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Young Eclectus squawking

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My new baby boy has been in our family for 2.5 weeks now and he has been am Angel!
he's slowly opening up and realizing I'm his new family.

he's a 16 week old male Red Sided Eclectus. Today he developed a constant squawk.
it's only a single noise but continuous whenever he sees me or if he hears a noise he thinks is me.
If my phone gets a message he lets one go.

He was sold to me fully weaned. But thought he may have regressed so I fed him a sooky feed.
he sqawked while eating and carried on like a baby haha it was adorable,

But even after he ate, he was still noisy. Not as bad but still.
if I walked near his cage he would squawk, if I said his name or spoke to him he would squawk.

Any ideas?

I have noticed his voice is a bit raspy when he makes his inside noises.... Hoping it's from all the squawking haha
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:17 AM
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

If he's squawking even after his feedings, then it seems like he's begging for attention. Give him a soft contact call to acknowledge his presence. If it continues, don't give him attention. It will encourage his squawks. Instead, give him a lot of enriching toys such as foraging toys. When you get a moment of silence, shower him with affection. He may return your attention with squawks, continue to ignore them and reward him for his independence and good behavior. It may take a lot of patience and possibly even a good pair of ear plugs, but it'll be well worth it. He's at a young age and like a child you have to teach him which behavior is acceptable and what isn't using positive reinforcement. You got this handled!! Plus, there's a lot of other eclectus owners here to help! Welcome to the forum swifty_ano
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

He IS a baby.

As a rule, youngsters only call out for food. They recognize their parent, hand feeder and caregiver and if they are hungry they make that single, repetiive noise. This is not something that should be ignored using behavior modification.

Keep food in his dish all the time. You may have to move him to the dish if he is not going there himself. Make sure he is eating what you provide. At his age he does need to sit and eat for a long time.

I think it would be good to hand feed him a bit for another month.
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

Here's the problem. I tried feeding him what the breeder fed him, so as to not shock him. He ate well, but I noticed he was only eating. SPROUTS, Corn and grapes. The other vegetables remained untouched.
so I started feeding him vegetables in the morning minus sprouts and it seemed to work a little. Didn't eat all of it but more then he had been.

He got his favourite things for dinner as well as his not so favourite mixed in.

He did well for 4-5 days and just one day decided he would squawk

I gave him a hand feed this morning but wasn't hungry for the mix and decided he wanted his normal food.
He ate a good chunk of it. So he shouldn't be hungry today.

He does seem to be making constant inside noises though like his " awwwwwwww" noises. Is this normal? He doesn't usually do that in the morning?
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

The begging noise is only made when they see the feeder (bird or person).

It sounds like you are doing good. I just wanted to remind you that he needs to eat as much as possible now. He is very, very young to be on his own especially since he is one of the larger subspecies.
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

You ain't seen nuttin yet hahahahahahahaha. Wait for him to get a year or two old and see what happens. You think he's squawking now, you haven't heard anything yet. Also, the longer he is there and the more comfortable he gets with his surroundings, the more vocal he will become. They have a scream or yell that is soooo high pitched and loud, it can be heard better than a block away and I believe could break crystal if it was near.

Try to ignore it because he's doing it for attention and the more attention he gets, the more he will want, just imagine a screaming 2 year old at the store wanting a toy and mother tells him or her "NO".
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

It's so hard to know what bad behaviors we are teaching our babies! Anytime I am in the kitchen, SQUAWK! Now we have a thing where if we hit a piece of silverware on a plate, ya know, otherwise known as eating, SQUAWK! I am doing my best to keep him full and happy. He's been maintaining weight wonderfully, not taking much handfeeding, picking at veggies and seed/pellets (even though I really hate to do the pellet thing) at night. It sometimes just feels like you're doing everything you could and then the SQUAWK. Mine has been home for about the same amount of time as well. Feel free to message me, I know this feeling if you want to vent about it
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

Thanks everyone! NICKI I might have to take you up on that offer.

I've started with hand feeds of an evening. I've tried morning feeds and he's more interested in his normal food.

He's fine when I leave for work but when I come home Its non stop noise. I'll give him a hand feed and he loves it, however, it doesn't help the noise.
he will sit on my shoulder and squawk in my ear....... That really hurts.
It seems nothing I do helps the situation.

When it's our time, once he settles down he always makes inside noises like "awwwww" but it's pretty constant to. I'm not sure if it's because he's vocal or trying to communicate with me?

I've done 4 hand feeds so far and it seems he's put on 35-40G? This seems a little excessive for such a short amount of time?

Its getting too me as I feel I'm doing something wrong. Like hes asking for something/ yelling something to me but I'm not providing it
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

That seems like a lot of weight to gain in a short time. Four days?? Are you weighing the same time of day? Weigh him in the morning after his first poop of the day before he has eaten.

If you are taking your time feeding him, by the time he is finished he should not be calling out for food. If you are talking to him he may just be responding to you and that's a good thing.

It's the incessant, repetitive cawing that indicates hunger.

When my birds are weaning their chicks they will let them call a few times before feeding them. The older the chick gets the longer the parents wait before feeding them. Eventually the chick quits begging.

But, as owners of youngsters we need to make sure they are eating plenty and that there is always food available.

The baby stage does pass!

Does he seem to be doing a good job of eating the various foods in his dishes?
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Re: Young Eclectus squawking

He doesn't eat everything I give him nut he eats bits and piece.Mainly sprouts and his fruit.
I'm trying to get him to eat everything else but it's not easy

So his squawking is when he's in his outside cage and he sees someone. It doesn't matter who.
its not only when he's hungry, He does that when it's later in the arvo and that's really ear piercing.

The worst part is, even when he's fed, he still squawks after wards for a little while until he settles down a bit and realizes he's not going back outside.


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