I have this problem that just recently started with my two cockatiels. I have had Peaches and cream since they were weaned 4+ years a go. My babies are extremely friendly and enjoy spending time with me.
In the past they have both made an average amount of noise as far as cockatiels go. They "sing" (horribly!) in the morning, and chirp at night before bedtime. But more recently, they have started this horrible screaming!
They scream when I come home. They scream when I walk by them. They scream even when I'm not in the room, and they scream when my roommates walk by. In the past they did not do this, and it is beginning to drive me insane. I try not to give them attention when they do this, as I do not wish to reinforce the screaming. Peaches and Cream, do, however, have PLENTY of out-of-cage time and get attention every single day. I haven't changed the amount of time I spend with them.
One more piece to this is that Peaches has been laying eggs and making all kinds of ridiculous mating noises. Could she be trying to mate with me? Could her hormones be causing her to initiate the screaming fests? Cream is definitely also female (vet confirmed), and isn't displaying any mating behavior. Peaches seems to start the screaming, and Cream chimes in.
My questions are as follows:
Why are they doing this?
What should I do with the eggs?
Is there any way to deter this behavior?
I do apologize if these questions have been answered before. I am new to this forum, so hello, and thank you all very much in advanced.
Concerned mom of two cockatiels