Parrot Meltdowns: Why they happen and how to help

May 2, 2021
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In owning a parrot, you will encounter meltdowns. Meltdowns are where a larger parrot may scream, bite, and pull their feathers out for seemingly no reason, or a smaller parrot may scream, panic, fly around, land on a perch, and then start panicking again. This is a normal part of parrot ownership, and most parrots aren't taught how to regulate those meltdowns.

Now you may be asking, 'can I really teach my parrot to regulate meltdowns or have them less frequently?', and yes, you can, but it requires great understanding and empathy for the parrot. Here are some simple steps to help:

  • Give them a safe space, and most importantly, let them know that you're a safe space. This will greatly help reduce the anxiety that often causes meltdowns. Give them human - free spaces to relax, and play soothing music for them. Some birds also benefit from darkening the room.
  • Regulate your emotions. Birds are flock animals who easily pick up on what your feeling, so if you are frustrated or unhappy at them, it will make the situation worse. If you ever feel that way, take a break. Remove yourself from them room and go take a walk or eat something, then, when you are calm again, come back to the room.
  • Sometimes, meltdowns can last all day and the best thing to do is just provide a stable, quiet environment, with lots of treats and love. If your bird has a meltdown all day, give them treats when they are doing well and try to distract them with positive things, such as training, when they're not.

Just remember to stay calm, and keep on parronting!

Here is a thread you can go to to talk about stress and just mental health in general with no judgement:
 
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May 2, 2021
2,516
Media
4
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Vermont, USA
Parrots
Stormy(M): blue Australian budgie
Picasso(F): green Australian budgie
Pepper(M): violet recessive pied Australian budgie
Apollo(M): sky blue dominant pied Australian budgie
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