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Tips To Discipline Your Pet Bird


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Pet birds with behavioral problems normally have social problems too. There would be times when behavior issues with birds can be brought about by lack of interaction with owners, conflict with other animals or just because of complaint. It is significant to identify the factors why birds are showing negative behavior.
By identifying the stressors you can take it out of the birds’ system.

Positive reinforcement is an effective method which can be employed to train and tame birds. Positive reinforcement focuses on what birds want like food, a scratch, verbal praise, comfort and other similar things. Negative reinforcement, obviously, is the opposite of this and is seldom successful in the long term.

Punishment never resolves the birds’ behavior issues:
To get on with negative attitude of birds, here are some simple tips you can take into consideration:

• Show your dissatisfaction with your bird’s behaviour by facial expressions. Frown. Birds can collect facial expressions and body movements. The surest method of showing dissatisfaction towards your pet bird is by your system movements. Maintain eye contact when doing this.

• There are bed owners who also suggest turning your back behind your birds or neglecting them. This would discourage them into doing bad acts.

• Some bird owners say that it can be effective to chat to birds with low but not loud voice. Tell them what they did was wrong. But be concise and short as possible. Too much negative attention can have side-effects on your pet.

• Never hit a bird. Birds have delicate bones, physical force may injure them fatally. Also, bird abuse can likewise result to aggressiveness and viciousness.

• When disciplining your pet, never compromise their health. Examples would be insufficient food and water supply, neglecting the cage and even bathing them. This can result into deep emotional and physical injuries.

• When giving birds food as rewards for their good behaviour, opt for some food which they would enjoy but seldom eat. It is also good to pet, scratch them as positive reinforcements. But be cautious of offering treats with too much sugar and fat.


There would be cases when severe aggression and viciousness is treated with mood-modifying drugs. When having problems with your birds you can speak to your avian behaviourist or your vet. But any therapy is useless causing the bad behaviour.

Actually, it is essential to evaluate if the bad behaviour is produced by medical condition. So if you have noticed anything with your bird it would be best to bring them first to a vet to make sure that medical issues are eliminated.

Attitude cannot change overnight. So do not be disappointed if your birds are not showing improvements immediately after employing the mentioned tips. Similar to when disciplining children, consistency is the cornerstone when training your birds. Birds would know what you wish to occur when you set about being according to your method and ways.

Balance things:

When disciplining your pet birds, it is essential to balance things. Of course you wanted to correct bad behaviour, but it is as essential to reinforce of indicate the good behaviour also. Birds react to training better when focusing on the goodies, not the bad things.

This technique may require hard work, patience and love. It may take a long while, but when you look at your happy pet bird, I think its going to be worthwhile.

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Stay safe!​