Hilary Swank and her husband Chad Lowe are getting plenty of parental practice before having a child of their own - by looking after a pair of parrots.

The couple, who live in New York City, have faced constant questions throughout their eight-year marriage about when they'll be ready to conceive.

But Lowe admits that, for now, he's happy tending to the needs of SEUSS and ANGEL.

He says, "(Hilary and I) are very eager to have kids, and having parrots is great baby training.

"They need to be fed twice a day, they need love and support, and we teach them their ABCs. They repeat everything you say. They love to pick up four-letter words, so you really have to watch it. Luckily, we don't curse a lot."

10/06/2005 17:00