How to calm a hyper pet bird

Tips on keeping a bird calm and happy. Importance of maintaining control and asserting authority over your bird. Suggestions for caring for birds.


So your fine feathered friend is putting you into a frenzy

What's all that squawking about, anyway? You’ve checked the water, topped off the birdseed, installed a little mirror, and still find yourself pulling your hair out. Before you fling open the window and let nature take her course, here are some ideas on smoothing your little friend’s feathers.

The first thing you should know is that it is your bird’s instinct to cry out. What he is actually doing is calling the rest of the brood back to rest. Now, of course, you don’t expect to wake up tomorrow morning to find a flock of cockatoos has landed on your ledge, but your bird is only doing what he thinks is his job. Letting the rest of the flock find him. Having that little insight may not calm him, but it might make you a little more understanding of what’s going on. No? OK, then, here’s some more insights.

Your bird thinks of you as its mother, regardless of your gender. You feed him, water him, and talk to him; so, therefore, you are either his mother or his mate. You choose. Ok, mom, I thought so. Speaking to your bird, while making you feel somewhat silly, will calm your bird-like nothing else. I don’t mean screaming ‘Shut up!’- He may see that as you calling him home to roost! I mean speaking in low, intimate tones, maintaining a position of authority at all times.

By maintaining a position of authority, I mean never allow your bird to be above your eye level for extended periods of time. Birds see height as positions of authority, so keeping your bird in a high lofty cage may be decorative, but won’t do a thing for the noise level. Your bird needs to be at eye level or below to respond to you. Letting him up for a look around won’t hurt, occasionally, but check out his attitude when you do allow it. More than likely, he will puff out his feathers and become demanding. This is what his height allows. The ideal position for you to interact with him is shoulder height. Let your head remain above him, and talk to him in a calm, firm, soothing tone of voice. It may take some practice to get the exact tone, but after a while, your bird will understand that these are reward sessions, and will behave accordingly to get you to respond.

Let your bird get some exercise. While flying around the house unrestrained is not recommended, unless all doors and windows are shut, a little romp around the living room may be exactly what the little guy needs. Clear a spot in a closed room, and let your bird run around on the floor. If there are any other animals in the house, it is advisable to keep them away. While birds are actually quite socially able, your cat may not see his finer qualities.

Finally, some soft music and a calm atmosphere for your bird to stay in may cut down on his activity. Remember, if you leave him alone in a cold, quiet room, he has nothing else to do but squawk and fuss. Your bird is a living creature, and may well outlive you. Birds have been known to live to over a hundred years old, so please make arrangements for the care of your bird in case of an emergency. Follow this guide and your bird will reward you with years of companionship.