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Old 05-15-2015, 11:55 AM
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Default Budgie who won't stop screaming- not the ACK ACK ACK sound

Hi, I have a budgie who's about 8 years old, who last year got into the bad habit of screaming at birds outside. I read the sticky and know that screeching sound, this is totally different.

It's like an ear piercing alarm- incessant over and over and over. I have four other budgies. None of the rest of them do this- they engage in normal budgie chatter. I cover up her cage for ten minutes or so only when I can't stand it any longer.

Making a sudden noise like dropping a spoon on a hardwood floor or crumbling paper only makes her worse. I read the page on negative and positive reinforcement, and I can't to seem to use that to come up with something I haven't tried before. I think I need a fresh perspective.

She's not tame. She's very skittish. Doesn't get along with any other budgie, but is obsessed with the birds outside. Any suggestions?


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Old 05-15-2015, 02:54 PM
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Try moving her cage away from the window so she can't see the birds outside, if she looks alart she could be threatened by them and trying to scare them off. I'm not an expert but this could help.
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if she looks alart she could be threatened by them and trying to scare them off. I'm not an expert but this could help.
I didn't even think about this possibility! Moving her cage away from a window won't help when she hears them, but maybe it'll help her feel more safe and secure. I'm definitely trying this.
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Hm, well... Although I haven't had a ton of budgie experience, all 3 that I've had (2 that I currently have) including my new baby do the loud ACK ACK ACK at times. My mature male in my avatar does it all the time, in fact some sort of noise seems to be constantly coming from him lol. He's very noisy. So was his late buddy. I just assumed that ack ack sound was part of the normal sounds they make.

I'm not sure what it means, but they seem to do it with an excited body posture, standing up tall and maybe jumping around. Twigs does it when he wants to be let out of his cage.
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Although some budgies make a screeching noise to express happiness, others can use it when they are scared. You could try covering the cage on three sides to see if it will stop her from hearing the other birds and try playing low music. Perhaps the silence followed by sudden presence of birdie noises scares her.

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I agree this bird could be frightened of the sound of the wild birds. You could try to desensitize her by playing the sounds of wild or tame budgies inside you home. I do this often from Youtube. My birds sing along and seem to enjoy doing so.
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We have two hens and they make that sound, but only rarely...seems to be when they both wish to have a certain swing to perch on...they both sing loudly to visiting birds, but not the Ack, Ack sound...agree with the other suggestions - about Youtube...hope it helps her to calm down and feel secure - ours love to hear the other budgies and they try and see that I haven't slipped a newcomer into their cage...
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My girls do the ACK ACK ACK thing and i do not know why. Then I notice the makes run to their side so i am guessing they want attention?
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Maybe I'm not thinking of the same sound that you mean. Twigs is definitely not insecure or scared when he does it. All I know is he makes a pretty good variety of sounds.
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