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Old 09-01-2016, 06:25 AM
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So the rescue budgie we've taken on chirps in the loudest and most obnoxious way. Just two chirps like 'CHIRP CHIRP' then a few seconds later, another set of two. These chirps are the ones which make your ear drums ring..

Is this normal? Is she bored? Has she just been taught to be loud?
Is there any way to prevent it? Could it just be that she is still settling?

I've tried ignoring it, I try not to react when she does it.
I've read that they chirp loudly morning noon and night, but she does this whenever she is up and active.

I'm starting to think the previous owners may have got rid of her because she is just so loud... Of course we will not be doing this. I'm happy to work with her, but I just want to make sure I'm going about it correctly.

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Old 09-01-2016, 06:53 AM
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From your description, it seems your budgie is flock calling, this is a normal form of communication.
She wasn't taught to be loud, all birds will sing and chirp, this is part of their nature. Some budgies can have a higher volume than others, but even the loudest of all isn't able to do that much noise.
Since you are new to pet birds, most likely you aren't used to their singing. If this chirping bothers you so much, you can get some ear plugs.
This link may be of use to you: https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...them-sing.html
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Birds love to hear themselves. I have nine budgies (plus three lovebirds) so you can imagine what it's like when they all try to "out-yell" one another.
I don't mind their noise -- I worry if they are too quiet.

Accepting your budgie's various moods and noise is all part of being a good budgie parront.
Ear plugs can come in handy if you are having a day when the noise is just too much for you.

In addition to the great information in the link aluz provided, here are some other threads you may find helpful.

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

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-behavi...g-budgies.html

https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-training.html
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I'm well aware of what her singing is, this is very different. I'm just trying to figure out if it's something I'm doing or not doing that is encouraging it. Please don't take this as a 'how do i shut my bird up post' because it is far from that.

I want to make sure she isn't annoyed, or upset. I also don't want to wreck my ear drums if she shouldn't really be making this particular type of chirp.

I've got some voice recordings I will try and upload somehow to you can completely understand.
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I agree it sounds like flock calling. She may have lived woth other birds before and is missing their company.
Do you keep music or the tv on for her?
Sometimes my birds just like to be noisy on certain days. She may settle once she is used to her new surroundings. I dont think its anything you are doing wrong.
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When I have moved and settled, we will definitely look into getting her a friend. I can deal with the chatter and singing, I think they make such beautiful noises. But it's when my ear drums feel like they are about to burst that I'm like okay okay is this normal?!
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I'm pretty sure I know the sound you are talking about.
It's a very loud "Ack-Ack" noise.
It is a normal noise and most budgies will engage in it from time to time.

As aluz mentioned, it may be your budgie's way of "flock calling".
If, when she does it, you go over and talk to her, that reinforces the behavior.

I've found that my birds sometimes make that noise when they particularly want "out-of-cage" time.
I don't know what stage you are at with your budgie (have you named her?) so out-of-cage time may not be an option for her at this point.
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In the week and a bit I've had her, she now hops onto my hand with a bit of persuasion to eat seed and millet (I've kept millet back for only bonding/taming, plus then at least if we take her of the cage, I know I'll be able to bribe her back in haha).
I think your right with the ACK ACK. I've now got the TV on and have be responding to any singing/chatter she does, trying to ignore the ACK ACK's.

I hate not knowing what she is used to, I've tried hard to get some sort of normality back into her life, because we knew she had been outside for at least one night!

She had to have a nightlight on for the first few nights, poor little lady.

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Daisy,

You are doing absolutely great with her!

She is a very fortunate little girl to have you loving and caring for her.

It's actually a very good idea to let her have a nightlight every night.

This makes it easier for her to see and helps prevent night-frights.
Night frights can be very scary both for you and your budgie.
When the budgie becomes terrified at a noise or shadow and can't see what's happening, it begins flapping and flying about in its cage running into everything as it tries to escape what it believes may be a predator.
Obviously the bird can be badly injured during a night fright so we try to prevent them.
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Yeh that's what I was trying to avoid. Other than the first night, there's not been any night frights. She doesn't need the light anymore, and I think she is getting the hang of my routine which makes things easier.

I'm just terrified of the upcoming move, I'm moving 300 miles away, so I'm still debating whether to leave her here (Really don't want to, I know my family will love her but y'no) or risk the 5 hours journey :/
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