If you're trying to train your bird to speak but you don't have the time for one-on-one lessons or to pay for a tutor, try out the Wordy Birdy Speech Training Device. Record your own voice speaking the words you want your bird to learn, and this device repeats words and phrases over and over for a period of time ranging from 30 seconds to 30 minutes (read: leave the house now). Because it is digital, there is no tape or moving parts to find themselves in your bird's mouth and, unless you use it nearly 24/7, it should work on four AA batteries for up to six months. If ridding yourself of that potty mouth was a resolution this year, keep in mind there's no guarantee your pet will prefer the changeable, recorded message to the impromptu ones he hears coming out of your mouth daily.
Jan 4 2008