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Anna and Boo <email address not displayed>
Anna and Boo wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > Sorry to hear you're going through this. I have some ideas for you, > because I've been dealing with a similar situation between family and > birds. There are few people who can tolerate conure noise... I love my > birds so it is not a problem, but the other people don't have that > connection with them. I have a flock of 11 right now, but noise is not > much of a problem, I've learned to manage it. > > First, my guys are on a 9 to 5 schedule. Lights go on at 8-9 (or > thereabouts) and off when it gets dark, usually around 5-7. I use a > timer and kind of follow the daylight changes. This keeps the birds > from interfering with the family, because they wake up after my > parents leave for work and go to bed before they return. I spend about > an hour with them around noon, and another couple of hours before they > go to bed. > > Second, I change food and water early in the morning, before they wake > up and start screaming for me to fetch their breakfast. > > Third, I keep them busy as much as possible. When they are bathing, or > wet and preening, or ripping up toys, or hunting for treats, they are > too busy to scream. > > Fourth, I take them places. One or two at a time. They are well > clipped, and they are much better behaved in unfamiliar surroundings. > On my shoulder I can actually hush the conure by putting my hand over > him... > > Now you have to remember they are great watchbirds, so of course your > guy screams whenever something happens. He is trying to alert the > flock, or call to the flock because he feels left behind. It gets > worse if you let him out when he's screaming, because he learns to > scream to be released. You could move the cage in a more secluded > area, and get him a separate play stand so he can spend time with your > family. Set a schedule for him, so he knows he has to be alone in the > cage sometimes, and teach him to play with his toys in his cage, so he > can entertain himself without you. Sometimes leaving a radio on can > help, by giving him something interesting to hear, and by blocking out > the sounds to which he screams in response (opening doors, etc.) > > The most important thing is not to respond to his screams. Totally > ignore, or give him a dirty look and turn your back. When he is quiet, > or making softer noises, reward and play with him. With enough > entertaining things to do, and consistent training on your part, he > can become quieter. Nandays are naturally loud though, so don't expect > total silence... > > If you still have to find a home for him, you can post on this message > board, and let us know what city/state you're in. Maybe someone nearby > can take him in and give him a good home.
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