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    Teach a Cockatiel to Talk

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Teaching any bird to talk can be harder than it looks, but anybody training cockatiels should benefit from the natural sociability and lively character of these birds. Learn how to teach a talking cockatiel in this guide. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Teach Talking Cockatiels - An Essential Guide

    If you have a young family, cockatiels can prove an excellent addition to the family home - and the more people you have in the household, the easier it is to train these wonderful birds.

    However, as with any form of interaction in life, the only way to encourage talking cockatiels is to work on building a relationship. It's best to buy a cockatiel that's still fairly young, as older birds can be a little more stubborn about engaging with your attempts to get them to talk. A younger bird will be more impressionable, and after hand-feeding, will have the bond needed to spark the inclination to talk.

    Offer them plenty of attention and affection; this can boost the willingness of these birds to enter into conversation and mimic familiar sounds. Try and handle the bird a couple of times a week, as this can further boost his association with the family. And finally, if you really want to train a cockatiel to talk, it's best to buy an individual bird instead of keeping a couple within a group - as the birds will simply bond with each other, rather than seek your attention.

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