My cockatiel is squawking and I cannot figure out why!

by Chandelle
(Boulder City, NV, US)

Whenever I first get my cockatiel, Rooster, out of the cage, he starts squawking after a minute and doesn't stop. I have no idea why since he has food and water at all times and his perch is in the same location that it always is and I'm usually doing nothing unfamiliar to him. Even when I pick him up he doesn't stop. Nothing seems to help. This is very frustrating to me, so I'll usually listen to it, hoping that he'll stop, until I just can't bare it anymore and put him in his cage for a time out.

Sometimes after a few minutes to himself he'll stop other times he'll need another time out session. He is used to everyone in the house, we don't usually have anyone over, and any other time of the day he is completely content. He is out of his cage the majority of the day and is a pretty happy and sweet bird. Does anyone have any ideas what could be going on? This is a daily thing and drives me crazy!

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Apr 05, 2011
Cockatiel squawking
by: Tracie

If the bird only does this when you get it out of the cage, it sounds like something outside the cage upsets him. Because I am not there to observe, I am at a loss as to how to help you with this.

You might need to carry your bird to another room, and see if that helps. If the bird's wings are not clipped, then make sure there is nothing harmful in the room, of course.

You mentioned something about a perch, instead of perches. So, just in case, I thought I would mention that your bird should have several perches and not just one perch. For your bird to have healthy feet and mind, the bird needs natural wood branches and maybe a pedicure perch along with plenty of toys to chew and bang around.

Again, you may already have all of the above, but I thought it worth mentioning just in case. ;-)

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