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Last Post 08-12-2010 11:55 PM by  Ann Conway
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18-10-2009 2:58 PM

    If you repeat a word when you do a set piece activity with birds..showers, opening cages etc do they ever eventually start conciously asking for it?  If so is this a 25yr Grey level of IQ or a 3yr well trained budgie?

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    18-10-2009 3:08 PM

     They will learn the context of it, no doubt about that. I have a couple of greys who ask for cuddles, or tickles, and even water at the right times.  Toby one of my alex's will shout come on, when Im feeding, I have no doubt he;s telling me to hurry up LOL 

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    18-10-2009 3:42 PM
    When I tell Norman off and put him in another room, as I walk out he calls 'Sharon,Sharon, love you' and then makes a kissing sound. Famously, when I say No. No, No to him, he replies YES, YES, YES!

    He has a special voice for saying hello to my dogs, and when Bryan cuddles me, Norm goes 'Ahhhhhhhh!'

    We did not teach him to use any of those words in the context he uses them. He is a rather special Grey though.... troubled, but special.

    Off on his holidays next week with me, Bry and the dogs...shame we can't take the lodgers but alas, not enough room, so expect a postcard soon.

    By the way, he now likes to be known as 'Shabby Chic' not a scruffy little oik!
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    18-10-2009 4:08 PM
    Joey our BL CAG seems to do some things appropriately to. His best trick is to call 'ooooo.....ooooo' (Frankie Howerd voice) just when I'm really annoyed at him and telling him off - he knows this just reduces me to giggles.
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    18-10-2009 5:26 PM
    they will learn the context of it yes....when we are eating beaky one of my greys starts shouting "gimmie some"
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    18-10-2009 5:40 PM

    When we put our coats on to go out, Chicken our grey shouts "going shopping wont be long" so they do associate certain actions with things to say.

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    07-12-2010 5:44 AM
    Charlie G our grey....will lift his foot up and scratch his head and ask for tickles and when he see's me going towards the back door he will shout..Sampson, Summer (the dogs) c'mon out
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    07-12-2010 7:25 AM
    Bob our CAG used to say "see ya later, u b good" whenever I put on a certain coat that I used to wear for work. It was funny but he was saying it as I used to say it whenever I was saying tara to them all before I left. Or was he? Are they cleverer than we think and are actually manipulating us humans?
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    07-12-2010 8:11 AM
    Peefer our Hahns and Jenny Conure will both say "thank you" without being prompted when you give them a treat to eat. Peefer will also shout "Lew" (my son) when I start dishing food up, "see you later" when we go out and when Lew gets the orange juice out the fridge and takes a swig will burp loudly!
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    07-12-2010 8:58 AM
    our TAG Oscar also asks and replies in context....if you are eating he will say 'wanna bit' and if he doesnt get a bit....this is followed by a sarcastic 'is that good?'. he will also ask for tickles and asks for a biscuit, if you tell him bye, he will sometimes ask for a 'bye kiss', and also if he hears u telling him or any of the other birds off in a stern tone he responds with 'your a bad boy' which like you helen, reduces us to giggles lol. he also associates burping with cups of juice and if he sees u with a cup he makes slurpy noises to get some rather than 'wanna bit'
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    07-12-2010 1:48 PM
    i am actually trying to teach both my BL birds to speak or do actions to things, like waving a wing to say bye bye, to say thank you when giving a treat, out please for opening up the cage, good night when going to bed, in fact almost everything i do i try to say the same word or actions hoping that they will pick up on it. I truely believe they are more intelligent than we think and understand a lot more than they let on to
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    08-12-2010 6:09 AM
    goodnight is a good one for them to learn, as soon as i draw the curtains i get nite nite coming from all directions lol.....they know exactley what time it is
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    08-12-2010 6:25 PM
    My mom has a grey and when my dad walks past the cage to go to the bathroom, the grey makes a very loud, erm well, passing wind like men and some women do,,, lol but the grey only does it when dad goes to the bathroom. I had a blue and gold that used to shout "Hello" whenever the phone rang or someone knocked at the door or he would shout "come in" if the doorbell went off. People wonder why we love these birds. They are so entertaining for one and they are forever keeping us all in stitches and on our toes as we have to mind our "P's and Q's"!! Gotta love em
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    08-12-2010 11:55 PM
    First thing in the morning its" goodmorning" from Max, followed by Jo with "do you want some toast" "cup of tea". Bobby starts screaming, Jo tells him "sharrap Bobby".
    I bring their toast in, Max is last served and repeatledy says "c'mon then c'mon".
    Ruby mmmmmmm as soon as she gets hers.
    When the phone rings Jo shouts hello, The door bell goes and Max shouts come in.
    When anyone is leaving Jo will shout "bye see you later".
    Ruby is a bit show off, and will say put your wings up, then does it, followed bt c'mon step up.Then we have Phoena who doesnt say a lot,except hello in the voice of a sweet little old lady,police siren noises, and cat meows. Paddy's favourite is doing the adams family theme tune, smoke alarm, microwave and phone,and will say c'mon Paddy step up, good boy. Theres never a dull moment, and if you are feeling down they soon make you feel better.I often think how dull life was before I had my birds.
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