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Old 07-25-2010, 08:05 PM
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Funny Noise

Hi,
My Ezzy is making this funny noise, but she only makes it at night before she goes to bed. I have never heard a bird make this noise. It kinda sounds like a locust chirping. It's like a really quick vibration. She has done it since we brought her home. Just wondering if anyone else's bird makes that noise. She is very vocal at night, cooing to herself and talking.

A little off the topic, we have only had her for a week and I was wondering about how long it will take her to get used to us? She is making great strides. We leave her cage open when we are home. The first couple days she just explored her cage, but now she is coming out every morning and climbing all over her cage and then sometimes flying down onto the floor. She still won't take food from us, but when she is on the floor she will step up on command. Just wondering how long it took other birds to adapt to their new surroundings.

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Old 07-25-2010, 10:31 PM
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Re: Funny Noise

is your bird a baby ? mine is 19 weeks old next friday aus time and hes the same as yours vocal at night more then during the day .

as for the weird noise they make so many noises its hard to be clear on what you mean
he maybe hearing something and trying to imitate it. as he gets older he will learn to do it more clearer it could be a couple weeks to settle in my baby has not settled in fully yet im sure of.

it but he knows the routine sort now food in the morning and that hes let out of his cage during the day to play and so on exactly like your bird is
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Re: Funny Noise

When I picked my Ekkie up from the breeder, he said that when he is comfortable and happy he will probably make funny little noises at night. He called them 'jungle noises' lol. My Ekkie loves to make the little squeaky noise you speak of, he chirps and whistles very quietly until he falls asleep.

Sounds like you are doing well with Ezzy, only time can tell you how long it will take, some birds take 5 minutes to warm up, others take 3 years. Just keep doing what you are doing. If she is uncomfortable taking food from you, then work on this by only offering her favourite food via hand. Maybe just have the food sitting next to your hand and slowly phase the hand in. It all takes small steps.

I should also point out, it took about 3 years for my my Ekkie to let me touch him on his back and under his wings. Before that he loved hanging out and being with people, but the same level of trust was not there. Now I can flip him upside down, hold out his wings, pick up his feet etc, without a fuss. I dint nothing different to what I was doing over the past years, the ball was really in his court. Just goes to show the relationship never stops building.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:06 AM
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Re: Funny Noise

Thanks for your responses. I can already tell she is getting more comfortable. She is playing all the time and making lots of noises. She is doing wonderful with her new family. I just can't get her to eat many fruits and veggies. She just wants her seeds and pellet mix. I will keep trying though. She gets braver every day.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:28 PM
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Re: Funny Noise

Mine makes a noise I call her "seagull noise". Is that what hers sounds like?

That's funny that she prefers pellets over fruit! Do you chop the fruit up or give it to her whole? She might like it better if it's whole, because there is play and interest involved rather than it being too easy. Scarlett gets a whole passionfruit about once a week and the way she so enthusiastically rips into it, I'm sure it's the most fun she has all week.

It could also be because of the unfamiliarity - if her breeder had her eat only pellets and she's never had fruit. Try making a pellet mash (mix some pellets with boiling water until it's like warm porridge). If she will eat them like that, mix in a little apple mush (you know the stuff you get in little tubs and kids have them in their lunch boxes?) and see if she will still eat it - if so keep changing the proportions until it is mostly apple mush. Then chop up an apple into little bits and mix it in. Then make the chunks bigger. Then eventually have some apple slices coated with the mush and pellet mix. Hopefully by then she will have learnt to eat apples!

Another hint is, once she has bonded with you, if she still hasn't learnt to like fruit, have her watch you eat an apple and obviously enjoy it. Make a big show of over-acting. Go mmmmm ... yumyum ... spray juice around with your enthusiastic chomping ... then when she looks curious and approaches it, take it away and tell her she can't have any! Then after a few times of doing this she's going to be so desperate to have some she would eat it and enjoy it no matter what it was!
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Re: Funny Noise

The noise you are hearing is beak grinding and is perfectly normal for a sleepy-content parrot. It's unsure why they do this but it's thought to be a way of conditioning thier beak. A great book I know a few members here (me included) recommend for new parrot owners is "Parrots for Dummies" it explains all that stuff plus more.

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Re: Funny Noise

Mel nailed it. I've watched Buddy do it and it's from rubbing his lower beak against his upper beak. When I hear this, I know he's getting tired and wants a nap or time for bed.
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I always love hearing Eddie do the beak grinding. It means - good, hes gonna stop flying around, ranting and raving like a maniac and go to sleep LOL
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