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Old 02-04-2017, 03:00 AM
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Question Sources for teaching to talk?

I was wondering if anyone knows of any site/source to download audio files of words to teach birds to talk.

I don't have a microphone, so I can't record my own voice- but I'd like to have some sort of audio file that I could play on repeat while I am out of the house to teach Skittles to say those words.

I want to see if I can teach him to say "hello", "goodnight" and "pretty bird".
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Re: Sources for teaching to talk?

Have a look at this site. Bird Training CD
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Old 02-04-2017, 05:33 PM
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Re: Sources for teaching to talk?

There are free apps you can download that let you record your own voice and make repeat-loops. "AUDACITY" is one I have used for other purposes. It was easy.
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Re: Sources for teaching to talk?

I guess I'll have to keep looking. I tried Google but didn't get anywhere, that's why I posted here.

Thanks anyways.
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Re: Sources for teaching to talk?

Is your bird a male or female? I could record my voice for you and send you the file haha I will charge you $5 haha.
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I was teaching my friends gcc to talk. I started with rewarding squawking and other noises then started repeating words and he'd try and copy me. High value treats were his trick, he would say numnums and apple haha it was adorable
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Re: Sources for teaching to talk?

We also played the copy cat game which also likely helped him decide to mirror words later on
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Skittles is a male. I had him DNA sex'd back in 2011 shortly after I got him.
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Re: Sources for teaching to talk?

Quote: Originally Posted by DerTier View Post
I was teaching my friends gcc to talk. I started with rewarding squawking and other noises then started repeating words and he'd try and copy me. High value treats were his trick, he would say numnums and apple haha it was adorable
Not the usual scenario
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Re: Sources for teaching to talk?

well, it was very specific squawking, I don't know all the right terms yet. He would make a very quiet sound that was like a murmered squawk (lol) when I would have treats in his line of sight. He was a very quiet bird and so soliciting any sounds from him was a bit of a challenge. He began to try out different sounds of differing volume, and eventually tried to mirror the sounds I made. He got the most rewards when mimicking and he did learn a few words in the short time I had him

As I train a variety of animals from dogs to lizards to fish to what have you, I definitely don't have a traditional background in bird training like yall, just sharing what I found worked.

It was NOT the same as rewarding shrieking and non solicited noises. It was definitely very specific things he did that got rewarded, I was very careful not to turn my friends bird into a shrieking demon.

Mostly we worked on tricks, such as "foot" (lifts his foot), wings (when they stretch their wings vertically), flex (when they stretch their opposite foot and wing), shoulder(go to shoulder, he didn't like hands), and a variety of in the cage and on the cage positioning so we could easily do maintenance and such in his cage He is very famous on my buddies stream for the silly tricks he learned. We were working on "hi-yah!" which was a combo of "wings" and "foot". He loved to show off his wings and tricks even without treats. They are definitely one of the smartest animals I've trained. Training him gave me a much more zealous attitude toward training my other animals. My Service dog in training made huge strides during that period as I was extra motivated

feel free to delete if you think I did it wrong and am giving bad advice admins

He definitely knew what numnums and apple meant imo, as he would get pretty upset if he said apple and I didn't immediately go get one for him XD (although that could just be me putting my inexperience on him)
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