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Breeding Parrots, Cockatiels and Lovebirds.


Every parrot makes some noise, and you already know that, but your parrot seems bent on breaking the sound barrier, right? Welcome to everyone's experience with parrots - at least, for the most part. If you have a cockatoo, a lory, lovebirds, a single male cockatiel, or an amazon, chances are you have lost some grade of your hearing due to your bird's enthusiasm. Well, I'm right there with you - courage, oh parrot lovers!

All is not lost! There are a lot of excellent methods out there, and since this service is free I think I'm okay in recommending that you look into the books that have been written since I haven't finished writing mine yet! Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot is excellent, though no one solution works for every bird, so you must be willing to try the various suggestions and see what your bird responds to.

Let's dig into parrot psychology for a bit, to see why your bird does that awful screaming thing...In the wild, parrots communicate, loudly because of distance. Nature did not provide a way to lower the decibels when birds moved indoors, so you have an outdoor voice in your house.

If your bird loves you, it's going to be loud in expressing this. If your bird hates you, it's going to be loud in expressing this. If your bird has any exciting thoughts, it's going to be loud in expressing this. There is a pattern here, for sure. Parrots are very intelligent, which means they are responsive to their environment and routine in a very active way. They wonder, they imagine, they dream, they reason, and they talk to themselves - some louder than others.

Some parrots thinks they’re Indiana Jones, and I've watched them having their own private imaginary adventures, talking to themselves, screaming to the other birds in their imaginary movie, and having a grand old time. Their are not doing anything wrong, but when they are playing Indiana Jones while we're trying to talk, or watch TV, or read, or concentrate on something it can be very hard.

However, they are doing nothing wrong, so I have no right to punish him. What I can do is distract him! Their favourite two words in the world are "Do you want a walnut?" Sometimes we have to bribe our birds for their silence, I admit it. They need nuts, and fruit, and stuff, so hey - I buy their silence with things they need anyway. Am I cheating? No, not really. If he's just having fun, but I don't appreciate the way he's having fun, then he doesn't need to be scolded - he needs to lovingly be redirected.

Why? Well, nothing else worked, the pattern HAD to be broken, but safely to avoid any harm to the bird, either psychologically or physically. No, they don't like it - did you like being sent to your room? But it didn't kill you. Same idea. They scream for attention, and cockatoos in particular scream for manipulation. Too smart, those 'toos! So you cut them off at the pass - try everything else first, for at least two weeks, before you resort to "tubing" but "tubing" is still a resort, even if it's the last one. It's not harmful or dangerous, but it is extreme so it is reserved for the extreme cases.

Do think of your bird as you would a child, with the exceptions that your bird will not grow up and your bird cannot make the same cause-and-effect associations. Be gentle, loving, and patient even when you're disciplining them, because how you do what you do matters more than what you do. Birds cannot take responsibility for themselves in a human world. We cannot expect that of them. They are not dogs, which lie down at their masters' feet, and they are not cats, who want to run away and rule the world. Parrots want to rule their own little world, which simply means they want to be with you all the time, every day, everywhere, and doing the things they want to do.

In the wild, this would be the way - except, of course, they wouldn't be the only bird running the flock, they'd be a part of a flock of individuals all acting the same way. In our world, they can be confused, lonely, depressed, isolated, bored, or happy, involved, independent, well settled, and secure.

Just like a child, you have to help your bird develop into a happy, well-adjusted creature. Take the time to get to know your pet - even if you've had it for years, take a step back and look at the marvellous, beautiful wonder that is your bird. Watch what they do, especially when they don't know you're watching. Try new games and toys, new adventures, take trips with your bird, or birds, and let them show you how fun and adventurous life can be. Your bird still has that lovely green streak of jungle in it - when you provide the outlets your bird needs, they can show you a whole new, wonderful world!

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