Behavioral Tips

  • First and foremost, establish confidence.
  • Use nurturing direction rather than power.
  • NEVER hit, flick your bird’s beak, or toss it to the ground.
  • Instead of punishing negative behaviors, ALWAYS praise appropriate positive ones, “good step up!”
  • Recognize your bird’s over stimulation indications, such as tail fanning, feather puffing, and eye flashing.
  • Keep in mind that birds have limited attention spans and, like tiny children, do not understand “cause and effect.”
  • When required, use a “neutral room.”
  • With every interaction, including entering and exiting the cage, use “step up” and “step down/off.”
  • Use CONSISTENCY and ensure that all family members engage with the bird.
  • Parrots are “drama queens” – avoid drama rewards!
  • Avoid “quick fixes” such as yelling, cage covering, and water spraying because they do not address underlying issues. Determine what is causing the behavior.
  • Recognize that biting begins as a fear response—creating and reinforcing fear is ineffective.
  • Reduce your energy level before approaching your bird.
  • Appropriate time outs are defined as cage time with no interaction; do not confine your bird to the basement.
  • Play “the towel game” with your bird on a regular basis.
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