Hello everyone! So my parrot is at the very least, 10 months old, and we bought him 6 months ago. He's adapted very well in our household and isn't afraid of new objects or moving about in the house. But he is very clingy, I can't even walk past his cage without him wanting to jump from his cage or making noises (not screaming however, more like begging noises or tidbits of words that he has managed to learn) to get my attention.
When I do have him with me, I have to give him constant attention and he's usually all over my face. I know they need attention but he isn't content with just hanging around in my presence. I've also tried giving him toys to occupy him but he dislikes playing with them and throws them to the ground.
I never had this problem with my other parrots that I had in the past, so I don't know if this is a normal thing that occurs or if it's a problem with the way I've been raising my parrot, or even if it's because of his young age.
Any help/advice about this is greatly appreciated!
It is a normal thing for sure. My QP wants to be with me constantly and he is. I am his slave because I have a big heart and I cannot bear to see him begging for attention and not getting it. We have our schedule of him playing on his own... and then playing with me... and then the evening is when he will not leave me alone until after supper. I love the attention .... and so does he... so fortunately this is not a problem for me.
These birds will learn schedules as long as you stick to it. When you have the same time most days... to play with him... he will learn this and look forward to it.
My QP does not play with his toys and I have a full box to prove it. Why play with toys when you have a human being??? lol
I occupy my QP by letting him explore everything from the kitchen counter... to the cupboards.. to the pots and pans... anything that is new to him is fun for him.
I think it's one of the hazards of providing a lot affectionate attention, which most of us do, but some birds will get clingy and some won't. I don't know if that's the case with you, but I recommend when you take him out, work on training, on anything. It will help to give him something fun to do without encouraging the clinging. You might want to work on teaching him how to play with his toys, for example. Short sessions with lots of positive reinforcement. Target training would probably be an excellent thing with your bird.
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood
Our QP, Cupcake, has gone through some seriously clingy phases. And she will revert back to them if too much affection is given, particularly by me. I limit the length of time I give her rubs to usually only a minute or two at a time to keep this under control. It also helps when we are on our normal schedule of being out of the house a good chunk of the day. When we are on a holiday, and spending lots of time at home, she does sometimes get more clingy again, although I will say that over this recent break, this did not really happen. I get the impression that she grows out of her clinginess with time at least to some degree.
At this point, in general, she spends much of her time on shoulders or on a perch near where people are hanging out in the apartment, which I think goes a long way to making her feel included. As long as she feels like she's part of what's going on in some capacity she is not too clingy. But it has not always been that way.
And then of course there is how she behaves when she is around my Dad at my parents' house... she will not leave him alone if he is in the room, period. Totally infatuated. So, who knows.
Post by beccilouise on Jan 7, 2016 14:53:53 GMT -5
Byron is about 6 months old and he is quite clingy as well. If he hears me come through the door, he'll call until I go see him. If I leave the room, he'll call and if he can, he'll try to fly after me. It was worse when we kept him in the living room and there was a constant stream of people in and out. He now lives in the pet room with our bunny, Cleo, and it has made it easier to establish when it is 'out time' and 'cage time'. At weekends, even if I am home, in the middle of the day I'll make sure he gets at least 2 or 3 hours of time to play in his cage so that he doesn't expect my attention all the time.
Byron has a big play stand that be bought recently and it is BRILLIANT, it's got a ladder, a swing, a bridge and several perches and he can acrobat up and down it to his heart's content. It also has wheels and places to hang toys. Byron gets wheeled about on it like a prince on a sedan chair and it means he can sit with us and play with his toys without chirping for constant attention. Sometimes, he just wants to be with us really. Having the play stand has definitely made life easier in terms of accommodating his exercise and his 'us' time.
Post by Crackheadthequaker on Jul 8, 2020 23:57:39 GMT -5
My qp, Crackhead, is about to be four and she’s always been clingy. Lately it’s gotten worse, just a few minutes ago she wouldn’t stop throwing her tantrum until I got her out and loved on her. I just accept it and cave in to her tantrums because I’d rather love on her and hear her talk then listen to her scream and sometimes start trying to dump her bowls.