Hello, Basil is doing great, steadily getting tamer and coming out of his shell. Got him on 22/12/2015.
He was not hand tame, he now is, he didn't sing or bob his head etc. He now sings, bobs & plays with toys etc, baths in his birdbath. So all in all he's relaxed. Basil is 7months old, is he too old to start to mimic voices, my other Budgies were hand raised and talked very early on (3-4 months). Can they learn at any age? Or do you think by now he would have started if he was going to speak.
We don't mind if he doesn't but my 10yr old keeps asking will he speak and I thought I'd ask the experts if anyone one knows a budgie who did not speak quickly but did eventually??
Oh good it would be nice as my daughter is visually impaired and although she can see his bright blue colours and she likes his singing, she loved the fact our other little budgie boys talked really well. So it would be nice if he could we are repeating words to him and he puffs up and listens, so perhaps it will come. It was just so easy with the hand reared baby. Thank you for your answer ?
There is a cheat one can use, but I'm not sure it would be approved of by everyone. If you record the word or phrase on an iPod and set it on repeat and leave it with your bird for an hour a day it can (but not always) be mimicked. I have done this a couple of times with a particular noise I would like to hear back and it has worked. I think though that over use would not be that pleasant for the budgie, and it would not give you the pleasure of making it happen through interaction. Could be contraversial.....
If he comes over to you in the cage and likes to watch you when
you talk to him (with a bit more loud inflection) it's a good chance
that he'll pick up whatever he hears. Keep working with him
and make sure to listen when he says, and stay with the same
words or short phrases until you hear them.
Steve started talking at about 6 months and was not hand fed
but as he bonded, he became very interested in my face when
he was talked to and he first phrase was "what-cha-doin' Steve?"
and from that he has about 7 phrases that he picked up fairly
easy. All birds are individuals however.
Thank you everyone, everything's taken a long while with Basil but he's steadily getting there. We will keep saying same phrases and I think he began to copy a 'wolf whistle' today. He's singing & chattering a lot more too so I'm hopeful. If he does I'll film it and pop it on for you to see. Thank you x
Steve also does beat boxing (from Disco parakeet) along with "what kind of a bird are you", "are you a baby bird" "do you believe in unicorns (emphasis on the S) and another one from Disco parakeet.."what seems to be the problem officer? He could be a talking sponge but I don't have a lot of time this past year.
Just enjoy having him bonded and he enjoys hanging out and doing mad flight loops in the room, and talking in my ear.
My oldest budgie, who is now 1 year and 5 months old (approximately) just started talking 3 months ago - so no, he is not too old. I wasn't trying to teach my bird to speak or anything, I enjoyed his little budgie chatter as it was, but one day I was listening to him he said "Hi Arashi" and since then he has started saying quite some more phrases. Now he seems to pick words and even short sentences up very quickly.