Caiques Behavior and Training
It is very important when Caiques are kept as pet birds to properly look after them. Caiques behavior and training for different habits is an interesting thing to do for those bird owners who want to invest their time and create a strong bond with Caiques.
Caiques are intelligent and entertaining birds. They like others also want attention, they need toys and want to play and they also have a tendency to get annoying at times and are noisy.
Caiques are sometimes referred to as ‘clowns’. This is not only because of their colorful feathers but also because they love to dance. One can motivate and encourage the Caiques to dance by clapping on their every move. Caiques also enjoy repeating and mimicking human sounds.
Caiques love to roll on their back and enjoy playing with foot toys or balls. They do not seem to be nervous birds, as they are quite responsive, interactive, and love to be loved. They completely like bathing, and while being on their shower perch they like splashing, performing acrobatics, and dancing in it. They also like drying off time by wrapping them in a fluffy, soft towel.
For the physical and psychological health of a parrot, exercise and playing are important bird activities that help to prevent suffering and the problems of feather picking and screaming. They enjoy climbing and grinding. Thus providing large link chains, parrot swings, bird ladders, ropes, parrot toys, and fresh branches for chewing could be beneficial for their health. Replacing new bird toys on a regular basis can also be good for the pet’s interest.
In order to create control over a pet, there is a need to have a steady hand when training it. If handled fearfully then they can become aggressive that’s why they are not considered as a beginners pet. When trained and handled correctly, they can become wonderful friends.
Mostly large parrots have a higher intellect but these small creatures are able to compete with their larger cousins since they are very intelligent. They will do what they want and socialize when they are in the mood. Because these birds are clever training them is not a hard task and would not be very time consuming. This is why one has to keep Caiques behavior and training under consideration so these intelligent creatures live in a good way.
Caiques are very social, loving and fearless birds who love to enjoy showing off their tricks.
Training should begin when birds are young to get them used to a habit early on before they develop their own habits. At a young age the aggressive behavior is also less but nibbling now can be converted into biting later, thus should be fixed when young.
If a new bird is brought in then it should be given time to adjust in its new cage and become comfortable with the surrounds and owner before training is begun. It is essential to develop trust first which can be built by giving the Caique attention and treating it in a highly friendly manner and of course by taking extreme care of it.
Just like any parrot, Caiques are very energetic so they should be engaged in some activities so that they don’t adapt wrong behaviors. Training them for little tricks is best approach and in that way not only Caiques will keep themselves busy but also amuse owners and any visitors.
- Training for Biting Problem:
Biting stuff is a natural instinct. Understand the body language of your bird. Never put your hand in front of the bird when it is not in the mood, otherwise it will adopt the habit of biting your hand. Make sure that you don’t yell at bird if something bad happens. They can become scared or even start considering you threat. Let the bird trust you.
- Training for Talking:
Although Caiques don’t talk clearly but they can mimic few easy words, that are repeated in front of them. Give time to your bird daily for an hour and teach words and give treats. That will take time but definitely it’s worth it. Don’t over-burden your bird with long training session. It will be tiring for the bird and Caique will be confused.
The main reason that birds talk or mimic words and sounds is to capture the attention of humans. They love entertaining others and are rewarded with the attention they receive in return.
Caiques can learn to talk but it will take time and effort. They can mimic a few words but their talking abilities cannot compete with other better talking bird species.
Caiques are amazing at whistling and can learn tunes for entire songs. Some even enjoy singing with the radio while bobbing their heads, proving to be quiet entertaining. They enjoy learning and copying surrounding sounds such as the ring of a telephone, microwave or the doorbell.
- Training for Screaming Problem:
Caiques are aggressive in nature and if they are not given proper attention they might force you for it by screaming loud. This Caique behavior is very common and to avoid it, owners must give proper time and attention to bird and all its needs. If your bird is screaming then don’t respond at that moment otherwise your bird will relate the screaming behavior with your attention. Don’t spoil your bird yourself.
- Training to shake-hand
Start the training when Caique is easy and relaxed. Meal times should not be disturbed by bringing the training session in middle. Make your bird to step up on your hand by using treat. By the time bird is ready to step on your finger or arm, use your finger and hold claw to shake it up n down. By the time you are shaking claw, you should say “shake hands” as a click word.
- Potty Training
Notice the timings when your bird poops, which are mostly after food and morning times. Whenever you feel that bird is about to drop, put it on the desired place and say “potty” or any other word that you choose. This training needs a lot of time and consistency. Always give rewards to make your bird feel encouraged to pick up good habits.