New mommy of an IRN

Blue Indian Ringneck Parrot

Blue Indian Ringneck Parrot

Hello, I got my 10 week old Indian Ringneck male, Vaska, a little over a week ago and he's settling into his new home well. I know that ringnecks can take a year to learn how to mimic speech but I was wondering about judging the propensity of my bird to be able to speak. He is very vocal--in the form of screaming...and squeaking when he's sleepy, but he doesn't often vary the sounds he makes. He doesn't chatter to himself. Will he add more variety to his vocalizations as he grows older?
Thanks!

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May 16, 2010
New mommy of an IRN
by: Linda

Of course he will, just allow him to move at his own pace. Birds also do way more than mimic as they can actually put sentences together to ask for what they want. First they learn the words associated with the good stuff like cookies, water, toys, ride and play. They also learn some words about the bad stuff like NO, Stop That, and various other corrections. Then they learn a few more things and one day, your little bird will say something like "Cookie for Name?" Our Amazons talk in short sentences a lot. Well the male does, his mate refuses to talk human as it is beneath her queenly Amazon self!

Make sure your bird is eating a wholesome organic pelleted diet, like Harrison's, and that you feed NO PEOPLE FOOD OR TABLE FOOD EVER OF ANY KIND. People foods are usually full of sugar, salt and fat, and these are killers of birds. If he is eating all seed diet, then he is malnourished, and a starving bird will not learn to talk, play or enjoy his life no matter what YOU expect.

Tracie carries organic pellets here, and you may wish to take a look at them. Also, your bird needs to be checked by an Avian vet as it is a usual thing for baby birds to be sick upon arrival in new homes. They are under lots of stress, and this brings down immune system. So, before changing diet, have him checked out by an Avian Vet in your area. He'll be talking in no time, and they like to practice in private as they are VERY self-conscious about learning new sounds. Our baby macaw used to practice when her bedroom door was closed. She did not know I had my ear pasted to the door, so went on with her practice!

Keep us posted and thanks for your letter and the gorgeous picture of your little baby!!!

Linda

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