3 Strategies For Stopping A Double Yellow Headed Amazon’s Screaming

 September 9th, 2010
Posted By:
Chet

Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot

Listen to this success story sent in by Lynda Lawrence on how she stopped her Double Yellow Headed Amazon from screaming in just 14 days…

Here’s the email she sent me explaining how she did it:

Screaming was Sunny the Double Yellow Amazon’s Worse Trick. Until I got Chet’s advice on changing screaming and why Sunny might be screaming. Sunny would scream when I would be out of sight, scream when he was communicating he wanted to go to bed, scream for attention when I was on the phone. Sunny’s screaming got worse when his routine got abruptly changed. He was the star performer in my Pet Show program. It came to a sudden halt when I was injured in an accident and unable to run the show. Any time he sees me going for truck rides and he is not involved it caused sadness for him.

After the accident I became highly tuned in to birdtricks.com, and found out their system works on bird behavior. I ordered a basic cd, and some online audio and e-books that were on sale at that particular time.

First thing I learned was to change Sunny’s Diet. He was healthy and all, but it could use some tweaking. This change in diet made for a very less moody bird. He wasn’t a biter towards me, but if he didn’t want to be approached by a family member, look out. Diet change changed this behavior, so we worked on this too, and got him to go to more people using his basic step up commands, and praise.

Sunny’s sleep was changed too. He was getting around 8-9 hours before as he was following our schedule. Since being put on the proper birdtricks recommended schedule, Sunny starts heading upstairs to his bedtime cage on his own. No more evening screaming behavior.

To stop Sunny’s screaming it was apparent that his time needed to be filled with more activities, because his day was not out doing shows where he would perform in front of people on his bike, slide and ride a skate board as well as had tricks. So I followed some of birdtrick.com clicker training techniques, and Sunny loves doing them and learning new ways of doing tricks. We have more time together during the day, and I have the clicker chained to my belt loop with a pocket full of Sunny treats at all times, so trick training happens any where any time of the day. It keeps him busy, and I have had comments on how quiet, on the side of screaming, Sunny is when company drops over.

Now, lately, a touch of screaming has increased since renovations have stared on our living room. This is just Sunny’s way of getting mad for being in his cage longer, or being put in cage when saws are out, but we have trained him to say “do you want out”. Also when we hear a scream start we “Sunny want out”, he stops screaming, and changes his tune and starts saying “out”. We take him to another area or room or the theatre where the other pets are when the construction is going on.

The screaming gradually stopped in less than 10 day to 2 weeks after the feed, sleep and activity changes were all put in place. We all stuck to this change, which made it easy, as well as the techniques from birdtricks.com. I think this process could have happened quicker in our case, but everyone in the family has to be on-board and know the techniques and materials being used and all be on the same page when training a parrot.

It is like one parent has a kid completely potty trained and when left with the other the diapers go back on the kid, so keep open to the whole family every day what you have done with your bird, so the old habits do not keep getting sparked.

Lynda Lawrence

My Comments: Lynda has done a fantastic job of explaining the process, but I just want to go into a few of her points with more detail so you can get some more value.

The first thing I want to address is just how much of an effect diet can have on your bird…

One study that I was reading about that really helped me to understand just how much the change of diet can effect behavior, was done over in England at a prison where they wanted to test the effects that giving vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids would have on PRISON inmate behavior.

In this experiment they broke the prisoners into two groups, one got some healthy supplements, and the other got a bunch of empty pills with nothing in them, and then over the next few months, the researchers tracked the number of prisoner offenses committed by each group.

The actual numbers are fuzzy for me now, but basically the group that took the supplements went on to commit roughly 35% less prison offenses (broke less rules), then the group that didn’t take supplements.

Plus they saw an even GREAT reduction in the rate of VIOLENT offenses, acts of aggression or fighting!

This is because our nervous systems require nutrients to function properly, and when we get low on nutrients we get irritable. This is because the nervous system stops running smoothly and sending clear easy to understand signals, and breaks down. This breakdown starts to make the signals come over more choppy and harder to understand, causing frustration and irritability… which leads to aggression.

And this same thing is happening in our birds!

Now I know this example isn’t necessarily about aggression, but I can promise you the reason Lynda saw the changes in her birds screaming after switching over its diet was because the change to a healthier food reduced feelings of anxiety inside the bird that were being caused by an inadequately fueled nervous system.

We believe in this concept of using healthier foods to fix your bird’s behavior problems that we went out and secured our own line of Organic Parrot food to offer to our customers that you can find at http://www.feedyourflock.com

The second point I’d like to point out quickly, and that I cover in detail in our Teach Your Bird 24 Tricks In Two Months Program, is the role that constantly teaching new behaviors to their bird played in the bond building process, and how Lynda says that her bird REALLY looks forward to learning new things. Never underestimate the power of trick training.

And if you’re looking for even more techniques for stopping screaming, be sure to check out our Secrets To Stopping Screaming program for dozens of other strategies our clients have used to completely eliminate their birds annoying screaming.

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16 Comments on “3 Strategies For Stopping A Double Yellow Headed Amazon’s Screaming”

Xain  09/09/2010 12:49 pm

I wanted to ask sumthin other den dis dat my cockatoo has an abnormal beak from 1 syd it’s grows more and i search it on net sum say it’s a disease and sum say no need to worry or maybe natural do u have any idea dat would help me? Bcz I hate when sum says ur parrot has an abnormal beak so wad u say?


Cheecowah Jack  09/10/2010 1:44 am

All of Chet’s Videos and what I can read gave me one thing for my Severe Macaw. Never FEED the bad behavior. ignore the Screaming, the bitting, and all behavior you don’t like. and Wait for the quiet talk and respond with love and all the praise you can. I spend a lot of with my companion and just followed his advise and so far so good.


ALETTA HOLDT  09/10/2010 2:31 am

All I can say is wao what a success story.!
My blackwing jardine Kukuba has never screamed , but he has drawn blood. i even had ti get stiches.

I also chaned his diet, by giving him sprouts. Which he adores.
I was hospitalised for 7 weeks by having heart surgery. Getting 3 months more to requiperate,
i had more time to spent with him.And I think that helped with the biting, because I could leave him ti calm down and then come back, doing thev same trick he disliked before, because I followed yourv advise in trick training ,namely to be calm, and patient,.
thank you so much.

Aletta


joan villegas  09/10/2010 3:48 am

extremely informative article! my bird is still very young and doesnt scream, but i will keep all this in mind to keep the screaming from even beginning!


Lesley Darias  09/10/2010 5:10 am

Hi Chet,
I was really shocked by your last message about fruit seeds being poisonous as
I have had my parrot for around thirty years after I recued him from a closed down restaurant on the Island of Tenerife,

I have always given him a very mixed diet including apple pips, cherry pips,
And this time of year we would normally be collecting the pips from all the apples from the tree in the gardens, so I guess I have been lucky that I have not killed my
best mate.

It is strange the things that are in some books about parrots in one book it says do not feed parsley or lettuce as it contains poisons like laudanum; others say that green lettuce is a good form of roughage


Kath Riley  09/10/2010 5:30 am

Hey, I have recently aquired a 2nd Princess Parrot….they get on famously and i didn’t need to use anything special with our first bird and he is part of our loving family….This new bird is driving us nuts…..they now are in the same cage and are let out whenever we are home 5-6hrs per day. I have tried the diet, sleep and clicker stuff but my 1st bird gets inredably jelous when I try to train the 2nd bird….She screams non-stop during her vocal part of the day and wont let us near her….how can I stop the screaming and get her to step up without our first bird gettting his beak out of joint…..please help…even the first bird cringes when she starts screming and tries to sooth her with talk and whistling……..


Lina Gozzo  09/10/2010 7:23 am

I went on the link, but I was very disappointed to hear that your bird pellets is available only for U.S
Customers. I am your neighbor, I live in Canada, in the province of Quebec, specifically in Montreal.
Maybe you may know if there are any bird food places in this area that you have heard of that is similar in bird food quality that you promote.

I would appreciate your comments. Right now my female Eclectus is on mixed seeds,nuts and dried fruit diet, and at mealtime I give her small pieces of whatever we are eating at that time,for taste, (otherwise she s reams) including small pieces of chicken, fruit,cheese and veggies. I noticed that she loves meat and fruit mostly, but ignores veggies.

Thanks for listening………..Lina


sandi vitale  09/10/2010 7:51 am

maybe somebody can help me my africa grey seems to lose his balance when hes walking on the bottom of yhe cage and fall frontwords. hes very happy otherwise. wonder if its the rough perch he always stands on. hopefully someone knows the problem thanks


Betty  09/10/2010 8:47 am

About your bird food. Our African Grey can not eat 4 lbs of food a month. We also feed her frozen vegetables (thawed) and fresh fruits when she is not in her home (where she sleeps). We do give her a peanut (unsalted) or an almond, pecan once a day. We currently are feeding her wheat based pellets not corn pellets. We are willing to try your food to keep her healthy and happy but 4 lbs is too much once a month. Do you have another plan, or can we purchase without doing the auto ship program and if so where is the website that we go to?


shielabryant  09/10/2010 11:07 am

this great story love im going to tell hubby about this one magic likes to scream when he leaves ty


Web page designer  09/10/2010 12:55 pm

Wow, glad I’m not the only one to learn to “listen” to my cockatoo’s screaming at night. I figured it out straight away… night time. She wanted the lights out of the avairy. After that Bianca was in charge of stating when it was “time for bed” and I never had to worry about screaming birds. Seems I took this for granted and shouldn’t have. Thanks for posting this!


muha  09/10/2010 1:33 pm

i have a question my cockatiel isnt’s sleeping on 1 leg and puting hiw head under his wing, so what should i do for it its 10 weeks old.


Lau  09/12/2010 1:08 pm

Is that picture a Double Yellow, or a Blue Front. We have one Double Yellow & two Blue Front, & it really looks more like a Blue Front.


Bonnie Drummond  09/12/2010 1:09 pm

Well that was well explained.. However what is a healthy diet for a latino cocktiaL. I buy the seed diet but try to give her other things instead. I don’t know if they are healthy or not for her nervous system. She paces a lot on her perches back and forth and screaming the whole time. I have’t figured out what she wants yet. She does bite and is not a trusting bird. As I told you before she was a recuse from someone who didn’t want her anymore. Maybe she was doing this to them too. She seems like she was abused very badly. I have not been able to retain her trust. If I put my hand in the cage to pick her up she will bite. I use a towel to get her out of the cage. This is the onlt time she gets free time. It alos seems her hormones are messed up. She laid in the Spring and then didn’t for about two months then she started again. She has probably laid aroind 25 eggs. Of course they are not fertilized. She seems like she want s to be a mama really bad. I don’t know if this is normal or not. I am afraid she will shorten her life span. I give her vitamins and oyster shell. As far as food for her I am not sure what to give her. If I put toys in the cage she getss all nervous and doesn’t go near them . Right now she has no toys all she has ia some wood and leather to chew which she seems okay with. I haven’t tried any toys for months. I cannot get her to stop biting. Bonnie


Anna  09/14/2010 5:40 pm

I have a Lorikeet which is a frugivore parrot. I can’t feed him nuts,seed or grasses as he cannot phisically consume them. He is on a premium based lorikeet mix which is supplimented to what he would get out in the wild from eating nectar and fruits.
He is a major screamer. First thing in the morning all I hear is him screeching up the stairs ” ZAPPA ZAPPA ” then a couple of wolf whistles. This can range from any time between 5am and 9am. We don’t mind the 9am ones… but anytime before 8am this can be a problem as we live in an apartment building. I cover him up as best as I can at night so that its nice and dark in the morning… and in the past this is has worked. He has screeched for a few minutes early then gives up and goes quiet. Then he won’t try again for another hour or so.
Lately his screaming has gotten worse. He screams if I go to the bathroom without him, if I open the fridge, if I am on the phone, and I try ignoring him and he just gets louder and louder and louder…..
The latest one is screaming when he hears us getting ready for bed. he will go on for 20 or so minutes after we go to bed.
So back to the basics I think. ….. or getting some more ideas from that training dvd -but hes so stubborn I am not sure that it will work :(


Lynne  09/26/2010 5:15 pm

I m partial to a good diet as I have a cockatoo and when she was given to me Nov 2009 she would scream alot(reason being she was given to me after being shifted in 4 homes and she is only about 10 yrs) I have given her baby powder because I was handfeeding babies and one day put the mix with hot oatmeal down on the table where Amber was sitting and she started to eat, loves it and stopped her screaming ,well calmed it down!!! She is a very happy cockatoo and I may add very affectionate to me !!! We have our time together while I sit and rest about half hr and then she is great and goes in her cage no problem At nite I whisper to her time to go nitenite and she goes in her little tent