I have had these two budgies, for one and a half months. They are both females as I can tell, and they are not that old, if I had to guess I would say a couple of months at the most. The behavior of them is excruciatingly annoying. For one, they like to scream. I mean not the "ack ack ack" that they make sometimes, but SCREECH. Ear piercingly loud, I can hear it outside my house. They calm down in the evening, and I've especially noticed it is only coming from one of them. The other one does this sort of soft sound while the other makes the loud *** screech. They have food and water. They have a cuttlebone and toys. I play music for them. Another issue I have, is they seem so skittish. Like, it has been a month and a half, and if they are eating or playing, as soon as I move at all, they run to the corner of the cage and watch me. Three sides of their cage are covered, so that should be helping them feel safe. I have been trying to tame them, by simply talking to them and lying my hand on the cage door every day for 15 minutes at least. No change. Is it because I got them from a bad pet store?
(Petsmart, I know, its just hard to find a reliable breeder where I live) Should I start over training? I have no idea what to do anymore, and I know, that some budgies can take a year+ to tame, but after a month and a half, I would think that they would at least not be freaked out if I move, and I have no idea what to do about the screeching. Have I been going to fast for them? Are they just not able to be tamed? THEY ARE SCREECHING AS I TYPE THIS OMG IT IS THE WORST.
I'm sorry the sound is annoying to you.
However, I doubt there is anything that is going to change that particular behavior as you indicated it seems to happen regularly and is not triggered by any particular thing to your knowledge.
Is that correct?
I have a couple of budgies that love to screech.
I think some budgies simply like to hear themselves and for them, the louder they can yell/screech the better.
Thankfully, it doesn't bother me. I have four budgies and three lovebirds so it's quite noisy in my house most of the time.
Sitting next to your budgies' cage for 10-15 minutes 3 or 4 times a day and talking, singing and reading to them should help them get used to your presence. Move slowly when you are around them and always talk to them in a calm and reassuring manner. Since you've had the budgies for a month and a half now, I wouldn't have the cage covered during the day. Budgies need light and activity around them and the only way for them to become accustomed to that is to allow their cage to be uncovered.
I cover my birds' cages only at night, top, three sides and 1/3 of the way down the fourth side.
If you've had your budgies for one month and a half, they can't realistically be only a couple of months old. At the very least they'd be by now 4 months old, if you got them by the time they were 2 and a half - 3 months old.
Budgies like any other pet, respond to our attitudes and the "vibes" we emit.
If they are in a stressful environment where there is animosity, negativity and frustration, they will react to these, this will show on their behaviours.
If you want to give a fair chance to your budgies, in pursuing a good connection and interaction with them, then first you must let go of the negative frame of mind, to let go of the frustrations and reach a happy place.
When you are calm and feeling positive, the atmosphere will change and you will be ready to reconnect with your budgies.
You can do so by sitting close to their cage and to talk or read to them in a calm, positive and encouraging way. See how they react, pay attention to their body language and when you see them receptive to you, then you can move to the next step in terms of earning your budgies trust and having a better bond with them.
If at any given point in time, you feel your frustrations are too much and you can't handle the fact that budgies sing/make noise when they are happy, then you can carefully consider getting your budgies a new home.
I'm wishing all the best to you and your budgies.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
My budgie screeched at the beginning of our friendship, it was very loud, my neighbors were asking me what is going on. But he stopped doing it after month or so. But when he was screeching I just clap my hands and he would stop. I kinda miss him screeching.
Your budgies are gifting you with a valuable lesson.
People and critters are what they are, and if you want them around, you have to be prepared to take the good with the bad.
Budgies are loud and messy. You can work with them and they will often become tamer and bond with you, but chirping and squawking are just them doing their thing.
Some are chirpier than others, but, well, that is the way all of them are to an extent.
There are large birds called macaws that some people keep as pets. Some gloss over the 'loud' part when they read descriptions because they are such beautiful birds. Then when they get the bird home to their tiny apartment and it belts out a few ear splitting squawks, all of a sudden the bird isn't welcome anymore, but it is just being itself, it hasn't done anything wrong..
A good lesson to learn is that people are that way too. You probably already have some friends who are loud and rowdy, and some friends who are gentle and quiet. Everything is fine as long as you allow them to be themselves, but trouble pops up when you meet a special one and want to change part of them to suit you, and you convince yourself you can do that, but then it doesn't work.
Behavior modification by gentle positive training does work to an extent, but you can't take the squawk out of a macaw, and you can't take the chirp out of a budgie.