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E-book - 24 Pages - 37 Gray-scale Pencil Illustrations by Sally Blanchard
Excerpt - Permanent Changes Are Not Easy
Changing a parrot’s screaming patterns takes work and requires behavioral changes on the part of the caregivers. It is imperative that people realize that the parrot cannot be blamed for creaming. The parrot’s behavior is a complex combination of genetic programming and environmental influences. It is up to us as their caregivers to help companion parrots adapt to their confusing life in captivity. Behavioral problems that take years to develop cannot be changed overnight with quick fix punishments. It is a good idea for people to keep a journal or diary noting the times and circumstances of the problems they are having with their parrots. Excessive screaming is often quite complex. However, there may be a really simple reason that a given parrot screams at a certain time every day. As parrot caregivers, we need to try and see patterns that influence our parrots. Parrots are all individuals and each living situation is unique. These differences must be taken into consideration when working with behavioral problems. With understanding, patience, and consistency (instead of quick fixes), progress can be made to solve the problems of excessive and manipulative screaming. There are many causes and the more caregivers understand about the reasons their parrots create so much noise, the more likely they are to find the right solution for their particular problem.
Unacceptable Screaming Scenarios
1. Excessive Manipulative Screaming
Birds who exhibit this type of screaming have usually had it reinforced by the people in their lives. These parrots have learned that they can get a reaction or drama reward for their negative behavior. Any kind of reaction is better than no reaction at all for these birds. This type of screaming behavior is a strong indication of a bird in control of his own life doing a bad job of it. Sometimes there has been a decrease in the amount of attention the bird is receiving and this is his logical reaction to get what he was used to. Ignoring a screamer rarely changes the screaming. These birds need and increase in nurturing guidance with lots of instructional interaction. They need to be taught positive behaviors and profusely praised for them.
2. Weaning Crying
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Published by the Companion Parrot Online Magazine
Loveland, Colorado USA
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