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Post: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants?

Posted by Sunmaiyde on 7/08/06

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    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.



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  • VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants?, 7/08/06, by Sunmaiyde.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants?, 4/09/07, by Ladyhawk747.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants?, 6/28/07, by KittyJ.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants? ////// Mercedez, 6/29/07, by Lillian.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants? ////// Mercedez, 6/29/07, by electra.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants? ////// Mercedez, 6/29/07, by Lillian.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants? ////// Mercedez, 6/30/07, by Mercedez.
  • Re: add on (lol), 6/30/07, by Mercedez.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants? ////// Mercedez, 6/30/07, by everybody's sweetheart.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants? ////// Mercedez, 6/30/07, by electra.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants? ////// Mercedez, 7/01/07, by Mercedez.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants? ////// Mercedez, 7/01/07, by Wanda.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants? ////// Mercedez, 7/01/07, by KittyJ.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants?, 8/04/07, by Debbie.
  • Re: VERY loud red-lored, antidepressants? ////// Mercedez, 7/01/08, by Sunmaiyde.