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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:07 PM
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Maybe I should give up having my bird.....
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 08:08 PM by Darth_Kitten
yak yak yak yak yak.......everyday I'm home.....I'm tired of having to throw the blanket over her cage a dozen times a day.....I don't know what else to do. Her chirping sometimes drives me crazy.

I give her everything, she's just not happy. :(



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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:08 PM
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1. You mean she talks?
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 08:09 PM by WritingIsMyReligion
My bird chatters all the time. You get used to it. Actually, you really get to like it. Keeps you from feeling alone. Plus, sometimes what they say is damned funny. :D
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:10 PM
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2. No, just yaks.....
it drives me crazy......sometimes it ruins my day. :( Somedays she spends more time under that blanket than not.

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Runcible Spoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:30 PM
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3. what kind of bird?
get her a partner, or spend more time socializing her. However once you get her a life partner, she may become less tame to you. If she's a highly sensitive intelligent bird, like an African grey, you may be doing her psychological harm by blanketing her all the time.
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:32 PM
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4. I'm just venting.......
she will get the blanket over her cage when she acts up........

she gets lots of socializing.....she's a cockatiel.

I won't give her up...I just tell her that whenever she gets noisy. :(
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:55 PM
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5. Are you sure she's a 'she'?
That sounds more like male behavior -- horny male behavior. My two boys having been running their mouths full out the past couple of weeks and they've been mmmm acting out.

Is she handed tamed?
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:24 PM
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12. She lays eggs.........
yup, she's a girl. :)
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 06:21 AM
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20. Well, you can't have a more positive test than that.
:D
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:00 PM
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6. Cockatiels are wonderful critters, but do get noisy...
I wish I still had my little Max. Very dusty and very noisy, but he bonded with me.

I gave him up because he wouldn't stop whistling. Even my parrot, Zoe, is comparatively restrained.

What I didn't realize was how bad I felt after giving him away. (1 month later, the person I gave him to sold him elsewhere. :( )

Cockatiels are just noisy birds... but if you get the right one, they ARE family. And I didn't fathom that until it was after too late.

Glad I've got my Zoe. Without her (probably a him, actually) the place would be all too quiet all the time.
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:26 PM
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13. I would never give her away, she's my baby......
I just was cranky myself. :( But sometimes she gets a little noisy and I'm at my wit's end trying to get her to shaddup. :)
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:21 PM
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10. Covering a a cockatiel isn't the best idea.
They're way more prone to "night frights" that way and they could seriously injure themselves.
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:02 PM
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7. Get some bird advice.
I am certain there are things you can do to keep you both happy w/out her having to yak all the time.

Good luck!
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:14 PM
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8. flamingyouth and I don't know anything about that
RAK!
RAK!
RAK!
RAK!
RAK!
RAK!
RAK!
RAK!
RAK!
RAK!


Nope, wouldn't know anything about that.
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:18 PM
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9. Cockatiels love to squawk
But putting the blanket over the cage just means you're giving her attention. I had the same problem with my tiel.

As annoying as it is, try to ignore her when she's squawking, and pay lots of attention to her when she's quiet. (if she gets kind of noisy then, it's obviously excitement)

Or...is it boredom? Are you spending enough time with her? (if the answers are no and yes respectively, then try the above. Birds need lots of stimulation, and new toys. You have to be consistent with it, it takes a while)
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:28 PM
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14. Shit, she has literally dozens of toys.......
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 09:29 PM by Darth_Kitten
attention everyday.....the finest treats. :)

maybe I'll stop the blanket thing and just TRY to ignore her when she's naughty...
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:22 PM
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11. You tell me that you've got everything you want

And your bird can sing
But you don't get me, you don't get me

You say you've seen seven wonders and your bird is green
But you can't see me, you can't see me

When your prized possessions start to wear you down
Look in my direction, I'll be round, I'll be round

When your bird is broken will it bring you down
You may be awoken, I'll be round, I'll be round

You tell me that you've heard every sound there is
And your bird can swim
But you can't hear me, you can't hear me

:)
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:30 PM
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15. everybody has a song for my predicament.....LOL
;)
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:34 PM
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16. My 'tiel's been doing the same thing lately, even when we're in the room
with him--and loudly, for what seems like hours. I've never noticed this behavior before.

FWIW, he's about 2 1/2 years old.

I wonder if it could be a seasonal thing? He seems to be calming down a bit, but we still go through the screaming daily. YIKES!
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:19 PM
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17. is there ambient noise of some kind?
i'll be honest my tiel was pretty quiet except when music was played by one of the vocalists of her preference

but they will be more vocal if there is other noise around

if you have on music or teevee, it's unrealistic to expect them to be quiet in my personal opinion

have to admit it was cute to watch her try to kiss her crush on the teevee :-)

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Dem2theMax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 12:19 AM
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18. Birds are BIRDS. They are NOISY. You ever been outside in the morning
and listened to what was going on in the trees?


Do your poor bird a favor. If you won't treat it right, find a good home for it. Birds need 12 hours of DAYLIGHT and 12 hours of DARKNESS. You are confusing the bird. They make noise. It's their job. Get used to it or like I said, give it to a good home. It sure doesn't have one with you.

I have worked in exotic bird stores and owned four different types of exotics of my own. So I know what I'm talking about.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 01:11 AM
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19. whoa your heart is in right place but be kind
Edited on Tue Aug-22-06 01:13 AM by pitohui
12 hours of darkness is a LOT, yes, she covers the bird at times, but i bet if she keeps a log, she is not keeping her covered more than 12 hours

it is worth tracking tho just to set the mind at ease, we can maybe get by on the old 8 hours but they really do need 12 and it's easy for us to lose track and keep them going too long and get them all grouchy

i used to have a bird who i swear could tell time and sounded off each night at his bedtime if i forgot, so cute

obviously if the log reveals she has to cover the bird more than 12 hours a day, she needs to look for a source of the disturbance such as ambient noise, -- a noisy background, a noisy bird in my experience


it's good to keep an eye on the ideal and not get too far off
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