“How do I stop my blue fronted Amazon parrot from screaming? Whenever we leave the room, she screams. We’ve tryed spraying her with water, clapping our hands loudly, etc. We are about to look for a new home for her if we can’t get this behavior under control.”
From that one paragraph you wrote, I can already see two big mistakes that you are making. I’ll get to those later…
Firstly, let me differentiate between constant ear-piercing, nerve-racking, blatant screaming (that needs to be tackled) and a parrot’s “call to the flock” (which you should not attempt to stop)
It is important to understand that most parrots “call to the flock” several times per day, usually in the morning, around noon, at dusk, which is a natural behavior since birds are social animals.
You cannot, and SHOULD NOT, attempt to stop this natural process. This flock calling is a parrot’s way of determining which flock members are present or not present and it’s just checking up on you because YOU are part of the parrot’s flock.
Now, onto the annoying, ear-piercing screaming that drives you crazy…
Before attempting to resolve any screaming problem, you must ensure there’s NO medical reason involved by seeking medical evaluation by a certified avian veterinarian.
Something to consider is whether YOU have taught the bird to scream. Barbara, you mentioned that you clap your hands loudly in order to hush her up. What you’re actually doing is encouraging this screaming behavior…
“WHAT ARE YOU SAYING, DANNY??”
You see, when a parrot screams and the owner reacts by screaming back at the bird, the bird learns that screaming is an *ACCEPTABLE* form of communication.
There are bird owners that react by screaming back, throwing items at the bird, dousing the bird with water, etc. This human reaction is negative, but reaction none the less, which is exactly what the parrot wanted to begin with!
As a result, some parrots become confused and don’t know how to behave, but since they’ve learned to scream, this is how they react!
You need to understand that some parrots scream as a way to get ATTENTION!
By the way… don’t use water as a punishment… And then you wonder why the parrot doesn’t want to take a bath.
Basically, if there is a lot of screaming or noise in the home, a parrot may feel it is acceptable for it to scream in order to be heard or that screaming is a natural part of life.
Interesting little creatures, aren’t they?
A VICIOUS CYCLE IS CREATED
The cycle must be broken in order to change the negative behavior. Reward your bird when s/he doesn’t scream and never reward your bird when it does.
A reward can be as simple as a look from you.
COMPLETELY IGNORE THE SCREAMING BEHAVIOR!
Go outside, use ear plugs, lock yourself in a room or go out of ear range if you must, but do NOT reward screaming behavior by showing your bird any reaction to it.
However, shower your bird with attention and love once the screaming stops.
Try the techniques I’ve shared and let me know how you get on with your parrot.
Talk again soon,
P.S. Let me know what you thought of today’s e-mail and also any questions that you might have.
Here are the pictures that I told you about in my e-mail.
How many treats do I get for washing all of this?
Okay, listen up! Today is wash day. Try not to fall in this time.
See… just drop the clothes in here.
“What the….?” Drop that in the machine.
Okay, fine! Give me the sock.
You have to shake it out first.
That isn’t how you pack it down.
I got your foot…. Now dig down deeper, your treat is at the bottom.
Hehehe… Blue soap on a yellow duck!
Everything is packed down, with Duckie at the bottom!
What do you guys think about part 2 to this?
“DUCKIE GETS REVENGE!”
My e-mail to you tomorrow will be cleverly titled
“interesting screaming bird psychology” -
Even if you don’t have a screaming bird, I think
it’s still worth reading. We need every single
weapon in our arsenal to control these birds.
And what better weapon to have than to know the
psychology of these birds? That’s what I’ll talk
about in tomorrow’s e-mail.
I hope you enjoyed the video.
Would you believe me if I told you that it probably took me gazillion retakes to do that? (I might be exaggerating a bit…) Hopefully, with more practise I’ll get comfortable and NOT sound like a boring robot.
So please no mud slinging
I decided that it’d be best to send you a direct link to the online step-up training report in your e-mail. This way I can be sure that only exclusive members get access to it.
Now, if you don’t mind, could you “try” posting some comments below? I want to be sure that this thing works right.
Oh and while you’re at it, let me know what you thought about this video.
Okay, I’m done for now.
Look out for my e-mail tomorrow
In my Easy Parrot package I share the best type of diet needed for your parrot.
Does your parrot have an all-seet diet? I hope not… Good job, if you are giving your parrot a variety of food. But you need to know which food types are helpful and just as important which types are harmful to your bird. I talk about parrot diet extensively in my ebook: