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Old 12-31-2016, 01:44 PM
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Oscar hasn't been much of a screamer in the few days we've had him. The first full day at bed time he pitched a fit, then yesterday around 3:30 he had a half hour long scream fest, then again this morning around 10:30 he did the same. I've been ignoring the screams and rewarding more suitable calls. Today I put him in his cage and closed the door. He calmed down immediately. When I opened the door back up, the screaming started again. I put him back again and left the room. He's been quiet ever since.

I'm wondering if having people around constantly and getting far more handling than he had in the last few months could be overstimulating him. He loves the attention, but I'm wondering if it's too much too soon. I don't mind chatter, but I need to nip the screaming in the bud. Would it make sense to give him shorter outnof cage time more frequently if this is the case?
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Old 12-31-2016, 04:05 PM
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Re: Overstimulated?

Too's are not my best suit for Body Language. So, I will let one of the Too People take that part of your questions.

Remember that when you take a Parrot to time-out, it is important to after 10 to 15 minutes to get them. Leaving them in the cage beyond that and they will likely not connect the time-out with the why.
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Old 12-31-2016, 04:18 PM
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Re: Overstimulated?

Yeah, I should mention that "time out" was only about five minutes. The last time I came back after a couple minutes of quiet and talked to him, but didn't open the door for a little bit longer, and then opened the door. Just a few minutes ago he put himself back and closed the door. Maybe he just needs a schedule of out time and in time. I don't know. I'll keep experimenting unless somebody has a better suggestion.
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Old 12-31-2016, 05:53 PM
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Re: Overstimulated?

I believe your theory of overstimulation may be correct, particularly as he has not "Velcro bonded" to you. For now the cage is a safe house, but this will quickly change.

The gravelly scream of a Goffin is not terribly loud but is grating, IMHO. Definitely want to nip that behavior as it may transfer to your other birds.

You can try a set schedule, but for now Oscar is still acclimating.
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