- 6 years ago
Let me start by saying I own a Quaker parrot so I know how loud and messy birds can be.
I also just saw your update and decision, but I’ll leave the rest of my post in case it helps anyone else.
Let me off some explanations on WHY your birds are SOOO loud and some ideas on what to do about it.
First, its spring. From February until about June is prime bird mating season, which means LOTS of hormones and birdy attitude. Not only will your birds be louder in spring, they’ll also be more agressive. It’s extremely important for birds to get 10 hours of uninterupted sleep a night. MORE during mating season. TIP 1: make sure your birds are getting enough sleep every night.
Second, birds are flock animals. Vocalizations are how they keep in contact with their flock. You and your BF are part of their flock. When either of you are home, but out of sight, your birds will “call” to establish contact with you. If they don’t get an answer, they call again. And again. Louder each time. TIP 2: establish a call routine with your birds that doesn’t involve squawking. Parakeets can learn lots of different vocalizations. I’ve tought mine to say “Where” when he wants to locate me. I (or whomever is home) responds with “peek a boo.” It started as a game where I’d pop in to the room, but now I only have to “appear” occastionally. We do this exchange a few times until he’s satisfied of my location and then he quiets down. Hearing “Where” is much better than hearing “SQUAWK!” I know other bird owners who use whistling instead of words. (Developing this routine has saved me relationship with my bird, ’cause OMG he’s SOOOO LOUD sometimes!)
Third, birds are territorial but also easily made to feel threatened as they are prey animals in the wild. If their cage is by a window anything and everything passing by can set them off; a bike (OMG! EVIL!), a cat, the mailman or serviceman (get off my lawn!), other birds, … While it’s important for them to get natural light, being right by a window can increase loud vocalizations. TIP 3: Pick a window with little traffic outside. If they are having a particularly loud day, try just coveringthe side of their cage that faces the window to reduce stimulation.
Finally, make sure they get lots of time outside their cage and interacting with you when you are home. Parakeets have been shown to have the intelligence of a three year old child. Imagine leaving a three year old in a playpen ALL day. When you came home, what would they do? Throw a fit and want to spend time with you. That’s exactly what your birds are doing. TIP 4: Have a coming home and evening routine where the birds get let out of their cage and get time with you. They will quickly learn the routine.
I hope these ideas help and you don’t have to rehome your birds. However, the bottom line is that birds make noise. That will NEVER stop. They will be louder in the mornings and evenings (when birds traditionally connect with their flocks at the beginning and end of their days) and nuts in spring. Either you can learn to manage some of their behaviour and deal with the rest, or you can’t. That’s life with birds.
Good luck OP!