Archive for September, 2008

3 Tips to Stop Your Parrot’s Screaming
Easily Teach Your Parrot To Talk and Sing

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Dear Parrot Lover,

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Today I am going to reveal some important facts on Parrot’s screaming that all parrot owners should know. Read on to know about them in details:

In the wild, Parrot’s are a part of a large flock. Screaming and singing very loudly are part of their day-to-day routine as part of that flock. Captive bred Parrots are still engrained with that need to be loud.

However, this does not mean that your Parrot has to become a screaming menace in your household.

When addressing your Parrot’s screaming behavior, you should first rule out any medical condition that would be causing your Parrot to scream, such as pain or sickness.

Here are three of the best tips to end your Parrot’s screaming forever:

1. Sleep: As humans, we require at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night in order to be able to function properly.

Parrots generally require a minimum of 12 hours of sleep per night in order for them to behave properly. Does your parrot get enough sleep?

All parrots are inclined to be irritable if they don’t get enough sleep. Even though some parrots do to take naps throughout the day, they still need a minimum of 12 hours of complete darkness each night.

2. Boredom: As part of a flock in the wild, parrots spend a lot of time and energy searching for their food, but, in captivity, their food is already provided to them in a bowl in their cage.

Since they no longer have a ‘job’ to do, Parrots become bored and frustrated, and it’s easy for that frustration to escalate into screaming. Always make sure that your Parrot has plenty of interactive toys for him to play with and rotate these toys every few days as well to give your Parrot more variety in his cage.

Also provide your parrot with a few foraging activities - this way your parrot will have a ‘job’ again in searching for his food treats.

Place a few treats inside a small cardboard box and place it in your parrot’s cage. He will have to figure out how to open the box to get to the treats. This will keep your parrot occupied and scream-free for hours.

3. Ignore your Parrot’s screaming: Whenever your Parrot screams, ignore him. Walk out of the room. Close the door. This will teach your parrot that you will not respond to his screaming tantrums.

Parrots scream for a few reasons; the most common being that they are trying to make contact with you, their flock buddy.

Try and teach your Parrot to use his ‘inside voice’, meaning teach a different and more acceptable sound.

Whenever your Parrot starts to scream, repeat the desired sound or word to your Parrot. Eventually he will learn to mimic this sound or word and will use it whenever he wants to get your attention.

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Remember though, that you will need to reward your Parrot whenever he uses this sound or word instead of screaming.

Keep in mind that you should expect your parrot to scream a lot more for a short while before he stops screaming entirely. This is called an extinction burst.

Basically your Parrot will try to scream very hard before giving up completely and resorting to the new sound or word.

 

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12 Secrets To Make Your Parrot Behave

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Dear Parrot Lover,

Let me relate an incident. My friend Ralph had a parrot who was very cranky. He used to scream a lot and would try to bite anyone who went too close to his cage. My friend and his family were obviously very worried. They went to the vet but the bird was physically fit.

Do you know what the vet suggested as an antidote?

He told my friend to change the position of the cage. They shifted the cage to the kitchen area. From there he could see everyone in the hall. Surprisingly, in a few weeks, he changed to a very sociable and perky fellow!

Apparently, from his former position, the parrot couldn’t see much of his human-family. And that irritated him. And the only way he knew of showing his irritation was through screaming and biting.

So, you can now understand how important the cage, its size and its right placement is.

The cage has to be large enough for your bird. He should be able to get enough exercise in there. For the proper environment, you will have to place various toys, perches and food bowls in the cage. So, before buying the cage, keep in mind the space that these things will need.

Larger birds of course need larger cages. It is always best to buy the largest cage you possibly can, for your parrot. Keeping a bird in a small cage can lead to cranky and undesirable behavior.

But remember, keeping a little Budgie in a cage made for a Macaw doesn’t make sense. In fact, it is not at all safe. You may soon find your friend flying out from between the bars! The cage should be large enough for your bird to walk about comfortably. And it should also have enough space for your winged pal to stretch his wings fully and flap them without getting injured.

Parrots love to climb. So make sure that at least two walls of the cage have horizontal bars to allow your friend to climb and hang, if he so desires. Climbing the walls of the cage gives your parrot the exercise he needs.

Cage Shape

The cage shape is also very important for the bird. Square or rectangular cages are more appropriate for parrots. Round or dome-shaped cages do not provide enough space. And moreover, parrots feel insecure in these kinds of cages. These cages may also have odd angles where the beak or a wing might get caught!

So never buy a round or dome-shaped cage!

For smaller parrots like Budgies, the length of the cage is very important, since they get their exercise mainly from flying inside their cages.

But for larger parrots, the height of the cage is important. They love to climb, so the extra height gives them ample provisions for that.

Another very important aspect of the cage is the door. Parrots are very intelligent birds. Some birds learn very quickly to open the doors of their cage. So make sure to get a bird - proof latch. Before buying the cage, do a thorough checking of the security mechanism. A simple latch is no challenge for a Macaw or a Cockatoo.

And if your bird has already learnt to open the door or food hatches, replace them with security latches as soon as possible!

Buy the best quality cage that you can. High quality cages might be a little more expensive but they are safe and more secure. Always keep in mind that parrots can remove and eat the paint from the cages. So make sure, if you are buying a painted cage, it has not been painted with a toxic paint. Cages made with stainless steel or powder-coated wrought iron are safer and durable.

Don’t go for cages with intricate designs. Though they look good, they are hazardous for your friend.

Wooden cages are of no use, as they don’t stand a chance in front of strong beaks!

Make sure the bars of the cage are strong and sturdy enough, so that your friend cannot break or bend them. Because believe me, your friend will definitely try to do that!

Check all the welding spots before buying the cage for any sharp or jagged point where your parrot might accidentally injure himself.

Get a cage that is easy to clean. Most cages nowadays have openings for food and water dishes. So, you don’t need to open the cage in order to change the food or water. Cages with removable grate and tray are easier to clean.

If you are going to get a parrot, make sure that before buying the cage, you check every point that has been mentioned here. Even if your bird arrives with a cage, don’t assume that it is safe and the bird is comfortable. Check the cage for any rust or chipped paint or anything that could be dangerous. And if anything doesn’t seem right, immediately change the cage.

The same holds true if you already have a parrot. Check his cage and make sure everything is okay.

I would recommend you to make a checklist from all the points mentioned in this post. If you are planning to buy a cage, use that checklist to be sure that you buy the right cage.

And if you already have a cage for your parrot, match all aspects mentioned in this post with that of the cage and see if everything is okay for your parrot and the cage.

All parrots need to stay busy. Keeping them busy makes them more active, enhances their mental stimuli and steers them away from boredom.

Can you imagine a human baby without a single toy? Similarly, Parrots also need toys because they are basically playful and mischievous by nature. Moreover, since you cannot give your attention to it 24×7, toys would keep them occupied.

Buy a cage that would be roomy enough to keep some toys in it. You can see the delight in your beloved pet’s eyes when you place some colorful toys inside the cage. But make sure the toys are not toxic in nature. Your bird’s safety is also important.

Make sure the cage has many perches. Perches give our friends a platform to stand on - a higher ground from where they can keep an eye on their surroundings. It gives them something to do. You will also see your parrot chewing the perches. They help to groom their beaks and claws.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Dear Parrot Lover,

Welcome to my new Parrot Blog. I am sure all the Parrot lovers across the globe will be have a great time while interacting through this Blog.

The important topic I will cover in my Blog today is Cage Placement. The right cage placement can solve a lot of behavioral problems of your Parrot.

Let me relate an incident. My friend Jake had a parrot who was very cranky. He used to scream a lot and would try to bite anyone who went too close to his cage. My friend and his family were obviously very worried. They went to the vet but the bird was physically fit.

Do you know what the vet suggested as an antidote?

He told my friend to change the position of the cage. They shifted the cage to the kitchen area. From there he could see everyone in the hall. Surprisingly, in a few weeks, he changed to a very sociable and perky fellow!

Apparently, from his former position, the parrot couldn’t see much of his human-family. And that irritated him. And the only way he knew of showing his irritation was through screaming and biting.

So, you can now understand how important the right placement of the cage is.

Here are a 10 basic guidelines that you should keep in mind while choosing the right place.

=====Do’s=====

1. Keep the cage in a place from where he can see his human family. This helps in developing his social behavior.

2. Place it in a corner. If, for some reason, you have to place the cage in the center, make sure to cover at least 1/3 of the cage with cloth. That will give the bird a personal nook where he can retreat to.

3. Place the cage away from gusty winds.

4. Keep the cage somewhere high up in the air. It is best to hang the cage. Birds feel insecure on the ground.

======= Dont’s =======

1. Though your parrot needs to see everyone, don’t place him near a high traffic zone. Too many people coming into the room might make him nervous. Keep him at least five feet away from traffic.

2. Don’t place him near a window. Your parrot will always be worried about the predators he sees outside, and will try to be alert 24 hours a day. This will make him disagreeable and grumpy.

3. Place the cage away from cats.

4. Do not place the cage close to the TV.

5. And the last and most important thing to keep in mind regarding cage-placement is, allow your bird to establish his position in the environment you have placed him in.

6. Parrots don’t like changes. So once you have found a good place where you think he will feel safe and happy, don’t change it. Give him some time to get associated with the place.

Remember, the cage is your friend’s home. It should be such that it makes him feel comfortable and safe. A good cage goes a long way in keeping your parrot healthy and happy.

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