Behavior disorders – parrot mania

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Birds can be prone to behavioral disturbances, especially if they lack attention and entertainment. Most of these problems are resolved, but often you have to be patient.


Crier bird remedies

The goal is to show the bird very early on that it should not cry. You should never go to see a bird when it calls, it prompts it to do it again the next time it wants attention. The ideal is not to react when he shouts, to let him do it. Of course, it is very difficult, it takes enormous patience, because a bird can cry for 15-20 minutes non-stop. Do not yell at him, he will see that you answer his call. It is really best to ignore him and deal with him only when he is calm, talking or hissing. If you can’t take it anymore or your neighbors start being tempted to cut your bird’s throat, you can still punish your bird by isolating it for 15 minutes, alone in the dark. It is a method of punishment, but tell yourself that the bird will have understood one thing all the same: when I cry, I am noticed! If you failed the first step of ignoring the bad behavior, and now your bird is screaming all the time, here are some tips to get it to stop (beware: these tips aren’t foolproof!):

Hang a bell (or other noisy object) on top of the cage and activate it from a distance when the bird starts to cry. Usually the bird stops quite quickly, either in surprise or fear. However, it may happen that in the long run the bird will not be afraid at all and will cry even louder to bury the noise. In some cases, it still works.

Punish and reward him when he behaves well. Rewards should always be given to a well behaving bird. Punishments must be properly administered. That is to say, we must place the bird in the dark for only 15 minutes and then take it out again. HE MUST NOT SPEND ALL HIS DAYS IN THE DARK! Otherwise, he might get depressed and start chronic pecking or start letting himself die.

Provide him with a friend. This method is a last resort because you could double your problem. It may take several months for the birds to get used to each other and start to really like each other. It is certain that if your bird is alone all the time, having a friend will do him a lot of good. However, often birds given a colleague become less sociable with humans and give affection to their fellows. So this method is possible, but not guaranteed. It has its advantages if it works, but can turn out to be a disaster if the 2 start screaming together.

Aggression and bites

An aggressive untamed bird is quite normal. However, when your bird is tamed, it should no longer bite. Sometimes it happens that as a result of punishment, stress or lack of sleep, some birds are a little cranky and may bite. However, one should never accept such behavior, but never punish by force, because it could respond in turn. Sometimes it happens that some parrots have a downright antipathy or jealousy towards a person and will never allow themselves to be approached by that person. During the breeding season, it is quite normal for a bird to be a little more aggressive and behave strangely.

Masturbation

The birds masturbate. In general, it is birds living alone that do it. It is normal for a bird to masturbate as long as it is not too frequent. Often the bird is fond of its mirror, object or owner and may rub the cesspool against it. It’s unpleasant and can be embarrassing for the human who is going through it, but tell yourself that it relieves the bird of his sexual tensions and that it does not cause him any harm.

Chronic egg laying

Sometimes females can lay nonstop. This is often the fault of the owner, as he is removing the eggs from the cage. Leave the eggs to your bird! The female will then be able to brood them as if there were babies inside, even if she was not impregnated by a male. Of course, the eggs don’t contain a baby, but she needs to incubate them. She can be given calcium supplements (in liquid) so that she does not suffer from calcium deficiency. Some females actually have a hormonal imbalance and can lay nonstop really, to the point of death. A female with hormonal disorders can be treated. If the problem is really too serious, it is possible to do the hysterectomy (sterilization), so that she can no longer lay eggs.

Chronic pecking

Chronic pecking is not a normal condition. The parrot plucks the feathers of its own accord. This should not be confused with molting, normal grooming or any other disease. However, some diseases can cause chronic pecking. Pecking mainly affects large species of birds and particularly cockatoos, African grays and cockatiels. It is a condition related to keeping in captivity. The affected bird will constantly mutilate its feathers, sometimes until there is little or no more left. Some birds mutilate themselves so much that they create open wounds. The causes of chronic pecking are variable, but the most common is psychological (boredom, attention seeking, loneliness, nervousness). The other causes are these:

  • sexual frustration
  • insufficient sleep
  • excessive grooming
  • malnutrition
  • internal diseases
  • external parasites (skin)
  • dermatitis or folliculitis
  • virus
  • and others

To stop pecking, you have to find the cause and fix it. Sometimes in advanced cases of pecking (which were not caught on time) birds will never stop this bad behavior, even if the cause of the pecking is removed. To deal with psychological pecking (usually due to boredom), all you have to do is pay as much attention to the parrot as possible, take it out of its cage often, offer it a multitude of toys, perhaps even a companion. When we leave, we can leave music or the TV on. You can ask a friend to visit it once a day. You can increase the volume of your cage. Having her showers regularly can also help. The bird must have a place to hide where it knows it can have peace. He must get enough hours of sleep per day, but also enough hours of play with you.

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