Help!!! Looking for some advice on how to get my quaker Groot to stop screeching. He is 4 months old and screeches whenever you put him back on his cage. If we walk out of eye sight, he screeches. If he hears you talking from another room, screeching. It is becoming a problem. He has plenty of toys in and out of his cages but doesn't play with them. Any and all advice is need and sooooo appreciated!!!
When you're not in the room with a parrot, they will usually flock call. It's normal parrot behavior, and it requires a response from you. You can choose how to respond-- whistle, make a clicking sound, or say the same word or phrase each time your parrot calls for you. You might say "I'm here," or whatever you like. That lets the parrot know you're still there and safe. It doesn't come naturally to parrots to play with parrot toys, so it can help if you show your parrot how to play with them. Demonstrate how much fun they are, and before long, Groot may catch on and start playing with the toys himself.
Our Bonnie does the same and has done for a few years now (she is 5 and we got her at 8 weeks old).
If answering her flock call - as cnyguy suggested - has no effect, try not to respond at all (including not making eye contact with her). You will have to stick the noise out for 20 mins or so without responding. The usual rule of thumb is to ignore the bad behaviour and respond to the good behaviour - if she suddenly is quiet for a few seconds longer, praise/make a fuss of her. If she starts squawking again, don't respond and don't look at her.
If this doesn't work I've found that sometimes I can divert Bonnie by whistling or distracting her with a handkerchief or a piece of rope, or else saying things to her in a joking voice and laughing. Then she has some attention and is jollied or cajoled into a better mood. The other thing I've found to work is to transfer her to a cage in a different location...we have a cage on the verandah outside and another little one we take downstairs when we are in the plunge pool (so she can be involved in what we are doing, even if she's not out of the cage at the time).
The noise thing, for us, is a constant "work in progress". All family members need to be clear on what their responses should/shoudn't be, otherwise the inconsistency of responses from different people won't achieve any behavioural change. My husband can't tolerate the squawking as well as I can, so he usually ends up yelling at her (which doesn't achieve anything but give her the attention she is craving). But she has improved, despite that.
As I said, it's a constant challenge...
Last Edit: Sept 11, 2019 6:39:01 GMT -5 by biteybird
Trade the screeching for a more pleasant flock call. It takes time and patience, though. Every time he squawks, whistle the same tune, something simple of three or four notes. Do this every single time and eventually -- it might take a while! -- he will learn what it means and he will whistle it, too. He just wants to know where you are and that you're okay, and the whistle will serve that function. At my house, it's the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth. Dun dun dun DUN. If you're not a good whistler, and I'm not, try a word or short phrase. "I'm in here" or "Hello, Groot!" It takes TONS of repetition, so be prepared to put up with some screeching for a while first.
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