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Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by Bob, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. Bob

    Bob Bird Whisperer Staff Member Admin

    Parrots are usually noisy just after the sun comes up and just before the sun goes down. This is entirely normal and means that your bird is happy, well adjusted and feels secure in your home. Sometimes screaming can happen at other times and might indicate fear or a need of some sort, it’s important to read other body language as well. It can also indicate that your parrot is bored, does it have plenty of toys and is it getting plenty of attention?

    Screaming can become a behavioural problem when it gets reinforced. If you continually run into the room when your bird screams or shout at it to be quiet may reinforce that behaviour, birds like attention and they don’t distinguish between good and bad attention. The best way to stop your bird screaming is to make sure it has plenty of out of cage time, toys to play with and then to ignore the screaming altogether. Not easy but try to just carry on with whatever you’re doing and don’t interact with the bird at all until it is being quiet. Hopefully the bird will realise that screaming gets it nowhere and will stop screaming.
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  2. Eadie

    Eadie Regular Member

    Thanks for this great post Bob.
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  3. Bob

    Bob Bird Whisperer Staff Member Admin

    That was a blast from the past lol
  4. Shirley

    Shirley Regular Member

    Jasper doesn't half scream but the best part about it she tells her self to shut up , i guess this is what her old owner used to tell her Bob .

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  5. layla

    layla Regular Member

    :emoji_zipper_mouth: That's funny I wish spot would tell himself to shut up sometimes...
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  6. Kendra

    Kendra Regular Member

    Lou tells Georgie to "Be Quite", being the lady she is. Miss Harry screamed her had off the first few weeks she was here but thankfully it was just her hormones. Georgie now, I can hear him screaming for me on the road and he never gives up, one day I expect him to have a sore throat or lose his voice.
  7. cazimodo

    cazimodo Regular Member

    Frodo loves to scream. He will yell at me if I go out of the room. Ziggy tends to yell for real reasons (when he sees a cat outside for instance), but will often join in with Frodo when he's in the mood. In the evening when they are out Frodo loves a good yell as he and Zigs fly around like mad devils.
    Little guys with BIG voices! :)
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  8. Anita Orban

    Anita Orban Regular Member Registered

    Yes I have tried this method. Unfortunately my male ringneck doesn`t know about this trick and just carry on driving us crazy. He has a bloody good hearing and when we get home and close the car door he already starts it and doesn`t stop until i don`t go to see him. He does this behaviour more when there is a mating season which for him from winter to summer. He has a nice female in the cage, but as they hate each other he prefer his Kinder egg toy as his mate and vomit on it for months. I cannot decide this screaming is hormonal or maybe the female is bullying him while we are not at home. There are 2 things which usually works with him (I know these are bad). One is let him out from cage straight away we get home and second to cover the cage which makes him calm. Nothing else.
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  9. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Letting him out is by far the best solution have you thought of getting a second cage as you will find that they will get on far better when they are not having to live so close and restricted, Mine are out all the time and I have found that not only do they get on with there own better they are more quiet and get on better with me and my other birds.
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  10. Anita Orban

    Anita Orban Regular Member Registered

    I was thinking the 2nd cage, but we don`t have that much space and I don`t want them in small cage even if they are separated as we work full time so most of the times they are in. At the beginning we left my male out for all day while we were working. That was a huge mistake. The first day he was fine, but 2nd day I guess he got bored even he had toys and and chowed the TV cable. I didn`t care about the mess, but he was lucky not to get any electric shocked and killed. Never ever again. Also the female kind of enjoy herself to chase him which actually really funny as she is really really slow compare the male who actually scared of everything. So it is not so often when they pull each other tail for couple of seconds. When we moved and had to put them in a smaller box for 2 hours they were actually fine next to each other.
  11. Setanta

    Setanta Regular Member

    I taught mine to whistle and I respond EVERY TIME they do so.
    Screaming is greatly reduced in my house. Of course now I have a whistling problem lol
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