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:

amanda (akua2addo) says:
I love my birds but I think they hate me I give them everything they want but they just bite me (08-26-2006)

muhammed ( says:
hi, i just bought 2 parakeets both male. its been 1 day. they wont chirp alot ocasionnaly they would can u tell me y.. and they would just sit in the cage? please reply asap (08-22-2006)

Geurin ( says:
I have a budgie parakeet on my shoulder right know. I am only 13 and i abousoluty love my little Rocky. I would love if he would learn to talk. (08-18-2006)

coo-coo ( says:
i absolutly love budgies and parakeets i havent got one yet but im going to get one tomorrow! im so excited! im getting a green male parakeet his name is going to be Archie my cousin is sooooooooooo jelous (08-11-2006)

aric ( says:
my parakeet said it first diffent sound i couldnt hear it becuz he or she was dancing to the music i got told again that the color doesnt show yet til it mature and mine anit yet i got my budgie like mmmhmmm 7-23-06 he or she already let me hold it the next day i got it (07-25-2006)

Aric ( says:
I need HELP!!!! my parakeet ask like it a girl becuz it said that females parakeet bit alot and the cere is a blueish whitish pinkish purplish color help me :() (07-25-2006)

fatty2cute ( says:
my Parakeet is not talking I say the same things over and over again I even sound out the words nothing is working also I play a tape and he or she never picks up the words I really do not no what to do I need
NOW (07-25-2006)

MrSoulSatisfaction says:
I tried this record as well and it didn't work. Then I figured out why, I don't own a parakeet. (07-25-2006)

shhhfredric ( says:
I have had my bird for a month now but it is still scared to death of me. It will not go near my hand even if I am righ by the cage it screams and trys to fly away. I am glad it doenst bite though. hecak i don't even know if it's a boy or girl. Could you please tell me how to make my little parakeet love me? anyone??? (07-19-2006)

Kendra Clark ( says:
i have NO CLUE how to get my parakeet talking, i've had her sooooo long too, i tried the tapes and talking to her everyday (u should do that anyway though) what should i do??? (07-18-2006)

gary ( says:
I got my parakeet yesterday afternoon it has never been eating or talking i tried your method,didn't work at all wat should i do? (07-14-2006)

Ashlee ( says:
My bird, Tinklebell, (parakeet) Just talked for the first time today! YAY!!!! (07-14-2006)

jerry ( says:
I had my parakeets for a month. they still want step on my finger.whats the quick way to have your bird to step on your finger.i will be please (07-11-2006)

mary ( says:
I have a 2yrs old parakeet my parakeet have a pretty blue color i love him or her i try to teach how to talk but allhe do make funny noise he like to sing i am scared because he still like to bite me.Tell me what to do to make him talk and stop biting me .Thank you. (06-29-2006)

lizzie (elephantlover202@yahoo .com) says:
OH my god it worked it really worked i started to play the record think it would neaver work but sudinlly i hear "hello hello baby!" (06-24-2006)

Rinson ( says:
OMG! I actually had this record when I was a child and used it to try to get my parakeet to talk! It never worked for me, though. I ended up teaching him myself. (06-06-2006)

Moss says:
Parakeets are very intellegant animals who need compainions. If you are going to teach your parakeet to talk, you should teach it yourself. You should wake up 30 minutes earlier than your usual time. Before you take off whatever is over it's cage you should say the same thing over and over slowly.
God Bless, Michael Moss (05-19-2006)

happynana ( says:
What a wonderful memory! I had a parakeet named Danny who whistled and had a small vocabulary but when I was a young girl in the fifties almost every home had a parakeet. I had friends who had a stack of those records that they could play for their parakeet all day long. As for letting them fly around all the time- my parents were having dinner with their friends when their parakeet walked straight up the table leaving little parakeet snowshoe marks in the mashed potatoes. Thank you so much. (05-15-2006)

Ric says:
Oh, no bird can pronounce M correctly as this, it's obviously the narrator, this is pathetic, it's the narrator all alone in his room recording this as if he was a bird. You know this is ridiculous, I had enough of this, I am out of here. (05-14-2006)

abdullah/moltov ( says:
Never keep indian paraakeets in cages!
Some get very sick and very rarely die.
Give them bread,and keep with u.
If a Indian Parakeet is scared of YOU and refuses to talk,Give him a piece if suugarcane and for atleast 1 hour rub his head softly. (05-12-2006)

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