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Can you say "LOUD"? Help!

I got my first pionus and all was quiet in the household. Now that I've added a second - all I can really say is OMG. They are seriously ear deafening. We have tried ignoring them and tried covering them but neither works. I need to know the "rules" of covering them. Do you uncover them as soon as they are quiet? Are there any other techniques you have used that you can tell me about? In the past, when a bird has been loud, I've just sold it. Don't want to keep doing that! I want to do right by these birds. I know that it can be done, but I need some help. When they are quiet I will occassionally give them a treat by hand which they both happily take. But I don't think that they really get that it goes with being quiet.

Both birds have similar pasts. I've had one for a month and one for a week. They are both thought to be males about 5 years old. Both are cage aggressive but fine away from the cage. I'm at least the 3rd owner for each of them.

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Give them a firm NO! and cover up their cages, then when they stop screaming and they've been quiet for 5 minutes, you can uncover the cage only 2 sides. If they continue to scream, cover up everything again. When they are quiet and don't scream when it's been 5 or so minutes since you've taken off the cloth thats covering the cage you can give them a treat Hope that kinda made sense

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Thanks, it makes perfect sense! I will give it a try tomorrow.

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I'm following this thread because I have Kazoo, my Dusky Pi, and Plan on adopting Max, a Maxi Pi, at the end of next month. Noise level has been a concern, but with the rescue I must "foster" Max for three months before I can officially adopt him. During the three months I can return him for a full refund, and of course I can return him any time after, just no refund. But I would rather not return him at all. Kazoo is supposed to be a DNA'd girl, Max is unknown. It just seems like, in most cases, when you add a second bird of the same species the noise, volume and how often, increases.

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Kim, everybody told me green cheek conures were quiet. As soon as my maroon bellied x green cheek hybrid Pickles met Dexter that was it. Noise went waaaaaay more louder. Now I think they actually qualify for loud birds haha!

Shivani's suggestion is great. My only concern (and I need a slap for doing it my self) is that when he does scream and you give him a treat after he may associate the screaming with getting a treat. I simply turn my back and ignore them, leave the room etc etc.

When are they screaming? Like just at certain times or all day?

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I cannot pinpoint a certain time when they scream. It's very random. I can't leave the room. I do home day care. The living room/toy room is one big room. Birds are in here with us. It has nothing to do with noise level in the house. Sometimes the kids are loud and the birds are quiet. And then sometimes during nap they start screaming. I cannot even believe that the kids sleep through it! I'm trying the covering until they are quiet for 5 minutes thing and it actually seems to be working. I'll keep you updated.

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Off topic... but what kind of bird is Skittles in your siggy?? He is absolutely gorgeous... ( as are all your other birds too)
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Skittles is a moustache parakeet. This is her baby colors. During her first molt her head turned pink, and on her next molt her chest will turn blue. I've heard some say that their moustache was loud but she never is!

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Off topic (again) Sally - your birds are beautiful!!! And your siggy is beautiful tooooo! Please post a picture of Skittles with her colors as she looks now -- how big is she???

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I would say that Skittles is a little bigger than a cockatiel. She is very quiet and LOVES to play with her toys. She is so much fun to watch. She will step right up but does not let us pet her. I'm ok with that. I just love to watch her play.

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She's beautiful! All your birds are beautiful!

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I just wanted to say that Skittles is cute! There is a Mustache Parakeet in the pet store here that I really want, he honks and it's hilarious. XD



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Kim, everybody told me green cheek conures were quiet. As soon as my maroon bellied x green cheek hybrid Pickles met Dexter that was it. Noise went waaaaaay more louder. Now I think they actually qualify for loud birds haha!
Daisy, that's why I refuse to get a second GCC. LOL!! I might take in a second IRN because they need to re-home asap, but I told them all I might be able to do is find her a new home because I think 2 would be way to noisy for my apartment. And I plan on trying with Max (Maxi Pi) and hope that he and Kazoo (Dusky Pi) don't get loud.

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Skittles is a moustache parakeet. This is her baby colors. During her first molt her head turned pink, and on her next molt her chest will turn blue. I've heard some say that their moustache was loud but she never is!
The rescue I'm getting Max from has a moustache. Are they related to the IRN??

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So any luck with the noise?

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The rescue I'm getting Max from has a moustache. Are they related to the IRN??
Yes, the Mustache is related to the IRN, and the Alexandrine.



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Yes, the Mustache is related to the IRN, and the Alexandrine.
That's what I thought, thanks. From what I heard most IRN's don't like to be touched much either. Someone said they think it's because of the type of feathers they have. All I know is my IRN's feathers looks so soft and silky but I can't even get near her yet, and I LOVE the sounds she makes.

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That's interesting, I'd like to know why they don't like being touched/pet too..
They are gorgeous birds though and I'd like one (of each, hahaha).



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Well, I started with the covering the cage and uncovering after 5 minutes of quiet yesterday. It only took 3 times and they were both quiet for the whole rest of the day They both whistle and talk quietly and they are getting a lot of praise for that! Right now they are both covered and screaming and I can't hear myself think But it's the first time today so hopefully they will get it. I have found that when Rio is covered and settled down he says "hello" a lot. I've never heard him say it except for when he is covered.

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That's what I thought, thanks. From what I heard most IRN's don't like to be touched much either. Someone said they think it's because of the type of feathers they have. All I know is my IRN's feathers looks so soft and silky but I can't even get near her yet, and I LOVE the sounds she makes.

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Kim, a you pick up your irn.
I'm sure you've read I cant with Bob.
But hes so quiet and funny!
He talks and makes cute noises.
I wonder what the noise level is like with 2.
I think 2 of each species exponentially increases the volume.

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