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Birds USA: Is My Bird Normal?

Find out what our behavior expert has to say

By Sally Blanchard

SMALL BIRDS

New budgie won’t say a peep.
Q: I brought home my new budgie, BoBo, yesterday and, while he chirped and squeaked all the way home, he has been mute ever since.  Is this normal? I am worried that I have done something or am doing something wrong. He does not appear to be afraid of me and steps up onto my finger readily. 

A: Give him some time. It often takes a few days or more for a parrot family bird to be comfortable in a new situation. Vocalization is something that will come as he becomes more familiar with his surroundings. The best way to teach him to talk is to talk to him a lot and label the things that have to do with him.

**For the full article, pick up the 2008 issue of Birds USA or click here to buy the issue.**


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Our birds didn't say anything for 2 weeks or so, they haven't stopped since. Heehee
Bob, Linden, VA
Posted: 3/2/2008 5:45:21 AM
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