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Old 01-17-2017, 05:50 PM
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Hi everyone — long time since I’ve written, though I have been reading regularly.

Artoo has been with me for 6 months now. She certainly has a mind of her own and I just roll with it. She refuses to come out of her cage still — I’m hoping that one day she will so she can have some flying time, but ultimately it will be up to her. I’m home with her every day and she has a lot of interaction with my husband and daughter too.

She is still in breeding condition. It’s been several months now and I’ve pretty much gone through all of the information to try to break that cycle…with no luck.

Lately (in the last few weeks) she’s decided that I am The One (despite not wanting to step up, be touched, or come out of her cage) and while it’s very sweet that she’s chosen me and I love her very much, she has become very sexual (presenting herself to me nearly constantly on the side of her cage complete with the opening and closing of her cloaca, fluttering her tail feathers when she hears my voice, trying to feed me through the cage bars, etc.). I ignore the behavior and try to distract her with a toy or rolling her cage into another room for some new “scenery”, but it only lasts for a short time. When I leave the room she ack ack acks and flaps, and calls for me.

I can’t whistle to her anymore or she literally goes berserk, lifts her tail and her head and imitates my whistle. It is starting to feel like she’s obsessed.

Sooo, help? Do some budgies stay like this for a long time? Is there something else besides the “When We Don’t Want Eggs” suggestions that I should be doing or trying? I've been scouring the behavior board threads for clues and I’m worried that her frustration isn’t healthy for her long term.
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One of the most helpful things is to ensure she is getting no more than 8 hours of daylight. Keeping her cage covered except for those 8 hours, rearranging the cage every few days, and limiting the protein in her diet should help. Make sure there is nothing at all in her cage that she could decide to use as a nesting site. Be sure you never stroke her back or tail!

Hopefully, she'll move through this stage soon!
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Welcome back to the forums!

I'm sorry you are having problems with Artoo's more overly passionate advances towards you. The duration of breeding condition will vary between birds, some will come out of it sooner than others. Then there are some hens who will display the dark brown cere indicating breeding condition for an extended amount of time (years even), but that doesn't mean they will be overly hormonal during the whole time.
Besides the measures on the link you have mentioned, you can continue to divert Artoo's attention and to also keep her busy by providing an enriching environment with plenty of playful activities for her to spend some energy on and to hopefully be focused on those tasks and not on romance.

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Have you tried yucca chips or bird kabobs? I've found that my budgie works out a lot of energy destroying bird kabobs.

Also palm leaf shredding toys from Planet Pleasures are good too. He loves to shred those and they keep him busy.

If you've not tried either of these, I would do both of them. When I gave him the bird kabob the first time it was love at first site and he was like "where have you been my whole life, bird kabob?" He slept on the bird kabob that night.

But, don't buy that one bird kabob that can be hollowed out, because that is definitely like a nest once it's hollow.
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Hey, thanks everyone -- I was just so surprised that she's taken such a liking to me and worried whether it was healthy for her because she is *so* intense. And she seems to get so irritated with me when I don't reciprocate her advances. Poor sweet bird.

I will continue with the things I've been doing (limiting daylight, less protein, switching up her cage and toys and food dishes) and try to do more to keep her busy with other things.

If there is anything else you think I should be doing for her, please let me know. I want to do what's best for her. <3 Thank you again!
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