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Loud Squealing Macaw

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by ellies_mum, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    You've hit the nail on the head. So many of us ignore good behaviour and unwittingly reinforce the bad... this also happens a lot with human children. You really need to reinforce the good behaviour so that it can eventually replace the bad. At the beginning, certainly go over and give her some attention now and again... also give her some attention from afar like a "woo how are you?" or whatever else she is familiar with. As MJGB said, getting her to forage is a first class way of keeping her occupied. Remember parrots are sociable creatures who live in flocks in the wild so she will be seeking out your attention/friendship... you are her flock now.
  2. ellies_mum

    ellies_mum Regular Member Registered


    Ellie having a pre-breakfast hello and play.

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  3. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Absolutely gorgeous x x
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  4. ellies_mum

    ellies_mum Regular Member Registered

    Well I thought it was going ok today re the noise... I popped out for some errands for an hour or so and the neighbours said she had been screaming whilst I was out. She was quieter for a bit whilst I was home, and then had a meltdown whilst i was out of sight doing the washing up. I ended up crying because I just couldn’t cope. I did my best not to enforce the loud behaviour and have been trying really hard to encourage the positive. I’m off to work now. It feels like I’m escaping for a few hours!

    She’s technically my husband’s parrot, I’m a cat person who can find the radio an overwhelming noise at times. So I’m hardly ideal parrot parent material although I do try my hardest and I know Ellie is a lovely sweet natured girl if you ignore the screams and squeals.

    It must sound odd that we have such a young parrot, but there’s a bit of a story to that. When I met my husband he had another blue and gold macaw. The macaw needed an operation on his beak and sadly passed away under anaesthetic during it. My husband was heartbroken. The breeder heard about what happened and gifted us Ellie. Husband promised me that Ellie would be quieter as she wouldn’t see me as a rival...!

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  5. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    OMG - she's beautiful!!!! Noise is very hard to deal with I know. It's not even the volume - it's the repetition that gets to me. So sorry about your husband's previous Macaw - what a heartbreaking thing to happen. It sounds like Ellie is desperate for company and attention which is to be expected in a very young parrot. Even when doing the washing up, could you stop every few minutes and run in to be silly with her for a minute, then run out again... make it a game! Parrots are hugely time consuming and you are amazing to try to help with Ellie.
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  6. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Ellie is beautiful and I just love the photo. I am sorry to hear of your husbands last Macaw it must of been very hard for him. the fact that she is calling when you go out means you bird likes you and missis you. there are many people whom cannot put up with loud noise so you are not alone and Ellie being still quite young will call out more than an older Macaw. this is one thing with the intelligent birds as they also become close to you and its so hard to not love them and there character, I have ear muffs that I can give to a visitor if the noise become too much for them and yes I have some ear piercing birds in my flock. I am just glad you do not want to hear Buster when he calls its an experience and very loud but also it can be very sharp as well. it dose take time to get them to change from calling to being a more quitter bird.
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  7. ellies_mum

    ellies_mum Regular Member Registered

    We’ve all had a pretty good day with Ellie, working on positive reinforcement and ignoring bad behaviour. She’s had a few screaming fits but we’ve managed to bite our lips and not verbally retaliate.

    My husband and I are going to see about how we can set up a foraging area in Ellie’s cage that doesn’t impact on her space too much.

    That makes sense about the age having an impact on calling. Harley (our previous macaw) called less, but he was 10 years when he passed.

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