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Old 03-13-2017, 04:53 PM
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I would say call your most local vet and find out if they have an avian vet who visits? And you don't have to take your bird in a cage a box will do fine and will keep her calmer. I'm calling your bird a she as to me it sounds like a girl if all she does is scream lol I get screaming from one of my males when I enter the aviary only since his wife has been in the nest box but he doesn't act aggressively so it could be she's doing a similar behaviour as he is. I believe my male is letting his wife know I'm there as she can't see me. But you really should have had a vet lined up before getting a pet bird. My local vets isn't a bird specialist the closest is probably 50-70 miles away I can't remember exactly but I drive so this isn't a problem for me. I can't imagine it will cost much for the treatment of your bird either and medication goes by weight
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:08 PM
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I already know all of this. When I bought him I had plenty of spare money set aside to care for my birds or pay for their vet visits because I was on disability and unemployment benefits but they cut it off suddenly in March last year and I've been waiting for an appeal tribunal since July or August to get them back, AND the money they owe me. I had money left over when they cut it off but it's all been spent on bird care supplies and the odd vet visit and has dwindled down to a mere 14 at the moment, that's all I have in there. That will cover the cost of them seeing a small bird (12) but will not cover the cost of medication, which from my last experience was a minimum of 6 for a small amount of Baytril that was used to treat a bit of eye irritation, and if it could be as bad as you're suggesting it could be then it could end up being a lot more than that. Especially if I'd have to get him to a specialist afterwards!!


There are no avian vets close enough to me, I really wish I was joking. I'd take him to one immediately if I could. If it was serious enough (if I take him to get checked and something bad was up that is, not as the situation stands now) I would ask my vet to refer me to someone but god knows how much that would cost me. They tend to charge **** of a ton for callouts or referrals, especially if their referred-to avian vets are retired which a lot of them are since clearly none around here work anymore. Not to mention we don't have a car and I can't drive. I understand it's irresponsible and I do regret it a lot but there's only so much I'm capable of as a suddenly broke person :^(. It's not that I'm not willing, I just can't pull money out of thin air. I don't think I can apply for a credit card, I don't even know what I'd need for that. I don't know anything about credit stuff.

Sorry, went on a bit too long there! I hope you can understand at least, I'm struggling financially and both me and my birds are suffering because of it. I'm very aware of this and it hurts my soul a little.



Thank you so much for letting me know the droppings thing is normal overall, I thought it was just breeding behaviour. I was hoping it was though because it's totally ruined my carpet lol. I think he slowly started getting louder in terms of peeps and screams at some point recently and it was after that he had his little falls, almost as if he was getting over excited or something.. it was like a slow build up to the constant screams I get from him now. I've noticed he screams more when it's daylight out and quiets down once night comes, even with the indoor lights on. I'm grateful he doesn't feel the need to scream before I wake up.

He's been a bit more difficult lately though too, a bit more flighty and skittish as well as the screaming. As a bit of an update on his behaviour, I went to let him out of his cage last night and I've never seen him act so.. territorial maybe? He had his wings wide open like a big heart on the bottom of his cage while swaying back and forth, his crest all the way down and hissing a bit. He was screaming to be let out so I was going to but after seeing him like that I left him in there to cool down. I didn't really understand what he was feeling and didn't know if letting him out was a good idea. I was worried I might have frightened him (even though letting him out has been a regular every day occurrence for more than a year now) and he may hurt himself trying to escape me so I didn't want him flapping about the room and risk another fall. I've never seen him like that before and it's baffled me. He's really confusing me lately, I'm not very sure what to do.

I let him out today and until the sun went down it was nothing but constant screams, even louder and more frequent than they were yesterday somehow. However he's much quieter now that it's darker and is having a good ol' preen outside his cage. He hasn't been much of an issue tonight at least. I'm going to try controlling how much daylight he gets, started last night, so now I'm faced with the task of trying to get him back in his cage without him totally freaking out on me so I can cover him. As if that would ever happen. Wish me luck!!
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:47 PM
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The only time any of my birds makes a large poop is when they're breeding. The rest of the year, I see a collection of small poops underneath their sleeping spot. I don't doubt that there are some birds who hold it in regularly, but years of conversation with other people indicates that not holding it in is the norm. You've said that this is a change in behavior for your bird, so nesting behavior is the prime suspect and also the only suspect.

The only other thing I know that would make a bird change its pooping habits this way is when somebody tries to potty train a bird, and the result is that the only time the bird poops is when the owner tells it to. This does happen sometimes, which is why potty-training birds is not recommended. I'm assuming that you haven't been doing this.
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Old 03-14-2017, 10:37 AM
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The only time any of my birds makes a large poop is when they're breeding. The rest of the year, I see a collection of small poops underneath their sleeping spot. I don't doubt that there are some birds who hold it in regularly, but years of conversation with other people indicates that not holding it in is the norm. You've said that this is a change in behavior for your bird, so nesting behavior is the prime suspect and also the only suspect.

The only other thing I know that would make a bird change its pooping habits this way is when somebody tries to potty train a bird, and the result is that the only time the bird poops is when the owner tells it to. This does happen sometimes, which is why potty-training birds is not recommended. I'm assuming that you haven't been doing this.
Oh no, now I'm thoroughly confused lol. I guess I'll have to keep an eye on him and see how long he does it for, sometimes I wish I could just ask him what's up but obviously that's not gonna happen haha.

I haven't attempted to potty train him, no. He can't even step up let alone learn how to poop on command, although I have heard bad things like that about potty training them so it's not really something I'd want to teach him anyway, in case it turned into a problem. I'm alright with having to buy tissue boxes and wet wipes regularly to clean up after him (and the other birds I live with.)
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If medical things have been ruled out...

I went through a really rough screaming patch with Phoenix that was mostly caused by extreme sexual frustration. That's right about the age where they really kick into hormonal overdrive and the urge to mate and reproduce is strong. No viable mates + little mental/physical stimulation = psychotic screaming bird. Placing him in his own large enclosure (room) away from me (trigger) with lots to do (foraging/flight/other birds) has mostly extinguished the screaming.

I would look into foraging alongside clicker/target training. It'll help expend some of that energy, and is also a good way to interact and gain trust in a non-physical way.
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I agree with Tielfan about the large poops. I have a female cockatiel and the only time she has very large poops upon being let out of the cage in the morning is when she has eggs. The rest of the time her poops are small and she doesn't mind pooping in the cage at night.
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Old 03-25-2017, 02:52 PM
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Just thought I'd post an update, I've been covering him regularly at night and giving him a minimum of 12 hours of darkness a day to try to tone down any hormones (as suggested by another poster) but this hasn't seemed to make a difference. Screaming cockatiel is still screaming consistently throughout the day until the sun goes down, covered or uncovered.

As a last resort I've placed a mirror in his cage (the one thing I hate doing with birds to the point I've covered all the mirrors on my birds toys with stickers!) just to test if he's feeling lonely without another cockatiel/mate or just company, if that helps the screaming then I'll be figuring out a way to spend more time with him or be his company, assuming taking the mirror away eventually doesn't make him scream again. It's just the last thing I can think of.

If that doesn't help then it looks like I'll be taking him to a regular vet to check if he's ill or injured, luckily for me a family member has offered to pay for it for me. It could just be sexual frustration and I can't blame him for that but there's.. really nothing I can personally do to help him with that lol.

Hopefully I'll figure this out soon, it's only a matter of time before it gets dark later and later and if he screams into the night at that point it'll be a problem not only for me but also my neighbours. Lets hope it doesn't come to that!
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I don't know if you've got your baby sorted yet, but consistent screaming is exactly what we just went though with our baby who just passed. At the very end of his life is became extremely apparent to me that his screaming was due to illness and pain.
His screaming was so excessive our vet gave him a dose of Lupron last month, and that didn't help. So when we went back last week and we told her he was still screaming, she knew something medically was terribly wrong with him. Unfortunately his screaming only persisted for two months before he passed. Please don't waste time trying to sort if it's hormonal or not.
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