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I have had budgies for around 5 years and have never had a problem like this. I have five budgies separated into 2 cages because they don't all get along together and I keep the cages in separate rooms. Recently I have been driven absolutely mad by these birds. I love them very much. I always make sure they have food and water and a clean cage and toys to play with. They never stop squawking though. I know budgies are usually loud chirpers and I would LOVE if mine would be like that but it's never chirping. They just SQUAWK as loud as they can all day long every single day and I have to do something about it now. What are some things I can do?

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I have tried the things listed in the article. I don't give them attention when they squawk. I try calmly cover their cage for a bit to quieten them down and when they are quiet and I uncover their cage I praise them for being good and quiet. I tried leaving the room when they squawk and wait until they have stopped for a bit before returning and praising them for not squawking. I don't give them attention for squawking ever and I try to reward them and praise them when they are good (which is rare anymore) but it doesn't work. They are healthy and there is no discernible reason why they are doing this constantly.
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Are they flock calling?
If it started when they were moved its likely because they dont like being apart.
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Are they flock calling?
If it started when they were moved its likely because they dont like being apart.
I don't think so but it may be possible. I have a large cage big enough for all 5 of them but for some reason out of all the perches in the cage they all want to sit in the same area and fight all the time so they remain separated.
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How long have the cages been in separate rooms? Could you try putting them in the same room and see if that helped? They also might enjoy out of cage time together even if they don't do well living in the same cage.
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I agree they may be unhappy because they are in separate rooms.
Moving the cages into the same room and giving them out-of-cage play time together would be my recommendation as well.
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I would try the following.

Move the two cages into the same room.
Keep the birds in the cages they are in now.
During supervised out of cage time, let them all out and see how they are with one another.
During out of cage time, add some more perches the same height as the spot they are fighting for in that cage so they have more choice and are less likely to fight to be the highest.
See if they return to the same cage and are calmer with the changes.
If it was a lack of perches at the same height, you might find your birds more content now.
If they are still bickering, then return the pair you split up into the other cage, but keep it in the same room.

If the fighting has been bad, then I wouldn't recommend this at all and would keep them apart (same room, different cages).

Out of interest, what is the ratio of males and females in your flock?
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I also agree the budgies were used to being together as a flock, the fact they can hear each other is most probably behind the loud noise. I also think trying to have them in the same room may help, You could try moving the cage perches, swings around and see what happens. Budgies in a flock always have a hierarchy if the cage is big enough and adequate perches are there they should settle down to a routine.
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I agree that the first step is to move the cages back into the room so they can all interact. Out of cage time together is a great step, too. You can take it from there--and hopefully their flock calling will diminish once they are able to see everybudgie.

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the links provided by FaeryBee as they will help you to stay updated on the best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions afterwards, don't hesitate to ask--we're here to help

I hope things work out well for your flock, and we would love to meet them when you get a chance

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