How can I get my bird to pick up an object? I really would like to teach my bird some tricks but a lot of them require picking up an object.
The main concept is your accuracy in utilizing a clicker.
The more precise you are with your clicker usage the better you’ll be able to reward the bird for all the tiny micro-steps they’ll make that lead up to actually interacting with an object.
There’s a couple of ways to go about it, you can use target training to get them closer to touching specific objects, reward for any sort of movement towards an object (looking at it, turning towards it, accidentally moving towards it, touching it, grabbing it), or use treats as a method for getting them closer to an object (hide treats under the object, near the object, engage the object in play).
Your ability to mark (click) exactly when they show any sort of progression towards something is what’s going to teach the bird that interacting with the object is what you want from them.
As always the first thing I would suggest training your bird is target training, it will help you learn to use a clicker, get your bird an easy concept to start to understand what training means to them, and really sets you two up for the best success with communication.