Archive for April, 2016

The Easy Way to a Talkative Bird

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

If you own a parrot, or are thinking of owning a parrot, you’ve most likely thought about whether or not your parrot is a talker. You’re not alone on this. Nearly every parrot parent at one time or another wanted a talking parrot. Who doesn’t love listening to a talking parrot?

Here are a few clues to look out for when determining whether your parrot will be a good talker:

  • Your parrot is inquisitive
  • Your parrot gets really excited whenever you or other members of your household come home
  • Your parrot knows a few basic commands, like ‘Step Up’
  • Your parrot seems to listen intently to you when you speak to him
  • Your parrot sings or chatters on his own
  • Your parrot loves listening to the radio or television
  • Your parrot is a social butterfly

If your parrot does any of these, then you have a parrot that has the perfect aptitude to talk. All you have to do is train him to talk the right way.

Teaching a parrot to talk is very simple. Just make sure that you have a lot of patience and are in a calm state of mind before you begin. Here are a few tips on how to teach your parrot to talk:

Create a definite training schedule by setting aside at least 30 minutes every day where you and your parrot will be able to have some one-on-one time together.

Introduce a word to your parrot by pronouncing it clearly. Repeat this word a few times by speaking aloud to your parrot.

Try to use your chosen word in an everyday sentence when talking to your parrot. This will help your parrot to hear the vowels and be accustomed to hearing the sound that the word makes.

Start a conversation with your parrot – even if it is one-sided, it will still help the training efforts.

As soon as your parrot mimics the word back to you, give him lots of praise and even a nice treat. Always reward your parrot for trying.

Never reprimand your parrot if he gets a word wrong. Each parrot is an individual and will learn only at their own pace.

The Easy Way to a Talkative Bird

Talking is natural for birds

Click Here to Teach Your Parrot To Talk Right NOW

Different types of vocalizations are quite natural for the average bird. In the wild bird, different calls are specific to flocks and used as ways to communicate specific things amongst the group. Our pet birds attempt to use vocalizations in a similar way except the humans in the family are the flock.

It’s this natural desire to communicate and vocalize that makes many birds like cockatiels and parrots excellent choices for speech training. Not all species of birds can or will readily speak defined words, but many species, such as parrots like African Greys, are actually quite adept at learning and reproducing speech.

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Starting your training

Teaching your bird to speak is part of the overall training package. You want to develop a relationship with your bird and training him and spending time with him is the cornerstone of that process. A bird that is bonded to you more closely relates to you as a flock member and trusts you. He will want to communicate with you.

You need to set realistic goals for yourself and your bird. Too much training or too much repetition (repeating the same words over and over and over ….) will not lead to your bird having the highest vocabulary around. It may actually be counterproductive. You should strive to work with your bird for only 5-15 minutes at a time so that he stays focused and enjoys the process.

Click here to read more about starting your bird’s training

An innovative system

There are lots of ways to train a bird, and not all of these methods will be successful. This is how many people end up really frustrated with a bird that only whistles or says hello. It’s possible that the training just hasn’t been right….until now. The Real Speech training system is a complete training package that is innovative in its methods. Not only does it identify what will actually work for you, but it uses other birds to help out. What?!?

Yes, real birds. The innovator behind the Real Speech system figured out other birds can actually increase the odds of your bird learning new vocabulary. Birds seem to learn faster when another bird repeats a word as a way to try to communicate with the bird. The Reel Speech training system capitalizes on this trait as just one integral part of the system. You’ve got to see for yourself!

Click here to learn about the guaranteed Reel Speech system and how it works

Nathalie Roberts

Best Toys for Your Bird

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Just like small toddlers, parrots need to have daily scheduled play time outside of their cage. On average, this play time should be at least 2 hours of supervised play. If you work from home, or are retired, then extending this playtime will only benefit your parrot in the long run.

But you can’t simply open the door on your parrot’s cage and expect your parrot to just climb out on his own and keep himself occupied. If you do, you may find that your parrot has a penchant for playing ‘Tarzan’ from your curtains or likes to sharpen his beak on the backs of your wooden dining room chairs!

In order to get the most out of your parrot’s play time, you will need to supply your parrot with something to do and something to play with. This could simply be placing your parrot on a small tabletop perch on the corner of your work desk while you type away at your computer. This works – as long as your parrot is well-behaved and not inclined to climb down on his own and go exploring.

Parrot play time could also involve you teaching your parrot a few tricks. Larger, more intelligent parrots, such as Macaws and Cockatoos can be taught to play mini-basketball or even ride a small skateboard. There are many trick training videos and DVDs you can purchase online if parrot trick training interests you.

One of the best ways to allow your parrot to have some great play time outside his cage is to provide him with a play stand. Just like his cage, buy him the largest play stand you can afford. Bigger really is better when it comes to your parrot’s mental and physical well-being. Look for a play stand that is easy to clean and comes with detachable food and water dishes.

Your chosen play stand should have multiple play options to exercise both your parrot’s mind and body. For example, the play stand should have a variety of perches that are different diameters to help stretch and relax your parrot’s feet. A rope swing or rope bungie will also provide your parrot with some much needed exercise. A foraging toy or puzzle toy will help stimulate your parrot’s brain. If your parrot play stand does not already come with these kinds of toys, make sure that you can purchase them separately and affix them to the play stand on your own.

Just remember to always supervise your parrot anytime he is outside of his cage. This will eliminate any chances of your parrot getting hurt.

Best Toys for Your Bird

The stir crazy bird

Click here to see how easy it is to keep your bird happy

Do you remember what it was like when you were a little kid and were stuck in the house with nothing to do for days on end? Maybe it was rainy or snowy and you couldn’t play outside. You just about went stir crazy, didn’t you?

Our pet birds are exactly the same way except every day is a pent-up indoor day. They have to have things to do! The wild bird has endless activity each day just due to the pure need to survive and live the natural life. A captive bird, although the same as the wild bird in needs and heart, doesn’t have to do a variety of things each day to survive. He just needs things to do for entertainment. That means a variety of toys.

Read more about how toys enrich your bird’s life

Selecting the best toys

You want toys your bird will actually play with and like. Toys that can be climbed on, chewed, and even torn apart are all excellent toys that fulfill your bird’s natural desires. Rotating your bird’s toys every few weeks is important too so he stays interested. Rotating his toys means that they are always new and fresh!

Safety is a key factor in making decisions about toys. You want to make sure that all of your bird’s toys aren’t made of cheap materials that simply break or contain metals or materials that are toxic. There isn’t a safety evaluator who oversees the bird toy industry, so you have to really be careful about what you buy.

Read more about unsafe things in toys

The best way to find bird toys

The Parrot Toys by Mail Club is the easiest and safest way to get your bird new toys. A small monthly fee brings new 3 new toys to your house each month. These toys are made of safe, non-toxic materials. They are made especially for your size of bird too, and all the toy styles have been pre-tested by a professional bird owning and training family to ensure that the toys are popular for play. They are created to really stimulate your bird’s instincts, so toys are made of natural materials to encourage your bird’s desire to chew and be curious.

In addition to the monthly toys, you’ll be able to earn 6 FREE toys over the course of a year, and you’ll also receive a special report, Keeping Your Birds SAFE From ?The 100 Most Common Household Toxins, when you sign up. No risk involved; total satisfaction!

Learn more about Parrot Toys by Mail Club

Nathalie Roberts