cockatoo 15 years old female teach to talk?

by Tracy

I have a 15 year old cockatoo that I rescued from a ladys basement my Question to you is she only says a few words is she too old to teach new words or will she still pick up words hear and there

Sincerely, Tracy

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Dec 13, 2011
cockatoo 15 years old female teach to talk?
by: Linda

The very first and most important thing with your new bird is to take her to an Avian Vet only in your driving area for an exam. This exam will be to test for infections or other physical problems she may have.

All rescue birds have had a hard life, sometimes also being abused, and most are fed low quality diets if they are fed anything. Being locked in a basement means your bird has been neglected and may be sick with an infection or some other physical issue that needs to be taken care of now.

All new birds need to be seen by an Avian Vet in the first few days and before they come near any othr birds in residence. With the rescued bird, this is an absolute must to make sure bird is treated for any problems. Birds do not get over infections without being taken to an Avian Vet for exam, diagnosis and treatment.

Thanks for writing and for being willing to take in a special needs bird.

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Dec 12, 2011
Teaching an older bird to talk
by: Tracie

Bless you for rescuing this bird. Yes, you have many years to bond with this bird and teach the bird to repeat words. :-) As the bird sees you as part of it's flock, it may want to say what you say.

Some birds simply don't want to learn words, and you may have to accept this. My mother had an African Grey that stayed in the same room with her 24/7 and it only learned a few words and mostly enjoyed making sounds. It made perfect microwave and phone sounds, but just didn't have an interest in learning words.

You may want to read our training articles on our Parrot Training page for help in developing a relationship with your bird.

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