Parrots are active, inquisitive creatures who crave mental stimulation. Often times, parrot owners fail to provide their feathered friends with the interaction they need, resulting in an extremely bored bird. When this occurs, behavioral problems may develop.
If your parrot doesn’t have any bird toys or if he/she is never given the opportunity to climb around on a parrot playgym, he/she may start to pluck their feathers, scream incessantly or become depressed and sad.
If your bird is misbehaving due to boredom, here are 3 things you should NEVER do:
1. Scream at your bird : Yelling at your parrot or banging on the birdcage door won’t calm your parrot down. It will only make him more agitated and could cause him to become fearful of you.
2. Completely ignore your bird: Parrots are sociable creatures who enjoy nothing better than nestling on their parrot playgyms or bird stand next to you as you watch TV or work on the computer. Ignoring your bird will cause him to feel angry and neglected.
3. Put your bird in a room by himself: Placing your parrot in a dark room by himself with absolutely no bird toys will only serve to increase his anxiety and depression. If your bird is being too noisy, or is somehow “disrupting you,” find out what it is he needs. But never isolate your bird from the rest of the family for long periods of time.
So what SHOULD you do when your parrot is bored out of his mind and driving you crazy? Here are 3 suggestions:
1. Take your feathered friend out of his cage daily. No matter how many bird toys you give your parrot, he still needs to spend time outside of his birdcage.
2. Play with your bird regularly. Spend time each day playing and interacting with your bird. Teach your bird a few bird tricks and just have a good time together. Parrots have an amazing capacity to bond with humans—so don’t let this opportunity slip by!
Our Severe Macaw Buddy is an adoption and was a biter when we adopted him. By playing with him and teaching him bird tricks like birdie basketball and Ring Toss, Buddy is a new bird. He even took part in Animal Planet’s “Your Pet Wants this Too” where he featured his best moves.
3. Get another bird. Some parrots do not like to be alone. By purchasing a companion, you can provide your feathered friend with the social interaction he needs.
By making a few adjustments to your lifestyle, you can provide your bird with the attention and stimulation he needs to thrive.