new bird owner

by christal
(lexington, north carolina)

hello my name is christal i just purchased a green tailed macaw her name is tabias she is 4 yrs old she says a few words and has a great personailty she shows her wings when you ask her to and she loves to dance and shake her head no the guy i bought her from says she talks but i have only heard her say hello so far i have had her for a week so im just wonderin if she doesnt say any thing else othee than hekko can i still teach her to talk and how or is it too late
i would greatly appreciate the respond back



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Jan 23, 2010
New bird owner
by: Andi

Tracie is probably right. Your bird likely knows mire words than just "hello". Birds will often become very quiet when there is an drastic change (such as being moved to a new home for the first time). Your bird is probably scared, or nervous, or still deciding if he likes his new home. He might also be sick, so just in case you should take him to the vet.

However, this may not be the case. It may be that your bird simply doesn't know anymore words. If that's the case, here are some training tips: Set aside at least one hour a day during which you will take him into a room where you won't be disturbed. Repeat the phrase you want him to learn again and again. This will require patience. It will get very tedious. Don't give up! Getting your bird to talk is always one of the most important things to individual owners. There is nothing
more gratifying than hearing your bird say his first word. Also, when you go out, record yourself saying the chosen word or phrase, and set it on endless loop for your bird. It may take a while, but your bird has already shown talking ability. Good luck!

Jan 07, 2010
Teaching your bird to talk
by: Tracie

It is possible your bird will say more words. It is possible your bird already knows more words and is just waiting until it is more comfortable.

We have some parrot training material you can read on our Parrot Training page.

Jan 07, 2010
new bird owner
by: Linda

When the bird starts talking is of small concern compared to you taking her to an Avian Vet in your area as soon as is possible. Birds tend to get bacterial infections when moved to new homes, and she will need to be seen by an Avian Vet as soon as you can get an appointment and get her there. Birds DO NOT recover from these infections without diagnosis and correct medicines to treat the specific infection. If left untreated, they sicken and die. Take her to an AVIAN VET ONLY as dog and cat vets are not licensed to diagnose and treat birds because they do not know how to do it.

First, make sure she is healthy as a sick bird will cover the illness because in the wild a sick or injured bird is a dead bird. Also sick birds will not talk and do not play much or eat enough.

You need to find reading material about your bird so you know how to set up a large cage for her, and what kind of high quality pelleted diet to feed. All seed diet is inadequate and will keep birds from being healthy.

So, as for talking, it takes longer than a week to become used to a new home and people. You are expecting way too much too quickly which is why I recommend learning more about parrots' care in general. She'll talk when she feels like talking and not one minute before. Parrots have roughly the emotional and mental development of 4-5 year old human children, so your bird is NOT a toy for your amusement. She is a living, breathing, loving being, and she needs to be fed and housed properly, and taken to an Avian Vet at least once a year to make sure she is in good health.

You have much work to do, and the Avian Vet is the first thing besides getting her on a good diet.


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