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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:

Nechole (PinchPoke@attbi.com) says:
I have recently purchased a Harlequin Parakeet. I beleive he is about 2.5 months old. I have not had a bird since I was a child. Some time ago!
But listening to the recording of the Parakeet talking on this site was not very clear was it? I played it for my bird and he began to squack a very unhappy squack at that! Hahaha. Will all Parakeets sound as the one on this site did? Or will he simply mimic my voice if he is taught? (01-23-2003)

Leslie (lillyaloha@hotmail.com) says:
The songs kind of work, but not really! I had my parakeet for almost a year now, and he knows how to jump on my shoulder and stuff, but he doesn't know how to talk! I made him listem to the songs things and he whistled when he heard them! But can you give me more info? Email me! (01-22-2003)

Brenda (sycowench4@Aol.com) says:
To get your parakeet to talk...Talk to them!! LOL Mine says Pretty Bird,What ya doing sky? SHUT UP.. Morgan clean your room,and well swears too for that matter... Best advice I can give is when you talk repeat over and over they will catch on. (01-17-2003)

Stacy (twinsrthebest@yahoo.com) says:
About how long does it normally take a parakeet to learn to talk using this record? Please answer me by e-mail. Thanks! (01-15-2003)

Adam (petbarn@yifan.net) says:
What the FUCK is wrong with you people? Does this look like a Parakeet Training School? He's taking the piss. (01-08-2003)

maged (maged922) says:
I want a cd that can let my parakeet to talk. (01-07-2003)

Sarah Norvell (sarahonline@comcast.net) says:
I just got my parakeet yesterday. He is 3 months old, He won't let me get near him! I think training him wuold help but I don't Know how to. What should I do? (01-05-2003)

Poopy Monkey (dademonboy92@yahoo.com) says:
Hello! (01-03-2003)

sam (freelands77@hotmail.com) says:
I have had my parakeet for 10 days now. I have been trying to teach it how to talk. It still wont let me take it out of the cage, but when i do grab him and let him out to fly, I have trained him to perch on my finger when i put it up to his chest. (01-03-2003)

Victor (Bighottguy@aol.com) says:
I have 4 parakeets im not sure if they are males or females i have one that is very gentle and when i grab him it doent bite or anything but if i let it go it starts flying like crazy, they other birds just wont let me get a hold of them theyll bite and i just want them to gt used to me and walk on my shoulders and do special things like that talking would also be great im going to give these recordings a shot if u can help me pls do so i woul really appreciate it (12-28-2002)

Shianne (cheryl_bottoms@yahoo.com) says:
To whoever that knows how to train a parakeet to
talk please E-mail me at cheryl_bottoms and help
me out I would really apreciate it.
sincerely,
Shianne
P.S.please e-mail me if you know how to train
a parakeet to talk.I would appreciate it a whole
lot.thank you so much........!!!!!!!!!!! (12-25-2002)

Shianne (cheryl_bottoms@yahoo.com) says:
I have a 2 month old parakeet I want him to be able to talk.I would like to achieve my goal and actually be able to have him talk like an expert!
My parakeets name is DiddyWink he is cute. DiddyWink is my first bird so I would really like
to be able to enjoy him without everybody saying what good wii he do me.Please E-mail me once you get this and think I can get some help.thank you! (12-25-2002)

Rebecca (Rebeccafriedlander@yahoo.com) says:
I am trying to train my parkeet it is 2 years old. Ity hates coming out of trhe cage but when i corner it it is fine. But when I take it out of the cage it has a blast what should i do (12-24-2002)

robbie (robsbluesaturn@yahoo.com) says:
i just got a parakeet and the damn thing wont come to me it wont let me pick it up and it bit me like nce i mean that doesnt matter cause it doesnt hurt but...yeha how do i get it to come to me (12-24-2002)

Ali Shahid (alishahid10@yahoo.co.uk) says:
I have two parakeets,a male and a female, the female dont bite my fingr but the male do. I want them to talk but they don't. I downloaded your software but my computer don't play it, Please tell me the prog ram which will play it. (12-20-2002)

jessup (jbdaniel@optonline.net) says:
i want my parakeet to learn to not be scared of me and perch on my finger!!!!! (12-15-2002)

Naif Alhalmi (raaid al) says:
I want my parakeet to learn how to talk (12-13-2002)

Matthew Nicolas Sampson (dsampson@kcbi.net) says:
How can I get my parakeet (Betty) to be nice and well trained so I can have fun with her and enjoy the fasinating behavior of parakeets. (12-07-2002)

Matthew Nicolas Sampson (dsampson@kcbi.net) says:
How can I get my parakeet (Betty) to be nice and well trained so I can have fun with her and enjoy the fasinating behavior of parakeets. (12-07-2002)

Matthew Nicolas Sampson (dsampson@kcbi.net) says:
How can I get my parakeet (Betty) to be nice and well trained so I can have fun with her and enjoy the fasinating behavior of parakeets. (12-07-2002)






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