Kristen hails from Modesto, CA. She is self-employed, raises chickens in her backyard, and bakes her own bread.
How to Quiet a Screaming Bird or Parakeet
I've had parakeets my whole life. They've always been well-tempered, social birds that I can get along with very easily—they chirp in the morning and whistle back and forth with me. I've always found my parakeets to be absolutely delightful and a joy to have in the house. Then again, I've never owned a male parakeet . . . until now. Because of him, I've learned a lot about techniques on how to get a screaming bird to quiet down:
Tips for Reducing Screaming in Birds
- Move the cage
- Use Avicalm
- Interrupt mean behavior
- Give them a break
- Socialize them
Our Story: How We Acquired a Noisy Parakeet
When my last parakeet, Hedwig, passed away two years ago, I was sad. She was the third parakeet I ever owned since I was 14, and I didn't know what I was going to do without a bird in the house. That's when my lovely boyfriend decided to bring home a couple of parakeets for me as a gift. He picked out a male and a female this time, concerned that a single parakeet might get lonely by itself while we're at work.
Things went great for the first few months. I immediately began socializing them. I noticed right from the start that the male was much harder to socialize than the female. The female loved to interact with me and learned tricks right away. The male, on the other hand, always acted like I was trying to kill him anytime I got too close. He would scream and throw himself around in true "Drama King" fashion. Still, I wasn't going to give up on him.
Video: What Does a Noisy Budgie Sound Like?
Help! My Parakeet Won't Stop Squawking!
About six months after getting these birds, I began to notice a real behavior problem with the male. He squawks a lot! It's actually more like a scream . . . a really high-pitched, shrill, gut-wrenching scream. Why does he do this? After two years, I still have no clue. He seems to be irritated by literally everything.
My male parakeet screams if he hears someone talking. He screams if the TV is on. He screams if he sees you move. He screams at the other bird when she eats. He also screams at her when she dares to move. He screams if anything in his cage changes. If I put a new toy in there, he will scream nonstop for hours. Heck, he even screams for no reason at all, all day long.
What I've Tried to Reduce the Screaming
I've tried everything with him. I do everything I can to keep him busy and entertained; he is healthy, eats a proper diet, has plenty of toys, and gets a ton of time out of his cage. He has everything he could ever need and more. But he still screams all day. Here are some things I've tried:
- I've given him a ton of attention, but he still screams (and he still freaks out when I get near him).
- I've tried ignoring him when he's loud, but it doesn't help.
- I've tried vocalizing back at him—that helps for about 5 minutes, then the screaming starts again.
- I've tried separating him from the other bird, but that just makes it worse.
- I've tried moving the cage to different rooms and even outside during the day, but he still screams.
Does this sound like you? I know I can't be the only one who owns a parakeet like this! Nothing I've tried has solved the problem completely, but here are some things I've found that make it a little bit better.
5 Tips: How to Get a Parakeet to Stop Squawking
1. Try moving the cage.
This is my first course of action every single day. I put the cage outside or in a different room to change up the scenery a little bit.
2. AviCalm can be used to calm them.
This stuff was recommended to me by a friend who has an aggressive bird. It's a powder that you can mix in with their food and it calms them down. This is one of the most effective tactics I've found. I have to give it to him every single day, though, as it seems to wear off after a while. Many days it only helps the situation, but it doesn't make him stop entirely.
AviCalm for Anxious Birds
3. A squirt bottle can interrupt aggressive behavior.
I know it sounds harsh, but he has pushed me to the point of tears more times than I can count. When he's being mean to the other bird, I give him a little squirt. He guards the food when she tries to get near the food bowl, so every time he goes near her while she's eating, he gets a squirt. He catches on pretty quickly, and it reduces the behavior. Just be sure not to do it in cold weather or if you move your bird's cage outside and there's a draft—give them time to dry off. Use this technique sparingly.
4. A "time out" helps them calm down.
When none of the other things work, I put him in time out. I have a separate cage for him to spend some time in alone so that he can calm down. He has his own food and water and toys in there. I partially cover the cage with a blanket and put him in a room with soothing classical music. It works half of the time. If he is quiet after about an hour, I will put him back in his cage with the other bird. Usually, he is fairly decent after that.
5. Habituation helps to socialize them.
I usually don't like clipping wings. Many owners clip wings or "flight feathers" to ensure that their bird does not fly away and get into trouble or get injured. His wings are currently clipped, and because I am still trying to get him to like me, I'll take him away from his cage and put him on my shoulder when he's acting up. When he tries to move, I just put him back on my shoulder.
After 10 minutes, he will stop screaming and burrow into my hair. I just let him chill there while I'm going about my business. This usually means he will be quiet for 2 hours, and it seems to be a huge relief for the other bird as well. My female bird usually takes this time to eat and play in the bath—two things he never lets her do while he's around.
Video: How to Calm a Noisy Bird
Do You Have Experience With a Noisy Parakeet?
I work from home, so I'm at home with my male bird all day long. I get a little desperate sometimes and have tried everything I can think of to resolve the issue and get him to be quiet. It would be so nice if he could just chirp all day like normal birds do, like all of my other parakeets! It's as if he doesn't know how to communicate without squawking.
Imagine a shrill-sounding blow horn going off in the room next to you. Now, imagine that sound repeating over and over in 1-second intervals for long, drawn-out periods of time. Squawk. Squawk. Squawk. Squawk. SQUAWK! After 2 long years of hearing him scream all day long, it has really started to weigh on my sanity.
Please Share Your Tips and Tricks
Do you have a similar situation? How do you handle it? Do you have any tips and tricks that I haven't thought of? Please share in the comments!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2017 Kristen Haynie
Natalie on August 23, 2020:
I hate reading the comments because pet owners are always extraordinarily judgmental and rude online. That being said, I was glad to see that I'm not the only one having this experience with my bird because I thought I was just lousy at bonding with him, but it turns out some budgies are just psychos apparently. I still love my little demon boy to death despite the stress he brings me (which is unfortunate because he's supposed to be my emotional support animal... sigh). I'll definitely be trying some of these tips to encourage him away from screaming (if I can) and into some other vocalization.
Kim on August 10, 2020:
Many years ago I decided to buy a 2nd budgie to be a companion for my sweet little male budgie.
When I got her home she didn’t make a sound for 2 weeks. Then she started screaming like a cat was after her. The male budgie was very sweet to her but no matter what I did she screamed for anywhere from 1 hour to about 4 hours at a time. I tried speaking to experts on budgies but they had no idea why she was doing this. Even when the male passed away she screamed. I could hear her when I was coming home from work and going up the 3 flights of stairs. I loved her but I just couldn’t take it after 4 years of her screaming and screaming, so the son of a friend took her. I had had budgies all of my life, about 40 years at that point and I had never experienced anything like that.
John Bryant on July 11, 2020:
My birds love their cage up high in the kitchen corner. They get very noisy and chatter constantly. I took them outside and put their cage in the shade. When I brought them back in, I placed the cage on the floor where there is more traffic around them. Seems they are quiet and don't like to draw attention to themselves in that spot. I'll put them back in their normal spot later on as I'm enjoying the quiet for awhile.
Jack on October 29, 2019:
This better not be their only cage. They have 2 perches and very little toys for 4 or 5 birds. That is absolutely unacceptable. How can you claim to care for your birds and you give them such a sh** habitat?
Chris Burdick on September 16, 2019:
Trust me, I've owned 3 parakeets. 2 males and 1 female. As long as they're not injured or whatever, I wouldn't worry too much about the noise. Putting them on medication or whatever this stuff is, is a bad idea.
Ingrif on August 28, 2019:
I put a light baby blanket on top of my budgies cage if he starts screaming and running back and forth in his cage. It seems to help.
I also have a small squirt bottle near by. He actually likes a light spray. He will lick it off his hanging rings toy.
He never screeched so loudly until about 8 months. If he hears birds outside he likes to answer them.
DON'T HURT YOUR BIRDS!
Give them away or something if you must! Don't hurt them.
Christine on August 25, 2019:
I have male and i had him about 2 years now,he still act like iam a stranger and he is always in the same room with me and the tv,but he doesn't squawk alot,but what calm him down is playing with his bell,he love to shake it.
Firoz Reza on August 20, 2019:
Totally disagree on the topic discussed here.
First and my only advice is:
"If you can't bear parakeet squawking , just gift it to someone who can bear it's noise" .
Squeaking is it's natural behaviour. Stoping it is a complete abuse of animal. I don't support. Sorry.
Heather on May 30, 2019:
None of the posted comments are helpful.
Cb25 on May 23, 2019:
Just cover budgie with a dark blanket and stay in room for company
Sylvia T on May 16, 2019:
I wouldn’t spray a bird to control behaviour because then the bird is terrified when you spray it for bathing. My birds will not use a dish to wash in so they get a weekly shower from a spray bottle.
Anonymous on April 13, 2019:
Thank you so much (; u ;)
I feel your pain!!
Beth on April 02, 2019:
If you have to squirt a bird, put him in another room , and blast music which is stressful to him, then I think maybe it's time to re home him to someone who has more experience , and patience with birds! Loud music is stressful!
Anonymous on April 01, 2019:
Maybe you should get a goldfish. Most of the comments don’t sound like they are really capable of caring for a bird. Don’t keep abusing the bird because it doesn’t cuddle up to you. They are afraid of humans and that’s normal. Punishing a bird for not making you happy is just messed up. Give the bird to someone that really cares to make the bird happy. Maybe trying to sit in one spot and sing for someone you are afraid of isn’t in their nature......Duh,!!!!
Linda on March 28, 2019:
Ok I am a dog rescuer usually.where I live in the apts I met a woman who had a cockatiel.personally never been much of a bird person don't like things flying at me,over me,towards me.anyway,she was good w him ,he seemed happy.bathe w her,hang around out of cage..etc. .and I did learn to not totally freak out.sometimes she would leave for a fee days at a time and I would bird sit.but not out of cage.ok,well she wound up abandoning this bird at her apt an I went an got him.i still have him,yes he gets out of cage.he let's me pet him also,but..if he is not up my but he throws a fit.wont shut up.so I put him on time out in bedroom with some music.ok the bigger problem is what I believe is a power play.EVERY time when he first gets out of cage he swoops me.getting closer an closer to my head.then lands on this cage wings spread like he is king.then the little bastard gets all nice after he has totally pissed me off an freaked me out cones over an wants me to pet him.ugh...I can't handle the swooping freaks me way out,scars me,dont like it.i kinda think I need to find him a better human for him!
Anon on February 21, 2019:
Roommate has a parakeet. Thing never shut up, even at night. This article actually helped a bit! He's now enjoyable to be around. I was at my wits end too, I never thought that one day I'd want to absolutely destory another living thing but that bird pushed my limits.
leigh-anne johns on January 28, 2019:
It is such a relief to finally share the same parakeet from hell experience. Everyone I have asked for help has basically no idea why my parakeet Screech "screeches." Before him I as well had only cared for females, and they were always so sweet, happy to learn and explore new tricks and were all a breeze with bonding. Until I bought Screech. I decided on a male this time because my past female parakeet died from egg binding and I didn't want to go through that again. It was a tragedy when she passed. So, I had hopes that the males would be just like my past females even more of a plus I wouldn't have to stress about egg binding anymore. I wish I had chosen a female again. I really do. He absolutely hates me. As well as everything else. Everything makes him scream! I have had him for a almost a year now and he still acts like I'm going to hurt him anytime I go near him. It's automatic defensive mode. Biting, kicking, screeching, tumbling, wings a flapping everywhere. It's chaos getting that bird out of the cage. NEVER had a bird that never wanted to leave their cage before. When I finally catch him, I swoop him onto my shoulder and he calms down for a few. But then something cracks in his brain, I swear I see his eyes and expression change every time he's about to have a freak out. He screeches and flys spastically, always diving head first into something that can hurt him. It's almost like he's suicidal. After his nutty moment the screeching just continues from then on until bed time. Like you said it's almost like they can't communicate without screaming. I had hopes it was maybe out of boredom or love but deep down I know that isn't it. After reading your article I am so happy I didn't bring a female home with him, I can only imagine the nightmare. I hope things have got better since you posted this!
Anonymous on January 21, 2019:
Also parakeets scream in the wild all the time. The screaming is just a high energy expression. Birds both happy and unhappy will scream if the feeling is strong enough.
Person on January 20, 2019:
Try shushing the male bird and doing something like the squirt, the bird will accociate the shushing sound with the squirt. Now whenever you say “shhhh!” It should go quiet. That at least how I quiet down my birds
Stealth on January 12, 2019:
C j you are a twit the birds are bred in avairys they don't know what it is to be out in the environment your another person gasbagging on what you know nothing about
Matt F on January 06, 2019:
We have the same issue, he hates everything. He tries to make the loudest noise in the house. Fan on he will do little tik tiks and if were watching tv hes screaming to match the bass. I intimidate him easily but my mother has to deal with him all calm heartedly. I want to clip his wings because i cant tame the female with him around, no separation cage so she seems like shes being abused all day and actually fights back sometimes. Kinda want to rid of him, its immoral but he is making life for the female hell. Thanks for your input
YVD on January 05, 2019:
You are not unprepared or impatience, first of all. My female does the exact thing, ALL day. My male sings & sweetly chirps, the female-nope. I wouldn’t mind if it was not as loud & often, her swalks are the same, extremely loud. I started telling her: no, quiet & it actually worked for about a month, then back to the same ole, so I just started the squirt bottle too.
Budgies on December 18, 2018:
You sound impatient and unprepared. My female budgie exhibited some of those behaviors while my male was calm. She is way more active than him, so I just change her toys now and again. I also play music for them and move their home around. I honestly doubt you tried hard to fix the problem, you tried the easy way and then got mad most likely.
Anonymous on December 01, 2018:
Reading your case helped me to understand im not the problem with my new parakeet. I have 2, Blue and Snow, and Blue is a scaredy cat who squawk for no reason. He doesnt seem mean to Snow, in fact, he is afraid of him. Of everything. Whenever something or Snow try to get close he run away. When Snow try to join to eat, he run. An then start squaking for food. He got me tired, specially whenever im on a videochat or phone, he start screaming a lot, interupting my conversation. I still dont dare to let him out of the cage. He keeps hiding in the highest spots. Sometimes i feel like selling him and get another one. Becaus his seemingly stressfull behaviour stress the other one and make him a bit more complicated. Snow used to go on my hand without problem. But those last days he avoid my hand. Im worrie he may complicate taming the Snow
Boom on November 09, 2018:
I have the same problem, I feel like strangling the damn thing.
gay on November 05, 2018:
My cockatiel is similar. Screaming all the time. The best course of action I've found is to take him out on his leash through the park or to run him around the house a few times. He'll tire out and settle down for a nap. I definitely wouldn't recommend drugging the bird but time outs do help. Sometimes he's overstimulated and needs to be in a quiet place to calm down (the best place for my birdie is the washing machine [while it's open]. I don't get a peep out of him there.) Unlike yours, mine hates being away from me so in my case I have to be nearby for him to calm down. Sometimes just keeping him in my room with me calms him down so much I don't even notice he's there. It's different for everyone though. You just need to find out what works. Birds love interaction and being around their "flock" so don't punish him (clipping his wings) just because he feels threatened or hormonal. That only magnifies the problem.
Hitler on October 07, 2018:
This did not work, my bird started having a seizure help
Paula on September 30, 2018:
I have 2 male parakeets,one white one blue. The blue is very annoying. Screeching all the time sky, my white was very well mannered until we brought lightning home. Lightning flys all over the place when I get near the cage. Sky is beginning to do the same. I could get him out of the cage but now he won't. I have a large cage for them to play in with a small cage attached. Should they be separated? Lightning is a real bird from you know where. I can't even get close to getting him out.
AJBhorse on September 08, 2018:
I just got my two parakeets about a week ago. Their both babies, so I can't tell the genders, but my green one squaks every time I come in my room... I don't know what's wrong, I've looked in her cage to see if something was wrong, I moved her toys around, the food and water is good, I tried everything I could think of! Please help!
Jordan Belanger on August 28, 2018:
I have 3 parakeets.. 2 females and what I believe is a male (he’s albino so it’s harder to tell) one female gets along with me great. My male doesn’t hate me but he’d rather be with the other birds. And then my other female hates me. She will not stay near me and she is the loudest. My other two are both fairly quiet until she eggs them on and gets them going. My loud female and male are very fond of each other (feeding and preening each other all the time). I find that taking the two that are in love under the blankets in my bed with me and talking to them calms them all down. Hope this helps!
robin hue on August 16, 2018:
You know you don't have to live with him permenantly right? If hes driving you crazy like that then you can return him or give him over to the avian sanctuary. Maybe something is up with him and they will figure out how to keep him calm. You dont have to go through it man. I had a mad cockatiel a while back and he was the same. Screamed like absolutely insane and no way was he gonna get tamed as he bit the crap out of me. I gave him back asa i realized hes just going to get me mad. So few years later ive learned more about birds and i picked a few budgies one by one and tamed them. Ive learned to tame a bird before buying another. Once i bought another i tamed the new in a separate cage in a separate room before mixing them together and the cycle continued. Had three budgies. Two flew away. Then i finally decided i would purchase myself a cockatiel which is absolutely sweet, supertame and super cuddly when she/he wants to be. She was not tamed before i bought her but i managed to do so by taking the other guy to another room. How did i get the best birds? Before buying a bird you must make sure they are calm in the pet store or wherever you get it. They should have perfect feathers and non threatened appearance, and ones that are most likely young. If there are no young ones, keep your eyes on the healthy and calm types. They are perfect companions if you really want a calm loving bird. Some people take in birds that seem to be scared before purchasing them thinking they will transform its behaviour into a complete different bird thats more interactive and sweet, but ill tell you, it isnt possible to do so. Atleast for us people with little education regarding birds compared to bird experts.
Kate on July 15, 2018:
My male budgie does this, and It does drive you MAD.my partner works from home and I feel bad for him, but I’ve done everything I can think of to help. I wonder if my boy has sight problems, as he kicks off when he hears noises in the kitchen or upstairs that he can’t see, but once you get up close to him and start speaking to him he usually calms down. The only thing that I find truly helps is when I spend as much time as I can with my bird.
Some of these responses here are just plain animal abuse. BirdBird - your “tactic” of wrapping your bird in a shirt on your lap to stop her squawking is literally abuse. The reason she gets so “hot and huffy” is cus you are literally causing her to over heat. That’s incredibly dangerous for your bird and you are going to end up killing her. Using a cat toy as a “whip” - what is wrong with you? You should NEVER whip or hit any animal. What you are doing is animal torture. If her squawking bothers you that much then for Christ’s sake surrender her to an avian sanctuary. It’s completely pointless you owning her if you hate her and aren’t willing to be kind to her.
CJ - your response is completely useless. We’re not arguing the virtues of owning a pet bird, we’re talking about how to improve the birds environment so that it’s not constantly distressed. Save your criticisms for yourself.
Sanch on April 20, 2018:
Birds like routine. I've read that birds need around 12-14 hours of sleep a day but mine only get 8at night plus their naps throughout the day. (So maybe try to avoid switching him around so much along with his toys etc and covering his cage in the dark in the middle of the day. Maybe it's stressful and confusing for him) when I go to work(I understand you work at home) I find cool budgie videos to leave my birds with (I like to start with an hour long video of r2d2 sounds for birds lol) when I put my birds to bed I play another video for them and shorten the screen timer for the tablet. Maybe take him to the vet to see if he has parasites driving him mad/ crazy..... you never know. My parakeets only seem to really really scream if I have company over. Otherwise it's just a little bit here or there...... not constantly. Good luck!
CJ on February 15, 2018:
Parakeets don't squawk like this in the wild. They do this in houses because they are going insane. Think about things from their perspective: you have completely taken away all of its natural behaviors. It cannot migrate. It cannot search in the wild for a female partner it is actually compatible with. It cannot get the exercise it needs. You mentioned you give it "out of cage" time like you are a saint, when in reality, these birds are supposed to have the entire Australian Outback as their "cage".
No toy will make a bird happy. Do you ever see a wild bird stop mid-flight and say, "Wow. That's a nice looking toy down there!" Parakeets are supposed to have a purpose in life. You have taken every purpose and meaning away from this bird when you decided to buy it from the local pet store. You would go insane too if you had to spend your entire life in a house when you knew you were capable of so much more.
The best you can do is try and find a parrot sanctuary that will take your bird in and treat it with some degree of understanding, because you are failing to do so.
BirdBird on February 10, 2018:
My story is almost the same. Grew up with a lovely male budgie and now me and my wife have a female. She was fine for about a year and now the thing will not shut up. Have not tried the avicalm. No need for clipping the wings. I have a cat toy which is a stick with feathers at the end and i use it as a whip until the dummy is on my shoulder. She will behave but then she just does whatever she wants. I also work from home and am at my wits' end. Timeouts work sometimes but any running water in the house is off-limits. The thing that will cure it for 20 minutes or so is putting the wretched thing in a shirt and keeping it in my lap for 5-10 minutes before returning it to the cage. The bird gets all hot and huffy and will usually shut up for about 20 minutes afterwards. Not sure if we should buy a male companion or just set the thing free and see if it comes back.
louis on January 22, 2018:
my mother owns two parakeets from hell. both are females, both shriek non stop day in day out. plenty of toys, huge flight cage. for hours a day they shriek. those two get into shrieking contests. we talk, they shriek. we watch tv, they shriek. we leave the room, they shriek. we’ve tried everything. the squirt bottle tactic is a new one though, and i’ll try it. because as i type this they’re screaming and i’m at my wits end.
Diane on January 20, 2018:
I have the same problem I had this been bird well I have two of them perfect past few months maybe a little longer one bird does not shut up 24/7 I've done everything that these people have done in the stories I read also thinking about killing it I never thought to hurt an animal I'm at the end of my rope
Ann on January 09, 2018:
I've been giving my parrot AviCalm for 4 days now and its not working.
Lena on January 06, 2018:
I'm so sorry that you have to go through this... it sounds very difficult and I never condone getting rid of pets, although sometimes they drive us crazy. And here I am, thinking that my new female budgie is being a brat. I'm sorry and thank you for showing me that I'm being stupid and for reminding me how good I have it. Good luck with your birds!
P on December 09, 2017:
Give the bird to someone who knows how to care for animals.
Clearly not you.
Jack sight on December 05, 2017:
I feel sorry for your neighbours who have to probably endure someone else,s noise pollution because of animal owners selfish behaviour! So you should dispose of the creature unless you like listening to a broken record on a daily basis.
Diana Cortez-Kisinger on December 03, 2017:
You have described my male parakeet to a T. He drives me insane and I am an inch from letting him fly the coup, but I won't. I had to separate him from the female because he was too aggressive and wouldn't let the female eat properly. I advise you to get him his own cage. They can still visit but safely within their own separate cages. This has helped immensely and I let them out of their cages one at a time to exercise. The female has learned to go back into her cage, and I must say she is smarter than the male. Please keep your eye on them because the female can become ill if she can't eat or move around freely w/o the male harassing her every move. They like flute/harp/classical music and that seems to work for the male. Good luck with yours.
BriDae on November 27, 2017:
I have a bird from hell as well. He started acting up when i got a female bird. I was thinking he was jealous at that though, he had a different owner before me who didn't want him a week after buying. He was most likely bitter after those moments. Idk. What i do is spray bottle and something i didnt see you list is holding him in your hands and slowly petting his chest to slow his pulse if its too fast. Sometimes he looses a feather from it and mine is not only loud and rude to the female but BITES he REALLY bites! I cant get him to be any nicer then just biting when he's unhappy. He's a prick but i love him and the only way i know to soothe him is taking him into my palm looking him into the eyes talking quiet sweets and rubbing his chest in a downwards motion to soothe him. After that he is quiet and he doesn't want to separate from me, he then knows that i love him.
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Ari owner on November 27, 2017:
I named my bird ari its a girl shes not a pire demon just whenever i try to do something she enjoys it too much and squacks at it all trying to make similar noises to the tv or to me and i leave it with my dad for 1 weekend cause he fucking loves her right i come back and now i cant do anything without her chirping at me i mean like fucking ell shes just so loud no tv no music no talking or else she chirps like nothing else
Galaxy on November 19, 2017:
or you can put calming music for your bird. it works every time my birds won't stop screaming.
dee on September 29, 2017:
maybe adding another female will change the dynamics of the "social structure"?
AJ on September 20, 2017:
I have 2 male parakeets and one of them has an occasional sqwak attack but once I start talking to him he stops. I think he just wants extra attention lol. Those sqwaks are def stressful! Anyways, I've never owned a male and female together because I was afraid of them making attempts to mate. Have they tried mating? Could his behavior be related to the fact he can't/isn't mating? Is there some type of male instinct which isn't being met so he acts out? I've only known people who got a male and female so they could mate them so I'm very curious about this little guy. Keep us posted if another method works out for you.
Tanya Blalock on September 19, 2017:
Why not get rid of him. Would you like to live with a guy who tortures you if you want to go to the bathroom or take a bath or even eat and he beats you up if you do? No that would suck so why are you making that other bird live like that? For your sake? Is it for selfish reasons so that YOU don't feel guilty, getting rid of him because that would be mean to do and people would judge you? You're completely disregarding the fact that the other bird is living a life of torture just like if you lived your whole life with a son-of-a-bitch husband but you're married to him and so you stay married till death do you part just like they did in the old days I mean it's okay cuz that's a marriage where u take an oath BUT we're talking about birds right now. I say get rid of him definitely he's not happy and she's not happy and you're not happy. I don't understand what's the delay.
Daran on September 16, 2017:
Hi....I have a blue rumped parrot (male).He was so quiet until a female bird which was in the same cage was attacked by a cat .Sadly it didn't survive.Since from that incident he started to squawking loudly every time.I used to hand feed him but now he's like so scared to come near me.Pls help!!!
Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on September 11, 2017:
Thanks for reading and commenting! It makes me feel a lot better knowing I'm not alone in this. I have always felt a bit guilty for getting so annoyed with these birds, but sometimes they drive me to the very edge of my sanity. I wish you the best of luck with your birds!
Nitree on September 03, 2017:
I feel better knowing I'm not the only one that is having a difficult time with their male budgie. What really gets me, is when the females decide to squawk back. I have been in tears thinking these birds are making me crazy. I love the little chatter and chirps, but the squawking is making me want to get rid of them.
Melissa on June 22, 2017:
Yep. I have 7 and they are budgies from hell! They scream on and off all day for no reason. They have a huge cage, heaps of toys, heaps of food but nothing keeps them happy. They all get along to so i dont understand their behaviour. The screaming actually started around when i was 7 weeks pregnant, im 28 weeks now. I need peace and quiet and the only way i can get it is covering them up. Nothing else works. I live in a small unit so there's no other rooms for them to go to. Im at my wits end and like your bird these drive me insane and nearly to tears.
Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on June 22, 2017:
I've tried moving their cage to the back patio. He still screams. Sometimes it seems worse because there are other things going on around him like the wild finches coming to visit them and my free range chickens moving around. All of this gets him all worked up and in a frenzy. At the very least though, if I close the back door then the sound of his squawking is muffled from inside the house. It allows me to get at least a little bit of work done in peace! LOL!
Thanks for reading and commenting!
Farhan on June 20, 2017:
Hi I have the same problem but not this bad. If I’m not right next to the cage he/she (I don’t know if he/she is a boy or a girl) he/she will scream. Since this bird has a weird behavior and he is scared of me (unless he is tired or woken) he stops screaming when I come near him. But if I’m away he screams. but the other bird I have is peace ful
linda on June 19, 2017:
I'm wondering if it's a mating thing. Mine has been doing that also, but he is trying to get on top of her. She gets mad!
Anonymous on June 17, 2017:
Keep the squawking bird in the other cage by itself with its own food and water that way it stops bullying the female. As you know talk to the bird gently at face level or below so he doesn't feel threatened. Play YouTube videos of parakeets chirping and hope that he mimics this. Chirping is much easier to deal with than squawking. Cover the bird for 30 minutes after each fit until he learns to stop squawking with cover on.
LauraLooo on June 10, 2017:
Oh my goodness Kristen.
Once, before I learned to love parakeets, I had a cockatiel that was squawking wayyyy too much. Long story short, I found a woman with multiple cockatiels who was happy to rehome him with her group. And voila, happily ever after. AND ... it led me to my next bird, a Budgie, who was the love of my life AND my sons' lives. He went everywhere with other us; camping, vacations (by car or camper), etc.
My advice to you would be to consider finding him a home with an experienced Budgie person who would LOVE to add him (or both of them) to his/her aviary. Then, go find yourself another Budgie or two to love, whether from an animal shelter or Craigslist or a budgie breeder that hand feeds babies.
The stress that this bird causes you is not worth it. Believe me, I do not see pets as disposable, and my dogs and one of two budgies are from rescues or shelters. I have never gotten rid of a single pet other than that one cockatiel. But I did learn with my cockatiel that releasing yourself from a bad match can lead you onto the path to finding your true birdie-match.
Bebbie on June 09, 2017:
WOW, I feel for you! We have a parakeet who skwaks, but not to THAT extent! Since you live in a warmer climate, have tou tried a little fresh air & filtered sunshine? Whether with the other bird or solo, it's worth a try. Look out for local predators or pests, like squirrels or larger birds. Share any results if you try this!
Anynomous on May 30, 2017:
My male parakeet actually is more easy to train than my female, but then again, it was probably because he came from a breeder, not a pet store. He's also really loud, but doesn't scream at absolutely everything. It's fun to see so many different characteristics in birds.
Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on May 19, 2017:
I definitely know how you feel! Hang in there! I wish you the best of luck with this. Come back and let us know which method ends up working for your parakeet!
Melissa Neveux on May 14, 2017:
I have a beautiful pale blue female budgie and she is displaying this EXACT same behavior! I also am home all day but that's only because I sleep during the day and I work at night so it's extremely frustrating having the screeching 24/7 when it's day light! I'm only 25 but she makes me feel like a crazy old lady hehe!!
On a serious note thank you very much for sharing your story I will try some of your remedies- as well as continuing the timeouts
for her. I wish you good luck with your little guy and God bless!♥️
Corinna Goodlett on April 09, 2017:
I have a female budgie that has this same behavior and I don't think I cam take it much longer, she squawks when he Tv is on, when my husband nd I are talking, when the water is running, when she hears the toilet flush, every little noise and she feels the need to be louder. I've tied moving her to another room, I've tried covering her, I've tried the water bottle. Nothing works!
Kristen Haynie (author) from Scotia, CA on March 17, 2017:
FlourishAnyway- Thanks for commenting, and for the advice! It's so tough having a pet who just can't keep it together! You just can't help but love them even though they drive you mad! I guess we're kinda crazy ourselves... LOL!
I've tried covering the cage. He's only quiet if he's in total darkness. I feel terrible doing that to him though. I only resort to that at times when I just don't think I can take any more of him screaming. I don't think it's a crowding issue, they have a ton of space and they get plenty of time outside of their cage. I think that this bird is just a jerk.
FlourishAnyway from USA on March 16, 2017:
I've never had birds because they don't mix well with 6 indoor cats but I totally empathize with your predicament. Sometimes you get a pet who is behaviorally challenging and it seems like nothing works. I have a cat who is now on psychiatric meds because she is so undone. I don't know if parakeets process human language but when you use your squirt bottle, be sure to say no then squirt. You might also try positive reinforcement but I don't know what your parakeet finds rewarding for temporary silence. Have you tried covering the cage to quiet him? Is crowding perhaps an issue? Best of luck.