We all love our feathered friends. They are precious members of our family. Precious and very vocal! To say parrots have minds and wills of their own, is an understatement. They are friendly and playful and can be a bit too noisy at times.
They have their voice and they like to exercise it. Sometimes the decibels can reach shrieking heights. Our lovable parrots can be extremely loud sometimes.
Why do parrots scream? What are they trying to tell us? How can we get them to calm down? In this article we will discuss just that.
Parrots Screeching Problem
Parrots are very vocal. They are made to be that way and it is useful out in the wild. They make noise and are vocal to their humans and other parrots.
Remember, they are native to the jungles which are very noisy atmospheres. It only gets quiet when danger is near. Humans, on the other hand tend to like things quiet by nature. We need to find a happy medium.
As parrot owners, we need to understand our birds. They need to be allowed to vocalize to a limit. A vocal parrot signifies a healthy and socialized pet.
To try to quiet your noisy bird, first examine her environment. There may be a specific reason for the loud din. Make sure that their environment is sufficient for their size and comfort.
Parrot cages play an integral part in the well-being of your parrot. The cage needs to be large enough to enable your parrot ro spread its wings. Always consider the needs of your parrot while choosing a parrot cage and get a cage that is appropriate.
Remember to place the cage where they can be a part of the family and main activity of the day.You want to make sure that the cage is in a well-lit area but not overly sunny and bright.
If they have sunlight directly in their eyes at a certain point in the day, it can cause discomfort and noise. Keep the cage away from a window that could cause the bird to be scared. If all is safe and secure, yet he still screeches to beat the band, then it may be time for some training on how to communicate quieter.
Birds have different screeches for different needs. As the bird owner, you need to learn your pet and be able to tell what each screech means. Our parrots will make noise, that is their breed. They often are at their noisiest for a while in the morning and in the evening.
You need to allow them their song time. However, excessive screaming should not be allowed. A bird who screeches for hours at a time is being allowed to vocalize too much.
If you little feathered friends is screeching so much that the noise loses meaning then they are just being too noisy.
When the bird screeches the owners usually respond. We may talk to it or simply tell it to be quiet, but it is a response. The bird then learns that when it wants attention it simply should scream. This is a big mistake.
By reacting to their noise, even in a negative way, you are responding and giving the bird what it wants. Don’t get us wrong, you should give the bird what it wants in love and attention, but not always upon the bird’s demands. Some tough love is in order to correct the bad habit.
It may seem to be an aggravating process for a while, but try not to respond when you parrot screeches. Do not talk to them or offer attention. Just as a child in a fit, the noise will stop.
Only react when there is a break in the noise. React to the quiet, not the noise. If after a little while, your parrot begins to be quieter or screech less often, peak you head in or talk to it from the room where you are.
Your parrot will begin to learn that it gets attention when it is quiet and not noisy. Be sure to give him praise and attention throughout the day when he is not screaming to help reinforce this lesson.
Offer small treats when he is quiet. Pet him and scratch his head in quiet times but ignore the noisy outbursts.
This is also where knowing your parrot’s language comes in handy. If your bird is screeching in distress or is scared then you need to respond right away to let him know that he is okay. If he is just bored then it is time to start training your parrot to make less noise.
Here are some great tips for parrot owners to stop their parrots from screeching.
1. Offering Chewies
Your parrot has her favorite snacks or toys. Offer it up. Chances are your beautiful girl will forget all about exercising her vocal cords in lieu of a yummy or fun treat time.
Offer her a treat that she must concentrate on such as something that she must hold and tear into or one that is wrapped in paper that she must open to get to.
For toys, how about a foot toy for maximum fun and concentration?
2. Bath Time for Feathered Baby
Just as with our human babies, parrots get quiet after bath time. Fill a spray bottle with tepid water and gently spritz your pretty bird to give a relaxing spa type experience.
Your bird may get noisy during his bath, some birds do, but afterward they will stay quiet as they spend a lot of time grooming themselves feather by feather. Talk to your bird during their gentle spritz to reassure them.
3. Regular Feeding Time
Set a regular feeding time each morning. Make sure meals are at set times each day so the parrot does not have to scream for it.
Try whispering to your bird, when the parrot screams. Many birds will quit the noise to hear what you say. This may even encourage them to whisper in return.
5. Getting Enough Sleep
A parrot needs at least 12 hours of sleep time. A sleepy bird can be a loud, cranky bird. Set a regular sleep schedule by covering his cage at the same time each night and uncovering it at the same time each morning.
We want to give our parrots all the love they deserve and more. They are our companions and our friends. They want to please us as we want to please them.
A little training on both ends helps us to understand each other for a happier and healthier relationship.