Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants?
Posted by Ladyhawk747 on 4/09/07
On 7/08/06, Sunmaiyde wrote:
> I have a 12 year old red-lored that came to me as
> a "project bird". She was much less to purchase than my
> other 2, of course I took her to the vet and replaced her
> cage as the one she came in was so small that she could
> hardley spread her wings. We quickly found that she
> prefers to be a man's bird, my ex moved out about six
> weeks ago and I decided to keep her because I don't trust
> him with her care. I am a female. Cha-Cha has made
> amazing progress since then, I can handle her now and even
> pet her sometimes. When no one is looking, she will let me
> rub her neck and head through the cage bars.
> I am used to bird noise, I have always had birds of some
> sort-ranging from keets to conures to greys and amazons.
> Cha-Cha takes it over the top though, I am sure her noises
> are related to anxiety. She is generally quiet if it's
> just myself and child. She screams when we get home and
> when we leave, often when we are eating. It is a quick,
> loud and sharp noise. She tends to be loud if we have any
> company at all, especially men or children. Covering her
> does not work, time-outs do not work. She will scream for
> 20 minutes or more. I can hear her from my neighbors
> house (20 feet away with all of our windows/doors
> closed). I am concerned that someone may complain & force
> me to get rid of her.
> I am not to certain about her past. I bought her from a
> family that decided to thin their flock because they had
> 10 parrots, only one was a conure-the rest were greys,
> amazons, toos and macaws. Cha-Cha was chosen to leave due
> to noise and aggression towards the wife and children in
> the family. This bird will chase you across the floor if
> she doesn't like you. This family had inherited her when
> her senior owner died, I heard that she was NEVER in a
> cage when she lived with the old guy. However, if she can
> get down when she is let out she will chew on EVERYTHING-
> furniture, walls, trim, curtains & even wires.
> I think I have heard that they have anxiety medication for
> birds. Does anyone have any experience with this? Cost,
> how it's given, effect? Does anyone have any other
> ideas? I have learned in the last few weeks that she
> responds better to "it's ok, you calm down" then verbal
> reprimand. I am open to suggestions.