Chicken Clicker Training part 2
Now that the chickens now how to walk up a ramp in a non-overwhelming environment, we added some distraction. The 3D’s (distance, duration, distraction) are the criteria I use in order to build fluency. The distraction in the next step of training the chickens to load into a pickup is the pickup. I use the clicker followed with food treats as reinforcement to encourage them to walk up the ramp into the pickup. At the top, once they are inside the pickup, they are heavily rewarded with fresh kitchen compost.
Note that I only reward the birds for walking up toward the destination, not when they walk down the ramp away from the goal.
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