So one of the two owners of the veterinary practice I work for owns a cockatoo named Nikki. Typically Nikki comes to work with his owner in the morning and leaves by the time I come to work in the afternoon. But randomly his owner will decide to leave him with us in the kennel for days. Nikki stays in an old cage that is probably about four feet tall, from the legs to the top. It is big enough for him to climb around in, there are perches and toys, and his food and water are accessed through panels on the side. The door stays padlocked because he can open it (parrots are crafty).
Obviously being left in a cage for days on end with the only attention being when we pet him (through the bars) for a minute or two throughout the day is NOT enough for a parrot, especially not a cockatoo, and Nikki has taken to SCREAMING for attention most of the day. So far the only solution we have come up with is to cover his cage with a blanket all day, just so we can have some peace (it doesn't always work either). It really is maddening to listen to AWW! AWW! AWW! AWW! constantly. My hearing is taking a beating, and I feel that bird is going to drive me to a padded room. Is there anything I can do to make him less likely to scream? I am at my wits' end. Sometimes I feel like I want to cry. Nikki really is a cute bird when he's not screaming. It just sucks so much that both Nikki and the kennel staff have to suffer like this. Barking dogs don't bother me in the least. It's just, THAT BIRD.