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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:

Nelfon says:
i hope you will clean up the responses on your email before you post them, they were very disturbing and so are the people wo wrote them (03-11-2003)

Wendy (wenn01@warwick.net) says:
I just got 2 parakeets they let me touch them but the won't go on my finger what can I do so that they will trust me? (03-11-2003)

Mrs. Silva (tsilvag@aol.com) says:
I just got a parakeet today and not sure how to approach it should I keep in cage and talk to it? I want to be able to bond but not sure where to start? if you have any suggestions please emial me (03-09-2003)

Gia (gialorien@hotmail.com) says:
I love parakeets. I have two right now. I used to have one that was extremely tame, and he talked. He repeated things in my voice, which used to freak me out when I was alone. He taught my other two birds to make similar sounds, even the female, who is not supposed to be able to talk. This record is so over the top, though! (02-27-2003)

SHITE FACE (CGR657@ASS.COM) says:
EVERY ONE WHO GOES ON THIS WED ARE FUCKEN DUMB ASS
SO GO TO HELL ASSHOLES (02-24-2003)

bob (tuco99@hotmail.com) says:
I think budgies are the best birds to by because
they are so gentil and calm

FUCK OFF (02-24-2003)

Blaize says:
I love my birds, Nala and Nina soooo much! They are so cute! They'e babies, so I'm going to try and train them. Hey Nicole!!!!! (02-21-2003)

Erin (Punky_Chicken@dangerous-minds.com) says:
My parakeets are very afraid of us. They go to the back of the cage when we're around. They like hate us or something. I know that you are suppose to talk and train your parakeet when they are baybies, which we've tried, but they were afraid of us. And now they are adults, they are still afraid of us, and like I said, they hate us! I don't know what to do, because everywhere I look, they always say stuff about how to train your parakeets when they are baybies, but are parakeets aren't any more, and now I don't know where to look, so anyone that knows how to train older parakeets, please e-mail me. Thanks. (02-16-2003)

Erin (Punky_Chicken@dangerous-minds.com) says:
My parakeets are very afraid of us. They go to the back of the cage when we're around. They like hate us or something. I know that you are suppose to talk and train your parakeet when they are baybies, which we've tried, but they were still afraid of us. And now they are adults, they still are a afraid of us, and like I said, they hate us! I don't know what to do, because everywhere I look, they always say stuff about how to train your parakeets when they are baybies, but are's aren't any more, and now I don't know where to look, so anyone that knows how to train older parakeets, please e-mail me. Thanks. (02-16-2003)

Teddy (Fontanez@cox.net) says:
I sorta trained my parakeets to fly to me when I call them. And to fly to their cage when I tell them to go home. But they aren't completely obiediant. Does any advance bird trainners have any suggestions (02-14-2003)

Clevelas Johnson (vipjohnson@pop.net) says:
My bird just sits and looks at me. he also runs from me when I try to get him on my hand. (02-08-2003)

Nancy Palmer says:
A budgie (parakeet) over one year old will not usually learn to talk. Specialty bird shops sell CDs and cassettes with repetitious talk for birds to repeat, or you can just (better!) get eye-to-eye with a young bird who trusts you and repeat a phrase yourself. SOCIALIZING A BIRD: Check out _The Parakeet Handbook_ by Annette Walter and Immanuel Bermelin for basic care and information. Good luck! (02-05-2003)

Mykel trent (balletbarbie2003@yahoo.com) says:
I LOVE IT!!! I JUST DO! I'M GOING TO TEACH MY TWO PARAKEETS THAT!THANK YOU!!! (02-05-2003)

Mykel trent (balletbarbie2003@yahoo.com) says:
I LOVE IT!!! I JUST DO! I'M GOING TO TEACH MY TWO PARAKEETS THAT!THANK YOU!!! (02-05-2003)

Mykel trent (balletbarbie2003@yahoo.com) says:
I LOVE IT!!! I JUST DO! I'M GOING TO TEACH MY TWO PARAKEETS THAT!THANK YOU!!! (02-05-2003)

sylvie wong (littlegirl@hotmail.com) says:
I HATE THIS THING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

>:( !@#$#@#$%^&^%$%^&*^%$%^&*&^%$%&^*^%$#$%&^*^%$# (02-03-2003)

angel says:
why doasnt my parakeet like me (02-02-2003)

david laroussini (davlaroussin@aol.net) says:
for sail i got a talking parakeet training record live in New Orleans la. (01-26-2003)

Norma J. Naugle (whitedove@innernet.net) says:
I have two parakeets. I really love them they were
bought for my grandchildren but I kind of took over on them. I hope someday they will talk. I love to watch them and listen to them when they see the birds outside at my bird feeders. (01-26-2003)

jesi (JesiG24@aol.com) says:
I just got a parakeet and i want to train them what should i do? I want for them to come on to my hand and whistle.what should i do?


thank you (01-24-2003)






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