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 pet 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 behaviour can become annoying and downright frustrating – especially when it continues for hours on end.
3 Successful Steps on Keeping Your Pet Birds Quiet
Luckily, there are many ways to keep your pet birds as quiet as possible. Here are our 3 steps to success:
1. Cover the Cage.
Chances are your pet birds are chirping so much because they 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 pet birds will chirp to feel like they’re a part of the conversation. Much like children, birds are competing 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 pet birds are 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 behaviour 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 new pet birds, but are worried about the possibility of noise, there are certain types of birds that are known to be quieter than others.
If you’re looking for playful pet birds but aren’t 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. Don’t worry, you can thank us later.