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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:

Danny (counterstrike_rev@msn.com) says:
Your site wont let me download the records. plz send them to me i would be very thank ful for that. (11-30-2002)

meghan (akavuri@hotmail.com) says:
my parakeets don't understand me at all.whenever i speak to them they look every direction and shout. uhhh! i can't train them at all.(they names are pinky and bunti (11-29-2002)

Laura (lauracombs@woh.rr.com) says:
please send me a copy! (11-17-2002)

jesse (carol91@bellsouthnet.com) says:
ga (11-14-2002)

Marce (marcetj@netins.net) says:
can you send me a recording i can't get this to work i would appreciate it thanks my birds are andy griffith, barney fife, odis (the town drunk) and Goober (11-06-2002)

matt bade (cbilsetiar@aol.com) says:
could u guys please send me a record. i keep trying to play the songs on this but my computer says it wont load me and my mom have had a parakeet for about a week ad a half and it can be out of its cage its tamed it can climb up and down ladders and spiral ones but i cant get her to talk so if could email me i'll give u my adress and i would very much appriciate it

thanks (11-01-2002)

thomas (alexiel46@hotmail.com) says:
my parakeet is a white female she is one year old she realy likes mirrors can any one e-mail me with an answer (10-26-2002)

rose (rosedroll@juno.com) says:
i just got a 2 month old baby white boy parakeet yesterday and he's really gentle but he wont (no matter how i try) come on my finger and i press it upon his chest but why wont he come on? does he need more time? i also wanna teach him to sing. (10-21-2002)

The Ham Family (wham1984@yahoo.com) says:
hey if u guys will send us a record we would really love it. We just got our bird and my mom and dad had one and it used to say pretty boy. then hey learned many other things she fell in love with it. we got one for her birthday, but she wants it to talk. so we thought the record would work best. (10-17-2002)

meLizz (linzzz77@aol.com) says:
Ever since I got my parakeet Jack, like 1 1/2 months ago, he won't come out of his cage, and keeps biting my stupid finger! (09-24-2002)

nicholas lewis (big2869) says:
I have a light blue belly black wing dark blue cheaks and I do not no how to train it also I do not have sound on my computer. (09-24-2002)

Sean (juggernaut95@Hotmail.com) says:
i have 3 parakeets and 8 chicks on the way i want to train at least 1 of the how do i do this (09-23-2002)

Eyal (index_vwj@012.net.il) says:
Hallo!
my name is Eyal!
i have a cockatiel (parrot) and i want learning talk!
uf you can send me the CD i wand and happy!
thank you eyal! (09-20-2002)

Rachel says:
Training your parakeet takes lots of time. start with another bar and talk to him or her softly. get him/her used to your voice. then try to get the bird on to the bird.. this will take LOTS of time and patients... once the bird is okwith the bar then try hand feeding it millit spray..*found in any pet store and any wal-mart..ect ect*. birds love this treat, but dont let them have to much it makes them fat.

anyways, i've had lots of birds, mostly my mother trained them but im working ontraining my first. but these steps should help... your parakeet wont die if its only in the house. trust me. i have a 7 year old parakeet who just sits in her house, shes a bitter old woman...

if the bird doesnt want ot come out dont force it. it needs exercize, but i would'nt worry. once you get it trained it should want out more offten.

and the fact is, most parakeets wont talk.. so its just a waste of your time. get a bigger parott if you want it to do that. (09-20-2002)

J (lildustindmd@aol.com) says:
I just got my parakeet and i don't know how to traing it (09-17-2002)

kajerekani (kajerekani@emirates.org) says:
clinton is crazy he like to fuck oll the girls. (09-03-2002)

scotty (lilstar@skateboard.com) says:
can somebody tell me when will my keet stop standing still all day and move around (08-25-2002)

A hell-o to C from ben barfoot (sonicimages@apr.org) says:
sounds keet! ...i mean, keen! i believe any review of any record (besides sonic youth) that is penned by the one and only Clennan hell Webber. nice job, clennan, and can i borrow your copy for my show sometime? Have a keet day! (08-20-2002)

steve-o (ultimatehacker1@aol.com) says:
parakeets rock i got 2 the other day and one died cuz of a heartattack..how get them to talk? (08-18-2002)

funkfool (funkfool@hpi.net) says:
got my 'keet a visa card - now all 'e says is "put it on my tab" - what a bud....! (08-17-2002)






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