This week we tried desperately to film the “Top 5 Parrot Species to Own: Beginner to Advanced” but our daughter was not having it. So we’ve included the out-takes from that. In you are interested in that topic, or wondering what type of bird to get, please check out the following blog posts:
To recap: It’s best to volunteer your time at a parrot rescue to truly understand what parrot companionship means. Usually birds are the ones to pick their owners and not the other way around.
So instead, we decided to go over the topic of offering your bird Consistent Inconsistency. What this method does is never develops a routine with your bird. Often times people fall into a predictable routine and when it has to be broken, both person and bird freak out. Birds that aren’t put on routines are made to me more adaptable and show less signs for negative behavior as a form of breaking the routine because one doesn’t even exist.
An example of this would be if you feed your bird twice a day, every day, at 7am and 5pm. Your bird knows it gets its food EXACTLY at this time and comes to look forward to it, and predict it, and then once it’s a routine… EXPECT it. And your bird expects it ON TIME. When not on time, a bird will show its unhappiness about this breaking of its normal routine with screaming, biting, or another form of negative/unwanted behavior.
(A solution to this feeding schedule is to feed within a 4 hour window. In the morning I feed our birds anywhere from 6am-noon, and then again anywhere from 6pm-11pm with random 2-4pm feedings sometimes too. Because our LIFE is unpredictable, this isn’t work for me.)
If you need help with daily habits to change, or how to go about this with a rescue bird, check out our Total Transformation Series. It goes into detail about how to work SLOWLY (but with day by day progress) with rescue birds who can’t adapt quickly and need time to adjust to the point where they can be more acceptable of change in their environment.
Examples of things you can do to help your bird better handle “stressful” situations would be if you’re going to be gone on a trip for a week, slowly get your bird used to you not being around as much by being gone part of the day, the entire day, two days and so forth to build up to it. That way if there’s issue, you can come back and correct it. This is also why socializing your bird more to just you is so important for the well-being of your bird. You would also do the same with people, places and things.
Introducing one new thing a day is a great way to desensitize birds and help them adapt to new things (make sure it ends with your bird liking the new thing and not being fearful – sometimes the process can take more than a single day for some birds). For really fearful birds lacking any self-confidence, this may be more of a “one new thing a week or a month” which is quite alright! Slow progress is still PROGRESS. If you go too fast with your training, you can often lose all the progress you made by pushing too far too fast.
If your bird is “failing” at the training or responding negatively, you’re going too far or too fast… or both.
We go into an insane amount of detail on all these things in our Total Transformation Series, so if this is sounding like your bird, please check that course out OR leave a comment for a chance to win it! It’s one of our best courses, and most in depth we’ve ever done whether you’re experienced with birds (we have other expert trainers featured on there from other fields as well that are excellent to listen to!) or are brand new and just wingin’ it like most! That course has it all. I promise you’ll walk away with some serious gems of information and tips.
Have a great Tuesday, every-birdy and see you next week!