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Re: timneh african grey talking

Posted by Jim Bobs Mom on 2/15/09
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    On 2/14/09, Rick wrote:
    > On 2/14/09, dan wrote:
    >> I have a beautiful male timneh, who is almost 2 years old.
    >> He is extremely bright, but hasn"t started talking except
    >> for a few words here and there. Like all greys he whistles
    >> up a storm. What can I do to promote talking, or should I
    >> just let him develop.
    > Hi Dan,
    > Don't underestimate your little guy. You state he only says a
    > few words, this is a beginning. By the way, how long have you
    > had him?
    > We have a four year old CAG, got him about a year ago and
    > would only say a few things that he was used to. As time went
    > by we started hearing other phrases, even words he has heard
    > us say. He now talks more, says hello when the phone rings,
    > whistles, makes his own weird noises, grunting noises that
    > imitate me getting off the couch, imitates our dogs barking,
    > microwave sounds, etc.
    > What we have done is, every time we would walk by his cage we
    > would speak to him, he lives in the living room, so he hears
    > all. We have made him a part of our conversation area so that
    > he will pick up what we say, and remarkably has achieved a
    > great vocabulary all on his own by listening.
    > Like I say, don't underestimate him, give him time, and when
    > you least expect it, he will be repeating your comments. To
    > it was fascinating when he started to mimic us. Another thing
    > you may want to try is leaving the radio or t.v on when you
    > away as well. Hope this helps, Good luck.
    > Rick

    I bought one of those bird sitting videos for when we were not
    at home. It has all sorts of birds being fed as babies,
    playing, eating interacting with humans, etc. It really helped
    my bird because shortly after we started showing it, he
    started talking and he says lots of stuff and copies
    everything we say and he is 2 years old. I think the video
    helped because it demonstrated all kinds of vocalizations. Its
    worth a try. Good luck!