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Old 10-25-2015, 06:25 AM
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Merlin is a single lady, she has been with us just over a year now and is pretty bonded with me, her mummy. She isn't so fusses by her dad. Lately, when I have let her out (not so much when she is in her cage) she is constantly flock calling. She has loads of toys, many she doesn't seem interested in, and I'm always around to chat with her and play with her when she wants to come over to me. The calling happens more in the morning than the afternoon.
The noise is driving me CRAZY. I've tried ignoring it, shouting, putting her away. Can anyone suggest why she is doing this?! Or how to help with it?

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I believe that there are birds that are just like that. Some budgies don't call much, and others are regularly more chatty.
I found having a lone bird noisier than having 5 in room a lot of the time as they chatter to each other and don't tend to call in the same way.

None of the things you've tried will help, as a budgie, it's in their nature to make such noises and I don't know of any way you can stop it.
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Merlin being a lone budgie is bonded to you , the flock calling could be because she is feeling stressed and wants to be with you , or is she showing signs of being in condition at all? She could be calling for a mate. Play some budgie sounds for her or music to help her have some noise around. Silence is a sign of danger to Budgies they love noise, a radio or tv in the background may help.
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:09 AM
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All birds will naturally sing, this is what they do when happy and when they want to communicate with us or a mate. Whether it's flock calling, screeching or all the other chirps, this shows us everything is good and right in their world.
By trying to diminish or put a full stop to their "noise" a person will be going against the bird's very nature and instincts. By doing so, said bird can potentially develop behavioural issues and become depressed.
Embrace the flock calling, the screeching and everything that comes along with pet bird ownership. One budgie does not make that much noise and if it bothers you so much, then you adjust to this by getting some earplugs. It's not the pet bird that needs adjustment in the way of singing and expressing itself.

I for one, I have 8 budgies and 6 lovebirds and I love all the crazy singing they do especially in the mornings, this tells me they are happy and healthy and that in turn makes me happy too. I get worried when there is silence in the house, that's when I know something not quite right is going on.

EDIT: Regarding the flock calling when you let Merlin out, it's quite possible she wants some extra attention from you in terms of a more close interaction.
By spending good quality time with her, chances are high the flock calling will decrease.
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Just to clarify I don't want her to be quiet, its just the monotone flock call that i want to try and reduce. When merlin is out I'm always with her in the room and if she sits on me I always take time off from watching TV or reading to make noises with her and give her lots of kisses.
It just seems to be an am thing. Now it's past lunch she doesn't do it half as much!!
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Yes, that is normal! Budgies are generally more energized and enthusiastic in the mornings and that translates into more happy singing or in your Merlin's case flock calling.
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I agree with Ana.
Enjoy the flock calling and take that as a sign she wants more attention from you in the mornings. I'm sure she wants to tell you all about the dreams she had the night before!
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CRAZY. I've tried ignoring it, shouting, putting her away.
Just out of curiousity, how did she react when you shouted at her?
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She likes me making loud noises ironically...
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My technique is to teach them a call that I will always respond to. I teach mine to do the wolf whistle and whenever they repeat it they always get my positive attention.

If they do the natural flock call they won't get any real attention but I will wolf whistle back to let them know I am within hearing distance. It has reduced the flock calling but it hasn't eliminated it.

My budgie was almost completely trained out of flock calling and then I added a tiel and now he is starting to mimic the tiel's shrieks. I'm working on training the tiel but because I am having to divide my attention between the two it is going a lot slower.

I sometimes see whispering recommended. Supposedly they will quiet down so they can hear you if you are speaking softly. I have never tried it but just wanted to offer another approach if you want to give it a try.
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