Nanday Conure Forum
Message #37. This is a followup to #35.
|Name:||Paige & Sam|
|Date:||Thursday March 13, 2003 6:39:34 pm MST|
|Subject:||Re: PLEASE HELP????!!!!!!!??????|
|Message:||I've only had my nanday for a few days, but from my bird experience over the last 2 1/2 years, I believe I can offer some advice. Do you yell at your bird to be quiet from other rooms when he's screaming? If so, don't do this! It's training him to scream. When he hears your voice, he associates screaming with getting attention (so, the bird will learn to scream because it knows it'll get attention). In a way, the owner is actually training their bird to scream by yelling/telling their bird to be quiet when it's screaming.
When your bird bites, try not to jerk your hand away (I know this is hard not to do! Nanday bites hurt!). If your bird bites too hard to bear, try to get your bird out of the cage by getting it to step up onto a cloth. Then, take it into another room away from its cage. If your bird doesn't have its wings clipped, clip them as soon as you can (you will not believe how much tamer your bird will become!). Then, play with your bird on the floor (they are vulnerable there and have to depend on you - therefore they will learn to trust you more - but make sure you don't have any dogs or cats around!!!). Oh! Another tip about biting, if you're holding your bird and it tries to bite, shake your hand so that the bird will have to let go to regain it's balance (but don't shake too hard!). It may help.
I hope I've helped! Good luck!
~Paige and Sam
PS, I agree with you Ken...but I'm not so sure about hitting the bird on the beak when it bites...that would just make it more scared! Never punish your bird! They don't understand!
> I'm no expert, Ive had my Nanday for 2 years, but they seem to have
> very challenging personalities. If he's biting alot, get his beaked
> groomed where at least it doesnt hurt that much, hit him on the nose
> with your finger when he bites, make sure its consistent every time
> so he learns that biting is unacceptable. Uusually changes in the
> household will change a birds personality, look back at what
> changed...maybe U moved his cage, maybe there are new things in the
> living room,,,etc. Try to keep things consistent, or at least try
> moving his cage around and see where he is most comfortable. As far
> as the noise, theres not alot to do. My bird knows "be quiet", he
> will squak real loud and then say "be quiet" right afterwards. He
> knows that we dont like his loud squaking, and he knows what "be
> quiet"..so work on teaching your bird that. Hit his beak and say be
> quiet, again consistently until he repeats it or at least learns it.
> Consistency is the key here and they need to know whose boss. Nandays
> are characters and they will test U, they think they are the boss and
> can do what they want at times so U have to make sure that they know
> that's not acceptable. Having clipped wings helps tame them cuz they
> dont have that freedom of doing as they please. Can anyone back me up
> on this?
> sara wrote:
> > I bought my Nanday when it was 4 months old. He was real sweet, would
> > cuddle with me, would talk to me (he has a great vocab)but maybe 2
> > 1/2 years ago he started not coming to me anymore and then shortly
> > after he just would scream at averything. if the phone would ring, if
> > he heard anyone walk, if you opened doors, you name it he screams!!
> > now the only person the bird will go to is my mother. it is really
> > frustrating that all the bird will do is bite everyone(including my
> > mother) and scream that i am to the point where i am concidering
> > finding a new home for it.
> > does anyone have any advice on how to get him to be nice again and
> > stop SCREAMING?????
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