calling all the time

worrierqueenie

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my caique has been here for about a day and a half. He is calling loudly practically all the time.

He's come out of the cage and sat on my hand without any prompting, even fell asleep on my arm this afternoon. I'm just worried that he is distressed even if he's not showing any signs of fear and coming on my hand without prompting.

He's been playing with toys, eating well - seed & fruit as that's what he was raised on & I don't want to change too much in his life this soon.

If he does want something I'm not sure what it is. He does it whether he's in the cage or out of it and I'm worried he's going to get a sore throat.

Is it possible that this is his normal way of communicating? I can't get hold of his breeder to see if he was a noisy chick or when he was fed each day. I'll ask another question about that hopefully in the right forum, but he has breakfast about 8.30 and eats the rest for an hour or so after. I put some seed in until his main meal in the evening and also give him some fruit in the day.

I just don't know what the best thing to do for him is
 

dianaT

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I guess it's his first time away from others therefore he will call hoping they will answer.
I don't know his age but he will sleep a fair amount being young and that's be be expected.
Was he fully weaned when you collected him. I will say a day and a half is no time at all he has to adjusted to his new home and surroundings and most of all without hearing others of his kind.
Yes talk to him, whistle and sing, just communicate in a kindly way.
Let's see what other members including @Roz can advise.
Can we have a photo please and his name.
 

worrierqueenie

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I guess it's his first time away from others therefore he will call hoping they will answer.
I don't know his age but he will sleep a fair amount being young and that's be be expected.
Was he fully weaned when you collected him. I will say a day and a half is no time at all he has to adjusted to his new home and surroundings and most of all without hearing others of his kind.
Yes talk to him, whistle and sing, just communicate in a kindly way.
Let's see what other members including @Roz can advise.
Can we have a photo please and his name.
thank you

His name is Piper but no photos yet - hopefully soon.

He was fully weaned - it was a long journey for him poor soul to come here.

I am whistling (very badly alas :)) and talking to him quietly. Right now he investingating and is quiet.

I was so surprised when he came out of the cage and sat on my hand - I thought he'd be more hesitant. He also is pulling at my fingers and chewing - checking me out I think.

Roz kindly answered a question for me about what to do during his first days here & mentioned mourning for his previous flock. I'm trying to bear that in mind.

If I give him a treat would that reinforce what he's doing?

He's decided to sit on the laptop :D
 

Roz

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I remember baby Kobe was very vocal when he was young. He quietened down eventually!

Try not to pay attention to his screams, but as soon as he’s doing something other than screaming… like sitting on your hand, or exploring, or playing, or sitting on your laptop that’s the time to reinforce! 😊Either with a treat or your attention if that is reinforcing.

Notice what happens immediately before he starts screaming (it could be boredom, or hearing a sound or…?). This is the Antecedent.

Then notice what happens immediately after he starts screaming (you pay him attention by going up to him? Or you walk away… or?). This is the Consequence.

If you keep notes you might find out what sets him off (the antecedent) and also what is reinforcing it (the consequence).
 

Roz

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It just occurred to me that although he may be fully weaned, some young birds revert to begging for food when they arrive in a new home. I wonder if feeding him some warm food from a spoon in the evening just before bed might help him feel more secure?

Editing to add, foods such as cooked oatmeal or warmed up Vit A rich baby food, made with sweet potato or carrots etc.
 
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worrierqueenie

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It just occurred to me that although he may be fully weaned, some young birds revert to begging for food when they arrive in a new home. I wonder if feeding him some warm food from a spoon in the evening just before bed might help him feel more secure?

Editing to add, foods such as cooked oatmeal or warmed up Vit A rich baby food, made with sweet potato or carrots etc.
thank you.
My friend has been researching various sites and reverting came up a number of times. It did remind me of a baby bird begging for food so I'm going to try this. They suggested scrambled eggs also which I'm going to try tonight.

I think that it was not knowing what the problem is makes me feel a bit anxious.
 
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