The Parrot Hierarchy of Needs


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If your parrot suffers from stress, anxiety or unmanaged behavior problems then check out what parrots need for a stress free life.  While making for a parrot friendly environment and parrot husbandry practices may not immediately alter problem behavior, creating a stress free life for your pet is one part of giving your parrot an excellent quality of like and reducing parrot anxiety.

Research tells us that parrots pluck, scream and bite for a complex variety of reasons.  Changing parrot behavior may involve making environmental changes and parrot husbandry changes that closely resemble the lifestyle of wild parrots as possible. But, over and above, developing a behavior modification plan will change behavioral habits.  This  chart will help you to uncover some changes that may be needed to solve your parrot problems for good.  

You'll also get a look at basic behavior modification terms that will help you understand strategies for using behavior modification.



Parrot Hierarchy of Needs


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Diane Burroughs, LCSW

Located in Denver, I'm a Mile High author and parrot feather plucking expert. I've always been a devoted animal lover with a special passion for parrots, Diane is also a behavior specialist. Make sure to join my Facebook group, UnRuffledRx Parrot Feather Plucking Help now!

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  • Leslie

    I rescued an adult Indian Ringneck that is 18yo. Glenn is NOT a plucker but self-mutilating as a headbanger, beak twister and toy/cage aggressive. He is alreday missing toenails and recently attacked his own toe. He takes several doses of SSRIs including Prozac and Naltrexone regularly.
    Glenn has a room to himself since I have other birds which fear his bullying behavior. His wings were recently clipped.
    The only things that seem to calm him are watching the hummingbirds through his window and being in his TINY night/travel cage. ANY other presence seems to upset him.
    The new AV suggested euthanasia may be best for him, but I’m not ready to give up on him. Glenn seems to be angrier at each visit.
    He seems to feed off negative vibes, so for cage cleanings and feedings, I approach him saying his name in a singsongy voice and am truly happy to be with him.
    I have reached my wit’s end. I wish this were only hormonal behavior. I left cage cleaning this morning wondering if I needed stitches or not. My goal is his satisfaction. I’m not the first rehomer that has come to the conclusion that possibly s/he is the problem. Obviously, Glenn and I both need help.
    I’m no longer seek a love bond but hope Glenn will at least trust that I’m not out to hurt or neglect him.

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