May I Introduce You to Miles

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May I Introduce You to Miles

Post by Kimberly Santi » Fri, 11 Feb 1994 23:19:00



Hello.  I am new to this bird thing - last year I was given a darling
jenday conure (handfed) who has quickly become the focal point of
our household.  His name is Miles Silverbird and he is very sweet and
extremely intelligent - he has a quickly expanding vocabulary (his
newest accomplishment is whistling the first few bars of Beethoven's
5th) but I am sorry to admit I believe we have instilled in him some
bad habits, not intentionally, but due to our inexperience.  When he
feels ignored or left out he throws a little tantrum and begins
screaming.  We have tried to ignore him, but his tantrums are getting
so loud (about 2-3 a week) that it's getting difficult.  Any
suggestions?
Also, I realize that jenday's are a little nippy, but he really likes
to bite.  How can I teach him that this is unacceptable?  I've tried
bouncing, but that doesn't work.
Perhaps there is a general bird care and training book that someone
could recommend?  I know we have a LOT to learn.....
Thanks in advance - Kimberly
 
 
 

May I Introduce You to Miles

Post by Michael Solin » Sun, 13 Feb 1994 15:25:54


: Hello.  I am new to this bird thing - last year I was given a darling
: jenday conure (handfed) who has quickly become the focal point of
: our household.  His name is Miles Silverbird and he is very sweet and

Miles Silverbird.  Another punny name.  I love antiques, especially
Maxfield Parrish prints.  So we have "Maxfield Parrot."

: newest accomplishment is whistling the first few bars of Beethoven's
: 5th) but I am sorry to admit I believe we have instilled in him some
: bad habits, not intentionally, but due to our inexperience.  When he
: feels ignored or left out he throws a little tantrum and begins
: screaming.  We have tried to ignore him, but his tantrums are getting
: so loud (about 2-3 a week) that it's getting difficult.  Any
: suggestions?

You already know what you gotta do.  Wait it out.  Then, eventually, he'll
shut up, and then you go act as if you just realized he was there, and be
nice.

: Also, I realize that jenday's are a little nippy, but he really likes
: to bite.  How can I teach him that this is unacceptable?  I've tried
: bouncing, but that doesn't work.

I use a stern "NO!" and nothing else.  A treat after he is nice.  No real
negative reinforcement, tho.  Negative reinforcement will make the bird
fear/mad at you, and they have LONG memories.