We recently bought a 12 year old African Grey from a family who was moving out of state and couldnt keep her. Her name is Buffett and she is beautiful. We were told that she had an extensive vocabulary, but may be shy at first. We doted on her, speaking to her in pleasant tones and softly singing quiet calm tunes. For nearly a month, she was virtually silent. Then practically overnight, she began to unleash a full repetoire of language that would make a truck driver blush.I wont write the exact words, but ones that begin with F and S are two of them. Now when I say good morning, she repeats good morning, but ends with a word that rhymes with witch. My 82 year old grandmother visited recently and was shocked and appalled (as were we) when Buffett began her typical jargon. My husband and I do not use this tyoe of language and no one else lives with us. We are so torn as to what to do. Please advise.
Oh Dear! Well our birds do tend to pick up on sounds they hear regularly and which they fancy the phonetics of.
Patience is key, just try not to react with gasps of shock as this generally encourages the birds to remember more. Rather try "Oh no Buffett, thats not what we say, we say...." and do it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Also, try having a radio on near her, low-ish level, with some talking and some music. - you're trying to "flood out the bad, introduce the good"
Sadly it does take a bit of time, but with patience and repetition, you can usually modify the language choices.
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When I started dating my boyfriend, his bird swore a lot also. After a few months, she rarely does anymore especially since we never swear in front of her. We just ignored her when she said something bad and engaged with her when it was good.