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Posted 5/1/2010 5:28:44 PM Post #2276
 

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Hopefully, someone has info. on how to stop my 10 month old Blue/Gold Macaw from screaming every time I leave the room, even if only gone for 30 seconds...  I got a chick at 10 weeks and did the handfeeding thing, and all was fine.  I was layed off from my job a few months ago, so now we spend lots of time together, and I fear I have created an "attention whore".  I have tried covering the cage, leaving radio/tv on, and even talking to the parrot from the other room, but it seems that if I am not within eyesight, the screaming starts.  Can anyone offer any suggestions to help me with this?  I fear that if I cant get this under control, I may have to rehome her, and I dont want to do that... Thanks...  T.
Posted 5/3/2010 8:11:38 AM Post #2280
 

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Screaming is usually a pretty easy problem to fix. First of all you know the bird wants your attention so the way she will get it is by being nice and quite. You need to have a favorite treat that she likes and the only time she gets it is when she is doing something that you want her to do, a clicker also is great for training. Now for the training part, go to the back room or out of site of the bird and let her scream,make sure the TV or radio is off because you don't want anything to have her attention except you when the time comes. You may need earplugs because I don't want you to go back in the room or say anything until the bird gets quite. Once the bird is quite for several minutes come back in and praise the bird and give her a treat and if you have a clicker use it before you give her the treat. Now the bird has got your attention by being quite and if you will continue to do this it should not take very long to have the problem corrected. If you don't give this a chance to work and you give up and go back in the room before she is quite she will continue to scream.Parrots are great at training their keepers and that is why some get passed around from home to home. Parrots love our attention and if the way they get it is by talking or being quite that is what they will do. Good Luck with your bird.
Posted 12/27/2010 12:43:20 PM Post #2474
 

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thanks... I hope it works.
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