bird Taki! He is a very youngin' bird and I still have to hand train him.LoL ,But he has already leanred to mimic the phone we didn't even rain him to do that! (02-22-2004)

Tim Atwood ( says:
I Love my parakeet MIA, He is green and awesome. Mia is the coolest parakeet in the world. I would like to suggest that everyone have a parakeet. (02-20-2004)

Rufus ( says:
hi i just wanted to know if anyone knows
how to get your bird to come out of the cage
it s name is rufus and i need to know how to get
it out of the cage .plz help thank-you sooooooooooo much !!!!! !!! (02-16-2004)

LaLaChicks ( says:
Local Long Beach lesbian artists Anne Engel and Laurie Morvan have teamed up to for the LaLa Chicks, creating a whole new dynamic with the balls of a band. Joined by percussionist Angie Tabor and bassist Lisa Grubs, this foursome will play your favorite covers and originals, as heard on their original CD's. Sure to be a full house, come mix and mingle! (02-16-2004)

Kelly (KiwiKelly says:
my bird lilly is a pain she is always annoying and my bird is scared of my hand (02-16-2004)

Tweedybird says:
Maybee Yer Paurakeet dun't wanna tawk! Ever tawt ov Dat? Gotta torture de puddy tat now.
Tweedy (02-11-2004)

Jamel Johnson ( says:
I need to know how to make my parakeet talk so please help me. (02-11-2004)

Hannah Landry ( says:
i know how to teach a parakeet to talkmy girl parakeet does if u want to know how just e-mail me or send me an im (02-08-2004)

Hannah Landry ( says:
I Love my bird though it cvant talk it is the maost buitiful color and i think just because it cant talk doesnt mean you cant love it!!! (02-08-2004)

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