Singing cockatiels.

@Kythe42 (1413)
United States
March 26, 2007 4:11pm CST
Ok I love my cockatiels and they sing beautifully, but sometimes it gets on my nerves. All of my birds are in the same room as the tv and the 2 cockatiels that I have seem to make it a habbit singing as loud as they can whenever we try to watch tv. The only solutions I've found for this is to either turn off the lights, or to give them a snack. I know the second one is a bad idea though because it's just rewarding them for being loud. Maybe I'll start covering the cages when we watch tv, but it would be tricky since the cages are large. Does anyone else's cockatiels ever annoy you when they sing too much?
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Are you only in the same room as your Cockatiels when you watch tv? If so, maybe they are just singing louder because you are in the same room with them and want your undivided attention. I cover my Cockatiel's cage every night. He stays up around 12-13 hours a day. I cover him so he doesn't catch a chill at night, and he knows it is quiet time for him now. He has a winter cover and a summer cover, with stars on it. He says Night when I put it on. His cage is quite large, also. You can use an old blanket or old sheet or tablecloth, it doesn't have to be fancy. Smoky is going to be 16 in July. His singing never annoys me, however his loud and piercing whistles hurt my ears sometimes. It seems if I start whistling, he just has to do it louder. LOL
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
1 Apr 07
Thank you for giving me best response. P.S. At this very moment I am engaged in a whistling contest with Smoky. He is winning!! God Bless
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@Calais (10905)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
LOL.... Mine does that too, Or if we are talking. I feel like I have to constantly yell, because the bird is always trying to talk over you all the time and he gets louder and louder, bless his little heart. They are chatty birds anyway, Is there some way that you could possibly just move them into another room.
@Kythe42 (1413)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Well they did used to be in another room. Then my mother got new furniture in there and there isn't room for the cages in there anymore.
@gberlin (3837)
1 Apr 07
I don't have birds as pets but is seems that if you cover the cage that seems to do the trick. My father-in-law had a parakeet that could talk and whistle. He kept it in the TV room also. He would just put a cover over the cage if Pete the parakeet got too loud.
@Kythe42 (1413)
• United States
1 Apr 07
Well I don't want to cover the cages. As has been said in other comments, covering the cage other than when it's time for the bird to go to sleep, is a mean thing to do.