How does my budgie know his playgym is his designated area?
I'm kind of fascinated how my budgie "owns" his play gyms. He has two side by side and he will hang out there most of the day if I'm in, and his cage door is open. He will go back and forth between his play gym and his cage, and fly around the room if he wants to fly, and then will land back at his play gym or cage.
Sometimes he lands on the crown molding above the door, but he doesn't stay there long.
I've discouraged him from perching on a couple other places he used to like (by making them in hospitable with crumpled up tinfoil that made it "scary" to land and no footing.)
But I'm kind of fascinated how he will just sit on his play gyms and chirp there, jump around, nap, and kind of just stay there.
Yesterday, I moved the location of his playgyms from the top of a small cabinet to the top of his cage ... and he didn't miss a beat. He is hanging out on playgym today and will be there for hours. He doesn't wander. I guess he's a little bit curious (he landed on the handle of the vacuum the other day because it was out)... but not a lot curious. (There's plenty of places to wander but he doesn't.)
Are your budgies like this as well? Do they stick to a routine with their territories?
Your Biz knows that because he has learnt the play gym is a fun and safe area for him to be when having out of cage time.
During the acclimation period when you first got the play gym, you have also showed and encouraged Biz to use this play area and it's only natural now that he goes for it so often when out of the cage.
My budgies and lovebirds act the same way and know exactly where to play and hang out and this is good, to have a good level of predictability.
That way we know they are safe.
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I am so thankful for this. It really blows my mind how generally predictable Biz will be, & that he will spend hours in his playgym area. I had no idea it would be like that.
Every now and then he gets a curiosity vibe going & he might veer towards the kitchen to look... but mostly he stays where he knows it's safe. And that's the answer to my question you provided. Thank you! Of course... he's inclined to stay where he has been show that it's safe and where he knows it's safe, fun, favorite toys & sometimes treats. Where, any of his wanderings haven't proven so pleasant (i.e. scary tinfoil, or when he lands on one lampshade he likes, he's always immediately moved. Or, that one time he fell behind a piece of furniture. Unharmed, but it wasn't fun, the feeling of being trapped. I rescued him.) That makes sense that he's cautious, and smart that he would be.
It's such a good thing that this is their nature and that's how they work with the playgyms. It's so nice that he can be as free as he likes, but I can do my work while he hangs out in his area. I always have an eye on him when he's out of the cage no matter what I'm doing... [ I put him back in the cage if I'm going to be out of the room even for 3 minutes ] .... but it's so nice that he makes it easy to keep the cage door open. I'm very appreciative. And it makes me happy he can fly around if he feels like it.