Stick Training

Stick training means teaching a parrot to step on and off something other a human hand.


Teaching a parrot to step on and off something other a human hand – be it a hand-held perch, a basket, a pillow, etc. This enables an owner to transfer a recalcitrant parrot safely from one place to another without the risk of aggression or bloodshed.


All parrots should be stick-trained, as well as trained to step on and off the hand. Owners should not wait until they need to have a parrot perch-trained, such as when a pet parrot begins to mature and becomes excessively territorial around its cage. Parrots are most easily trained when they are still youngsters; they are more malleable and eager to please. This is not to say that adult pet parrots cannot be trained, but it will take a bit longer.

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