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I'm allowed to take our senegal Merry upstairs sometimes now when he's being too loud and I'll bring foot toys up and let him chew things like bottle caps and lolly sticks and shredding paper for fun. He is normally very good when he's upstairs although he still bites sometimes but I don't give him any reaction at all, so that's probably why he doesn't do it as much as he normally does.
So how come when he's downstairs and screaming my parents have started yelling "Shut up" again? Yesterday my dad was here. Merry was screaming and he yelled shut up. I told him to only give him attention when he talks or makes a noise that isn't loud. Dad said he doesn't want him to make ANY noise!!! I explained to him that parrots need to naturally vocalize and if you can't allow it to vocalize then don't have a bird but he doesn't care. So I took Merry upstairs.
Now today dad is not here but mum is. He was screaming and she said "shut up Merry" in an annoyed voice. I said don't give him any attention as that will reinforce the behaviour. She said "shut up. I don't care about the parrot and if you try to talk to me about parrots I won't take you to Birdland on your birthday." I am so peed off right now. She shouldn't have got a parrot if she doesn't expect it to scream or bite, and when I showed her what it said in my parrot book, she said she didn't care about parrots. I love Merry and he's a good bird, but without training the behaviours will not be reduced, but no, she's not willing to train him, so I train him upstairs. I feel ashamed being related to two people of such ignorance. If we ever do move, I am going to have him in my room, not let out at the same time with Moshi though. What would you do in my situation?