Pet birds are interesting and exciting and are a great choice for animal lovers of all ages. Not only are they cute and cuddly but they are extremely easy to look after – especially compared to other popular pets like cats, dogs and bunnies.
While many bird owners have few to no complaints with their choice of pet, there is one major problem with some species of birds – their inability to keep quiet.
Birds, by nature, love to sing, chirp and even squawk. But, much like small children, birds often use their voices to compete for attention. This type of behavior can become annoying and downright frustrating – especially when it lasts for hours on end.
Luckily, there are many ways to keep your birds as quiet as possible. Here are our 3 steps to success:
1. Cover the Cage. Chances are your bird is chirping so much because he / she can see and hear everything around them. They just want to be included in the conversation. If you put a towel or sheet over the cage, it will hinder their hearing and vision and will likely keep them quieter.
2. Talk Quietly. The louder you speak, the louder your bird will chirp to feel like they're a part of the conversation. Much like children, birds are competitive for your attention and, when they hear you talking to someone else, they become jealous and feel the need to speak over to you get your attention.
3. Use the Reward Program. If your bird is behaving well and not chirping at all hours of the day, you need to reward them. The worst thing you can do is take good behavior for granted. Give them a toy, a treat or simply tell them how much you appreciate them being quiet. You might not think it's a big deal, but rest assured, it is a big deal to them.
If you're thinking of purchasing a new pet bird, but are worried about the possibility of noise, there are certain types of birds that are known to be quighter than others.
If you're looking for a playful pet bird but are not keen on the constant high pitch chirping, you might want to consider finches, canaries, parakeets, budgies or cockatiels.
We hope our tips have helped you find the perfect pet for your home. Knowing which types of birds are likely to stay quiet – and knowing how to deal with chirpy birds will help you to provide a better life for your furry friend. Do not worry, you can thank us later.