We can’t expect our parrots to be quiet all the time. Many species are naturally noisy, such as sun conures, amazons or cockatoos. While we can train our birds that excessive screaming isn’t okay, I feel that it’s important to allow them to let off steam sometimes.
Enter the scream session…
Try making time for a sanctioned (and planned!) noisy time, perhaps between 3-6pm. Start by putting on his or her favourite music. Keep the volume low at first, but sing, shout, dance, and make a fool of yourself having fun. Gradually turn the music up until it’s blasting. Your bird should start to join in! After the song has played two or three times through, wind the volume and energy level down bit by bit, until your pet quiets. Often, he or she will rush right off for a nap, and you get some well-deserved peace.
For some birds, it may take several tries before they get the idea. Others, not so much!
Remember: your bird will respond to your energy level, and that of your home. If you’re having trouble bringing everything down to a reasonable level again, try making sure that the entire house is calm, too. I love doing this, as I can plan these sessions while the neighbours are out, or just at a time when I need quiet. And doing it helps reduce screaming at others moments throughout the day – since they know to expect a time when it’s okay with you to be noisy and have fun.
This little tip saved my life with five birds (including an umbrella cockatoo!) under one roof. Just count on twenty very loud minutes while the neighbours are out, and enjoy yourselves!
Sarah Stull is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a photographer, violist, and violinist who has plans of opening her own avian sanctuary on the east coast of America.