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Message #7597. This is a followup to #7595.

Name:Bruce Byfield
Date:Tuesday March 13, 2012 12:16:17 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Nanday Questions
Message:Heather wrote:
> I want to know
> whats going to be the easiest and best way to train her. I have tried
> target training with a small stick and it does not work. She screeches
> and runs away from it. If I tell her to step up she puts her head down
> and wants me to pet her.

Stick training can be very useful for fetching your bird out of remote places, so I would advise you to keep trying. Look at everything you're doing and try to vary it. It took me about three weeks of three 10 minute sessions a day to train one nanday, and others took about ten days.

> Also I've heard that it is possible to teach
> her how to talk

Talking ability varies with the bird. If yours isn't interested, don't be surprised or disappointed. Parrots are delightful in so many other ways that talking seems unimportant to many owners.

> Right now she is eating a small parrot food that consists of seeds
> etc. but she also eats fruits and veggies all day long. Do I still
> need to give her a supplement?

You might try some pellets, but if she eats a good variety of fruits and veggies (corn, peas, beans, broccoli, spinach, apple, oranges), then you probably don't really need them for the nutrition -- more for simply giving her more choices of things to eat.

Good luck with your new bird -- I hope you and her make each other happy for years to come!

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