By David A. Silver
Sometimes relocating a cage in the same room does not help to diminish noise levels. Moving the cage out of the room and into another room might not help either. Adding plants along a wall and around cages can go a long way towards creating a sound buffer.
For other sound-proofing tips, look at the overall space in your room. A wide-open space allows sound waves to bounce around; closing off the space gives the waves less room to travel.
In your bird room, or area where your bird’s cage is, keep sound from bouncing around by filling up space. Place bookshelves along the wall, hang paintings, use plants, place a couch or bed in the room, Spread a rug on the floor, etc. Have curtains or drapes on the windows, and place plants around the cage. The more space taken up, the less your bird’s sounds will carry.
Not all strategies work. A friend of mine has an apartment in a small house and although it was a self-contained unit with its own separate entrance, the sound of my friend’s budgies was an annoyance to the other tenant. Heavy carpet, wall hangings and numerous plants were already situated in the room. The addition of several more plants to his already lush environment did not help. Personally, I did not see how the budgies could be possibly heard in the adjacent apartment. Perhaps the other tenant was sensitive, even to the muted chattering. In any case, my friend had to relocate his budgies to various foster homes. Later, he obtained some Lady Gouldian finches from me and had no further complaints from his neighbor.
Larger birds might be more difficult to muffle. A local greenhouse has a blue-and-gold macaw in residence. It is difficult to say whether the abundance of plants around the bird’s cage has an affect on the noise level. The cement floors of the greenhouse probably contribute to the volume. At least the bird is evidently happy in his environment with all the greenery.