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Old 06-26-2015, 01:50 PM
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Default Noisy work to start soon on apt. building - worried for budige

Hi everyone.

I just found out recently that the apartment building I live in will be having some major work done starting in a few weeks until possibly as long as October. There will be loud drilling as they'll be chipping away at the cement around the windows. I'm very worried how Basil, my budgie, will cope. She's a very sensitive budgie. Even if it's quiet in the apt and the TV or radio isn't on..if there's an unexpected noise like the fridge making a strange noise or someone using a hammer nearby she kinda jumps. This drilling will be happening on and off through-out the day from 8am-5pm.
Do you have any ideas on how I can make this easier on Basil? I've been thinking I should come up with a back-up plan in case it's too much for her. It's just the likelyhood of finding someone to take her in would be hard to find. I appreciate any feedback. Thank-you!!
ps- I wrote this out yesterday and after writing it I noticed later in the day the work will be starting very soon. They're already setting up the equipment.

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Old 06-26-2015, 02:22 PM
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leave the radio on for her.
Also, construction noise is pretty constant, I am sure she will be adapting to it rather quickly. It won't be a sudden thing for sure.

You can probably put some Rescue Remedy into her drinking water (it's 7-% alcohol, but you probably won't need the whole dose for a bird - which isn't but 4 drops, even for an adult or even a horse!)

https://www.bachflower.com/

There are a lot of sources out there, your local health food store is likely to carry it.
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Wow, that's a tough one Tasha. I know you're worried about Basil and I don't blame you. One of my three budgies is very timid and if I even drop a pencil on the floor when he doesn't expect it he panics.

One possibility that comes to mind is to try and de-sensitize her to noise. This is easier said than done but it just might work.

The first thing I would suggest is to make sure that when the work first starts that you are nearby to comfort her and tell her it's okay and that she's safe. Hopefully she will learn to associate you with the noise being no big deal when she see's that your not afraid and she will understand that there is no danger to her.

Also, try and spend as much time directly interacting with her as you can before the work starts if you don't already. I know that my sensitive budgie would rather just sit in a corner in his cage all day but if I let him do this he becomes afraid of everything. (I think this is learned behavior from when he was in the pet store- I got him when he was almost a year old. You may have the same challenge too)

You may have to become a little demanding with Basil. Although my budgie is afraid in the beginning within a very short time he's out of his "shell" when I don't just let him cower in a corner.

What is ironic about your situation is that parrots LOVE noise. Budgies are parrots and they do too. But not all noise. Try playing a radio loudly (increase the volume over several days) and try and get her used to the same station or talk show. I find my budgies like to listen to a male voice on the radio- possibly they associate it with me and safety when I'm not home. When the work starts, she may focus on the sound from the radio and not be as startled by the sound of the construction.

I'll keep thinking but I hope this helps.

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Is there a possibility to move her in a quieter room as long as the builder is working?
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Thanks for the information you've sent me. I actually think I have some old rescue remedy at home but doubt it's of use any more. Mark, you have some great solid information. Thank-you! I do often play music or the TV as I'm home most of the time. If I do go out, I make sure even more to have music on for Basil.

I'm not sure how to de-sensitize her but I can check that out and I suppose just being around and trying to get her out of the cage more may help. I know when I vacum she cowers in her safe spot. I'm concerned for myself too, but I will make sure I'm around (as I may go out a little more now) .. I'll make sure I'm around enough to make sure she becomes comfortable with it.

The noise will be louder in the bedroom, so I'll be keeping her in her usualy spot. Thanks again!
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Bright and early tomorrow the construction starts on the apt building I live in. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things go as smoothly as possible. (Rain is in the forecast, so it may be put on hold)

I'll let you know how things go.

Take care, thanks to those who posted.
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Have you thought of maybe downloading "construction sounds" to play for her? If you play them at a tolerable volume while feeding her spray millet, she might associate the scary sounds as something to be happy and excited about.

Maybe you could also try playing the "Happy Budgies" CD (or whatever it's called) for her while construction is going on?
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