What to do when the screeching just won’t stop.
Your bird is loud, really loud, the neighbors are complaining, and you just can’t stand the noise any longer. Here are three things that you can do:
1. Get used to it…sort of. Patagonian Conures are one of the most vocal of the conure species.
In their natural environment, their constant vocalizations are typical and in that regard their noise level should not be regarded as screaming but as an acceptable and normal means of communication. This natural behavior doesn’t go away just because they’re in your home now. Their behaviors will remain typical for their species and the one you have chosen is naturally noisy. However, these vocalizations are not typically ones that will annoy your neighbors.
“Screaming” is easily distinguished from noisy chatter. A screaming bird will is trying to communicate something and will have his eyes lock directly on you to make sure he has your attention. A screaming bird is an unhappy bird. Since screaming IS a problem behavior, you should not overlook it and simply try to live with it. Problem behaviors with parrots only ever escalate.
We have several options we teach on our training program that show you what to do in this situation!
2. Investigate your Patagonian Conure’s environment.
Because Patagonian Conures are social and intelligent birds, they need constant stimulation. This stimulation should come from you in the form of meaningful and stimulating interaction and also from toys that you place in their cage.
Toys are extremely important for all birds but they are especially important for the Patagonian Conure. Your Conure needs to have the ability to learn, interact, and perform as he would in a natural environment. This means choosing toys that provide different textures like leather, wood, and even plastic. You will want the toys to also come in various shapes and sizes and offer different sounds and colors. There are even problem solving toys that are especially good for the bright Patagonian Conure.
In addition to the need for toys, the location of your bird’s cage may be causing problems. For example, Conures are social birds and prefer to be around the family generally but if he isn’t allowed to sleep his full 10-12 undisturbed hours, then he’s going to be uncomfortable and unhappy.
One solution is to move your bird to a small sleeping cage set up in another room. Another option is to make a ‘bird room’ in your home. I’ve known bird owners who have cut windows from one room into the main room so that the bird could see the family during the day. When night time comes, the shades can be drawn and the bird gets to sleep soundly. This isn’t an option for everyone but it works well for many.
3. The last and best solution for a screaming Patagonian Conure is training!
Many people don’t like the idea of trick training because they’re not looking for a bird that performs, they simply want a bird that is happy and behaves well in the home.I can tell you from years of personal experience and conversations with bird trainers around the world, trick training is the key to eliminating problem behaviors. Not just screaming but biting too.
Trick training teaches your bird to trust you. It is anactivity that stimulates your bird’s body and mind. It allows you both the opportunity to work together and learn about each other’s intentions.
We at Birdtricks.com offer step-by-step bird trick training videos that focus on eliminating core behavior problems like biting and screeching for all bird types including your Patagonian conure. They’ll show you quickly and easily how to stop your Patagonian conure from screeching and biting for good.
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