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I've mentioned before that my cockatiel is pretty cage bound and really does not normally come out much on his own. On a fluke I have found out how to get him out just about any time I want.

Go figure, if I ring my doorbell he comes out just about every time. :dunno:

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Sounds very similar to positive reinforcement training, is it possible your doorbell is triggering an old familiar signal to your bird that it's ok to fly?

You'll probably need to speak to whoever kept the bird previously to know for sure, but whatever the reason, now you know a trigger you should be able to use that to retrain the bird if you want it to have free rein when the cage door is open :)

cf. https://www.whyanimalsdothething.com/how-to-understand-zoo-animal-training


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Doddie wrote:
Sounds very similar to positive reinforcement training, is it possible your doorbell is triggering an old familiar signal to your bird that it's ok to fly?

You'll probably need to speak to whoever kept the bird previously to know for sure, but whatever the reason, now you know a trigger you should be able to use that to retrain the bird if you want it to have free rein when the cage door is open :)

cf. https://www.whyanimalsdothething.com/how-to-understand-zoo-animal-training

Actually it looks like the bell just startles him and he takes off. My understanding is that he was never, previously, let out of his cage which would be what caused him to become cage bound. Have to remember that he is a bit of a rescue bird.

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Jay, your bird Terabit acts somewhat like my two dogs. We can be enjoying a quite time around the house or out on our back deck, until the doorbell rings. Then they start jumping around and barking.....anxious to get to the front door.

Do you have trouble getting Terabit back in his cage, or will he eventually go on his own?

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Do you have trouble getting Terabit back in his cage, or will he eventually go on his own?

He goes back in his cage when he gets hungry or just wants to do so. If he is still out when I want to go to bed, or it's time to cover his cage, I just pick him up and put him in.

As an aside I found the perfect tool for cleaning his cage. Obviously the bottom cage grate and lower perches are going to get poop on them that can be a bit of a pain to clean. I now use a BBQ grill brush and it is simple easy. :mrgreen:

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