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Old 08-27-2007, 08:12 PM
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When Skippah is misbehaving, is it ok to put him in a dark room on his perch for a while?
He seems to go very quiet and I am forced to check on him all the time, but he is always just sitting in the dark, doing nothing. He seems to go straight off to sleep. It certainly stops the screeching in the short term. I feel like I am giving in to the easiest answer when I put him into another room. When we have guests, Skippah demands attention or if he dislikes them, He just screeches until you pat him. I see a pattern forming here and I want to stamp it out asap. Skippahs demands for attention from visitors is becoming too much.
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Re: Sleep/Dark.

well, on the upside you will have a very well socialized bird if he likes the company ...

Yes, putting Skippah in a "time-out" does work for a few minutes, but really what is causing the screaming ... that will help you out in the long run.
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Re: Sleep/Dark.

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When Skippah is misbehaving, is it ok to put him in a dark room on his perch for a while?
He seems to go very quiet and I am forced to check on him all the time, but he is always just sitting in the dark, doing nothing. He seems to go straight off to sleep. It certainly stops the screeching in the short term. I feel like I am giving in to the easiest answer when I put him into another room. When we have guests, Skippah demands attention or if he dislikes them, He just screeches until you pat him. I see a pattern forming here and I want to stamp it out asap. Skippahs demands for attention from visitors is becoming too much.
He may actually just not want to be amongst visitors or is happier being in his home/cage when visitors are around. Given the calm/going to sleep when put into another room or in his house seems to say "I'm really nervous around new people." Rather than fight it or try to control it, why not work with it? When you have people over, introduce Skippah and company and then excuse yourself and settle Skippah in for the evening and return to your guests. Him being quiet seems to be what he wants and as long as he's not lunging or attacking your guests, why not.
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Re: Sleep/Dark.

He screams if your not patting him/talking to him when he thinks you should be.
If you and your visitors are in another room and he wants to be a part of things, he will start squarking. As long as you are all in the same room and he can see whats going on, he is quiet.
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Re: Sleep/Dark.

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He screams if your not patting him/talking to him when he thinks you should be.
If you and your visitors are in another room and he wants to be a part of things, he will start squarking. As long as you are all in the same room and he can see whats going on, he is quiet.
Introduce him, then put him in his house and partially cover him.

He wants to be part of the flock (group) but he also wants to be 'beta' bird (You're alpha - he's second in command). Make him 'part' of the flock but also settle him in his house and for the evening (partially covered) with your guests there. Even if you take a few moments away to settle him into a different room.

Based on the description, he's not bothered at all by 'getting away' from this new 'flock.' He wants to be 'introduced' to these others and at the same time seems happy to settle away from them. Rather than fight it, flow with it. Introduce him, keep him on your shoulder for a bit, step away and settle him in a different room, then go about your evening.
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