Parrot potty training
How to potty train your
A designated ‘potty’ area (eg.
Newspaper, a parrot-accessible T-stand or perch with a catch tray etc)
A command word (such as “go potty” or
A reward (a treat, favourite toy, or
tickle-something your parrot will like that you think appropriate)
As I’m sure
you have noticed, parrots go to the toilet very frequently, usually about every
15-25 minutes depending on the age, health and general individuality of the
For potty training to be successful, you must
learn the amount of time your parrot takes between each drop. It is best to measure this when the bird
is outside of its cage, as some parrots tend to go more or less frequently when they are outside of their cage. You
can time it on a watch to get a better idea.
When you think it is time for your parrot to go
to the toilet, take him to the ‘potty area’ and keep saying the command for him to go every couple of
seconds. Your parrot may try to wonder off but keep him there until he goes, because he won’t want to
hold it in forever! If you let him wonder off, he is sure to do his business somewhere else and it has been a
When he has dropped, make a big fuss telling him how good he
is and reward him with whatever you have decided on. Then let him carry
on with whatever he wants to do. This has concluded the first training
Do this a further two or three times, or for as long as your
bird is out of the cage. The more sessions you fit into one day, the
faster your bird will learn.
your parrot has become so well trained that every time he needs to go he
takes himself to the potty, you must keep track of ‘toilet times’ when your
bird is out.
If you don’t, your bird may try and hold it in
and damage his health, or just go wherever he happens to be and put you back in your potty training. However,
if you are lucky, and the potty area is easily accessible to your bird at all times, he may be inclined to only go
in the potty area. If this is you then you are truly blessed.
See also: parrot talking training and teach a parrot to