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Old 08-09-2017, 04:25 PM
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Question Insistent Calling Becoming a Problem

I have a male and female -- Charley (m -- 1 yr) and Rikki (f -- 2 yrs), both quite tame. They are normally housed separately in cages next to each other except for about two hours of out-of-cage playtime on a separate play gym. They are both quite tame and interact well together and with me. Occasionally they have had two or three days of constant manic calling, which then subsides on its own into normal happy budgie sounds. For the past two weeks they have been going non-stop until playtime and bedtime. My wife wears a hearing aid and says the sound is driving her up a wall. My questions: 1) Is this a seasonal hormonal thing they will get over? 2) Should I completely separate them in separate rooms of the house? 3) I've never had a male and female at the same time so have never experienced anything like this. I dearly love these two bird friends, but need to keep harmony in the home.

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Old 08-09-2017, 05:56 PM
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It's difficult to know if it is a hormonal issue with your birds or something else that has triggered their sudden need to vocalize.

When they call, are you (or your wife) responding to them by talking to them, telling them to be quiet, etc.?

If so, you are inadvertently reinforcing the very behavior you want to stop. The better course of action is to ignore them completely.

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It is possible for your wife to take out her hearing aids and you can both use disposable ear plugs if necessary.
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When my budgies are yelling at me, they are either flock calling me (want me to come back into their room and spend time with them) or there's something that's alarming outside their window (usually a local blue jay that has now decided they are *very* interesting to watch).

See if it happens around the same time every day. Maybe they are hungry? Maybe it's a song or show playing in the background that upsets them? Maybe they just want to play? Maybe they just want your wife in the same room as it's comforting? For me, the first steps would be to try and observe as much about the situation as possible.

I wouldn't put them in separate rooms except as a last resort.
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Thank you both for taking the time to reply. Food for thought here. Deborah -- I think I have read you have a male and female housed next to each other in separate cages: Have you ever had this issue with your own birds? Thanks again.
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Dan,

I have a total of 9 budgies and 3 lovebirds so my house is filled with noise from the time they get up in the morning until they are covered for the night.

My seven budgie boys have two Prevue Hendryx F050 cages in my living room.

My two budgie girls have their own Prevue Hendry F040 cage upstairs in my bedroom.

I have a bonded lovebird pair in another P.H. F040 cage and my final solo lovebird in a P.H. F040 cage of his own. The lovebirds are also housed in my bedroom.

My budgie boys are extremely loud and active. If I want to watch TV, I have to have it on Closed Caption so I can read what is being said -- there is simply no way to hear it over the noise of the birds.

When I first got Pedro and Poppy (Rescue bonded lovebirds) they screamed continually for over two weeks straight even though they were in the same cage.
I learned very quickly to ignore them when they were screaming and resorted to wearing earplugs all day long.
Thankfully, now they only have periodic bouts of flock calling but it is ear-piercingly loud when all three lovebirds decide to get going at one time.
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Thank you Deborah and Moira. This gives me some much needed perspective, which is why I find this forum so helpful. I have always had only male birds -- never a male and female and I decided early on to keep them in separate cages except for playtime together. I think they are flock-calling me, as I notice they may be quiet until they hear me moving about the house.
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You're very welcome and I'm glad having the additional inputs helped put things into perspective a bit.

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