How can I stop my bird from screaming so much?
Many folks contact me and ask whether I can assist them with their bird-screaming issues. Some birds appear to scream all the time, or they scream for minutes at a time. To humans, there doesn’t seem to be a cause, yet there is, otherwise the bird would not be screeching.
There are just too many causes of bird screaming difficulties to list them all here. I felt it would be better to emphasise some of the things I’ve learnt before just presenting some methods to assist reduce common bird screaming habits.
If you’re reading this in the hopes of discovering a method to quiet all bird screams, you’ll be disappointed. Most birds scream at some point; they are designed to scream and will always find a reason to do so if they are healthy.
When is bird screaming normal?
The most usual times for bird screams are early in the morning as the sun rises and late in the evening when the sun sets. It seems to be ingrained in birds to welcome the light and then bid it farewell.
In truth, we are their flock, and they want to ensure that the whole flock is there when they wake up and declare that it is time to eat the evening meal and again that it is time to locate a roost for the night.
Rather of being irritated by your bird’s natural tendency, prepare for it and even encourage it. Perhaps even join them and become a member of the flock. (It can be a lot of fun!) When you join in, you won’t notice how loud they are.
What about the other bird screaming times?
For all of the other bird screams, you’ll need to put on your detective hat and grab your paper and pen. Begin paying great attention to what occurs before, during, and after your bird vocalises.
If you truly want to address a bird screaming problem that is jeopardising your connection with your bird, you may want to spend an entire day at home doing so.
To get to the bottom of the matter, you must go about your daily routine and not pay any special attention to the bird. In certain circumstances, you may need to perform this on many days.
The bird screaming log
Prepare a log for writing on. Put the time of day in the log’s margin, then draw three lines along the centre of the page. To keep track of the bird screaming incidents, put “Before,” “During,” and “After” at the top of each column.
Then, when the bird begins screaming, take note of what was going on right before the bird started screaming. For example, “I’m on the computer, my husband is in the kitchen, and my kids are outside in the yard, looking at the parrot.”
Do and/or say what you generally do during bird screaming incidents in your residence during the screaming. Make a list of everything that everyone does or continues to do throughout each shouting session. When the bird screaming session is over, make a note of what everyone was doing and/or saying when the bird stopped screaming. Don’t leave anything out; every detail counts.
Continue doing this every time there is a screaming session for the whole day, if you desire to attempt doing this for the entire day or for many days while you are near the bird.
What to do with your bird screaming journal
What are you going to do with all of these notes from your bird screaming sessions now that you have them? The patterns you will discover will astound you at times. Because no two families are similar, I won’t be able to assist you with your bird precisely here, but I can help you look at your situation.
Read down the first column and make a note of any similarities. For example, discovering that many of the times the bird screamed, someone was in the kitchen or dialling the phone. Repeat for the remaining columns. Then consider what you or others might do differently to prevent the bird from screaming in the first place.
How I stopped our bird screaming sessions
My Green Cheeked Conures used to annoy us multiple times a day with their bird screaming sessions. We ultimately determined that it was driving us insane enough that we would investigate what was causing it.
At first, we would just avoid rewarding the shouting behaviour. We would pretend we didn’t see or hear them when they started screaming. This works in a few circumstances, but most of the time you need to find out what your bird actually wants and avoid the problem rather than ignoring it.
We immediately recognised the issue from our birds’ perspective after taking note of what we were doing, where everyone was in the home, and where the birds were in relation to our places. The majority of the time that our birds screamed, someone was in the kitchen or had vanished from sight. When the bird started shrieking, one of us was usually in the kitchen.
When one of us was going to be in the kitchen for more than a few minutes, we took the birds to the dining room stand, which was adjacent to the kitchen. They didn’t scream when we did this. They would scream the whole time if we forgot.
Our birds believed that part of the flock was eating something and that they were being left out. They felt like they were foraging with the other flock members when they were taken to the dining room’s play stand and given some healthful food.
When we forgot and the bird screaming issue arose, we would have whomever was in the kitchen leave without recognising the birds and not return until the birds stopped screaming. Then we’d transfer them to the play stand, and the person could go back to the kitchen.
We did everything in that sequence to avoid rewarding the birds for their bird screaming session. We don’t want children to believe that if they start screaming, we will come and retrieve them. They received no prizes for waiting until they were quiet before coming to fetch them.
How to use your bird screaming journal to help you
Once you’ve identified some trends, and there may be more than one thing bothering your bird, you’ll want to devise remedies to avoid bird screaming scenarios.
Consider strategies to avoid the scenario that causes the bird to scream. Move the cage to where everyone is, spend a few minutes with the bird every hour, give foraging activities, and do brief bird training sessions to assist the bird earn some incentives for impressing you. Clicker training may be really beneficial at times.
All positive behaviours should be reinforced. When the bird is calm, lavish attention on it by playing with toys, eating nutritious snacks, and engaging in behaviours you wish to continue.
Consider the following bird training methods. Many individuals have used clicker training to reduce bird shrieking. Teaching the bird to step up or wave might also be beneficial. Spending time with your bird every day, conducting bird training, and then rewarding them with some nutritious goodies in their bowl can frequently keep them happy for a long time.
There is so much more I could write on this topic, but doing so would turn this post into a bird screaming book rather than a bird screaming essay.
Here is a short list of some things that I have found to cause bird screaming problems:
- Hormonal times
- • Allergies to peanuts
- • Allergies to artificial vitamins
- • Allergies to chemicals and food coloring in food
- • Other food allergies
- • Lack of attention
- • Being left out of “flock” activities
- • Needing to go to bed
- • Wanting more food or water
- • Wanting a bath when hearing water run or rain outside
- • Boredom, needing new toys, training, or foraging activities
- • Loneliness
- • Perceived danger for themselves or the “flock”
- • Wanting peace and quiet
- • Dislike of someone that has offended them
- • Jealousy
- • “Flock” member leaving the room or house
- • “Flock” member returning and not joining them
- • “Flock” eating without them or not sharing their food
- • Change of diet, wishing for what they are used to eating
And the list continues!
Some ideas for avoiding bird screaming
Clicker Training for Birds may help reduce bird screaming and replace it with good actions you wish to promote.
Investing in a full spectrum light for your birds may make a significant impact in their attitude and health. On the Parrot and Conure World website, I discuss the significance of full spectrum lighting.
Buy pellets and mixtures that do not include peanuts, fake vitamins, or additives. Many birds’ unpleasant bird screaming habits have been reduced simply by eliminating one or more of these substances from their diet.
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