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Re: african gray

Posted by Mickie on 2/05/08
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    On 2/04/08, carol w. waldenburg wrote:
    > On 2/03/08, yvonne wrote:
    >> i was thinking of putting my african gray in another
    >> room like the kitchen. hes not talking except to say
    >> hello,and lots of sounds,and noises like ringing the
    >> phone.i thought he may be getting to much attention in my
    >> livingroom,where everyone is .
    >
    > Greys are exceptionally social birds and they consider their
    > humans to be part of their "flock." Therefore, they NEED to
    > be in the part of the house that is most busy like the
    > kitchen. You will notice that your bird will eat when you
    > sit down to eat, and will chatter when your family talks, or
    > if you are on the phone as if he/she was part of the
    > conversation. The Grey's vocabulary will also explode as it
    > is exposed to more conversation, words, and expressions.
    > You are in for a treat! Please let me know how it goes!
    > Carol

    Yvonne, Carol is right, In my case, I keep my grey in my
    dinning room which is open and connects directly to my
    kitchen, he has a view of my whole kitchen and we talk back
    and forth all day long. I tell him everything I'm doing step
    by step and sometimes I'm amazed at how much re can relate to
    the conversation we are having, example: One day last week I'm
    cooking and Im telling him the stove is hot and he says "oh..
    oh?..mommy burn? I say, "No, mommy is a good girl and he
    says "I know I know". He actually has a terrific thinking
    process, every time he does something good I say " you are
    such a good boy" and he answers, " I know... I know..."Because
    I'm home all day we talk constantly and his vocabulary is
    about 80 words and phrases. He makes phrases from his word
    bank and sometimes I can't even believe the stuff he puts
    together.

    Once your grey starts talking you will be amazed at how easy
    he picks up words. They are such wonderful companions.
    Good luck, keep us posted on his progress.
    Mickie