Hi. I have a mail cockateil who is 4 months old. He is the first bird I have owned. He is pretty well trained except he squawks a lot. Every night after work I get him out of his cage and he is quiet for a while (bout half an hour) but then starts cherping constantly, loudly. I try playing with him with bits of string and scratch his head, but he doesn't stop. In the end I have to put him back in his cage into a dark room by himself so he will stop.
Is this normal behaviour for a cockateil? Can you think of why he is being so noisy? Any recomendations to calm him down?

Any response would be greatly appreciated
Thanks
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Hi. I have a mail cockateil who is 4 months old. He is the first bird I have owned. He ... calm him down? Any response would be greatly appreciated ThanksDid you do no research at all before you got him?

BAsically he is left alone all day long even though he is biologically programmed to be part of a flock, then when you come home (you are his flock member) and he chirps and makes a noise to greet you, you cover him up and place him in solitary confinement again. That is downright cruelty ands it was this wicked sort of treatment which led the little goffins I now have, to mutilate herself. Birds make noise, some birds make lots of noise, if the noise of your little bird greeting you annoys you so much, find him a home and get some fish.
Hi. I have a mail cockateil

Sorry I couldn't resist - he delivers the mail? That's a clever trick!
who is 4 months old. He is the first bird I have owned. He is pretty well trained except he ... of why he is being so noisy? Any recomendations to calm him down? Any response would be greatly appreciated Thanks

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest. (Rev. Larry Lorenzoni)
Please, I'm begging you, go buy a book on birds... Any book on birds. Then read it. I suggest "Birds for Dummies" or "Cockatiels for Dummies". They're fantastic books written in easy to understand laymen terms. If you keep going in the current path that you're taking with your baby Tiel, he's going to end up neglected at the least. Birds are birds... they have to chirp, squeak, sing, scream and babble. It's hard-wired... it's how he makes sure that you're still there and okay. Instead of ignoring/putting him in a dark room. Talk to him... sing to him... whistle an acknowledgement... ANYTHING!! He's a baby... he's lonely and sad.

GO READ THE BOOKS!!
Hi. I have a mail cockateil who is 4 months old. He is the first bird I have owned. He ... of why he is being so noisy? Any recomendations to calm him down? Any response would be greatly appreciated Thanks

If it's getting on your nerves now, just imagine how you'll feel after a few years of this. Making noise is normal behavior for birds. You cannot change it. Do yourself a huge favor and consider finding another home for the bird. Sorry if this isn't what you want to hear.
karen
Hi. I have a mail cockateil who is 4 months ... calm him down? Any response would be greatly appreciated Thanks

If it's getting on your nerves now, just imagine how you'll feel after a few years of this. Making noise ... a huge favor and consider finding another home for the bird. Sorry if this isn't what you want to hear.

I've taught most of my parrots to go into another room if I'm trying to watch TV etc. I either have to say "out!" or point at the door.

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Is this normal behaviour for a cockateil? Can you think of why he is being so noisy? Any recomendations to calm him down?

Yep, normal behavior. Even my male tiel Buddy, who is in the same room as me all day long, has a need to tell the world about his day near the end of it.
He needs some more attention, IMHO.
Hi. I have a mail cockateil who is 4 months ... calm him down? Any response would be greatly appreciated Thanks

If it's getting on your nerves now, just imagine how you'll feel after afew years of this. Making noise is ... a huge favor and consider finding another home for thebird. Sorry if this isn't what you want to hear. karen

Have to agree here, sounds like the best thing for you and the bird, would be for you to give him away to someone who really wants a bird. You did not know what you were getting into, so cut the losses, and find the bird a good home. get a Cat, they will be glad to lay on a pillow all day, greet you when you come home, and when you no longer want to be bothered they are happy to go back to their pillow.

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
Hi. I have a mail cockateil who is 4 months ... calm him down? Any response would be greatly appreciated Thanks

If it's getting on your nerves now, just imagine how you'll feel after afew years of this. Making noise is ... a huge favor and consider finding another home for thebird. Sorry if this isn't what you want to hear. karen

If he does look for a new home for his bird, I'd strongly suggest he contact a local bird club which will usually have a bird adoption program. Best way to find a new home for a bird.
Dave
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