Why Do Birds Scream

Boy if​ we had the​ answer we’d be writing this from our yacht. But of​ course I have to​ weigh in​ here. What got me thinking about the​ subject of​ “why birds scream,​” is​ some recent web surfing.
 
I spend my days doing what many of​ you​ wish you​ could be doing,​ surfing the​ web for bird toys and parrot cages. the​ magic of​ the​ internet enables us to​ shop the​ world. in​ order for us to​ provide the​ best possible shopping experience. We look at​ lots of​ sites and products. Pricing is​ important but not our priority. We feel good information about parrots and general avian issues is​ the​ most important product we can offer. And we offer that for free. We like to​ know who’s selling what. We also like to​ see how well they’re selling it​ i.e. is​ the​ site easy to​ navigate. Do they offer multiple payment choices and so forth?
 
But I digress – So here I am on​ the​ of​ a​ national chains of​ pet supply products. They have an​ FAQ for bird ownership. Something we always applaud. Well I’m reading the​ list and one of​ the​ topics is​ Why is​ my bird screaming? No real explanation is​ offered and at​ the​ end of​ the​ paragraph they recommend taking your parrot to​ a​ vet if​ screaming persists.
 
Yikers! Screaming parrots – vets – why?
 
Let’s look at​ this logically folks,​ not that parrots are logical but they are creatures of​ habit. One of​ the​ things we learned from Michelle Karras www.thepoliteparrot.com is​ silence means danger! if​ you​ have a​ flock of​ wild parrots in​ trees (in their natural environment) or​ even a​ flock of​ local wild birds in​ your back yard. on​ any given sunny day a​ flock of​ birds will make a​ lot of​ noise – it’s all about FLOCK. Chirp,​ chirp,​ scream,​ scream. What are they communicating about? Same things we do. “Find any food lately? Yeah they had a​ great sale on​ worms about a​ mile from here.”
 
SILENCE means danger! if​ you’ve ever seen a​ hawk fly over a​ flock of​ wild birds,​ you​ swear you​ can hear the​ sound of​ the​ hawk’s wings flapping. That’s one of​ the​ reasons parrots come in​ so many colors. if​ they’re quiet and deep in​ a​ tree they are difficult to​ spot. When that danger passes its chirp,​ chirp,​ scream,​ scream. So again I ask,​ “is screaming a​ reason to​ run to​ the​ vet? I don’t think so.
 
Something we hear a​ lot of​ is​ - people will have a​ screaming bird (usually newbie’s) and the​ bird will scream for whatever reason. What does their human companion do? Yell SHUT UP! And what does the​ parrot do? SCREAM SOME MORE!
 
Again I fall back on​ my good friend logic. the​ bird screams,​ you​ scream back. Do you​ think there may be a​ slight chance that when you​ scream back the​ bird might be thinking “hey – this is​ great!  Someone is​ finally squawking back at​ me “hey SCREAM,​ SCREAM,​ please scream back some more,​ I’m lonely you’re my flock and I need to​ talk to​ someone than you?”
 
Begin to​ see where I’m going with this grasshopper? OK so now you​ know one of​ the​ whys. Here’s a​ little tip form Michelle Karras www.thepoliteparrot.com that may work for you:
 
Excessive screaming is​ a​ learned behavior that we teach our birds.  Covering your feathered companion with a​ blanket,​ teaches him or​ her that you​ will cover the​ cage when scream gets out of​ hand.
 
Yelling at​ a​ screaming parrot,​ gives the​ parrot the​ attention it​ seeks.  Ignoring a​ screaming parrot is​ not the​ answer either. Ignoring bird’s screams could result in​ finding injuries too late (or water had run out).  Options are to​ make sure all your Psittacines needs are satisfied.  Large hygienic cage,​ clean water,​ fresh food,​ working toys. Twelve hours of​ sleep (uninterrupted),​ soft wood and other materials to​ chew,​ and plenty of​ exercise.
 
 
Start with a​ signal to​ stop loud parrots. Ring a​ cowbell (or bang a​ pot)  in the​ room next to​ the​ screaming bird. They hear the​ bell (sound),​ they stop to​ listen,​ Show up from the​ other room while they are quiet to​ praise and reward. Set them up to​ succeed.  Use a​ time when you​ know they are quite loud. Distract them with a​ new noise in​ the​ next room.  as​ soon as​ they stop to​ listen,​ appear and praise. 
 
Lengthen the​ time between the​ signal and your appearance each time.  Try and take a​ whole day at​ first and only work with the​ parrot and the​ screaming. Initial rewards should be substantial,​ a​ known favorite treat. Use the​ same signal just before feeding fresh food.  Wait until the​ parrot is​ noisy; give the​ signal,​ praise,​ and feed. 
 
Not all parrots will quiet down for the​ same signal so you​ may have to​ try several noises before finding the​ one that works for you.
 
Note: Do not use your voice. They may try to​ mimic you.
 
 Scream time is​ a​ time during the​ day that you​ allow your parrots to​ be noisy.  This should be given somewhere between 3p.m. and 7p.m. each day.  Encourage your parrots by playing stimulating music. Dance,​ sing or​ scream along with them. Scream time should last no less than 15minutes and no more than 1/2 hour each day. 
 
Some parrots enjoy screaming to​ the​ vacuum,​ this is​ fine to​ encourage but play music as​ well.  Find music that your parrot gets excited over. Use that same song every day for scream time. Change the​ music from time to​ time but be consistent overall.  When Scream time is​ over,​ lower the​ music volume Talk your parrot down. Lower the​ music slowly,​ turn it​ off,​ and play their relaxation code music. Give them afternoon snacks when “cool down” is​ over. 
 
Birds will wait for their "Scream Time” because they know they will be rewarded for their patience.
Why Do Birds Scream Why Do Birds Scream Reviewed by Henda Yesti on January 18, 2018 Rating: 5

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