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What does this sound mean??

Postby PopDieBee » Thu Feb 24, 2022 1:46 pm

Hii! I own a lovebird called stitchy and he’s been making a noise randomly and i was wondering if anyone knows what this noise means

So my best way to describe the noise is when you like squeeze ur nose closed and say peh but then like higher pitched.
Its such a weird noise and i cant find videos of it anywhere either.

So does anyone know what this could mean??

:swaying:
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Re: What does this sound mean??

Postby Pajarita » Fri Feb 25, 2022 10:30 am

Welcome to the forum, Pop and Stitchy! We need more info: age? male or female? how long you've had the bird? is it all alone, meaning no companion? diet?
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Re: What does this sound mean??

Postby PopDieBee » Fri Feb 25, 2022 1:51 pm

Thank you for your reply!!

stitchy is i think 15 years old now im 17. My mom got him as a baby and when he grew up got another bird called lilo. Lilo saddly got eaten by a cat when stitchy was i think around 5 years old and has been alone ever since. We have tried introducing him to other birds from friends but he always got scared or was mean no matter the type of bird. Lilo wasnt so nice to stitch either and caused him quite some stress because lilo groomed stitchy too much to the point it would hurt him so we had to keep and eye on them at the time as well.
His diet is nutribird b14 pellets, he gets some fruit like apple or vegetables like spinach pretty much every day and he gets a few seeds every day since he needs to gain more weight he’s a bit skinny, but the vet said he isnt too skinny so nothing bad.
He’s old so he sleeps a lot and he’s been struggling with feather plucking for like 2 years now. We’ve resently started a new treatment that the vet recommended and with that we’ve been giving him cbd oil twice a day.
Next to all that he’s had a very hard life i was around 7 years old at the time i think it was on my birthday and somebody let stitchy walk on the floor which was a very bad idea because stitchys feather were clipped at the time. My grandma didnt notice him and accidentally stepped on him which resulted in him never being able to fly anymore even with his feathers growing back also his tail feather are gone and wont grow back. My mom was in care of stitchy at the time this all happened and i was very young so i dont know the exact times of everything happening. We have gone to the vet for all of the problems he’s had and has been treated but they never knew why his tail feathers didnt grow back.


Although i dont think he makes this noise because of any of these things i just wanted to share his story in case i have any future questions or if you have any extra advice to give.
We are going back to the vet soon and me and my mom want to ask if maybe it might be a good idea if we get another lovebird after all. One that is near his age and maybe even one that has a disability like stitchy. We have the time, and im not 7 anymore and would like for stitchy to enjoy his life for however long he’ll still be with us and maybe help another birdy with it. I am very close to him and he’s with me almost the whole time whenever im home.

The sound he makes really doesnt seem much of a painful sound it sounds rather goofy and playful he makes it randomly but never in a state where he seems stressed only maybe when he’s a bit annoyed.

I hope this is enough information :)
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Re: What does this sound mean??

Postby Pajarita » Sat Feb 26, 2022 10:36 am

Well, I don't like pellets for birds... especially the colored ones that also have sugar in them. And, at 14 years of age with a not to good diet and after living by himself and not being able to fly (all causes of high stress), he is actually pretty old for a lovie. People look at the average lifespan and think that pet birds should live, if not more, at least as much as the stated age but they don't take into consideration the stress (both physical and psychological) that pet birds live under all their lives. Pet birds, as a rule, die young...

I don't like it when birds change their vocalizations... I've had bad experiences with this. Every time it happened, it meant something was going on and the fact that he started plucking a couple of years go is not good either. But maybe this is not the case with your bird.

Next time you take him to the vet, ask him/her to run a bile acids test and, in the meantime, watch him like a hawk to see if there are any other symptoms.
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Re: What does this sound mean??

Postby PopDieBee » Sat Feb 26, 2022 12:46 pm

I’ve been watching carefully if his behavior changes much.
The noise he’s making doesnt happen often and he’s done this throughout his life so i really doubt its because of him being sick.
I was just wondering if it had a meaning because some noises lovies make have meaning like beak crunching when theyre comfortable or stressed.
I trully hope the medicine they gave us will help him with the feather plucking. We’re also buying an infra red lamp because the vet said thats good for him? I wonder what your opinion on that is as well.

And i was wondering if you’d know what like the best diet is that i could give him because he’s quite picky when it comes to pellets so changing to something that is not pellets might actually be a good idea!

Thank you for helping me i really appreciate the advice!! :D
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Re: What does this sound mean??

Postby PopDieBee » Sun Feb 27, 2022 7:35 am

I’ve been watching carefully if his behavior changes much.
The noise he’s making doesnt happen often and he’s done this throughout his life so i really doubt its because of him being sick.
I was just wondering if it had a meaning because some noises lovies make have meaning like beak crunching when theyre comfortable or stressed.
I trully hope the medicine they gave us will help him with the feather plucking. We’re also buying an infra red lamp because the vet said thats good for him? I wonder what your opinion on that is as well.

And i was wondering if you’d know what like the best diet is that i could give him because he’s quite picky when it comes to pellets so changing to something that is not pellets might actually be a good idea!

Thank you for helping me i really appreciate the advice!! :D
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Re: What does this sound mean??

Postby Pajarita » Sun Feb 27, 2022 10:21 am

I don't like lamps for heat when it comes to birds. For one thing, they are completely inefficient (the lamp is put athe same level or above the cage but heat rises so, if you don't put the heat source under the bird, the heat dissipates instead of concentrating inside the cage) and, for another, they are dangerous to their eyes (bright light put too close - which is the only way you get the lamp to heat the cage) AND for their endocrine system (red light traverses tissue and bone faster than any other light so their deep brain photoreceptors are exposed to light 24/7/365 which is VERY bad for them). My way is to put a heating pad on the bottom of the cage and cover the back, sides and half the top with a material. But increased heat is only needed when birds are sick plus the ONLY light that has any effect on plucking is a good quality (CRI 93+ and Ktemp around 5000) full spectrum light place above the cage but not close (I have mine in the ceiling fixtures) because too close causes blindness in birds. And this is only if the bird is plucking because it's depressed (which yours might be as lovies never do well on their own, they need a mate), it doesn't do anything if it's caused by a medical condition (which is, almost always, the case when birds are overly-hormonal). There is also no medicine that prevents plucking... people have tried all kinds of supplements, from protein boosters (HUGE mistake) to tranquilizers (if you need to dope your bird to be happy, you need to find another home for it) to Lupron which messes up their endocrine system something terrible.

Personally, if I know the bird has everything to be content and healthy (strict solar schedule, right diet, freedom from cage during the day and company of other parrots) and still plucks, I don't worry because plucking is like biting your nails, it becomes an addiction.

My lovebirds (I have 3 now -one male and two females so I need to get 3 more -two males and one female so they can have a little flock of their own) eat gloop and a green for breakfast and a small portion of budgie seed mix for dinner plus vitamin/mineral supplement two or three times a week and a cuttlebone in their cage.
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