Budgies make great pets! They are small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrots who are smart cookies and make great companions. Teaching your budgie to talk will take some time but in no time you’ll have a chatty little budgie. Best of all, there’ll always be someone at home to have an ole chin wag with!
- Put your budgie’s cage close to human activity.
Budgies can learn to talk by mimicking the tones and sounds of words. Put your budgie’s cage somewhere in your house where you spend a lot of time. A front room is an ideal location because the budgie will also hear voices on the tv. Don’t place the cage in a kitchen because non-stick appliances can cause deadly fumes to birds.
- Take Time to Bond with your Budgie
Take the time to bond with your budgie! Having a deep bond with your budgie will play an essential role in teaching him how to talk. The closer you are, the more effort he’ll put into learning. Bonding can come from spending one on one time together in the same room and hand taming. Make sure to do this every day.
- Keep Budgies Separate!
If you have more than budgie in the same cage, they will talk to each other. If you want them to talk your language, then train them separately! The more they interact with other birds, the harder it will be to teach them initially to talk to you.
- Learn How to Talk to Your Budgie.
It’s not about what you say, but how you say it! Speak enthusiastically. The more excited you are, the more excited they will be to learn and talk back.
- Hold you budgie close to your face and he will intently watch your mouth as you speak. When his pupils dilate, you’re onto a winner! This indicate’s ‘learning mode’.
- Start by saying individual words and show items or people as you say the word.
- Always say “hello” to your budgie when you enter the room or “goodbye” when you’re leaving.
- When your budgie is getting the hang of individual words, try short sentences or phrases such as “good boy” when he does something good or “dinner time” when you’re filling his bowl.
- Always respond to your budgie when he tries to talk to you. In the beginning you might not understand what he’s saying because it will sound like mumbles! Good, bad or indifferent, give verbal praise and try and repeat back to him what he just said!