Take Your Bird From Naughty to Nice With Behavioral Aids for Birds
Avian Specific Natural Formula's for Calming Screaming & Nervous Parrots
Calming Formula's for Long-Term & Short-Term Use
Tons Of Tips To Solve Problem Parrot Behavior
Dealing With Biting, Nervous & Screaming Parrots
Baby parrots are so sweet, but as our pet matures, its hard-wired hormones call the shots. As your pet bird reaches adolescence and adulthood, hormonal changes may result in behavioral and temperament changes.
Why Birds Are Prone To Nervousness
Being animals of prey predisposes a parrot to nervousness from the get go. But on top of that, just about everything in a captive parrot’s life is different than that of a wild parrot.
All of a parrot’s genetic hard-wiring is turned upside down when it lives a life in captivity. From just about everything physiological, to its innate need for flock life, it takes an intense amount of education, planning and care to meet a captive parrots needs. If you have a screaming, biting or nervous parrot, try to figure out what needs may not be getting met or if you have inadvertantly reinforced the negative behaviors.
Think about it. There is no way to allow a pet bird to fly 50 plus miles a day while foraging through the rainforest. And, I can’t remember ever seeing exotic fruits, flowers, nuts and vegetation found in equatorial rainforests at my grocery store or farmers market. My pet birds don’t have a hallowed out tree cavity to sleep each night and I have to manually adjust light periods to replicate their homeland. And, while we have 5 birds, that certainly doesn’t make a flock. One of the biggest challenges a bird faces is not being part of a flock. The flock provides a bird with both a sense of safety and socialization.
Some birds cope with these disruptions by displaying nervous behavior such as being fearful of humans, becoming cage bound or feather plucking while others act aggressive and scream and bite. If you think about it, it's simply the "fight or flight" response that any animal gets when faced with fear.
First Things First - Help Your Bird Calm Down
Since our pet birds are only a few generations removed from the wild, all of this wild behavior can be quite nerve-wrecking for us and unraveling a birds’ sense of safety. Especially when we humans actually do things that compound nervous behavior, teach "wild" behavior and induce hormonal surges keeping our pet in a constant state of sexual frustration. But, stop feeling guilty and start working on solutions.
Start off by developing a plan to help your bird calm down.
Healthy = Happy: The first step is to get your bird as healthy as possible with proper nutrition. Did you know that one of the leading causes of nervousness, apart from a history of trauma is nutritional imbalance? Bird diets are notoriously low on vital minerals, especial calcium, zinc and magnesium. These imbalances cause systemic nervousness. Calcium reduces the sensitivity of the nervous system while zinc is a known anti-stress nutrient and magnesium has a sedative effect.
Are there environmental circumstances that are making your bird anxious? Maybe the cage is in a high traffic area or other household pets are scary. Some birds are distressed in a loud environment, whether its noisy kids, barking dogs or even arguing. Insure that your bird is in a calm area of the house and calm down the energy of the home.
Are you inadvertently inducing hormonal behavior in your bird? Improper petting, lack of sleep and too much daylight time are common causes of anxiety and aggression. Scroll down for helpful articles on how to tweak a few things so that you're not inducing hormonal behavior in your bird.
Natural Calming Supplements: Whether your bird has a full blown anxiety disorder or it is caused by environment, past trauma or diet, there are several safe natural supplements that can lessen anxiety. Chamomile has been shown to significantly decrease anxiety while L-theanine, the main ingredient in AviCalm, helps helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure and results in a calmer demeanor. Don't combine natural supplements with prescription medications unless you have your avian veterinarians explicit approval.
Work On Trust & Training
Start working on positive training techniques that not only improve self-confidence but also teach your bird new ways to behave and to trust. Good Bird, Basics Of Parrot Training is an excellent resource for teaching you techniques to change your birds behavior and enhance your bond with your pet. Her step by step, calm approach works wonderfully with anxious, nervous and aggressive birds. Make a short training session part of your daily routine, while working on helping your bird be calm and in no time, you'll see improvements in your birds behavior.
Have You Inadvertently Taught Your Bird To Scream?
I love this informative video about Screaming Parrots by the Parrot Wizard. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
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