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cardphreak
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I know there are probably a thousand forums with this same question but I'm gonna ask it anyway. I have a dove pan and a parakeet. How do I train the parakeet for the dove pan? I know that I have to spend time with it and let it sit on my fingure and all. But that's the easy part.
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If your parakeet is already hand tame then you are in great shape.

I use my cockatiel in a dove pan and I never "trained him" per se. We practiced so he'd feel reasonably comfortable in it and I always put some treat food in it. He's never wild about going into it, but that's just a question of handling. (he doesn't like his travel cage much, either.) Once hes in hes fine.

What behavior exactly are you trying to "train"?
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I think Parakeets are far too delicate to be used with fire. Their feet can not take even a little of the heat. I would insulate the outside of the gimmick to prevent hurting the bird.

What happens when you put the parakeet in the pan, then take the lid off? You really have to give more information. I'm a magician, not a mind reader.
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Bill's caution is a good one, check out your pan and how it transmits heat. Aluminum pans tend to do that more then steel ones.

I use a steel viking pan and not a lot of flame, myself. A small amount of folded up tissue paper that serves as a time delay fuse for a pinch of flash cotton. The result doesn't even warm the bottom of the l--d pan.
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I just had a break thru. I don't know what happened but now Cardini (my parakeet) stays in the pan when I place him there. He didn't used to stay in the pan.

Concerning the heat of the pan Iv'e tested the heat and the tempreture is exactly the same when use the fire and when I don't. The reason is that I use a peice of tissue paper about the size of a playing card. I then light the paper and let it burn almost completely out and then I place it in the pan. So by the time I put the lid on the paper is nothing but ash.
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What did he used to do?

I mean, once it's loaded he cant get out can he? If he can, that's one strong little parakeet!

Oh, if you mean staying AFTER he appears, I always give Sunny a fresh wing clip before a show. Unlike doves, a proper wing clip on a hook bill won't prevent them from breaking their fall if they happen to jump down, but I find it always makes him more amenable in temperament to being guided and it cuts out any chance of a fly-away accident if he's startled. He will climb up and perch on the lip of the pan, but he stays there til I take him to my finger, and from there my shoulder.
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