Yelling at my parrot doesn’t make her stop yelling. It makes her yell louder. People don’t realize that they’re basically permanent toddlers, and require constant attention and stimulation. They’re really quite awful pets, because most folk just buy them because of the plumage and the fact that they’re “exotic”. But when they start screaming, people just scream back.
You have to talk to her, calmly. Let her know you know she’s there because she knows you’re still there. Play with her verbally, ask her questions, turn on talk radio, even. Calms her nerves. Parrots aren’t great pets because most people don’t treat them right. I love my birds though. Even though they are noisy sometimes, I put on TV and she calms right down, especially Yo Gabba Gabba and Teletubbies. Lots of color and sound and motion.
She’s 34 years old. 10 years older than me. Her previous owners got tired of the yelling, sold her, those owners then sold her for the same reason. She’s been with me for 13 years now, and her and I are pretty much bonded. She mimics the sound of the starter on my old truck when she scratches her head. She cries when I leave. She dances on her cage when I come home. When I went away to college, she got super depressed, according to my mom and dad. When i’d come home for vacation or the weekend, she’d absolutely lose her mind and just talk talk talk talk talk, and when I’d leave, she’d just sulk in her cage until I came home again.
Yeah, puppies are cute and all. I love ‘em too. But my bird Gina is just too smart for her own good. She’s like a little green person and I love her.
Oh Gina. Derek, I’ll never forget when I crashed at your place and I was abruptly woken up by the howls and shrills of said bird at 7 am. Good times hahaha!!!