I have brought this subject up on numerous occasions, and when I have received advice I have followed it, but nothing helps.
The problem is with Diego, of course. He screams at me all of the time, lately. Bubba, bubba, bubba, bubba. And then Willow starts doing it, and she can imitate him perfectly! He screams when I leave the room, he screams when I walk into the kitchen, even though he can see me. He screams if I am on my laptop and the screen is blocking my face. And lately, he even screams if he is not WITH me. He's frustrating me to the point of anger and tears. I don't know what to do with him.
It doesn't help to ignore the bad behavior and reward the good. In fact, praising him when he is quiet usually leads to screaming. It's to the point that I am putting him upstairs in his sleep cage for time outs when he won't stop. I am at my wits end with him. I love him, he is my baby, but I don't even like him anymore because he just won't stop.
He's been really pushy with attention lately. He flies over to me at least ten times a day, and I don't mind it sometimes but it has gotten to the point of feeling demanding, and I don't like that.
What do I do with him? I think he may benefit from a friend, someone else to turn some of his attention and affection to, but it is not an option right now. I don't want another bird and I'm just not in the position to get another one right now. I don't have the space, the time, or the finances, really. And renting with three animals is really hard around here, so adding another one to the mix might tip the scales to the point that I can't find another place that will rent to me.
Please, give me some advice, here. I have seriously considered finding another home for him because I just can't take it anymore. And this is not something that I take lightly. I have had him for six years, and he is my baby. I type this as tears well up in my eyes at the thought of rehoming him, but something has to be done, here.