Parrot potty training

How to potty train your parrot

You will need:

  1. A designated ‘potty’ area (eg. Newspaper, a parrot-accessible T-stand or perch with a catch tray etc)
  2. A command word (such as “go potty” or “drop”)
  3. A reward (a treat, favourite toy, or tickle-something your parrot will like that you think appropriate)
  4. Patience!

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 bird. 

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 wasted session. 

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 session. 

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.

Keep in mind:

Unless 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 talk.


 Potty training