Hi everyone — long time since I’ve written, though I have been reading regularly.
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.