Is Your Parrot Behaving Badly?
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Is Your Parrot Behaving Badly?

Many parrots will have a period when they will behave badly. This is called bluffing. The Indian Ringneck Parakeet, Senegal Parrot and Macaw seem to do this more often than other species. Bluffing is part of growing up for these parrots. When they are in their bluffing stage you must be patient with them and go on with the normal daily routine. They will get over it.

When people get a young bird, they sometimes get a bird that gets aggressive as they get older.  They will lunge, bite and become very aggressive toward their owner.  When your parrot behaves like this it is called bluffing.

The Indian Ringneck Parakeet, Senegal Parrots and Macaws all develop bluffing behavior more than other species.  The young parrot will lunge, nip, bite, hiss and resist interacting with his owner.  This behavior can develop overnight and it usually happens when the parrot is between the age of 4 months and 12 months old.  No one knows why some parrots go through this stage.

If you ignore your bird when he is, acting like this it could make things much worse and encourage his bad behavior.  Some people keep their bird confined to their cage and this adds to the problem.  This will make your bird antisocial and withdrawn.

The best way to handle this bad behavior is to continue with your usual routine ignoring the bad behavior.  Do not ignore your bird, as he needs to be handled everyday even if he is behaving badly.  The bluffing stage will pass and do not take your bird's actions personally.  They will lunge at you and will probably bite you but it will not be personal.  When your parrot behaves like this it does not mean he no longer loves you but it is just a phase he is going through.

When your parrot is behaving like this never, raise your voice to him as this will only encourage his bad behavior and make it worse.  Try not to pull away when your parrot tries to bite you.  This might be hard to do because the bites can be painful.  Never act like you are going to hit your bird when he acts badly.

Patience is necessary when dealing with a bluffing bird.  Each bird is different, sometimes the bluffing behavior will last a few weeks, and sometimes it will last a few months.   With plenty of work and positive reinforcement, you will find that your angry bird will eventually be nice again.  He will go back to being friendly and affectionate.

The more time you spend with your bird when he is in angry and in a bluffing mood the better, it will be.  Keep up with your normal daily routine of spending time with him and loving on him and he will soon get back to normal.  Your bird is like people in that he will have good days and bad days and you must be patient and help him get through it and back to normal.

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