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Old 05-28-2016, 09:36 PM
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We have had Petal for 6 weeks and I've been talking to him often. Now that he says, "Baby bird" and the sounds ("kiss kiss kiss smooooooch") down pretty well, he is practicing a lot! He says it the same way as I do in terms of tonality and emphasis.

I was the first in the family to hear it and even recorded it for everyone. When I'd play it for DH and my girls, they would listen and shake their heads and say, "sorry mom...I just hear chirping and bird talk". I was wondering if it was just me making sounds in my mind and thinking I heard it not unlike visualizing things in clouds. However each day he has been vastly improving and today he has been the star of the show.

Usually when I walk up to his cage he hops along his perch or whatever he can or even flies to get close to my face. He listens intently and watches my face and my mouth and he can feel the pronunciations with consonants. He will lean in to give me a kiss, watch and listen and is as fascinated with me as I am with him. It's like he is trying to absorb the information and trying to learn.

My question (finally) is, when can I start teaching him new words and phrases? Should I wait a week or two to be sure he doesn't confuse things? At this very moment he is talking and sometimes he says, "baby baby <chirp chirp> <smoooooch> baby bird. Baby bird" but from what I see on YouTube in some birds is that they can mix things up as they are learning. He says it all correctly almost all the time.

I know I'm rambling here and clear as mud. In essence, how fast do you proceed in teaching? I can't find the info on this specifically. Is there any hard and fast rule or does it just depend on the bird?

He is a happy guy and I believe he has just started his adolescent molting.

Thanks so much!

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There is no "hard and fast" rule -- it depends on the bird.

I love it when Skipper puts words together the way he wants them.
I would say, "Hi, Skipper" "Hi, Scooter"

Skipper changed it to "Hi, Skipooter!"

Once Petal learns one word or phrase, say it to him periodically so he doesn't "forget" it. You can move on to a new word or phrase when he says the latest one fairly consistently.

Maybe you'll have the next "Disco" on your hands.
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I happen to like the name Skipooter. Catchy! And Disco is amazing. Lol
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congratulations on your budgie speaking its first words.hopefully soon you'll have him saying a few other words.my Gracie has started talking pretty good at times herself. She says come here pretty birdie and sometimes come here lol.
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I happen to like the name Skipooter. Catchy! And Disco is amazing. Lol
I didn't know that's where the name Skipooter came from!

Congratulations on getting your budgie talking so soon. He sounds like he's a perfect, hard-working little student. A teachers pet He'll be bringing you an apple next!
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Cheleya, how exciting that little Petal has started talking!

Deborah has given good advice--I hope to hear him "in action" some day!

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Petal now says, "Baby bird", ("kiss kiss" 3 kisses and smooch), "whatcha doing?" and I'm working on "Good boy!" I've heard it once or twice...I suppose like any language, it takes practice.
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He certainly is a clever boy to have learned so fast!

How cute he makes the kissy sounds
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Wow, that's great! I have never heard a budgie talk in person. My 3 parrots all talk, but I'd really love to hear a budgie talk! That would be so cute. I hope we get to hear Petal on video one day!
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