Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Thanks for the support & ideas! They are in the living room, not directly looking out a window or door, backing onto a wall, and there's nobody else in the apartment (but a cat, who ignores the cage). They have lots of different toys, including foraging/destructive types, and I switch them around weekly for variety. I thought they were quieter when I left the room last night to test it, but it was a fluke - they keep on constant squawking (I mean, with no more than a few seconds' break) regardless of whether I'm sitting out there, in the bathroom, in my room, etc. The ONLY time they shut up briefly if if I'm giving them direct attention, which they get for a few hours a day (incl. out of cage flight time), but I can't have them out all the time and can't always be giving them constant attention either! I do go see them for a few minutes when I leave and when I come home as well.
I'm really at a loss as to what to do...I'm currently wearing ear plugs, but I can hear the squawking loud enough to give me a headache right through them (as an idea of how loud they're being). When I go out, they're squawking with their heads down & winds shaking, which is pretty typical attention-seeking behaviour from them, but they're getting much more attention than in the past and they've never been nearly as noisy. I'm starting to wonder if the tenants above (I'm in a basement apartment, a nice one though - it looks & feels ground level) are making some sort of noise or something I can't hear? Ugh...
I honestly don't know what to do. Even ignoring the stress of having neighbours possibly complain about the incessant screeching, I am absolutely losing my mind here. After an hour or two of being home I have to take advil and hide in bed with the lights off and ear plugs because my head is pounding so bad...and I can hear the screeching continue through the ear plugs which usually gets me so frustrated I'm crying! I've loved these birds for years and am so torn at even the thought of giving them away (to a possibly bad home), but they're also really starting to affect my wellbeing :'(