How can I calm down an Aggressive Biting Female in heat?
I have two females, Shayne and Sunny. Shayne (I know, boy name, newbie mistake) was very young and "feisty" when we acquired her. She has always been nippy, by that I mean small bites. She is very intelligent, curious to the point of not realizing possible danger around big people. She is very social, gets lots of love and freedom, being out of the cage most of the time within the confines of our office. Shayne is 3 and Sunny is 2. Just this year, the mating behavior went into high gear. Shayne became obsessed with crawling up our sleeves and bites hard if she doesn't get what she wants. This summer she would bite my bare toes and draw blood, and waving the pom-pom in her face would not shoo her away. I had to wear socks and suffer with hot feet.
Shayne will also bite us when we are not feeling well, which is what's happening to my husband right now.
I have tried leaving the blinds closed the entire day, rearranging the items in the cage, but sometimes the only resort is to confine her. When both birds are confined, they try to mate, taking turns with the boy role.
I know they are frustrated and want to make little budgies, and we can even tolerate the chewing our clothes or going up our sleeves, but the hard biting is really getting on our nerves. We don't want to confine Shayne to the cage all the time. During the day (we often work from home), the 2 computers heat up the office so it stays summer warm. I could try to leave the door open at night so the air from the hall cools down the room.
Is there a such thing as a tranquilizer for a budgie?