They make great pets, although you need to understand that they can get very loud. Yes, they can learn to talk, and love to interact with the family. These babies are being hand fed and loved on daily. They will be ready for new homes in about 5 weeks. We do take deposits on babies and you can make payments until the baby is ready to go home, or you can pay the balance at the time they are ready to go home. I am always here to help with questions, so if you have one, please ask away. We do encourage visits between you and the baby, if you live close enough. it does help the baby to adjust easier when the move occurs.