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Old 03-23-2019, 10:35 AM
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I'm at the end of my rope with the squawking!!!

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I need help!! I have an 11 year old Meyers parrot. She has her own room, which is our spare bedroom with a wonderful view of the backyard and big old trees. She loves her cage, but she is constantly squawking!


If we leave her for more than 15-20 mins, she's squawking. We have been trying to condition her that when she squawks, we close the door to the bedroom, but she won't stop squawking long enough for us to actually reward her for being quiet!



I've tried covering her cage, but she just squawks more. I'm honestly on the verge of tears. I'm 4.5 months pregnant and my husband is so ready to get rid of this parrot. I'be had her since she was 8 months old and it breaks my heart. But we can't have her high pitched squawking when this new born baby is trying to sleep (or if we're trying to sleep during the day our of exhaustion!)


Please any advice to help quiet this parrot down would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:48 AM
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Re: I'm at the end of my rope with the squawking!!!

It definitely sounds like an attention issue and begs the question why is she left alone in the bedroom? Is this where she spends the biggest part of the day ? The bird needs to be where the flock is when the flock is home. Closing the door will only make the issue worse. You will need to work hard on this before baby comes as jealousy could become a real problem. Has the bird always been a screamer or has something changed within the home to cause this?

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Re: I'm at the end of my rope with the squawking!!!

She has always been a squawker. When I lived with my parents her cage was in front of a window in a hallway. My mom worked in the open concept office so she was always there. But when the bird would squawk, there’s no escaping it.

We can try putting her in our living room, but we cover her up at 5:30pm (her choice not ours. Haha). Wouldn’t the tv and the casual conversation keep her up? (Not that we stay up super late, but we watch a lot of movies etc.)
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Re: I'm at the end of my rope with the squawking!!!

Having been through the baby days , I can tell you the baby hears everything that you hear and is actually becoming accustomed to every sqwauk and scream . You will have to spend more time gradually over the next months with the bird to get this under control. It will be a test on the flock but more so on mom and dad. Keep in mind the bird was first and as a new parent its easy to close the door or give the bird up for adoption because of the new addition and associated problems with time and sanity. You can make this work but know that nothing good ever comes easy.

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Re: I'm at the end of my rope with the squawking!!!

Thank you. I will suggest putting peaches in the living room just to see what happens. We have been trying for a year, so I have been trying to prepare Peaches for maybe 6 months? It’s just really frustrating because we have tried so many things and nothing works.

Giving up my parrot is the last thing I want to do. So I need all the help/advice I can get.
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Re: I'm at the end of my rope with the squawking!!!

I also would suggest putting her in a more high traffic area of the house. Bird rooms are great when you have several birds but very lonely and isolating for single birds even if very nicely set up. Parrots are flock animals and want to be included.

Also, she may sense your pregnancy. Be sure she’s included in baby preparations. Have her observe while you set up the crib and let her sit on your belly when the baby starts kicking. Including her in the process may make it easier for her to understand she isn’t being tossed aside or ignored or loved any less
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Re: I'm at the end of my rope with the squawking!!!

If you can you should allow the bird to sleep in another room as they will not sleep even if covered while the rest of the flock is still up. Does the bird get out of the cage time? Also yes the cage should be where the most active part of the home is. It sounds like the bird has been more of a decoration than companion and is starving for attention. They normally dont scream all the time if their happy, a little in the AM and maybe some in the PM but that's all you should be getting . Keeping in mind they all have their own personalities and traits.

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Re: I'm at the end of my rope with the squawking!!!

She definitely gets out of cage time. She usually says “bye bye” when she’s ready to go back to her home. But right when I leave the room she starts squawking.

I think moving her to the living room is a good idea and then I can have her smaller cage for sleeping.
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Re: I'm at the end of my rope with the squawking!!!

I agree completely. As with the out of cage time, spending time with the bird is a must as well. Just being out of the cage isn't enough ,there has to be some interaction. Even if it only 10 minutes 2-3 times a day . That time should be just you and the bird or you and your husband. Trick training , target training , recall or an activity the bird enjoys., outdoors ( harness or travel cage ) .

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Re: I'm at the end of my rope with the squawking!!!

I forgot to mention whether the bird is flighted or not you should have a couple stands to keep in various parts of your home so the bird can be where you are and maybe a toy or two to play with if its not a shoulder bird. Stands can be made of PVC very inexpensively and quickly , just google PVC parrot stands for ideas. If you do the things discussed here you should start seeing a remarkable difference fairly quickly and if you do, you will know your headed in the right direction.

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