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Old 04-29-2019, 10:19 AM
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please help, noise reduction.

ive had my greenwing 6 years now, I've recently moved in with my partner (who isnt a pet fan let alone parrot fan) and the noise is becoming a problem. the GW doesnt squark a lot, if youre shouting up/down stairs or if new people come in (which isnt really what you want having guests enter). it does seem a lot louder in this house than my last.

the other problem is my girlfriend will be working on the otherside of the wall with clients. I'm looking into ikoustic soundproofing if only to cut the decibles down a bit but its causing big problems that i dont know how to fix. any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:25 AM
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Re: please help, noise reduction.

All macaws will make noise so your partner will have to learn to accept that some vocalizations are normal and will last its entire lifetime. There is no such thing as a quiet macaw.... that being said, what kind of activities does your GW mac have to do to entertain himself? Have toys or wood to shred on a daily basis? Lots of outside of cage time? Trained to wear a harness and venture outside for some fresh air and sunshine? They do need continuous stimulation and socialization to be good pets and so not sure if sound proofing is going to be the key here or behavioral training.

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Re: please help, noise reduction.

This situation sounds problematic. If push comes to shove, I hope you find someone who is an animal lover (instead of re-homing your bird)...Maybe I'm jaded, but it has been my experience that little annoyances early on become points of contention when things get rocky. Just remember, you made a promise to your bird before you met your partner...

Carpet and rugs will absorb some noise, as will large furniture. You can buy sound panels on amazon (foam). A noise cancelling machine might help those in the next room? If the floors are wood, try putting down runners in the hall etc...It isn't going to be perfect and it will still be loud to a non-bird person. If your girlfriend isn't on-board now, she probably isn't going to be very understanding when bird-related issues arise in the future...I learned that the "hard way".

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Re: please help, noise reduction.

thank you both for your responses. She spends the majority of the day at work on her tree, when she gets home she goes away (or if she goes home earlier in the day she is out of the cage). At weekends she is out of the cage more or less all day and she has toys to play with (wooden, she doesn't much care if she cant destroy it).

my partner doesn't want me to get rid of her (with that in mind had i of met my girlfriend first though getting her wouldn't of been in the question). She understands and doesn't mind the odd squawk but Lola basically makes it so nobody outside the bedroom can talk (if she can hear it).

i did make a promise to my parrot first but i've also just made a very expensive, lengthy promise to my girlfriend too and i don't like breaking promises. so lets just say getting rid of either is out the question.
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Re: please help, noise reduction.

So, when you are yelling, your Macaw does the same!
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no, when anyone new enters the house
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Re: please help, noise reduction.

Sounds like my macaws. They both sound off at 'intruders' entering our home as well as any time one of us opens up the door. Mornings and sunsets are other times they like to amp up. If they both get going simultaneously, forget having any meaningful conversations as you won't be able to hear the other person speaking!
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Re: please help, noise reduction.

So I would think that high quality sound panels on the wall of the macaw's room would deaden/muffle the sound such that it wouln't cut through you but you will still be able to hear it. The panels need to be in the bird room and of course then there is the danger of him chewing/ingesting them.

By the way, like 90% of the sound goes through the door so sound proofing it will make a difference, Use weather stripping to seal around the door and a tight fitting floor sweep on the bottom.
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Re: please help, noise reduction.

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So I would think that high quality sound panels on the wall of the macaw's room would deaden/muffle the sound such that it wouldn't cut through you but you will still be able to hear it. The panels need to be in the bird room and of course then there is the danger of him chewing/ingesting them.

By the way, like 90% of the sound goes through the door so sound proofing it will make a difference, Use weather stripping to seal around the door and a tight fitting floor sweep on the bottom.
thanks for the response bill great info! i had been doing some research over the the last couple of days and speaking to sound proofing companies. The 2 internal walls are both stud walls so the plan is (should anyone stumble across this with a similar problem) to remove the plaster boards refill them with thick fiberglass put a soundproof dry wall over use a isomax/genieclip type clip system on that and apply a second soundproof dry wall and one in the other room.

the door is going to be the issue in which you can have a special sound proof door (about 2k) a double door system like recording studios or what you've suggested.

the sound proof guy suggests this could reduce 100db by about half making it about as loud as next doors barking dog (whilst an annoyance to some, a perfectly reasonable level of noise to own something as glorious as my Lola)

i might post a before during and after thread of the soundproofing project as i know there are others interested.
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Re: please help, noise reduction.

Please keep us posted as I am interested in what you end up doing and how effective it is.
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