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Old 05-24-2016, 07:07 AM
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Hi everyone!

Spring has arrived and my lovely budgie, Pippin, has started calling for the birds outside (I think.) She can keep going for hours with a non-stop, monotonous "EEEP" "EEEP" sound. I'm pretty sure that she is not calling for me, since she'll keep going incessantly, even when I'm in the room or when she is perched on my shoulder (... very painful for the ears, I might add! )
It is so loud that even if I live in a flat in a concrete building, my downstairs neighbours can hear the bird.

I know birds should be allowed to be vocal in the morning and evening, and if she were chirping, singing og shrieking that would be fine. I don't mind that at all. But it seems as if this one incredibly loud and high pitch noise has replace all her other sounds. She'll usually calm down late in the afternoon and be her cheerful, talkative old self.


I don't know what to do. I try playing with her, offering baths (which she loves) and feeding her first thing in the morning, responding to her, talking to her, and I've also tried ignoring the sounds all together, but nothing seems to be working.

If you had any advice, I would very much appreciate it! I'm scared that the noise will distrupt the neightbours to such an extent that I will have to find her a new home

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Old 05-24-2016, 07:33 AM
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I'm sorry you are having problems with your Pippin.

Besides being Spring time, was there any change in your budgie girl's routine?
Do you have a good bond with her and are you able to give her the daily amount of quality time needed to satisfy Pippin's social needs?

From your description of Pippin's behaviour, it really does seem that she is distracted by the birds outside and is likely longing for the companionship of a birdie friend, another budgie to be more precise.

If you are willing to work with your budgie, you can possibly reduce the flock calling by diverting her attention and focus back to you through training and using positive reinforcement techniques.
You can check the Taming and Bonding section of Talk Budgies for all the detailed info.

You can start with this link: https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-training.html

Best of luck with Pippin!
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:23 AM
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Default Thank you for the reply!

I think we have a good bond She also has a specific call that she uses, when she is trying to get my attention, which is why im pretty sure she's calling out to the birds outside.

I try to spend as much time with her as I can. But with the noise it is getting difficult. How many hours would you reccomend that we spend bonding with our budgies?

Thank you for your advice! I'll try to use positive reinforcement and to divert her attention back to me. Maybe I could get her some new toys or something to play with.
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aluz has given you excellent advice regarding Pippen's flock calls. I think diverting her attention to you, rotating some new toys into her cage and perhaps start some training with her will all help.

If you can spend at least an hour or two with her on a regular and consistent basis, I'm sure that will help.
Have you considered the possibility of getting her a same species friend to keep her company?

I suggest you invest in some disposable ear plugs.
I have three lovebirds that are much louder than any budgie when they all start screaming at one time.
Yes, I can still hear them with the earplugs but it is not something that would give you a headache.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...them-sing.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...screaming.html

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-behavi...ad-thread.html
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Greetings i'm sorry about your budgie being alittle loud at times.some of our wonderful friends here have given you some helpful advice on what to do,that might help out.I also had to cut out some of the outside birds chirps from my Gracie.as she does the same.I started using the tv and radio to ground out the outside.it helps some.but as faerybee has said working on a better bond with your budgie may also help a lot hopefully.

I wish you good luck and keep us posted.we're here if you need us.blessings always.
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I'm trying to spend more time with her, and to divert her attention back to me when she starts calling out for the birds. It seems to work, although she does still get distracted. Especially if the weather is nice and a lot of birds are singing.

An hour or two with her is no problem She is out of the cage most of the time and usually sits next to my computer while I'm working. So we spend a lot of time together. But maybe I should incorporate more training into that time. What sort of training would you recommend?

Could it maybe also have something to do with her sleeping pattern? She usually goes to bed at around the same time as we do, which would be around 23:00. But I usually keep the room dark and a blanket covering her cage for a few more hours after me and my partner get up, so that she gets around 12 hours of sleep. I know that some people do not cover the cage. But Pippin seems to prefer that, as she often gets night-frights when the cage is not covered. The blanket seems strangely calming

I would love to get her a mate, but I've heard that finding a mate for a female can be complicated if they reject the new bird. Is that true?

Thanks for the tip on the earplugs. I might invest in that, but I'm more worried about complaints from the neighbours than about my ears
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Hi there, Rakul!

You've been given great advice

For more engaging types of training, check out these threads below. Clicker training is a great way to maintain your bird's interest.

https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...ion-birds.html
https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-training.html
https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...ng-humans.html

I think her sleeping habits and times sound just fine, that shouldn't affect her too much.
If your girl has been a single budgie for a long time, she may not take kindly to an "intruder", but she also may get along quite well with him/her. Gender doesn't play a huge role in compatibility, it's mostly the individual bird's behaviours and personalities which determine it

Here's a link that might be interesting for more information regarding girlie budgies!

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...e-budgies.html

Hope things go well!
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I think Pippin is looking for another bird to talk and respond to, have you tried playing budgie sounds for her on you tube connection , or some music playing most birds love hearing music.
Offer some toys that make noises, I place bottle tops in a small yogurt container and my guys love pushing these off the bench. It is basically trial and error, I am sure happy chatter would be better received than the contact calling. I also agree in the line of thought for a friend of her own species.
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