Hi everyone. I have a nearly 3 year old CAG who is driving my husband up the wall, and it's nearly to the point of it being either the bird or my husband leaving the home... *sigh* I really do need a behavior specialist. (I live in the Ann Arbor area of Michigan if anyone knows of one near here...)
Petrie is very talkative, talking nonstop and picking up sounds all the time. Not a big deal as long as we get SOME sort of break from it (shes usually quiet when she's out with us), but when she sees we have food or she wants to spend time with us and get out of her big cage, she starts screaming! It gets her attention, so she does it. I teach her all I can, and it helps sometimes to just hear her practicing... but the screaming is just too much.
I know how to stop it - it's just a matter of being able to do it consistently and I don't know if we can, so I'm wondering if there's another solution. To stop it you just ignore it and walk away for awhile, right? But with a family of 4 (one being only 6 months old) and one already at the end of his wits with her, I doubt it will work.
I plan on building her an aviary outside (it's Michigan, and it will have lots of hiding places and toys - she's clipped so not much worry about going from house to aviary and back most of the time), so she can spend some time outside daily for a good part of the year. That should help her some. But my husband is now going to be working from home and I already work full time so he's around her a LOT more. We just need to find a way to redirect her behavior.
She screams anytime we have food, I mean ANYTIME, just begging to share. That's the worst. But then if she's stuck in her cage and I tell her to hold on she starts screaching right at me. What do I do in those cases where I'm facing her and she's screaming at me? Tony says I have to do something about her in those cases, and that means put her in her sleeping cage in the back room (just moved into the house, and the bedroom she'll be sleeping in is being remodeled).
I almost wonder if with the time I have between working full time, a 6 year old, a 6 MONTH old, a husband, and two cats - do I have time to really take care of the bird right now too? We did not plan on the baby, and of course he takes a TON of time I could spend on the bird, and I'd like to have the time with her. But I don't know if it's fair to her right now to keep her, either - might it be better to find her another home that has the time to spend with her or other birds for her to interact with (at least vocally and visually)? It's not like I WANT to get rid of her (I feel like I'm failing her), but might it be better for her in fact for me to do so? I want what's best for everyone. That means if a differnt home is better for Petrie, then that's what we do (after trying the behavior changes hopefully!).
Thanks for your help!
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