age factor in traininhg of african grey parrots

by Neeraj
(India Allahabad )

I just want to know that i have purchased a pair of african grey parrots age apox one and a half year will they learn to speak and obey my commands

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Feb 13, 2012
age factor in traininhg of african grey parrots
by: Linda

As Tracie said, the "pair bond" may over-ride the bond they have with you. It would have been much better to get one bird at a time, work with it for a year or so and then get the other bird.

The reason I'm here talking with you about this, is please do not expect too much too soon from either of these birds. Since they are a pair, I feel you may be disappointed to some degree.

As for "commanding" a parrot to do anything, this is unrealistic because when training birds, you have to make them "want" to do whatever it is because it's fun not because you "command" it done. Parrots do not respond to people who want to feel "in control of all the power" over them. They respond to love, mutual trust and doing things because they like you and like to do these things. You have as much to learn from your birds as they have to learn from you. Respect them, and they will respect you.Remember to praise even the smallest things they do correctly because this kind of reinforcement makes them want to do more things correctly so they get more praise and feel like they are good birds. Everybody wants to feel as if they are winners, and this is very true with your birds as they are highly intelligent, very emotional and know your motives sometimes before even you understand them.

Do some reading and study about your parrots, give them time to adjust to their new home and to come to trust you. Bird's trust is EARNED not freely given, so get busy earning their trust by being kind to them, cleaning their cage or cages and feeding them high quality wholesome food not just seeds which is slow starvation for parrots of all kinds. Take them to an Avian Vet if you even think they may be ill. Take good care of them, and they will grow to love, respect and trust you and become your best friends. You are very fortunate to be able to have them, so spend lots of time learning from them and studying books about them. We never learn all there is to know about parrots, and the learning is a lot of fun especially if you are learning together with your birds.


Feb 13, 2012
Training an African Grey
by: Tracie

Yes, it is possible that your birds will learn to copy what you say and learn to do some things you ask it to do.

Having two birds may make it more difficult, especially if they share a cage. It is possible they will bond with each other and not care to impress you or have a relationship with you.

We have some training materials on our Parrot Training page that may help you with developing a positive relationship with your birds so you can train your birds.

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