My friend has a sulphur crested cocky. she is being moved to a dementia wing of her nursing home and the cocky is going to be put in a new cage outside of her new room. He will screech all the time as he has lived for the past 3 years in her room with her. How can we modify his behaviour to stop screeching?
Type of Animal: sulphur crested cocky
Pet's Gender: male
Pet's Age: ?60
Name of Bird: eorgie
Hello, I'm Dr. Bob.I'm so sorry to read of your friend's condition and predicament..Unfortunately this situation does not bode well for your friend and her bird.Teaching a bird not to screech is possible with patience and perseverance, but it is also time consuming and the screeching will recur frequently until the non-screeching behavior is learned, and then when conditions elicit this behavior. You can read a good article on how to stop a parrot from screaming here: http://goodbirdinc.blogspot.com/2008/05/stop-you-parrot-from-screaming-for.htmlThere are more articles and free videos to be found online, by googling "how to stop a screaming parrot".The problem is, who is going to be responsible for training . Hospital staff are not likely to take on the chore on top of their other responsibilities and your friend may not be able to do so.There aren't any medications, tricks or even surgeries that offer a "quick fix" to this problem. Re-homing Eorgie may be the only practical option available.If you should have further questions, please let me know.Kindest regards,Dr. Bob
35 years in general practice, including avian.