Has anyone found that the Mimic Me Bird Recording Unit by Prevue is useful for teaching your parakeets to talk?
I have two new budgies about 3 months old. I have no other birds or pets or kids (except a Betta fish) so we pay a lot of attention to these new guys. We are new bird lovers since the love bird I reluctantly inherited from my Mom after she died. My husband and I never knew how much we could love and enjoy birds before!
I bought these birds from a breeder that "hand fed" them although looking back & reading on this web site about how to best buy birds, i think she had too many (30) for one person to hand feed properly.
Just discovered they are male and female from this helpful forum. The male in outdoor light has a lavender cere & the female is blue with white around the nostrils (We guessed it from their behavior any way!)
The male, Calvin, about once a day while in the cage, faces me with his back to the female & pays direct attention to me . While he is singing & chirping sweet little sounds to me, if the female, Hobbes comes close, he pecks her away! I'm amazed & absolutely thrilled that he gives me this much attention so soon! (Don't worry - they kiss each other enough all the other times, LOL! & They scuffle sometimes too!)
So I was thinking that since Calvin is giving me this attention & chirping with such cute sounds, maybe he could learn to talk a little even though i have two birds?
Last edited by AprilW; 04-23-2017 at 10:22 PM.
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Calvin and Hobbes sound very cute and we'd love to meet them if you have some pictures you'd like to share.
Keep in mind that behavior really is not a good indicator of a budgie's gender as each budgie is unique.
It sounds as if you've determined their genders properly from the cere coloration, however.
Since you are paying a lot of attention to Calvin and Hobbes daily, start saying a particular word or phrase to them multiple times throughout the day.
Simply having more than one budgie does not exclude the possibility of one or even both of them learning to talk.
You can try the Mimic Me if you think it will be helpful.
I believe the actual personal interaction of you speaking directly to your budgies will have better results however.
(I have the Mimic Me and have not found it to work with my budgies. Since every bird is different however, Calvin and Hobbes may be more interested in it than mine are.)
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I agree with Deborah's great advice Calvin and Hobbes sound like adorable little birds!
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We look forward to seeing you around the forums, and meeting your budgies, too
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