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What Is Stick Training??
« on: July 10, 2011, 09:16:58 PM »

Hi, Ive been reading on the forum and a few people have sarted stick training. What is it and how is it done??? I recently contacted Greg as both my greys have decided that they quite like screaming for most of the day :cry2: We are getting desperate now, i am almost reduced to tears by 2 o clock in the afternoon. It starts as soon as I remove their cover in the morning and carries on most of the day.
I just wondered if stick training would help Charlie as he has gone back about ten steps and he now refuses to step on and /or come out of his cage. If you try and get him out and ask him to step on he will either put his head down and say tickle or he will remove a chunk of flesh :nono: :nono: :nono:
We are also trying to locate a really good avian vet as we have decided as soon as we can we are going to get Charlies flight fathers restored. Poor little fella. He has changed so much for the worse since the breeder encouraged us to get him clipped :grrr :grrr :crazy:
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Re: What is stick training??
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 09:31:45 PM »

Jo go take a look at Pats video , she is stick touch training penny  :thumbsup:
and Jo do they have much to do in their cage ? i dont just mean toys , i mean do you hide things for them to find, and do they have shreddable toys to keep them busy ???
is the screamin since they were housed together ??? xx
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Re: What Is Stick Training??
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 09:47:56 PM »

Training them to touch the end of a stick when you give a command. It can be useful for getting them back to their cage  :thumbsup: they can also be taught to step up onto a stick rather than your hand if they are likely to remove flesh.

Have you heard back from greg?
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Re: What Is Stick Training??
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2011, 06:10:13 AM »

Mandi, yep, the screaming has got a lot worse since they were housed together.they have foraging toys with food hidden in them but I could make sure that I put more of that kind of stuff in for them. They have shredding toys too plus a yellow pages each!! :rofl:

Liz yes I've heard back from Greg, he offered me some good advice and encouraged me to buy his book. I'm phoning the Vet this am to enquire about Charlie having his flight feathers fixed, Greg advised us to get this done and then start training again. It's as though we've gone back to square one Liz. :cry2:

Greg seems very good and very helpful, as people on here are so  :ty all and I will keep you up to date with what's happening. Greg also suggested that we stick train Charlie once his flight feathers are restored which is why I asked about it.
Thanks Mandi and Liz
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Re: What Is Stick Training??
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2011, 07:41:16 AM »

Do they scream when they are out of the cage too?
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Re: What Is Stick Training??
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2011, 07:43:53 PM »

Irina, yes they can both scream when they are out of the cage, especially if they get up on top which I'm stopping at the moment. But they scream really badly when they are in the cage. it's just like a crescendo, it starts of relatively normal and then within a few minutes the house is in chaos and Im sat in the middle of it all with my hands over my ears :panic: :panic:
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Re: What Is Stick Training??
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2011, 10:55:12 PM »

 :flowers:

Every sympathy I too was reduced to tears by the middle of the afternoon.  :cry2:
Major has just gone through a bad phase of screaming we are on the better side of it now, we started stick training it's going slowly but i'm not giving up! we also relocated Majors cage which seems to have helped too.
 I bought Gregs book its great and well worth the pennies!!! Keep with it there will be light at the end of the tunnel.  :thumbsup:
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Re: What Is Stick Training??
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2011, 07:03:43 AM »

Pablo doesnt scream much but when he does he will then say "that's an awful noise". But can sympathise as if he did itmall the time I would be demented.


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Re: What Is Stick Training??
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2011, 08:19:38 PM »

It's bad when they both start   :rofl: :rofl: I've made foraging toys for them today as I'm told they should be foraging for 50%of their daily intake. I have a bit of difficulty with that as Charlie very rarely goes to the bottom of the cage. Dexter is still a bit iffy with going near new things that are put in the cage with him, so I know with him the key is time.
Also what could I put over the grid of the cage if the vet won't do the imping of Charlies wings next Tuesday??? I'm asking this because, he falls sometimes when he's boisterous and he's playing and I'm worried that he's really going to hurt himself. We've got him in a NOVAII so it's quite a height if he falls and were going to have to look into making the cage safer for him if the imping can't go ahead. I'm going to put more perches in I think but it's that grid that bothers me but if I remove it, it adds another four to six inches to his fall :panic: :panic: :panic:
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Re: What Is Stick Training??
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2011, 08:22:38 PM »

Put towels over the grid and cover them in newspaper if you think he's going to fall.  Or just cover them in newspaper without the towels, easier to clean as well.

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Re: Re: What Is Stick Training??
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2011, 06:03:20 PM »

When we first got Pablo I was scared as he fell off his perches a few times,so I cut up an old duvet and covered it with news paper


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Re: What Is Stick Training??
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2011, 09:06:20 PM »

Thanks all, I'm going to try that!! Cheap and cheerful!  :thumbsup:
Brilliant  :clap: :clap:
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