How to House Break a Bird
By Grant Carroll
When people think of the term â€œhouse breakingâ€ they usually think of training a dog or cat where to properly relieve themselves. There is how a technique available to train a bird proper pooping manners. Even though bird poop has no odor, it still makes living with a bird so much easier if they have some sort of training. Life is easier without lots of bird poop on your shoulder.
The main principle behind this technique is that birds need to relieve themselves every 15 to 20 minutes. Right after your take your bird out of its cage, put it in its play pen and wait for it to eliminate. While waiting, say a command word or phrase of your choice like â€œgo poopieâ€. Repeat this word until your bird does go; this will help it learn to associate the command with eliminating. If your bird does not go within 2 to 3 minutes, take the bird off the playpen for a few minutes and then place it back on until it goes. When the bird does go, its reward is being with you. Donâ€™t let it off for extended periods until after itâ€™s relieved itself. Itâ€™s important to return the bird to the playpen every 15 to 20 minutes and repeat the command word until it eliminates. Once itâ€™s trained, you can say the command and your bird will poop before it leaves the cage. This is also helpful at others homes. You can command your bird every 30 to 45 minutes to go over the sink or trash, saving carpet, clothes and headaches.