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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:

nana says:
if you want to teach your bird to talk I would say repeating the word is best.Parakeets are best with words that start with 'K' 't' and 'c'. (01-03-2004)

kristin (epetur@hotmail.com) says:
hi i was looking at this page and was thinking that i have a parakeet but i have not a lot of time whit him i don't now what to do one time hi put his leg on mi figer but jus one he was to scard what should i do if you now what i can do pleas e-mail me. (12-30-2003)

Dani says:
I got a parakeet in second grade I can take her out but she likes to fly away or bite me. She's still young so I'm up for training her. (12-30-2003)

parakeet training hints: says:
to teach your bird to fly, simply tie a balloon around his leg. (12-27-2003)

mike from iowa says:
i teached my bird swear words and my mom spanked me with a wooden spoon (12-27-2003)

bad man says:
it's tough, but i can fit a whole parakeet in my mouth. (12-27-2003)

Stephanie melo (angelstarqt8190@aol.com) says:
I recieved a parakeet for my 13th b-day. His name is Louie and I love him so much but he is just not easy to train. He sits on my finger and everything but he won't stay there he always flys off and whenI put him opn my shoulder he just flys back to his cage. I wondered if anyone has any advice on how to train him to do just basic things like that. Thanx! (12-16-2003)

parakeet man (ginger caxer baker blows) says:
i really like this site, it helped me alot and my parakeet even nos a few words thatks man (11-16-2003)

Pat says:
Hi,
I actually have the Cockatiel training album. It is a full size 33rpm album. I haven't tried it out since I never had a cockatiel.
I suppose it's a lot like the parakeet album.
Like the site. (11-15-2003)

joe (bigmastaz@aol.com) says:
i 2 parakeets and i did research that i could train my parakeets.i need to know the process of mking a parakeet talk and teaching it to go on my finger and all that other things is there anybody who could tell me the procees of training my parakeets out there. (11-10-2003)

Rachel (rachel@surfsouth.com) says:
How can you tell if your parakeets are female and male. i took at there beaks and i do not what is diffants in there so can any one answr my questions. (11-05-2003)

Tank says:
What toys does your Parakeet like? (11-02-2003)

dfnkdjg (sdvdfb.yahoo.com) says:
This article or record sheet is really helpful to me because i just got two new parakeets. they are reallyu pretty and they rock. the only problem i have is training tem so i was researching and i came across this. so to birds lovers everywhere rock on! (10-18-2003)

Angel says:
hi, you don,t need to know my name, but i think having a parakeet or parakeets rock. i am a teen and unlike other teens i love my birds. the only problem i have is training them. this site really help me understand a little more about my birds. Thanks a mill.
Signed ,
The bird loving teen (10-18-2003)

isaac (mustangfreak22@aol.com) says:
im teaching my parakeet to talk and he mumbles so i think he is about ready to talk how long should i teach my parakeet to talk a day and how long does it take thanks this site is ok (10-17-2003)

isaac (mustangfreak22@aol.com) says:
im teaching my parakeet to talk and he mumbles so i think he is about ready to talk how long should i teach my parakeet to talk a day and how long does it take thanks this site is ok (10-17-2003)

ioncare says:
shaa up mug (10-12-2003)

Jessica (Jessicarae11@hotmail.com) says:
Hi! I just got a parakeet and wanted to know if there are any "tricks" to get them on your finger? I also have a feeling that my bird is over the one year mark and I wanted to know if there is anyone out there that has had success training an older (male) bird to talk? I think that right now he is just timid and he will warm up to me after time!! Please let me know if you have any suggestions, I would truly appreciate it. ********* Tiger seems to be a huge loser that has nothing to do but play on his computer and try to get people upset, he is pathetic and doesn't deserve to be heard by anyone!!! ******** (10-08-2003)

tracy says:
this site is great because i love parakeets and people that says dumb stuff like that bets not come back when they need help (10-08-2003)

ginger caxer (??????????) says:
i think this site sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (10-05-2003)






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