Good afternoon, what a wet day absolutely pouring in rain.
Hope everyone is okay.
Hope everyone is okay.
Hi and welcome, I am so sorry to hear your grandmother passed away. It is so lovely you took Seku on. I am also sorry to hear your cat passed away too.Hello!
My name is Jesse - I'm new here... I am in a bit of a tight spot at the moment and I would be really grateful for some wisdom from you guys...
About two years ago I took on my grandmother's Senegal, Seku, when she died. He is around 20 and she had him from pretty small, I think. He spent all of that time in a cage, in a farmhouse kitchen with a north facing window, next to a back door that slammed a lot. It wasn't a great life for him, to say the least, and my kids and I were pretty happy to get him out of there.
We've lived in two properties since, and in that time he has ventured out of his cage, flown about a little, and will take peanuts when offered. Really good progress, all things considered.
We had a cat too, and they co-habited reasonably well. But just before lockdown our cat was run over. Since then, Seku has been living his best life - out of the cage more often than not.... He spends a lot of time on a mirror. He will allow you to be pretty close to him comfortably. My 9 year-old is particularly fond of him and invests quite a lot of time with him. My kids are with me 3 nights a week. I understand that this inconsistency might be a bit problematic for him. Generally I work from home, but I do generally leave him overnight one or two nights per week.
I know Senegals are noise, but the problem is that he is REALLY NOISY!! And he seems to be even more so since the cat has gone. His cage is in the living room / dining room / where I work from. (He's relegated me to the landing to have meetings from!) But the volume is becoming increasingly less tolerable. In recent weeks when all our stress levels have been tested, to say the least, the screeching has been unbearable at times.
Can anyone help please?! I am a real novice at this and don't really understand his vocalising: often it seems to be because he wants to come out of the cage. But it will cary on when he's out. Is he just excited? That's what it seems like. Any advice on how he wants us to respond to this would be really really appreciated!
Thank you so much
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Thank you Roz and Wendy for your thoughts. I have been ignoring the harsher sounds and rewarding / being attentive to him in quieter moments and the calmer sounds. He does have a pretty decent range I think, although I am not aware fo any sounds he is directly trying to repeat.That's a wonderful picture of Seku!!
I agree with Michael in that you maybe inadvertently reinforcing the screaming/loud behaviour, and likely with attention if he likes to be involved. Also louder background noise results in louder vocalizations. For example, you talking on the phone, or the TV blaring, or the sound of running water, etc. will provide noise that some birds love to compete with.
What other vocalizations does he do? Can he talk/whistle? Try cu-ing another vocalization and highly reinforce it BEFORE the unwanted vocalizations happen. If he is getting attention for the unwanted sounds, then provide the same reinforcer (attention), and more!, for the preferred sounds.
Kobe, my Pionus, can make a horrible grating squawking noise as I remove the sheets off the other bird cages in the morning - it's an horrific impersonation of the noise of the sheets coming off at a hundred times the volume! Kobe can say "oh boy" so before the horrible noise even starts, I cue the "oh boy" with an "OHHHHH?" and he'll finish with, "BOY!" We keep shouting that back and forth which is funny/bearable rather than me being driven insane (and deaf) by his HORRENDOUS squawking. The "Oh Boy" game is more reinforcing for him than squawking.
PS Dora and i do also somtimes communicate in whispers....well, l whisper and she will quietly mutter or tut at me.Thank you Roz and Wendy for your thoughts. I have been ignoring the harsher sounds and rewarding / being attentive to him in quieter moments and the calmer sounds. He does have a pretty decent range I think, although I am not aware fo any sounds he is directly trying to repeat.
With my work calls, I have to retreat upstairs all the time now. That's fine though. He can still hear me up there and will squawk - pretty sure he's saying "where have you gone and who is more important than me?!". Our (small) house is pretty noisy at times; with two kids under 10, plus music and television sometimes: it's obvious to me if he's distressed (e.g. kids playing noisily near the cage, and he'll flap) but it is reassuring to hear that when it is noisy, his vocalising is in competition / chorus with the other noise, rather than because he's upset.
Thank you again - I will let know how things go... Enjoy the rest of your weekends!