So I am about to move into an apartment with roommates, and so I have been much more aware lately of the noise level my birds create, because while the roommates said the birds are fine, none of them seem to particularly be bird people, so I am thinking they may be more sensitive then me to the the noise.
For the most part both Wednesday and Zoot are pretty quiet, Wednesday, like a lot of female cockatiels, hardly makes any noise most of the time. However, she tends to want human attention whenever she can get it (the opposite of zoot, who just wants attention from Wednesday) and sometimes she will call out repeatedly until i pay attention to her. once she is on my shoulder she is silent again. I am wondering if by going to her each time she is calling out i am reinforcing this behavior, so now she thinks "if i get really loud hannah will play with me!". However, at the same time I don't want to ignor her to teach her a lesson, because that seems like it could be really hurtful.
I want to keep her trust in me, but also find the best way to deal with this, so i can assure my roommates that she won't bother anyone too much.
The apartment doesn't have super thin walls, so i am assuming it wouldn't bother people too much anyway, but i really want to make sure i am responding in the right way reguardless. Also, zoot has recently started mimicing her calls, only he's not looking for my attention when he does that, so i don't even know what to do about it! I am fine with their level of noise in general. Compared to probably almost any other type of parrots they are so low key and quiet, but when wednesday gets noisey, and then zoot is mimicing her noisy attention seeking call... i don't know what to do!
thanks for any advice guys!
P.S. Wednesday gets quiet when you handle her or take her to a dark room, but i might not always be home to do this. at a time that she may be bothering a roommate, any advice on the best thing to tell them (cover the cage/just go talk to her through the cage bars for a bit/ignor it?)
I don't want her to feel neglected, but i also don't want to teacher that being loud is good...