Dear Parrot Lover,
Does your parrot do one, or more, of the following:
Attempts to fly away at every chance
Refuses to come out of their cage when you want them to
Doesn’t keep quiet
If you answered yes to any of these take heart that it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a naughty parrot. Quite the contrary actually! It means that your parrot is simply untrained, not naughty. Parrots do not have the real capacity of being naughty like a human child does.
However, since most large parrots have the mental capacity of a toddler, they also have the ability to learn new behaviors, as well as to unlearn old, unwanted ‘naughty’ behaviors too. But the same can be said of you too. In other words, you can also learn new ways to teach your naughty parrot, as well as learning to identify your actions and words you choose that has a direct effect on your parrot.
For example, if your parrot bites you and you react by screaming, dropping your parrot, or worse – hitting your parrot, you are effectively teaching your parrot that by biting you, he will be ‘rewarded’ with a show: you jumping up and down in pain and making lots of noise! They will also learn that be biting you they are assured to be left alone for a while.
Instead, if your parrot bites you, although you will be in a pain, do not scream or jump away. Rather tilt your finger back while it is still in your parrot’s beak, causing your parrot to have his head tilt backwards forcing him to lose his balance and let go of your finger. Although this may seem counter-intuitive, your goal here is to get your parrot to stop biting you as quickly as possible. Now they have learned that whenever they bite you they will lose their balance and since this is completely unnatural to them, they will be hesitant in the future of biting you again.
The best way to train your naughty parrot is with lots of love, kindness, understanding and patience; by doing so you will reinforce a relationship with your parrot that is based on trust and unconditional love.
Biting, Screaming, and Pain
Does this sound like you? Biting, screaming, and pain?
Now I didn’t say who was biting, who was screaming, and who was in pain, but if you own a bird with issues, more likely than not, you’re the one screaming and in pain!
Owning a bird can be an enjoyable experience, but birds require training much like your average dog. Without the proper socialization and training, an adolescent or even older bird can develop aggressive behavioral tendencies. Biting the hand that feeds the bird is one surefire way to control what that human does!
Stop the Biting
Birds at their heart are emotional and social creatures. They form deep bonds that last a lifetime. This is why, in the absence of another bird, they will try to form this bond with an owner. Problems can arise along the way. The bird may become aggressive towards someone other than the person the bird is bonded to. Or, the bird may use aggression to control his bonded person. In either case, when a parrot’s beak meets human skin, it never ends well and is very painful.
Some of the worst biting issues occur with birds that have been allowed to become young adolescents with no training at all. Bad and often aggressive habits can form. Any bird rescue center can tell you how extremely difficult it is to place a bird with behavioral issues, particularly aggressive issues.
Can you “fix” a bird like this? The good news is YES you can. It takes time, patience, and re-training, but if you understand how the bird got to this point in the first place, it can be undone.
My Naughty Parrot
If you’re owned by a bird using biting to control you, you likely can’t imagine a better place, but it’s there! My Naughty Parrot is an e-book written by someone just like you who had to go through the experience of an out-of-control adolescent bird. He was ruling the home with an iron beak! Her journey to fix her own bird is what led to My Naughty Parrot.
The book will show you why birds even become aggressive and how they use this aggression with people. More importantly, it will show you what to do about it. The author totally transformed her aggressive bird, and it’s possible for you to do it too.
Unsocial Behaviors and Their Effects
Parrots can have the most wonderful personalities, but once a bird develops unsocial like behaviors, it can be incredibly difficult. Many owners feel at a loss and even give up on their birds, and although there are parrot rescue societies, do you know how hard it can be to re-home an unsocial bird?
The good news is that any bird with any amount of unsocial behaviors can be retrained and worked with. You can turn your bird around into the friendly, nicer, well behaved bird that can be loved.
How to Change Your Bird’s Behavior
A new book called The Naughty Parrot! tells the story of a regular, average, parrot owning woman named Shaw. Shaw found herself in the position of inheriting a very unsocial parrot, and although terribly frightened of him, she was an animal lover. She began on a learning journey and picked every bird expert brain she could.
The result of her experiences with her own bird and the knowledge gained from these experts now appears as The Naughty Parrot! Inside you’ll find a wealth of tips and information on transforming your bird’s behavior.