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Old 11-16-2020, 12:41 PM
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Unhappy Blue crown has been screaming incessantly, what do I do?

I've had this ten year old blue crown for the last 5 months. Lately he's been screaming, "AHAH! AHAH!"
I normally wouldn't be bothered but with my hearing aids, it's like I'm handing him a microphone.
I can tell he has anxiety as he's plucked his chest, belly, and back of all green feathers and in some places the downy feathers too. The last owner admitted he likely had anxiety as well.
What sets him off are boxes, men, phone calls.
What on Earth do I do?

He has been to the vet.

I have tried all the advice below, I am looking for advice from those who have had pluckers/self mutilators and birds from less than stellar homes. He will not touch toys, new perches, etc even if I coat them in millet and peanut butter.
His diet is fine, he will eat what the other birds do.

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Old 11-16-2020, 01:26 PM
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Re: Blue crown has been screaming incessantly, what do I do?

It can be a slow process to turn around, but you can make progress.

Usually a check up by a certified avain vet specialist is a great place to start, their can be health issues behind this. And uts a good idea fir a new older bird.

Yeah its drive you nuts at first, till you make progress. I've had to go through this a few times with new birds.

Often this behavior starts because the basic need of the parrot haven't been met, and then it becomes reinforced and a habit.

Keeping them busy, and preventing tge screaming sessions from getting started helps a ton.

Make sure cafe is big enough, plenty of different types of perches, several things to destroy. Make sure cage is in the best place, to see and be part of the action, but safe from surprise appearance of people ( doorwsy( ..

Get them foraging, use treats like millit, or treat Stix, you can thread them through toys. Plenty of instructions and ideas on web searches.

Set up outside of cage with lots if Twitty turns of perches, swings, hoops, spiral ropes, make a jungle gym. Parrots really enjoy testing their jump hop skills, and feelings daringly as they climb, hang or swing. Hide little things fir them to find along tge perches, or if tgey climb to a top of a latter there's dome yummiest things.

Make sure you offer a lot of veggies, keeps my bird busy.

Out of cage time, sim fir six hours a day, a couple of those hours is direct contact with you.

Look into target training, bird tricks on YouTube has lots of great parrot training videos, even a foraging training video.

All of the above will greatly reduce screaming. Truly prevent the screaming by keeping them busy works. In the midst of any scream serious you have to ignore and bear thru. Reward quiet behavior.
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Old 11-16-2020, 01:27 PM
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Re: Blue crown has been screaming incessantly, what do I do?

Here are dome things I use to keep them busy
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Darn the pictures aren't there.
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Re: Blue crown has been screaming incessantly, what do I do?

Truly great advise provided above!

The only thing I would add is to increase your communication with your Parrot: Contact Calls. Remember that in their natural range, they are in constant contact with their flock. Consider it part of being a crazy bird person that is talking with their bird all the time. Songs also work and the best part of that is they really do not care if you cannot carry a note or not...
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Old 11-16-2020, 01:57 PM
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Re: Blue crown has been screaming incessantly, what do I do?

Ok, the green ball with holes, I stuff popcorn, or millit, and shredded paper in it and hang for tgem to work on. The braided shredders come in rolls, I weave in cafe bars, or attach to perches, the blue shredded paper bunch is great for preeners to work on, the plastic blue box is a foraging toy that you can attach to the side of the cage , and refill with lots of stuff, I only have 2 yucca chips left because they are a favorite to rip up. I also go to dollar store and buy stuff, like this two drawer mini box thst i put stuff in . I use ceiling hooks and fishing line to hang perches besides my chair Pikachu favorite place to hang out.. differnt places in the house, I usually have toys attached but need to go shopping fir more. The seagrass mat is great and I attach stuff to that, Ta-dah my GCC proudly shows it off. The white rope ball, Orbit my blue quaker is chewing a yucca chip, they love to discover " Easter eggs "
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Re: Blue crown has been screaming incessantly, what do I do?

Our Salty, who is normally a pretty quiet Amazon, goes on screaming jags when the wife is prepping dinner. And a few of those screams are ear piercing. Believe this or not, when he does those I will whisper ( in a loud whisper) Quiet, in between his screams, and most times just the difference stops him in his tracks and he changes his calls. Or sometimes I will whistle a tune and he will switch to whistles, which are better than screams any day of the week. Just a matter of distracting them.
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Re: Blue crown has been screaming incessantly, what do I do?

this online store is great! I've ordered stuff many times from them, they sell stuff to build your own toys , and have the shredder rolls.

Oh and screaming while you are on the phone, that's a common problem we all joke about. I mean there you are sweet talking and giving your attention something other than THEM, lol , the nerve of you!!! I helped with this by holding tge phone and giving tgem treats, till they git a more positive association with the now " treat" phone.
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Re: Blue crown has been screaming incessantly, what do I do?

I was hoping to get some input from people with birds who are pluckers/mutilators.

He's been to the vet, he's fine health wise.
He's outside of his cage from sun up to sun down, so that's not an issue.
He's got toys, he doesn't touch them and he will not touch new perches, no matter how I try to introduce them to him.
The floorplan is an open floorplan so we are never out of each other's sight.
I do not work so I'm always home.

I guess I should have mentioned that all in the main post.

I appreciate all the advice given, but it's all things I've tried.
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Re: Blue crown has been screaming incessantly, what do I do?

Ahhh, bummer huh? All those things will work, it can take time, finding the best treat motivation, and confidence building.

Tge link to stress reduction, has so many great tips, like soothing music, rituals, feeding of warm food by hand just prior to bedtime.

Is all this new? Or did he come to you doing this?

My Rescue quaker Penny came to me from a terrible situation, she screamed, acted out, was a shut down lump scared of every new thing, plucked, and mutilated her feet, even amputated a toe. It took work and a good bit of time to get her engaged, to get her moving, to get her exploring, and increase her confidence. I had to model behavior, coach and cheer her on. Provided her tons of frilly paper toys, millit is great fir picker and plucker, especially if you make it a little challenging to get at. She never mutilate ir scream now. Plucking stops for periods of time and starts bsck up but is mild.

No quick or easy fixes, sorry
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Re: Blue crown has been screaming incessantly, what do I do?

Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
Ahhh, bummer huh? All those things will work, it can take time, finding the best treat motivation, and confidence building.

Tge link to stress reduction, has so many great tips, like soothing music, rituals, feeding of warm food by hand just prior to bedtime.

Is all this new? Or did he come to you doing this?

My Rescue quaker Penny came to me from a terrible situation, she screamed, acted out, was a shut down lump scared of every new thing, plucked, and mutilated her feet, even amputated a toe. It took work and a good bit of time to get her engaged, to get her moving, to get her exploring, and increase her confidence. I had to model behavior, coach and cheer her on. Provided her tons of frilly paper toys, millit is great fir picker and plucker, especially if you make it a little challenging to get at. She never mutilate ir scream now. Plucking stops for periods of time and starts bsck up but is mild.

No quick or easy fixes, sorry
He came to me a feather plucker/self harmer and the only thing the vet could recommend was CBD or chamomile.

He's been worse at screaming lately and the only change I can think of is my own stress levels increased due to an upcoming surgery and dealing with insurance.

I'm always trying to show him new toys, foraging items, treats. He would much rather rip up newspaper and grumble to himself.

It doesn't matter how I introduce toys or perches, he will refuse until the Earth implodes. I even tried to play with them for awhile and the only one who got excited and worked up was the green cheek and my duck.

I hope my response did not come across as rude, , it was not my intention.
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