How to teach a budgie to talk?
The ability to talk in budgies and other mockingbirds is more pronounced in males than in females. Females also sometimes learn human speech, but usually their “vocabulary” does not exceed 10-20 words. In any case, if you decide to raise a "talking" budgie, it is best to acquire a young male for this.
In order for the budgie to succeed, several conditions must be met.
The most favorable age for this is 35-50 days, shortly after the young birds leave the nest and begin to feed on their own. The result may be even better if you take the male a few days before departure from the nest and feed it artificially from a spoon. But this requires certain skills, and they are mainly engaged in by those lovers who breed parrots.
The young parrot should be planted in a separate cage, and in this room there should not be other birds, especially budgies. If this condition is not met, it will be very difficult to train a bird of human speech. This is explained simply. In the case when the bird is not alone, it will imitate other birds, which is much easier for her than copying a person’s speech.
The third condition.
The cage for one budgerigar, which is supposed to be tamed and made "talking," should not be very large. The maximum size of this cage can be 40x30x25 cm. In a larger cage, the learning process can be delayed, since the parrot will be able to avoid direct contact with a person by moving to the far corner of the cage. In a small cell, he does not have such an opportunity, so contact with a person is established faster.
In order not to frighten the bird and not complicate further taming, you should not try to pick up the parrot in your hands, pet, etc. The most that you can afford in the first days of your pet’s stay is to approach the cage more often and calmly with talk to him. If at the same time the budgie is very worried, then in the first days you do not need to pay much attention to him, just put food and water and move away from the cage – let him get used to the new environment and surroundings. Usually, after a few days, the bird is fully mastered in a new environment for it, stops fluttering in the cage when a person appears and watches it with interest. During this period, you should start talking to her in a calm voice, gradually approaching the cell. As a rule, budgerigars get a nickname from the very first days, so you need to pronounce it most often.
As you get used to the person standing next to him, the bird begins to listen carefully to his voice, as if freezing for a while while talking to her. It should be remembered that there is no need to make sudden movements near the cage and make noise, which can frighten the bird.
In the first one and a half to two months, the cage should not have any extra items – toys, mirrors, swings, etc. All this will be needed later, when the bird is at least four months old. At an earlier age, the parrot usually does not respond to these toys, they only interfere with its movement and can cause injuries.
In the first month after acquiring a budgie, one should not let him out of the cage, as he will still be poorly oriented in a spacious room, will not measure the strength of the flight in it and can hit hard on a window glass, wall or ceiling of a room. At the age of three months, the parrot will already be well oriented in the room, and only window glass will pose a danger to it, therefore it is better to let it out in the evening, when it is dark outside and it will not fly onto dark glass.
Do not leave the parrot unattended, releasing it from the cage. There are cases when parrots fly into the most incredible places in the room or fall into the space between the walls and furniture, which can lead to their death.
It is not recommended to feed the parrot in any other place except in its cage. This teaches a parrot to return to it. If the bird does not enter the cage for a long time and can stay outside for a night, then the light should be turned off in the room, then the bird should be taken in hand and put into the cage, and then the light should be turned on again. This simple technique allows you to avoid losing the confidence of the budgie in the hands of a person, which inevitably appears if you catch it in the light.
The maximum possible frequency of communication with the bird and calm handling leads to the fact that the parrot becomes completely tame and seeks contact with a person, and when it appears, tends to get out of the cage and sit on the shoulder, head or outstretched arm. This period is very often disappointing for a novice amateur, as a hand-made and affectionate bird only chirps into different voices, but does not want to “speak”. In most cases, there is no reason for disappointment, as parrots usually begin to "pronounce" the first words at about five or six months of age. Prior to this, it is difficult to make out their "pronunciation", their "diction" is rather fuzzy and is often interrupted by twittering, among which only individual syllables and intonations can be distinguished, but it is difficult to understand this. The ability to understand the “spoken” by the parrot will appear over time, and the bird itself will noticeably improve its “diction”. In addition to the most frequently heard words, budgies are capable of reproducing words and short phrases they heard once or accidentally. They perceive most easily female or children’s voices, male voices are much worse. Therefore, if your child is engaged in bird training, the results will be much better.
Learning should be started directly with simple words and only after their assimilation pass to the most complex words and phrases.
Training should be carried out at certain hours of the day, mainly in the mornings and before serving a treat. After the lesson, the parrot is given a treat.
The same word is pronounced in the same intonation every day, confined to a specific situation.
To train parrots, modern technical means can also be used, in particular a tape recorder on which the same word or phrase is recorded, repeated many times. However, the best results, as practice shows, are achieved only when teaching parrots by a person, and technical means are used as auxiliary. The lesson lasts 20-30 minutes. During training, the parrot should be calm, if it is excited – the lesson does not start, if it is excited during the lessons – the lesson is interrupted.