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Cheep Tricks & Tips!


“Cheep Tricks & Tips!” by Harry Cornwell
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Ensure that your bird gets some time with you and all of your family.
Early talkers: Some people say that they get the best results with birds that
are not completely weaned. That should only be done by experienced bird
carers who can handle the requirements and risks involved in caring for the
young bird through the weaning process.
If you don’t have that sort of successful experience,
getting your young bird that still needs regular
doses of formula to become a talker will involve a
lot more care on your part and add significant risks
to the proper development of the bird in various
ways.
Some birds seem to stop learning after they
become mature, but this varies even within the same breed. Other birds of
the same breed and similar backgrounds may never be talkers.
Your Bird’s First Lessons
Set aside some time twice each day, preferably at the same times each day,
for your first teaching sessions.
For the comfort of both you and the bird, keep the sessions short. I suggest
no more than 10 to 15 minutes per session. But, even then, be ready to stop
sooner if the bird seems tired or just loses interest.
I believe that morning and evening sessions are likely to be the most
effective. Don’t start the evening session later than just before your evening
meal.
Remove all possible distractions from the room, including other people and
pets. Get someone else to mind your phone for the whole period.
Always talk to your bird calmly. Keep your attitude and voice bright and
positive. Say the word or, at most, a two-word phrase which you want to
start with. Don’t rush the words.
Watch the bird closely and shorten the session if it starts to lose interest in
what you are teaching or shows signs of becoming upset.
 
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