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Feather Destructive Behaviour

The three main categories of behavioural problems seen in our Parrots are: caregiver directed aggression, excessive vocalisation, and feather destructive behaviours (FDB). About FDB Out of the three, it is perhaps feather destructive behaviours that cause caregivers the most guilt, as often they do not understand why the behaviour has started and feel powerless to […]

Parrots And Cages

Elaine Henley explains more about Parrots and cages.  Elaine Henley P.G.Dip CABC Clinical Animal Behaviourist There are many articles written to assist caregivers with making a choice about which cage to purchase. These articles generally provide caregivers with information relative to choosing the proper size (bigger is better), safety issues, cage styles, cage composition, and […]

How To Help Your Parrot During Lockdown

Here is how to help your Parrot during lockdown. This blog was written by Elaine Henley P.G.Dip CABC Clinical Animal Behaviourist Togetherness: From March until June 2020, our Parrots may have become very used to our full-time presence at home during lockdown, with few or no visitors to their home. For some Parrots this may have been […]

Coping with Parrot Aggression

Here is how to cope with Parrot aggression. Sudden onset of aggression towards caregivers Elaine Henley P.G.Dip CABC Full Member Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) Animal Behaviour Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist   In a previous article, I explored the reasons why Parrots might display aggressive behaviours towards caregivers who approach their cage, or who “enter” their […]

Stress Triggers and How To Deal With Them in Parrots

Here is how to deal with stress triggers in Parrots. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness among both veterinary professionals and Parrot caregivers that Parrots may become stressed and therefore exhibit unusual, unpredictable, or abnormal behaviours during events such as Christmas, Bonfire Night, or other large family gatherings.   They may even […]

How To Set Up A Parrot Cage

Here is how to set up a Parrot cage. Introducing a new cage and the importance of the cage set-up   In a previous blog, “Parrots and Cages?” I discussed how a Parrot may view his cage and how their opinion may differ from our own interpretation. In particular, I discussed the importance of a […]

Managing Fear in Parrots

Elaine Henley explains how to manage fear in Parrots. Many Parrots’ caregivers report that their Parrots behave in a frightened or fearful manner when presented with novel objects or situations. Examples of this may include seeing a new toy, food, an unknown person, a new household object or when the location of a cage is changed; even […]

How To Stop Your Parrot Feeling Scared And Manage Fear

Here is how to stop your Parrot from feeling scared. In my last blog “Fear: normal or abnormal?” I wrote that being fearful is a natural and biological state, as it keeps one safe, so it is normal to feel fearful of novelty. However, while being fearful and scared is normal, when that fear interferes […]

A Parrot and a Travel Cage

Elaine Henley explains how to teach your Parrot to like a travel cage For many Parrots, their lives are confined to being in cages, a room in a house or a home. No matter how enriching these places have been made, they are a poor substitute for being able to take our Parrots safely outside, […]

How To Prepare Your Parrot For Holidays

Elaine Henley explains how to help your Parrot prepare for holidays. Elaine Henley is registered as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors- where she is the treasurer. Working with a variety of species, dogs, cats and Parrots. Elaine is […]