Learning to talk

by Dan Eades
(Harrodsburg Ky)

The pet store said my Blue Crowned Conure was saying Hello, Hey Baby and What cha doing. We've had him home for 3 days and yet to hear him say anything. Will he eventually get comfortable and start talking?

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Dec 27, 2011
Bird Speaks Dog
by: Mike

We actually have had a green cheeked conure who only likes to talk to our dog (who sits in a kennel since she's a small jack russel) while we're gone for the day for work or school. We know this because we left a recorder after my aunt said she heard the bird talking to the dog. Poor thing keeps hearing the bird say, "Come here Lucy! Bad Lucy! Go to your house Lucy! Sit! Sit! Sit!" Our conure, Bo, is so bad, he even barks at her with her own bark.

Unfortunately, I don't know what to do about making him talk, I believe that sometimes they just pick a favorite person and are only comfortable with that person. You may want to try carrying him more often or giving him toys and playing music, he might start to sing.

Good luck.

Dec 27, 2011
Learning to talk
by: Linda

The first thing you have to do with a new bird is take it to the closest Avian Vet in your driving area to be checked for infections. Bacterial infections are highly contageous, and all new birds need to be examined by an Avian Vet in the first few days. Until you have had him examined, do no training, dietary changes. This first visit is the most important first thing to do with new birds. Sick birds will not talk, play, eat because they feel bad. If not diagnosed and treated, they will die from these infections.

The adjustment period for new birds is much longer than 3 days. The fact your bird may already be sick is another reason for being so quiet. Humans have to earn the trust of their birds because trust is not freely given. It takes them a few weeks to a month to adjust to their new environment, so give him some slack for a while.

So, you will proceed by getting him examined by an Avian Vet for infections or other physical issues. Then allow him to settle into your home. Also provide a quiet place for him to sleep as birds need around 12 hours of darkness and the same of full spectrum light during the day. Full spectrum light has to be delivered using full spectrum lights like Vita Lights. No full spectrum light comes through windows because the glass blocks it. Their health depends on having this kind of light. We have 2 24" vita lights hung above our Amazon's cage. They are fluorescent bulbs. You can do a search on full spectrum lights and find many. Make sure they are full spectrum and not just colored light bulbs like those found at home improvement stores or Wal-Mart as these do no good whatsoever.

Thanks for writing,
Linda
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Dec 27, 2011
Settling in
by: Anonymous

Allow him time to settle in and adjust to his new home and surroundings. He has been took from his familiar place to something completely new so will take time to adjust and feel happy and safe.

Did you ever hear him talk at the shop?? Sad to say but sometimes folk can say that and they not talking yet. Personally talking is a secondary thing to our own birds as got them for other reasons and not for talking.

Let him settle in and feel happy in new surroundings and he may well start to chat a bit then. Keep saying Hi to him and such things as you go by also and he may well start to repeat then and in time will associate words with specific things often.

If he doesn't utter another word love him for being him, and the talking is a bonus. :o)

Dec 27, 2011
patience
by: Anonymous

give it time, he has to trust you before he utters a single word. My African Grey never shuts up knows songs, wolf whistles, phrases and words but that comes from hours of attention and wanting to imitate and interact with me. You get back what you put in but 3 days is nowhere near long enough to bond

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