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Last Post 25-11-2017 4:26 PM by  Tracey Elphick
I need help. Cockatiel.
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27-08-2017 1:47 PM

    Hello (first time poster on a forum),

    Right a quick explanation.

    I have a a 2 year old female cockatiel that i love dearly. She has always been very vocal, but she's getting louder, screaming non stop (videos of screaming on youtube have nothing on her volume). I have tried everything i possibly can from the start to calm her down, but now we have ended up getting noise complaints, and my landlord isn't happy.

    She has reached sexual maturity and shows signs of wanting to breed and over the last couple of months has started picking her feathers. she has now gone bald under the wings (armpit). She has a good diet and gets all the nutrition she needs, so I'm sure its not diet. could be sexual frustration.

    I don't have the space to get a second bird although the thought has crossed my mind.

    I need help. I don't want to rehome her but i think it may be best for her in the long run. I'm having to work longer hours and whenever I'm out of the house neighbours have told me she doesn't stop screaming.

    What can i do? it upsets me every time i think of rehoming her.

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    30-08-2017 8:07 PM
    Sorry to hear your story - I know it must be distressing for you. Firstly, if you haven't already done so I would recommend a vet check with an avian vet to make sure nothing more untoward is going on with the feather picking etc. They will also be able to give you advice on your cockatiel's anxiety issues.

    Birds are flock creatures and it is somewhat inevitable that they will call for you when you leave the room or the flat. However there are things you can do to mitigate this. Leaving a radio on for company is a good idea. Also you could try some foraging toys so she is entertained whilst getting her treats and make sure she has plenty of toys.

    Also in terms of general well being make sure she's on a good pellet based diet with a wide variety of supplemental food such as a good quality seed mix and fresh fruit and veggies. I used to hide chopped up apple in a bowl of shredded iceburg for my teil as he wouldn't touch veggies otherwise !

    Sorry I can't be more specific on the screaming issue. Perhaps someone else will come along who can say more on this.
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    25-11-2017 4:26 PM
    Is there an update on this little bird?