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Help mango won't stop screaming!

Im sure this topic has been discussed many times over but im new and not the best at navigating the forums. I recently got mango and shes awesome but she constantly screams while in her cage. I have seen many different suggestions but nothing is seemjng to help at all and sadly my wife is considering removing her out of pure frustration. I have covered her cage when she gets loud. I've left the cage open and just ignored her but she will go screaming for hours. I dont want to take her out and have her think its okay to scream and get positive attention so what should we do ? Please help I really don't want to have to remove her if this can be avoided.
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Re: Help mango won't stop screaming!

First off conures scream thats what they do.
What kind of toys do you have for her?
She needs toys to keep her busy. A happy beak is a quite beak. Where is her cage located? Is it where she can feel she is part of the family. A picture of her cage would help.
She needs toys that she can destroy. Rip pull apart take out some of her frustration on.
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Re: Help mango won't stop screaming!

Welcome to the forum.
All advice on behavior issues is great, you never know what will click or work for you guys. And as I've had to deal with screaming birds before, you have my sympathy it can drive you nuts!

How old us Mango and how long have you had her, and lastly have you had parrots . before? What kind if parrot is mango?

First birds flock call, to keep them safe. If left unanswered they get worried and start calling more. So use the same words , ir whistle as yiu flock call. I have several burds , I would have used tge sane for all but I took in rescues and rehomed burds that already had a routine, so one us a wolf whistle, one is just kiss sounds, and one is " its ok" just idea for you. But birds like routines and rituals.

Ok, now it can take time and a multi prong approach to get tge screaming under control. Burds can scream from a lot of reasons, but usually their needs aren't getting met. All of tge scream burds I've gotten past the screaming have been from doing these things. Having them out if the cage and part if my life as much as possible, minimum 4-5 hours daily. Enrichment of their life abd getting them doing as many natural behaviors as possible, and making choices for themselves . I keep mine flighted. Tgey have access to a wide shallow dish ( I use a serving dish or brownies dish) with a couple of inches if water. So they can choose when to take a bath. My GCC takes a bath every day, my quakers take about 2 a week. Feeding a huge variety of veggies, leafy greens and just a few fruits in addition to their seeds and pellets. Also cooked beans, cooked quinoa, cooked oatmeal, boiled eggs. I rotate what I offer but usually 4 choices of these in the morning . They have lots if different types if things to shred and chew, foot toys, different perches and swings. The outside of the cage and in top of the cage I also have lots of rope and other perches . I use the space above the cage too! I out in ceiling hooks and use fishing line to hang rope spirals, hoops, swings so tgey are just a few inches above the cage. Parrots enjoy acting like monkeys, testing how far they can jump without flying, hanging upside down, climbing ect. Parrots are very social so they need hands on time too, for head scratches and cuddling. Doing all that usually drops the screaming by 80% right off the bat!

Then you work on postive reinforcement when quiet, treats and praise. Redirection when needed. Fixing any causes or stress that you find.

This is a good link, fir stressed or nit stressed parrot.
https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/stress...ot-companions/

I will link another good article. In a minute
This one covers a lot of behavior and some problem behavior.
https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/bird-behavior/
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Re: Help mango won't stop screaming!

Shes in the corner of the living room and she does have a few toys but she hardly plays with them. She spends most of her time at the edge of the cage squaking. I dont expect her not to at all im just trying to minimize it if at all possible. She doesn't do it at night while we're going to sleep but she does it during the day. https://ibb.co/mRvHPF7
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Re: Help mango won't stop screaming!

I couldn't see pictures
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Some toys have more appeal. Those shredders that come in rolls and you can weave sections in the cage bars. Yucca chips, most live to destroy those. Some conures really like untie knots, use bird safe leather, or shoe laces ( with no metal tips) foraging toys that they pull stuff out of. Mine love plastic bottle caps, I just put a bunch in a cup. Burd cargo nets. Read up on foraging.

How much time is your bird with you snd out of the cage?
We will need more info, like Tman asked, and myself
To taylor info for your situation.
This thread has lots of good info we shared with a new bird owner.
First time bird owner, please help :)
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Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
Welcome to the forum.
All advice on behavior issues is great, you never know what will click or work for you guys. And as I've had to deal with screaming birds before, you have my sympathy it can drive you nuts!

How old us Mango and how long have you had her, and lastly have you had parrots . before? What kind if parrot is mango?

First birds flock call, to keep them safe. If left unanswered they get worried and start calling more. So use the same words , ir whistle as yiu flock call. I have several burds , I would have used tge sane for all but I took in rescues and rehomed burds that already had a routine, so one us a wolf whistle, one is just kiss sounds, and one is " its ok" just idea for you. But birds like routines and rituals.

Ok, now it can take time and a multi prong approach to get tge screaming under control. Burds can scream from a lot of reasons, but usually their needs aren't getting met. All of tge scream burds I've gotten past the screaming have been from doing these things. Having them out if the cage and part if my life as much as possible, minimum 4-5 hours daily. Enrichment of their life abd getting them doing as many natural behaviors as possible, and making choices for themselves . I keep mine flighted. Tgey have access to a wide shallow dish ( I use a serving dish or brownies dish) with a couple of inches if water. So they can choose when to take a bath. My GCC takes a bath every day, my quakers take about 2 a week. Feeding a huge variety of veggies, leafy greens and just a few fruits in addition to their seeds and pellets. Also cooked beans, cooked quinoa, cooked oatmeal, boiled eggs. I rotate what I offer but usually 4 choices of these in the morning . They have lots if different types if things to shred and chew, foot toys, different perches and swings. The outside of the cage and in top of the cage I also have lots of rope and other perches . I use the space above the cage too! I out in ceiling hooks and use fishing line to hang rope spirals, hoops, swings so tgey are just a few inches above the cage. Parrots enjoy acting like monkeys, testing how far they can jump without flying, hanging upside down, climbing ect. Parrots are very social so they need hands on time too, for head scratches and cuddling. Doing all that usually drops the screaming by 80% right off the bat!

Then you work on postive reinforcement when quiet, treats and praise. Redirection when needed. Fixing any causes or stress that you find.

This is a good link, fir stressed or nit stressed parrot.
https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/stress...ot-companions/

I will link another good article. In a minute
This one covers a lot of behavior and some problem behavior.
https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/bird-behavior/
When we got mango we were told she is a year and half. She does have a couple toys but she doesn't really play with them much. She will play with them while I'm near and watching her but once I walk away she starts squaking again. I know she's screaming primarily because she wants to be held but I dont want to take her out and give in to the "negative behavior?" I understand she's young so im not angry with her I just want to try and calm it down before it becomes pure habit. She is a RCC this is our first parrot. We have 2 parakeets as well. My wife has always loved birds so this was a valentines gift from me. She loves her and mango is very attached to her but it seems if she isn't being held shes screaming.
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Re: Help mango won't stop screaming!

I Adopted a bird who can be loud (one of the reasons why she was rehomed) and when I figure out why she is screaming she stops. I am also working on inside voices and every time she uses her inside voice she is rewarded. I also walk her through what I am doing. So far this has worked for me.

All my birds aren’t a fan of traditional toys. I use rabbit toys and sea grass for them to take apart and everyone of them love their natural toys. (Sea grass, Timothy grass and woven balls I hang in their cage- I’ll also put treats inside the balls)
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Quote: Originally Posted by Littleredbeak View Post
I Adopted a bird who can be loud (one of the reasons why she was rehomed) and when I figure out why she is screaming she stops. I am also working on inside voices and every time she uses her inside voice she is rewarded. I also walk her through what I am doing. So far this has worked for me.

All my birds arenít a fan of traditional toys. I use rabbit toys and sea grass for them to take apart and everyone of them love their natural toys. (Sea grass, Timothy grass and woven balls I hang in their cage- Iíll also put treats inside the balls)
I've been trying to find some ideas on foraging toys that I can make for her. I took a rope and tied gently tied knots that she can play with and seems to like that more then the toy we bought. Ill have to look into some of your suggestions. Thanks for your response.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Littleredbeak View Post
I Adopted a bird who can be loud (one of the reasons why she was rehomed) and when I figure out why she is screaming she stops. I am also working on inside voices and every time she uses her inside voice she is rewarded. I also walk her through what I am doing. So far this has worked for me.

All my birds arenít a fan of traditional toys. I use rabbit toys and sea grass for them to take apart and everyone of them love their natural toys. (Sea grass, Timothy grass and woven balls I hang in their cage- Iíll also put treats inside the balls)
I've been trying to find some ideas on foraging toys that I can make for her. I took a rope and tied gently tied knots that she can play with and seems to like that more then the toy we bought. Ill have to look into some of your suggestions. Thanks for your response.

Please keep us updated! Here are some links to some toys
https://www.chewy.com/b/toys-10895[/url] - you can put treats inside the balls
https://www.chewy.com/sungrow-natura...mall/dp/167202
https://www.chewy.com/oxbow-timothy-...mall/dp/123718
Amazon also has sea grass huts/houses
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Re: Help mango won't stop screaming!

Have you modeled play? They don't all come knowing how, and new toys can actually scare them if you don't give them time to see why the toy could be fun and how to use it. Also, if you have any shadowy huts/spaces, I'd remove them when your bird is out (and not looking) as they can be favorite (but dangerous) places for health and hormones.
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