A Conversation with Glen Glendell, UK Parrot Behaviorist: Biting Parrots (Topic 1 of 3)

A Conversation with Glen Glendell, UK Parrot Behaviorist: Biting Parrots (Topic 1 of 3)

A while back, I had the opportunity to have a long teleconference with Greg Glendell, UK parrot behaviorist and author of several parrot training books.

Our discussion covered 3 main topics, at least one of which haunts many parrot owners. In each part of this series, I will summarize one of the key topics of our conversation, which covered:

  1. Biting Parrots
  2. Screaming Parrots
  3. Feather Plucking Parrots

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Can We Cure Feather Plucking (Picking)?
An African Gray Parrot Plucking Her Breast Feathers on Top of Her Cage

Can We Cure Feather Plucking (Picking)?

 There are many reasons that a parrot may become self-destructive.
Until recently there has been very little information to help us along with our feathered friends.
Feather destruction can be a difficult behavior to deal with and not all birds are able to recover from this bad habit.
There are many ways however to help make your parrot happier and feel safer in their environment simply by adjusting their surroundings and improving stimuli.

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How Do I Stop My Bird from Screaming?

Why does my bird scream?

Boy if we had THE answer we’d be writing this from our yacht. But of course, I have to weigh in here. What got me thinking about the subject of “why birds scream,” is some recent web surfing.

I spend my days doing what many of you wish you could be doing, surfing the web for bird toys and parrot cages.

The magic of the internet enables us to shop the world. In order for us to provide the best possible shopping experience.

We look at lots of sites and products.

Pricing is important but not our priority.

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Shut Up I’m on the Phone

I’m on the phone chatting with the customer and I hear the familiar noise of squawk in the background. No sooner does the bird quiet down, do I hear the woman who I was speaking to on the phone, cover the mouthpiece, and YELL “hey you hold it down” clearly referring to the noisy bird in the background. This is a sign of a new bird owner so I asked her “have you had the bird long”? “About a month” came the expected reply.
 
“I don’t know if you realize that yelling at your bird to be quiet only encourages your bird to be noisier? The problem is birds are flock animals and when you start “yelling” at your bird, your bird is thinking “hey this is great I finally have somebody to talk to” (more…)

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Seeking Foraging Bird Toys

 Didn’t you tell me that you are low on “parrot foraging” toys”?. My son decided to make a couple of simple foraging toys for Danny.
Foraging toy is a vague term 
It is a bird toy that can be used to hold toys, treats, or just become torn up.
 
A lot of toys for parrots for years were made so they could not be destroyed like a chain with hard beads or a heavy bell, big plastic rings, etc, they lasted forever but were boring.

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