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Re: screeching

Posted by jill on 1/25/07
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    hello, i too have a cockatiel that screeches when i eat. i found
    that what it seems he's trying to tell me is ...he wants what
    i'm eating. i have several parakeets that begg as well...it's a
    wounder i weigh anything at all!
    he and his mate laid eggs and hatched babies recently and now,
    the moment i walk in the frount door he screeches till i go to
    the seed box to replenish his supply. it's actually very funny
    because we carry on a nice conversation from there on.
    anyway, i know to you it seems as though it would be rewarding
    him but perhaps you could try giving him his veggies just before
    you start to eat and see if that will detor him a bit. you are
    his flock now and he just wants to fit in with you at meal time
    sounds like. hope this helps,jill


    On 1/25/07, Bill R wrote:
    > On 1/24/07, LindaC in OK wrote:
    >> On 1/23/07, Bill Raid wrote:
    >>> We've had our Cockatiel for 2 years. We found him in our
    >>> back yard. He screeches a lot. Would getting a companion
    >>> Cockatiel help or make matters worse? Covering his cage
    >>> seems to be the only thing that works. Any ideas would be
    >>> welcomed.
    >>
    >> you are the birds flock and getting another might get you 2
    >> screaming ones. Sometimes it works out and sometimes not.
    >> To me covering would only confuse the issue between
    >> daytime/nighttime.
    >>
    >> my next thought is the home the bird came from wondering if
    >> they are still heartbroken. I know I would be. Did you look
    >> on www.birdhotline.com and 911parrotalert for lost birds at
    >> any time? If you tell me the city and state you are in I
    >> will look around. And what mutation/color is he?
    >>
    >> As to what the bird is trying to tell you... are his wings
    >> clipped so he can safetly have out of cage time at all
    >> opportunitys? Does he have a good diet to include healthy
    >> veggies? Does he get a good misting 2 or 3 times a week?
    >>
    >> LindaC
    >>
    > Dear Linda C:
    >
    > Thanks for your response! I definitely share your feelings
    > about concern for the previous bird owner. In July of 2004,
    > when we found the bird, we ran ads in both local newspapers
    for
    > 3 days and reported our find to the local SPCA in an effort to
    > find the owner. Several people responded and came to our home
    > to identify their bird, but sadly our bird was not the one
    they
    > lost. We were not aware of www.birdhotline.com or
    > 911parrotalert at that time. There is always the possibility
    > that the previous owner grew tired of the work involved with
    > keeping a bird and intentionally released it. There are some
    > cruel people out there. While I'm sure that there is a chance
    > that a responsible pet owner can lose a bird to the wild, I
    > don't think it's too likely. And if they really were
    > heartbroken, they would have called the SPCA and checked the
    > newspapers.
    >
    > Our bird eats plenty of vegetables. We give him a large
    > variety of foods including Laveber's pellets, nutri-berries
    and
    > others per our vet's recommendation. He is in very good health
    > I'm happy to report. We cannot allow him to roam freely
    > throughout the house at will because we have a cat, but we let
    > him out frequently in a closed-off room so he gets plenty of
    > exercise. We have not clipped his wings but we are very
    careful
    > about covering windows and mirrors. No, we do not mist him,
    > but we have seen him flpping water about in his water cup, so
    > he probably would enjoy it. How do you do this? In the cage?
    > Can you help me with technique?
    >
    > I'm home most all the time and I frequently move our bird to
    > the room where I'm working. He watches TV with us and gets
    > lots of attention. He has lots of toys and we rotate them
    > frequently. This bird is not lacking for attention. If
    > anything, he is border-line spoiled. He screams occasionally,
    > especially when we sit down to dinner. Is there some type of
    > corrective action we can take other than covering his cage? I
    > agree that covering his cage sends mixed signals, but we
    > certainly can't reward him with a snack. Moving him to
    another
    > room works sometimes, but that doesn't seem very nice. I'm
    > wondering if this behavior could be a carry-over from his
    > previous owners. I have to admit that we are learning as we
    go.
    > We've never been parents to a bird before. We read "The
    > Cockatiel" by Julie Rach and picked up a lot useful
    > information, but she does not have too much to offer in the
    way
    > of correcting screeching behavior.
    >
    > Thanks again for taking the time to respond.
    >
    > Bill R
    >
    >