Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:52 AM
I need some advice on what to do.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:15 AM
Perhaps some of these blogs would be worth reading? First is Cage Free Parrot and these are quite a few of the blogs that touch on screaming behavior.
And Lara Joseph has some good blogs as well
It's not easy, but if you can teach your bird to do acceptable behaviors over screaming, before the bird starts screaming, or doing activities prior to the bird starting to scream, this may help.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:41 AM
Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:53 AM
There are pros and cons to both and this website goes into that...
Clipping for safety to keep a parrot from flying away is a false sense of security. Even clipped parrots get lost! A clipped parrot stuck outside is in more danger than a flighted parrot! Clipping a parrot for the safety of other pets is counterproductive... bird can't fly to get away from a dog or cat if they are stuck to the floor. Clipping for behavior reasons but not aggression I find to be pointless as well. Or clipping for training? Pointless. Yes, sure, it's easier to retrieve a parrot that's clipped than one that is flighted. A clipped parrot doesn't have the choice to be with you or not. A flighted parrot does! If a parrot avoids you and flies off, they do it because they have the choice to and probably because they don't find every experience with you to be a positive one. However, a parrot that really wants to be with you will fly to you! All it takes is proper training!
Exercise via flight helps to tire parrots out, it stimulates their brain because it makes them think more, it helps to burn calories (i.e. gain muscle and lose fat!), helps to build up muscles for egg laying hens (less of a chance of egg binding), improves stamina, etc!
Honestly, it didn't even make an iota of a difference whether my mitred conure was clipped or flighted, behavior wise! However, the more exercise he gets, the better behaved he is! If you can bird proof your house and train your bird, then I say go for it!
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