How to Stop Your Territorial Blue Quaker
From Biting, Screaming, and Pulling out His Feathers
Blue Quakers are notoriously territorial birds who love their cage! This is great news because if you have an excellent cage environment for your bird, he’ll be very happy. However, he may never want to leave!
In fact, when you place your hand in his cage to retrieve him he bites you or screams. Read on to get some great tips on dealing with this or check out our training package which covers these problems in depth.
Feather plucking in blue Quaker parrots is often the result of boredom. If your blue Quaker isn’t happy and engaged in his cage environment, he can become quite grumpy and start pulling out his feathers. Boredom isn’t the only cause of feather plucking. A poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise or stress can all cause your Blue Quaker to pull his beautiful feathers out. Get Your Free Quaker Training Video
Before you begin any type of behavior or diet modification take your parrot to the avian veterinarian. Many diseases cause feather plucking and it is important to diagnose and treat, or hopefully eliminate, these potential causes.
Screaming seems to be the most common complaint of blue Quaker parrot owners. To begin with you need to know that blue Quakers are very vocal birds and this is natural. This means that you must NEVER punish your bird for screaming. Punishment terrifies your bird which will make the behavior much much worse and it will break any bond of trust you have developed.
If you want your bird to stop screaming you’ll need to play detective.
* When does he scream?
* Does he scream when you enter the room?
* How about when you leave the room?
* Does he scream to an activity outside the window?
* Is your blue quaker parrot getting enough sleep?
He typically needs 10-12 hours of quality sleep. Is your parrot getting enough vitamins and nutrients? Make sure he’s getting plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.
To effectively manage your parrot’s more noisy times of the day, you can distract him with training sessions. This is particularly effective if you are able to read body language and can tell when your bird is about to let loose or if he has a pattern to his behavior. Schedule training times during these noisy periods to distract him from the behavior.
Biting is often caused because your bird simply doesn’t want to spend time with you or he would rather spend time in his cage. This is great because it means he’s happy in his cage and you’ve likely done a good job giving him an environment he likes, however it’s bad because we’ll…he’s biting. Fortunately a little bit of trick training will eliminate this behavior very quickly.
For more information on how to eliminate undesirable behaviors in your blue Quaker parrot visit the training experts at Birdtricks.com their training products and free resources are all designed to specifically eliminate biting, screaming, feather plucking and other aggressive and unwanted behaviors.