You love your pet bird but sometimes all the chirping and twittering can get out of hand. You don’t want to get rid of your songster, but you also need more quiet. What should you do to get your bird to stop vocalizing so much?
Here are some ways you can keep your pet quiet and bring the noise levels down in your household:
- Put a dark cotton towel or blanket over your bird’s cage. The cloth will block out the light and lull your bird back to sleep.
- If your bird is small, try putting your feathered friend under your shirt and holding him or her from underneath. This provides darkness and physical warmth, both of which will calm your bird.
- Speak quietly to your bird. They will often stop chirping to better hear the sounds you’re making.
- Move more slowly. If you are moving too quickly, you may the making your bird nervous.
- Check to see that your pet isn’t responding to outside noises made by machines and other animals. If that’s the case, you may want to try to move your bird’s cage to a quieter part of your home.
- Reward your bird for being quiet. Apple slices and plain popcorn make wonderful treats.
You may also need to adjust any expectations you may have about your pet. Remember that it’s natural for him or her to make at least some noise. In the wild, birds routinely use their voices to identify themselves and call to other members of their flock.
If your bird stops chirping all together, then it’s possible that he or she is sick. The Doctors of Veterinary Medicne at Austin Pet and Bird specialize in avian medicine and can help you figure out what’s going on with your feathered friend. Your bird deserves the best care so contact us today!