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What is the general opinion on screaming? Is it just to ignore it? Dooby has started screaming at the birds outside, now apart from sitting in the gloom all day with the curtains closed, there's not a lot I can do about it. Every time he has screamed so far, I've tried to distract him, but I don't know if I should be doing that or ignoring him. So, what's the opinion please.
 

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Ah yes the lovely screaming Ollie does that as well :rolleyes: the bad part about him is when he starts he gets the other going as well :blink: Ollie does it when he wants attention so I choose to ignore it and reward him when he is quiet now with Dooby I am not sure what the rule on that is if it would be the same do you think he is screaming to get the birds attention or is he afraid of them ? I don't know just some thoughts, I don't know if I would distract him every time Dooby is one smarty pants and he might get it in his head if every time I scream mom will come and give me all this attention...lol
 

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Yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking Laura, that I would be rewarding him for screaming. It's really hard to just ignore it though. He only started it yesterday but boy oh boy what a day we had!! We were please to go out and listen to some live music last night at a gig, it somehow seemed quieter!! I've had to take his bell away from him because he's become really obsessive over that, so much so that he got "over friendly" with the perch!! I gave him another couple of toys but the same thing is happening. Now obviously I don't want to strip his cage bare etc. I just think he sees the birds and is screaming for a mate. Unfortunately there is nowhere else that I can put his cage, unless I put him downstairs, but then he will be on his own too much. I think I'm just going to have to play this one by ear.........if I still have any left.....and see how it goes. Before anybody suggests getting him a friend.........NO WAY!!!!
 

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LOL.... for the record I was not going to suggest getting him a friend, I don't want my head bitten off :p I would say if it continues maybe move the cage as a LAST resort but hopefully its just a hormonal phase he is going through and it will pass, I feel for you I know how loud it can be and its very hard to ignore sometimes :blink:
 

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I would try to ignore it as well. Sometimes when Spike is being loud I will say something well Iam near him but I won't look at him and when he copies me I will give him attention. Iam sure it is just hormones or he wants the birds outside to get off his lawn :p
 

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It doesn't sound like he's screaming for attention, it seems like he's screaming in a contact call way. If this is the case then it won't hurt to call out "hey Dooby, watcha doing?" from wherever you are. I've been doing that with Gracie when she screams after hearing someone walk up the hallway, and it settles her down much faster than ignoring her.
 

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That's what i was thinking, my guys call when they can hear their big cockatoo cousins outside my bedroom. Try just saying something to him when he does it and see if he settles down. Sometimes i have to respond to Gracie a few times before she's satisfied and stops calling. :)

Someone made a post on screaming on another forum which made me try it, and she said tiels are often like:

"Hey, where are you"
"I'm here, it's ok"
"Ok, good. Where are you now"
"I'm still here, don't worry"
"Phew, how about now"
:rofl:
 

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UGH! I am so glad this post is here. I had a lady purchase a bird from me who wants to bring him back after 1 WEEK! Because he is screaming! I don't do refunds unless the bird has a genetic disease and only after 7 days! I urge them to get the bird checked out. After all of the research, she needs to give him more time. I told her I would allow this out of fairness but it's a pain in the butt. It's stressful for a bird to go back and forth from places. Annoying! The poor bird is in a new place and she expects him to just plop in and be fine! UGH! Pet store said to give him at least 3 weeks. She e-mailed me this morning complaining. I guess he will come back home. He didn't do that so much with me, but he was with 7 other baby birds and was just so good for me. I hope it's not like this with every purchase. It's a pain.
 

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Thats to bad that he is coming back, how old was he? is she sure that he is screaming some birds regress when they go to there new homes they refuse to eat and have to be hand feed again I had that happen and let me tell you they can get pretty loud when they are begging, is this her first bird maybe she is not aware of things to look out for.
 

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I would ask her if it sounds like a static radio noise. Spike did his Static cry for around a month :eek: Before he stopped. It is better she gives him back to you though if she has too, other than some other person you can't check up on.
 

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This is true... BUT, I think she wants a refund, and I have a contract that says only genetic diseases. She got a bird previously but when she brought it home in her hands the bird flew away with a gust of wind. They were devastated. It was for her son. I think there is no way getting around this one. I think she has given up. It's a shame. He is beautiful. They named him Franky.

I told her that I would give her a credit she can use in a month's time to come back and get another one if she wanted to. I think that is only fair. Mine do it all the time when they see me. BUT, as soon as I hold them and give them love, they STOP. So, I don't understand. Peekachu (Franky), was held more than the others... I have so many now I have to set aside time to hold and play with them along with family, and my company business!!! Busy woman, so I am trying to give them 1-on-1 time.
 

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She is bringing him back. Don't know if she wants a refund, but I am beyond annoyed. I put so much work into the bird and for her to only give it 7 days is ridiculous. She took the other bird back when it was younger too - I should have seen the relationship... She "couldn't" take hand feeding it and gave it back to the owner and went to pick it up later.

UGH. Part of me wants to give a refund, but part of me wants to stick to the contract she read.

No refunds if the birds' health is fine! I can't take people who wally back and forth on whether they want to invest in a pet. :mad:

UGH.

Major-Annoyed,
Lisa
 

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That is extremely frustrating. If someone doesn't realise that birds make NOISE they aren't cut out to be a bird owner. Maybe you could suggest she join here and we could help her with the screaming, although i find it hard to believe it's anything more than the baby static cry or normal contact calling. :p
 

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Ha! I don't want her to join here, are you crazy? I don't want her to see me complaining. I mean, I complain, but I wouldn't want to hurt her feelings. I just won't sell to her again. She came by yesterday and brought his cage, food, supplies and everything. She was sad to see him go. Since he's been here, he hasn't complained ONCE. I put him in his special cage with Piper. Long time friend... I think he just missed his friends? Is that possible? I e-mailed her and told her. She didn't want a refund. My daughter Hayley is so happy he is home. We've renamed him Frankie. So, it turned out okay even though it looked as if it was going to go "left." She gave me a $200.00 cage!!! Can you believe it?

They had a bad experience before Frankie, so they shouldn't have gotten a bird so quickly after that happened. She said that. Too bad though, Frankie is just amazing. So cuddly and non-avoiding. Just wants to be talked to and spend time with you.

No biggie. Will have lots of that here!
 

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Its very possible for them to miss there friends, cockatiels are very social birds and really do like each others company, with my Lee and Minnie if they can't see each other all they do is call and call constantly, they will go on forever and they get very loud till there together again.
 
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