How Do I Stop My 10 Week Old Alexandrine From Screeching?

by Donna
(Newcastle, NSW, Australia)

Hi, I have a 10 wk old alexandrine that screeches everytime she hears my voice or sees me. She screeches wheather I am holding her or not. She has toys in her cage. She will even continue to screech when she is covered over. How do I stop this? Please help. Also she has started flying and keeps flying into the window, I am worried she is going to get hurt. Should I clip her wings. We have 2 cats so I'm reluctant. Thanks for any advise offered

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Oct 29, 2012
Thank you
by: Donna

Thank you very much for your advise...I need to explain a few more things..I got Rosie (the Alexandrine) when she was just 6wks old. I had to hand feed her it was terrifying. I had no idea what I was doing, But I read absolutely everything I could on hand feeding and we survived.

I should clarify that before the seller droped her off I had no idea that she still required hand feeding.

I am in the process of weaning her.I got some very good advise from a very nice breeder who was willing to help me even though they did not sell me the bird. As the seller became unavailable once they dropped her off. she is down to one feed a day. I think this may be the reason she screams when ever she sees or hears me.
I am desperately hoping she will grow out of the sreaming thing..

Oct 29, 2012
Baby Alexandrine screeching
by: Tracie

Oh my! I don't know where to begin. Yes, you MUST clip the wings to keep it from harming itself and you MUST, MUST, MUST not EVER allow the bird out of the cage unless the cat is securely locked up in another room.

If the bird even gets scratched by the cat it could die from infection. If the bird hits an object too hard it's hollow bones will break. Allowing your bird to roam your home is taking the chance it will chew or ingest something toxic and die. It could get trapped somewhere and die. (I am not trying to be dramatic, these are the facts.)

Unless you have a room specifically set up as a bird safe room, meaning nothing toxic and NO WAY the cat can get in there accidentally, the bird needs to stay caged or with you. (The cat still locked up.)

Screeching is something you will have to work on. The bird needs attention, you just have to set a schedule so it can anticipate when the attention will be given and then teach the bird another method of getting your attention at other times.

We have some parrot training articles at this Parrot Training page link that will help you.

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