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Re: talk to me!

Posted by GreyLady on 12/02/07
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    On 12/01/07, lena wrote:
    > how to make them talk then YOU want them to talk?

    You don't. Just as you don't MAKE them do anything else. If
    talking is the main reason you got a bird, you may be in for
    a huge disappointment. There is never, ever a guarantee that
    any bird will talk. Sometimes Greys won't even start trying
    until they are 18 months or so old. Of course some start
    much earlier and some never talk. It all depends on whether
    they want to or not. All you can do is pick a few words and
    simple phrases and repeat them, a lot. I would suggest you
    start out with putting names to things so the bird knows what
    to call things. That helps a lot later on, if they want to
    talk. It enables them to learn to ask for what they want.
    Things like "supper" or whatever you want to call their meal
    time, "water", "want out", just anything you want them to be
    able to use the proper word for. But be prepared to love the
    bird just the same, even if it never says a word.