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Old 05-12-2013, 04:03 AM
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

As mentioned before, don't praise him for his squawks. If he sees someone and squawks, don't take him out of the cage immediately. You can give him a contact call to acknowledge his presence, but if his squawking continues, ignore him until he gets quiet. Then you go in and take him out of the cage. He needs to learn to be independent (even when you or someone is home) and that "silence" or cute noises are acceptable. Remember: foraging toys is literally the golden key! There's a DIY section on the forum that has a lot of really good ideas for super cheap at home foraging toys that won't cost you a pretty penny.

My favorite is getting eucalyptus branches and zip-tying them to the cage. then from the branches and leaves I tie coffee filter paper filled with nuts, dried fruits, dehydrated veggies. It provides a super easy, cheap foraging activity, especially for the beginner birds who haven't had much experience in the foraging department.

Aside from feedings and bedtime, Nalani isn't on a "set" schedule of when she comes out of the cage. Some days she's in her cage all morning, other days she spends it outside or on her perch. Switch things up with the routine to make it different from yesterday. Then, when schedules change (which they do for school, work, family, etc.) he won't become accustomed to a single set routine.
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

Even when out of the cage he will squawk. Even once fed he still squawks.
when he's on my shoulder he squawks.

I can't stop it
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

When exactly does he NOT squawk? What are all the conditions where he is quiet?
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

I'm definitely still a noob, but what I have been doing is making a chop. Food processing all his food so that all his yummy foods and his good foods are so small that when he picks out his favorite foods, there is still good food stuck to it He throws a lot out, but I feel like it helped out a lot Still wants his hand feeding though, those squawks are pretty loud echoing through my kitchen. I guess Eko is a fitting name then lol.
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

He doesn't squawk when covered up (after a while)
After he thinks I'm gone he will quieten down after a few minutes but when he hears something he thinks is me he will make noise....
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:17 AM
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

Hey,

Your situation sounds so similar to mine and Lokis about two months ago, everyone here will recall how horrid it was when I felt so useless to stop his calling.

What I can tell you is diet is a big thing, as soon as he ate enough he began to calm. I'm sure your feeding him fine, just what helped me.

Also, persevere, as a baby he is calling to say I'm here, to say play with me etc, an I know it must get frustrating but ignore those calls and they do grow out of it.

As suggested take him out and start teaching him stuff, if he screams pop him on a perch and just sit and ignore him, don't look at him, don't say anything.

When he's quiet go back to him, but expect a call. He will call back while learning,an then walk away again. When he stops get back to him straight away, get that call, and go back.

I promise it gets better, message me about Loki if you like and maybe we can find a solution.

Sounds silly but there is nothing like seeds he can see? Or nuts? Or toys he can't get too which might frustrate him .


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Old 05-18-2013, 05:10 PM
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

Okay mtdoramike you are scaring me!!! Oliver is VERY quiet with the exception of his lovely talking and cute little noises. He is not a squawker only the first week when he came in January and with one of my sons every time he passed by him, but that ended when he fed him one weekend while I was gone. So, will this change in a year?
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

Quote: Originally Posted by Swifty_ano View Post
He doesn't squawk when covered up (after a while)
After he thinks I'm gone he will quieten down after a few minutes but when he hears something he thinks is me he will make noise....
Some birds are more needy than others and some are more vocal than others. If you know he is eating well, then I would say talk to him when he makes the noise. Turn it into a back and forth where you respond to his noise and see if he will respond to yours. After all, that is the first step towards helping a bird learn to talk.

I don't think it is normal for him to squawk ALL the time so I hope you are exagerating a bit.

Does he fly? Does he have things to chew that interest him enough that he will fool with them? Or does he just want to be with/on you?

A content young bird should be too busy to squawk, IMO.
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