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Old 07-22-2011, 07:14 AM
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Hello Everyone. I am new to this forum. Hopefully I will get the right answers. I have a 1yr old male cockatiel. Very tame, cute and cuddly. In the last month or so he has been squawking in his cage and at playtime. He has a 5 star cage. I have tried almost everything to settle him down. Clicker training, blanket, move the cage, music, talk softly, new toys, change the toys around to name just a few. Nothing seems to work. In the mornings for 2 to 3 hrs non stop and sometimes all day. I have had cockatiels before but never like this one. I have to put his cage out on our deck and just keeps squawking. Mind you, he does do some talking in between. To me he seems nervous, always looking around. His head goes from left to right and back again really fast. He doesn't seem calm and relaxed. I am treating him exactly the same as the others I have had but he doesn't seem to stop. The only time he stops is when he is asleep. When he is out of the cage he is with me mumbling with his wings half out. I think that is flirting. Not sure. He was out for over an hour this morning, put him back and starts squawking. He is a very good whistler but now if he hears anyone whistling around the house or on the radio and tv he lets out this unbearable squawk. Have spoken to a few people and some say get him another bird and others say don't because he will turn aggressive. They all have their different personalities. Maybe mines not normal. To me it sounds like a calling noise. He wasn't like this before this started. He was so quiet. I had to check the cage to see if he was okay. Maybe he thinks he's human. What do you do if you've done almost everything to try and fix the problem. I don't want to start stressing out over a bird if you know what I mean. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:23 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum

Getting another tiel will make him happy and will calm him down
I have the same problem with my beano and he will not be quiet, he prefers to be on his own and he doesnt want a female which i have dumpling and buttercup and he not interested. All my others are quiet at times but him is really annoying so i know how you feel.
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Thanks for replying. The only thing that worries me is if I get him a friend, he might not accept it or will accept and they both end up squawkers. I am tearing my hair out as to which way to go.
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I have a total of 12 at the minute and only beano wont be quiet but the others are fine

I also find that blowing up a balloon just a little bit and pull at the sides when its going back down and the noise coming from it makes them quiet for a bit
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Something else for me to try. Thanks.
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Your welcome

We would love to see some pics of him
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I will post a pic tomorrow.
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It sounds like he may be bored. Maybe a few new toys to play with in his cage would help, or swap out his toys with new ones. How often do you take him out? Has the time you've spent out of cage time been reduced for some reason? Getting another bird might calm him down, but it might also make him less interested in you as a flock mate. It really depends on the bird though.
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when Ozzy does that generally its because she wants something, mostly she wants to come out and hang out. Sometimes its more seed. sometimes its a bath. LOL shes a goober
maybe he wants to come out of the cage more
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He comes out most of the time for an hour or longer. Watches tv with us and has a play. I have bought him and made all sorts of toys. Plays with them for a while and then looses interest. His cage is very large. At the moment it's 9am over here and when I took his cover off he has start to squawk and won't stop. Sounds to me likes he's lonely and wants a mate. Taking him to a breeder to find out if everything is okay with him. He will definitely quieten down when he sees her birds. He is even squawking when he's outside the cage which I don't understand. Anyhow, things will get sorted out in the end. Thanks for all of your replies.
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