Male Parrots Talk Better Than Female Parrots

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Purrain, female indian ringneck

So, this myth goes around that males talk better than females. Maybe there is some truth to it, as Purrain is truly my only female and she hasn’t spoken a word since I’ve had her but I know plenty of female talking birds. For example look at Einstein, the African Grey parrot you can find on YouTube. Yes, with a name like Einstein you would think she was a male but she isn’t and she is truly an amazing talker. Grayson’s vocabulary is no where near hers however in his defense she does have quite a bit of years on him. The only way to see if this has any truth to it would be to get two birds at the same time, same age, same upbringing and compare but just like humans that still won’t prove anything because it could be an one off based on those particular individuals. Regardless that doesn’t stop me from seeing Einstein’s vocabulary and wondering if I hindered Grayson’s some way, some how. Or is he still learning and growing his vocabulary and will it be more extensive than hers one day? This raises the question, does talking matter? I love to hear my birds talk, I feel the same way I feel when I see them gliding throughout the house, PURE JOY! But just like accepting a child for whatever they become in life, the same goes for parrots in my eyes at least. So the myth doesn’t matter. I don’t have a preference over male or female parrots. It’s just that the parrots I got all turned out to be male except Lola, Nyx, Purrain and Bonnie. Purrain and Bonnie are all I have left and unfortunately as I said earlier, they make this myth seem true but I’m not counting them out of the race yet. If they never talk, so be it but it would definitely be an added bonus. Don’t pick a male or female bird based on this myth please because you could end up regretting it.

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Can’t Have Just One!?!

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Why do you have so many birds? Why not sell them all and have just one?

Good questions and good points but why have more than one child? Why not tie your tubes after one? Is it fun being alone? Sometimes one is best and I wonder when I see people with one parrot how it would be if I had stopped at just Lola or just Grayson but then I feel the same way when I see people with one child. What if I never had any more children after my son? Why didn’t I just stop at one?

There are pros and cons to both sides. When you have one child/parrot you have more time to devote to that one child/parrot. You have more money to spend on that one child/parrot. Life is easier with one, it’s more manageable having that solo dependent but for me I yearned for more. I wondered about what would it be like if I had a girl or a different type of parrot… Did I have to have 6 more parrots on top of my one bringing my number to 7 – definitely not! But did I have to have 3 more kids on top of my one bringing my children to 4 – definitely not! I look at my parrots like my children, each one brings something different to the table. Yes, there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough and stop and I have finally gotten there. 7 is my lucky number, it’s God’s number.

Lorikeet and Monk Parakeet

Rasta and Piper

I have come into obstacles and had to make decisions to rehome parrots. Some parrots have come into my life and I realized this parrot isn’t for me but I do my best to find them a good home and 9 out of 10 times, I’m taking a pay lost to put them into a good family. I rather take a lost in price and feel secure about where I’m housing them then stick to my price and feel like I’m putting them in a bad situation.

Re-homing is never easy and I do talk about re-homing some birds in this article however I think the major problem is a lot of people don’t see their parrot as a part of their family. My parrots are a part of my family. Grayson is 5, Nyx is 4, Piper is 3, Ringo is 18 months, Rasta is 16 months and I added 2 more members to my flock who I haven’t told you about yet but if you are on my instagram then you would have already seen pictures of them.  I don’t have names yet hence why I haven’t posted information about them yet however one is 23 months old and the other is almost 16 weeks old this Sunday. This is my flock and I won’t be changing it unless I decide to get into breeding which is still up for debate.

Male Cockatiel

Chiko – was with me for 2 months before being re-homed to a good home where I still go and see him and Maro (the female pied cockatiel) every now and then

I did try to downsize my flock to 5 but for some reason, somehow my number always comes back to 7 so I’m calling defeat and staying at 7.

Each of my parrids (parrot kids) offer something different to the table, no 2 are alike and I love that! Piper is very independent but wants to make friends within the flock, Rasta is very hyper and likes to play fight but doesn’t like to be touched around his head, Ringo is very aloof and doesn’t want to engage with anyone unless he is being trained. Then we have Nyx who wants to always be with me and Grayson the most jealous bird of them all and is open to anything! They all talk and say different things and I just love watching a child/parrot grow, I love seeing their growth.

So to the question of why can’t I just have one? Because one was just not meant for me! I need and want the different personalities and learning styles around me. It keeps me on my toes and helps keep my mind stimulated. I’m constantly thinking of their learning styles and how to teach each one, kind of like a mini classroom hahaha. This is my family!

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A month in the life with an African Grey

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I love my grey parrot.
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He is BY FAR NOT perfect! However, he is mine. I have had him since he was 4 months old and he has been through so much. Other pets, more kids, different jobs, lifestyle changes but one thing remains the same: My grey… Is always my grey.

Grayson is like any other grey who talks, dances (bops his head up and down to music), will show signs of aggression, doesn’t like to share, only cuddles when he wants to but I could never imagine my life without him in it. I couldn’t even imagine having a different grey because just like my kids he is forever my baby.

I’m focusing the month of November 2017 all to my grey – GRAYSON! (was suppose to be March) 

I hope you find these posts entertaining, educational and above all helpful!

The month of March has been hectic – I have only been home to sleep and have to be up and out again except on weekends. Grayson is my bird, he only responds to me and with the lack of attention he has been getting – I was afraid of the outcome however as always he has shown me that I need not worry.

I want to touch on this point for a minute, “The lack of attention”. Even with him not getting as much attention as he was used to, he has not started to pluck or anything negative. I can take him out and still train with him. Sometimes we can’t give them their required amount of time but as long as you give them some time and talk to them and still show love, I am a strong believer that this is what keeps the bond from being broken completely and helps to nourish his need for attention, therefore, stopping him from even thinking of self-mutation.

Anyhow, although I’ve had Grayson for years, I still do trust-building exercises with him and I urge you to do the same with your parrots. It doesn’t have to be every day but a few times during the month would be good. I tend to read a lot by his cage with the cage door closed and then open it when I am ready to be more physical with him. One game I always enjoyed playing with Grayson was peek-a-boo, so I do try to do that for a good 3 mins once a week.

I, unfortunately, do not trust Grayson to play with the kiddies but I will set up a section on the floor and have us all sit in a circle where the kids can roll the ball to him and have him fetch it and throw it back. I look forward to this time of ball playing because it is a bonding time for me with all my kids and Grayson.

To learn more about Grayson please check out his profile page.

Grayson’s month of March (November) has officially started lol.

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