In Reply to: bird posted by Marie on Wed, Jun 27 2012 at 10:27 PM CDT:
There are probably some discussions on this topic further down the forum, you might want to take a look.
Make sure all his or her basic needs are taken care of -- food, water, toys, time to socialize, 10-12 hours of darkness and quiet to sleep
Are you sure he is screaming as opposed to making normal contact calls periodically? It is normal for them to occasionally vocalize to check where you are, and in that case, answering back once or twice is the right thing to do.
However, if the dynamic is that the bird constantly makes noise until you react in some way, you're going to have to wait it out until the behavior goes away, which could take some time.
ANY kind of reaction -- yelling at the bird, even punishing the bird -- may reinforce the screaming. I suggest you take a two-pronged approach. First, everyone in the household must absolutely and completely ignore the screaming. Don't even look at the bird when he is screaming. Don't do anything at all. At the same time, make a point of paying attention to him or her when he or she is being quiet -- reinforce the behavior you want. You can also try teaching him or her to make a more pleasant sound when he or she wants attention. Pick a sound the bird already makes sometimes, and make a point of reacting to that by calling back or going to say Hi or feeding a treat.
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