Screaming umbrella cockatoo
Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:38 AM
I have a soon to be 5 year old female umbrella cockatoo which my wife and I love to death. She is caged in our bedroom along with our 4 year old blue gold macaw. Even though we do not let them out of their cages at the same time they are inseparable. My problem is is that within the last 6 weeks or so the umbrella (Precious) is requiring attention all the time and if she does not get it she will not only yell but scream at the top of her lungs. When my wife and I have the macaw (Cuddles) out of her pen at night while we are watching TV in our bedroom Precious thinks that she should be let out of her cage as she feels she is #1 and if she is not let out again she will start yelling. Last night my wife had Precious out and we were again watching TV before we get ready to put them to sleep around 7:30 and the phone rang and it was for my wife. She gave Precious to me and I normally have no problem with her at all. My wife took the call in the other room and Precious went nuts!!! She started jumping up and down on my shoulder, started yelling her head off and when I was going to put her back in her pen she took off and flew into another room. I was so glad that the fan was not on in that room but on the other hand she does not fly well and keep smacking into walls and I do not know what I would do if something would happen to her but on the other hand now my wife and I are at our wits-end on what to do and why she has started this habit. She is healthy, she eats, and there are times when she is the sweetest bird around but she is totally jealous of Cuddles and the other birds we have and is demanding 100% of our time but I work out of the house and my wife is going to school so we cannot be with her 100% of the time. I would bring her upstairs to my office but she is afraid of her own shadow and if she is in a place that she is not familiar with she will start yelling.
I have no idea what to do at this point but I do know one thing is that this behavior has to stop and stop soon. What can we possibly do to stop this behavior and why did it just start happening? I would appreciate any help at all you can give us.
Posted 25 April 2011 - 01:00 PM
One thing you can do is give her more stimulation. Get some new toys that need working at, toys she can manipulate, bang together, and shred. Some foraging toys may also keep her occupied. More bathing is also something to try.
Why can she and the Macaw not be out together? Is she, or it, aggressive towards the other? I don't mean on the same perch, but out in the same room.
Have you ever worked with her on her phobic fears? IMO these themselves are damaging. I had a Goffin that was terrified of strangers. I kept taking her places and introducing her to people, and eventually she lost her intense fears. You may want to start and try to get her to see that new things aren't always frightening. Will she wear a harness? That's one way to get her out and about.
Hang tough, you'll get through this new behavior, and so will she.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 02:02 AM
with some fun toys ( should keep the cockatoo very busy ), but it wont take care of the screaming 100% of the time. Cockatoos dont like to be alone, so she gets attention the only
way she knows how, and that is by screaming. My cockatoo did that when ever I left the room, and one time I got so upsit that I went into the screaming room with my hands
going in every direction and I was screaming at him louder. I was thinking that he would get the picture, but they think in differant ways ( Im sure he was thinking - WOW !
If I scream loud, my master will come in here and give me a great show, a song and a dance.) The only way you can get them to break that habit is not respond to them at all, dont
go to where they are, just be patient and when it gets quiet, then go to them with a loving feeling. Thats why they scream, the only way they know to get you into the room and be
with them. It took me around a month to break Buddy from his screaming...........hope you will give it a try, Dean
Posted 18 January 2012 - 02:26 AM
and i think u should let them outside in the same room, but don't let them get so near to eachother, they will get used to have another around soon i think, it works in my house, though there are some little fight between two species.
ps, i have a tip my friend tell me may help u with the scream, they let their bird get used to loud noise, like microwave oven, wanshing machine, etc... when they get used to these sound they will not be terrefied and scream loud, it works fine with young bird, but i don't know if it'll work with u.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 04:59 AM
The same is often said for biting now-a-days with the new training - the best way to teach a parrot not to bite is to not get bitten in the first place. That is, don't allow the habit to start. If it does, then you need to reevaluate what is going on and what is causing that bite.
So, if your bird is screaming, figure out why, and rather than ignoring it, find out why and then try to keep your bird from screaming by giving them something to do!
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