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Old 12-23-2019, 03:49 PM
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Cockatiel needy!!!

Ok I can't take it anymore. Jazz will NOT stop whining when he's in his cage and he sees or hears me. He gets a LOT of time out and I have to sleep during the day so he CANT be out then. He knows I'm home and just calls and calls and calls and calls and calls and calls. I go to the bathroom and he hears me and when I look he's crouched down shaking his wings at me. He's so desperate to be near me. Then when I leave the room he calls even louder. Oh man, he is driving the family crazy! What can I do?!
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Old 12-23-2019, 04:21 PM
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Re: Cockatiel needy!!!

Sorry I've got no ideas, just sympathy. Fang is doing this exact same thing to me right this minute. He is out of his cage, got his little budgie mate for company, plenty of food and things to shred, but he's squawking for me over and over and over and I am not even his favourite human!

Earplugs? Alcohol?? The sweet release of death??? That's it, I'm all out!
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Re: Cockatiel needy!!!

Does he have any access to shadowy spaces? If so, remove them. This sounds like an obsessive bond that would be accentuated by hormones...AND IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR...................


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Old 12-23-2019, 07:08 PM
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Re: Cockatiel needy!!!

Oh I can sympathize! I had a bunch of screaming today too....
You can try pattering to music. You play the soft music when he is quite, and before he goes to sleep. Then you are supposed to be able to play the same soft music when they are loud and they calm down....I'm going to try it.
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Old 12-23-2019, 07:25 PM
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Re: Cockatiel needy!!!

Yep!! I go through the same crap with BB and A LOT of time,not only is it annoying,it actually PMRO I leave the room for a second and its CHIRP CHIRP CHIRP...never thought such a little thing can be so noisy. Then he flies all willy Wonka screaming for me and hunts me down..Wish I knew how to curb it..if you find a way let me know!!



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Re: Cockatiel needy!!!

Yup. Alex does that. The new male tiel is starting to too, but only when he is out of sunflower seeds..


Alex is like a freaking Bug detector. In his old age I can sometimes sneak around without him knowing I'm up, but not always. When I was a kid he somehow would even hear me walking up the street after school. Even on half days. Don't ask me how the little guy does it but he does. Haha I actually love it these days. Each shriek is a treasured one. My shrill little screaming grumpy slave driver. <3 of course, at over 17 years old, his volume isn't what it once was.


If I leave the room when he is sitting on someone else's shoulder it doesn't matter. SHRIEK SHRIEK SHRIEK WHERES MOM? oh, my poor husband is going to go deaf from Alex's needyness.




I never came up with a system that worked to get him to stop. Tiels just love to yell orders from the other room I guess.
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Old 12-24-2019, 07:56 AM
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Re: Cockatiel needy!!!

thanks all, yea it was rough yesterday. I tried music, I tried covering up the front of the cage so he cant see me. I ended up taking him and his cage mate to their upstairs cage to see if he would call out constantly. He eventually calmed down. our bond is pretty tight though I am thankful for that. Feels good to be loved, if only he'd let me sleep!
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Re: Cockatiel needy!!!

Quote: Originally Posted by YUMgrinder View Post
thanks all, yea it was rough yesterday. I tried music, I tried covering up the front of the cage so he cant see me. I ended up taking him and his cage mate to their upstairs cage to see if he would call out constantly. He eventually calmed down. our bond is pretty tight though I am thankful for that. Feels good to be loved, if only he'd let me sleep!
don't ever cover part of the cage during the day---even tough it doesn't seem cave-like to us, it is to them and will just make things worse. They have object permanence so they know who is around even if they can't see you anyway.
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Old 12-24-2019, 03:27 PM
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Re: Cockatiel needy!!!

I have the answer for you. Video below show how effective the Randy the Macaw is when my Cockatiels and cockatoos start screaming. She just tell them to "shut up". or "get out of here".


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Old 12-24-2019, 03:34 PM
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Re: Cockatiel needy!!!

yup that's Apollo lately too. I was giving her a shower and I made the mistake of whistling a little and she started full blown contact calling for a male, no more whistling for me
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