I'm new to your forum and this is my first time posting. We have an eight year old male Soloman Island Eclectus that I need help with screaming. It has gotten progressively worse. I've gone to different sites and tried different things. Hopefully I did right, but his screaming has gotten so bad that I've gotten migraines from it and have started thinking about rehoming. I don't want to do that, but to be honest some days I'm at my breaking point with it. I work from home and it has interferred with meetings (which my boss has been on) and I can't have it affecting my work. So here is what I have done. Please let me know what else I'm doing wrong (as I assume it is more something that I am not doing right vs. he is doing). I also have a couple more ideas but would like your input before I act on them. Thank you all so much in advance for your help.
- He doesn't eat ANY bird seed. I have some zoopreen (sp? - I took it out of the package and have it in tupperware so can't remember the name on it) pellets I put in his cage once every couple weeks, but other than that he eats people food. Fruits, veggies, cooked beans, whatever I have for dinner (no apple seeds, onions, chocolate, etc). Last night he ate some chicken pad thai. I feed him 1-2 times a day, usually a piece of fruit cut up and then whatever I'm eating for dinner.
- His feathers are really pretty and irridescent. He is not a plucker at all.
- He has a rounded top California type cage
- I work from home in my kitchen counter. I have him right behind me in the dining room. A friend with birds said that is part of the problem - he is too close to me. Is that correct?
- I don't have the TV on during the day. My same friend with the birds said that is part of the problem. So about a month ago I have the TV on all day. When I'm in meetings I have it on muted, but at least it is on. Is this correct?
- We are in Seattle so for a good 9 months a year there isn't a lot of bright sunlight. He is next to a window that gets afternoon sun. There is a bedroom down the hall that gets the most sun. It also looks out to the back yard where the dogs are (I do dog rescue). He would get the most direct sunlight there. Would he be happier there? He wouldn't be physically as close as he is to me now, but I could also have a door to shut between me and the screaming. Would moving him into that bedroom help the issue or make it better? Someone told me to move him into a basement, but we have a rambler so we don't have a basement.
- We constantly have dogs here as foster dogs. He doesn't have a lot of time out of the cage to fly around as there are always dogs walking around. I think that this might be part of the issue.
- A friend brought their cockatoo over, who was scary to Sully (he hid under the cage). Another time he brought over a yellow headed amazon (i think that is what he is) and Sully left him alone. Is it possible he is lonely? We have another friend who is looking to rehome their caique. I asked if we could "borrow" that bird to put his cage next to Sullys to see if that would be something nice for him and make him happier. But I'm worried that if it doesn't work out - then I'll have two screaming birds on my hands. What do you think about bringing in another bird for this situation?