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Screaming conure- what to do?

So I went out for a few hours this morning, and came back to a SCREAMING conure. Like, EEE-EEEEEE, EEE-EEEEE! I figured she wanted company, but now I've been back an hour and she's still being very vocal. Any idea what she wants? Also, does anyone have any tips on how to calm an excited conure?


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Strange, sorry i have no help for you. Get her out and love on her, see if that helps...

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I am sorry to contradict you Shelly ( I really mean no disrespect ), but if she is being vocal because she wants to come out... and you take her out , you have just reinforced that behavior and are well on the way to teaching her to scream for attention... what you should do it totally ignore her and when she calms down for a bit , then go over and praise her and give her attention...
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She is out, though Ok, I put a piece of millet in a chapstick box. It amused her for about a minute, now she's being loud again. She's all hyper!


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And to clarify, I let her out when I got home and she was quiet for a few minutes, not because she was being loud


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AHHHHH she's still being loud and bratty. She quieted down for several minutes so I thought I'd let her out on the play stand, and she bit me HARD. Like, cursing-out-loud hard (don't worry, I didn't give her a reaction). I did several step-ups, then put her back in the cage. And now she is SCREAMING again

I guess these are the joys of trying to retrain a rehomed parrot. I know her previous owners didn't give her much attention or training, and they also likely inadvertently trained her to behave like this. I've been ignoring her screaming, and only paying attention to her when she's quiet. Any suggestions anyone? HELLLLP!


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My Dexter yells a lot. Doesn't bother me I'll be honest! Just take her for a shower, that usually calms my birds down. But as the others have said, don't make the behaviour worse by doing what she wants. She'll learn to know that every time she screams you'll come running

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I did, and she was quiet during/after the shower but started up again shortly after being back in her cage. She's so hyped up and cranky today! I covered her cage so she can have a short time-out/nap. I think it's possible she didn't get enough sleep last night and is tired...just like a tired, cranky toddler haha :P


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it is also possible that this is a learned behavior that will need to be unlearned. You said she is a rehomed bird and screaming may be the only way she got any interaction in her old home.
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I agree, I have a feeling that she was 'rewarded' for screaming and biting in her previous home.


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OHHHHH, that sounds awful! None of my birds scream like that! Libby is a very quiet bird.

You must never respond to her when she's screaming, that will reinforce the screaming. Turn your back, walk away, don't look at her at all. She must have done this in her previous home and it got her attention, whether it was negative or positive, it got her attention. Don't give in, be consistent in not responding.

This will take time and LOTS of patience on your part, but if you stick to it, you will win. She won't continue to do what doesn't work for her.

In the meantime, hang in there, and buy some earplugs!! I feel your pain!

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Thanks Jo Anne I have just been ignoring her when she's screaming, and only paying attention to her if she's been quiet for a little while. After doing some research, I think she's actually just entering puberty. It sounds like this is the age that it starts, and I have a strong feeling this is the reason her previous owners just recently decided to get rid of her. She was probably a cuddly baby, then all of a sudden turned into this screaming, biting, hormonal little twerp! I mean, they had her for over a year and just now decided she needed a new home?

So, I now have a twerpy little biting and screaming teenager for my first parrot experience I'm not planning on giving up on her though, just trying to find out how best to react to these situations and stick through it. I'm sure I'll be flooding the forum with questions


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Hang in there! Just think how rewarding it will be when she bonds to you (this takes a while too) and calms down! Does she talk at all? Or didn't they bother to teach her any words?

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I will I choose to adopt her, and I'm not going to get rid of her now! I have a feeling she's just in the teenager stage, and will calm down once she matures. Also, I think her previous owners allowed her to scream for attention and bite. They seem like learned behaviors to me. That said, can anyone recommend any good/helpful parrot training/behaviour books? I wanna make sure I get everything right


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