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    How to encourage a parrot to talk

    ArticleParrot AdviceThursday 09 December 2010
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    How to encourage a talking parrot

    You should begin hand training your parrot from an early age so that it gets used to you. The secret to a talking parrot is to ensure that the parrot is comfortable with you and that it trusts you.

    You should be able to notice signs which show that your parrot is ready to learn to speak. It may tilt its head when you speak to it or widen its eyes.

    It helps to encourage a talking bird by repeating the same phrase at the same time of day, such as when you feed it. This way the parrot should become used to hearing a phrase and associate it with a situation.

    Always speak in a bright encouraging voice when talking to your parrot as it is more likely to mimic you.

    Many talking parrots can learn to answer questions. You can train your bird to do this by changing the tone of your voice. The parrot is much more likely to repeat something that you say in a bright exited voice so if you say the question in a monotone voice then answer it in an exited voice the parrot will hopefully start to copy the answer.

    Always be careful when speaking in front of your bird. Even if you aren’t speaking directly to your parrot it could still copy and profanities it hears or any other negative phrases. If this was to happen it may help stop the parrot if you ignore it every time it says something that you do not want it to.

    You should interact with your parrot regularly so that it feels like part of the family. The more loved and comfortable your parrot is around you the more it will try to interact with you and please you.

    Remember the main key to a talking parrot is encouragement!

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