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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:

Jeff (jmdowdy@juno.com) says:
I have a parakeet that bites when he gets on my hand. Is there a way I can break him from doing so? (08-15-2002)

killer (sexyman3@hotmail.com) says:
i tought my parakeet to talk fluidly in 4 different langauges hes a smart parakeet i also tought him how to say fuck you to people who come in my house!! cool hey (08-14-2002)

Nadia (Ccrst77@aol.com) says:
parakeets are the smartest little peoples I've ever Known!I train my parrakeets with love of course, but if you train them with lots of love you end up with a parakeet who will go wild about his/her reflection.And will crave people food!Why they're so cute but they all seem to have a diferent personality if you ask me. (08-05-2002)

Unlearny (unlearny@unlearny.com) says:
I'm so mad you found this record!!! I have used this on like 400 mix tapes since I was 16 years old. I like the implied slight to your parakeet, if they don't learn to speak from this record. This record will teach any NORMAL parakeet to talk, if your parakeet don't talk, he ain't normal. (08-01-2002)

hey ahmad ghazali, says:
dude, you should be sponsered, because you are really good at skateboarding, this is yasir, I just want you to know that skatebaording is still cool, so don't stop know, or else, you will lose you skateboarding skills. AND WHO EVER WANTS TO LOSE A SKILL< WELL LOSE HEEEHEEEHEE!!!!!, write something on this website ahmad, or owais or whoever you guys are (07-31-2002)

yasir rosli says:
hey, osama, or owais, or ahmad, or who ever you guys may be, don't be fooled, this is not the way to train a bird . hey, do you know that I live in nashville tennesse, because my dad works at a store on 27th street, his name is bob shoreles, and don't be foolled, this doesn't work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (07-31-2002)

Lisa says:
I think steve (steves3001@hotmail.com is mean to parakeets for what he said

steve (steves3001@hotmail.com) says:
I have an idea. PARAKEETS SHOULDN'T FUCKIN TALK. (07-10-2002) (07-28-2002)

DAVID (FURI0USDEM0N@AOL.COM) says:
WILL MY PARAKEET (BUDGIE) DIE IF HE IS THE ONLY BUDGIE IN THE HOUSE. PLEEEEEEEEEZ TELL ME BECAUSE I'M REALLY WORRIED. (07-27-2002)

DAVID (FURI0USDEM0N@AOL.COM) says:
CAN ANYONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO GET MY PARAKEET TO SITE ON MY HAND. AND HOW LONG I HAVE TO WAIT TO START DOING THIS. (07-27-2002)

steve Van Kirk (s_vankirk@msn.com) says:
Scary, wonder how many infants had been exposed to this record? Where are they now? (07-27-2002)

CritterBob (CritterBob.com) says:
This is scary! I actually remember this record. My grandmother had a parakeet and we played this thing over and over again. As a kid, I thought it was funny. I think my grandmother and parents were ready to throw the record out. It didn't work well. Her parakeet never did learn to talk. (07-20-2002)

Extream says:
EVEL IS THE MAN! (07-16-2002)

mark (markvinyl@yahoo.com) says:
This is the "Sgt. Peppers" of Budgee training records. (07-14-2002)

yasir rosli says:
hey, this crap works, but don't be a loser, this is total bull crap, I have been tryin to teach my parakeet to talk, and all he says, is rrrrrkaRRRRROOOOOOOKKRRRAAAAAA, WHICH IS NOT VERY POLITE, AND WASTES MY TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (07-10-2002)

steve (steves3001@hotmail.com) says:
The "real" parakeet sounds like a really energetic person with a bad throat. (07-10-2002)

steve (steves3001@hotmail.com) says:
I have an idea. PARAKEETS SHOULDN'T FUCKIN TALK. (07-10-2002)

Jake says:
I tried to get my bird to learn to talk of this record, but all she kept saying was 'Clean your mess up' and 'get a job' (07-06-2002)

emmarie (boriquahottie2002@yahoo.com) says:
we need some tips on how to talk to our parakeets so that they can repeat what we say and to understand it aswell (07-03-2002)

emmarie (boriquahottie) says:
we need some tips on how to talk to our parakeets so that they can repeat what we say and to understand it aswell (07-03-2002)

Msjinxie says:
The parakeet training record does work if used correctly. You guys need to remember that parakeets don't have the same type voice box as a human, and their little warbles will always be sometimes hard to hear. I once had a albino parakeet who said "pretty bird". She would usually say it when she was happy to see us, or when she was having a deep conversation with her mirror. Parakeets are the greatest little birds on this earth in my book. Once they learn to trust you, you will have the best friend you could hope for! (07-01-2002)






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