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African Grey Training

African Grey Training


If you are fortunate enough to purchase a young, hand-fed African Grey training your new companion, for the most part, will become nothing more then showing him the do’s and don’ts of living in your household, re-enforcing certain patterns, repetition and lots of patience and love

With practice, young African Greys will naturally ‘step up’ onto your finger when encouraged with a gentle push at their legs. ‘Step down’, being the reverse is quite natural for them as well. This is a must to get them in and out of their cages.


African Grey Training

Carlie “what’s up, gimme four”

Beyond this, African Grey training becomes a personal choice and as I mentioned before African Greys are quite different then other exotic birds in that you can never really domesticate them. It is best to train yourself to honor and respect these little guys and learn to understand their needs and behavior. This will come in time, as you get use to your new friend and he gets use to you, AND your routine.

As far as talking goes, African Greys, in my opinion, are by far the best talkers of all of the so called ‘parrots’. Their ability to talk and communicate comes from their superior intelligence.

Greys WANT to communicate with you. They will often tell you of their needs, their feelings/emotions, something they might see or even something that is funny to them.

Generally the best way to train a grey is to simply show him or her what you would like them to do and repeat this until they understand your intentions.

Speaking to them as you would speak to any other encourages them to begin to talk. Start by using simple words or small phrases and try to relate the word or phrase to something that you are doing or to some event that might have meaning to the bird.

It boils down to a matter of trust, love and technique. Once you have established a bond with your bird, and he loves and trust you, all else is fairly easy.

For those who are interested in a more structured and proven way to train an African Grey, you should check out Chet Womachs intensive course on Parrot Training. He shows you methods and tricks that even the professional trainers don’t know exist.

The couple in the video to the left have used Chet’s training methods.  Listen to what they have to say.

Check the course out here: Parrot Training

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6 Responses to "African Grey Training"

  1. dhiren says:

    Hi bob . I heard that feeding ur vird chillies will help them speak faster … Is that true I dnt knw if I should try it bcaz myn is only 3mnths old

  2. Bob says:

    I’ve not heard that before. Our guys love chiles and peppers but they don’t seem to speak any faster after eating one 😉

  3. dhiren says:

    Lorl…I dnt mean as in speak faster I mean as in they learn to speak quicker thAn usuall… Could u tel me what’s the maximum amount of hours my bird should sleep

  4. Bob says:

    Oh I know, I was having some fun with you Dhiren lol. Seriously, you might want to google the chili thing to see what you can find, because I have never heard of that before. As far as sleep goes, a young grey (you said yours is 3 months) should be getting between 10 and 12 hours of sleep a day.

  5. dhiren says:

    Lol thanx…if he sleeps over that amount could it affect him in anyway

  6. Bob says:

    It shouldn’t unless he is sleeping all the time, in which case I would take him to an Avian Vet to check for any medical issues. Young greys sleep alot, and they need this sleep, much like human babies. When they are up, they are alert, playing, eating, climbing, exploring, etc. But, when it’s time to sleep, they crash…after all they are still babies, right? So, unless he is sleeping all the time, 10-12 hours a day is about right for a baby grey, maybe even a bit more depending on the bird.