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trum 02-17-2017 03:02 PM

Budgie still trying to feed a mirror even though its been removed?
 
So a few months ago I was recommended on TalkBudgies to removes mirrors from Dickies cage and in the weeks after I removed a mirror every few days.

I removed a mirror and for a few days after he was so energetic and loving life, now hes back to the area the mirror used to be (where he used to feed the mirror) and hes feeding the exact area it was.

There is nothing there now except a little wooden perch......i don't get it, is there anything I could do to try and show him there is no reason to be feeding this area? he spends a good few hours a day in this area and i have to keep distracting him to stop him doing that weird chewing...

aluz 02-17-2017 03:33 PM

You could totally rearrange Dickie's cage to see if he stops with the regurgitation.
If you have a spare cage (preferably a completely different one), you can move Dickie into it, this change will most likely do the trick and be helpful in rehabilitating Dickie.
Spending daily quality time with him and keeping him busy with healthy playful activities will also help out.

Best of luck!

trum 02-17-2017 04:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aluz (Post 3948305)
You could totally rearrange Dickie's cage to see if he stops with the regurgitation.
If you have a spare cage (preferably a completely different one), you can move Dickie into it, this change will most likely do the trick and be helpful in rehabilitating Dickie.
Spending daily quality time with him and keeping him busy with healthy playful activities will also help out.

Best of luck!

Im currently in a position that I spend a good 50% of the day sitting a foot away from him and we play almost all the time, the problem is he needs to sleep/rest/eat and when he does he sneaks up to the area to feed the non existent mirror.

Unfortunately i don't have another cage, I feel sort of guilty when moving key elements of his cage and im not sure if i should. Last time i loved a key bit of "furniture" he really looked upset and confused, he uses this perch as a snooze/rest area but also where he jumps to when he wants to play.

Is this something I should be feeling guilty about or will he just forget about it a few hours later?

iHeartPieds 02-17-2017 06:36 PM

Have you thought about getting him a friend? Just an idea, I personally like to keep budgies together so that they can preen and play and regurgitate food to eachother.

Therm 02-17-2017 07:05 PM

Moving the cage about isn't something you should feel guilty about at all and he wouldn't have been upset. Try not to tag human emotions onto your budgie in instances like this is it will make you feel emotions that aren't there.

Refreshing the cage is something I do very frequently and used to do it every weekend. I do it less frequently now, but it keeps things interesting for your bird.

Getting another bird is an option that needs consideration, such as how long Dickie has been a lone bird and the impact it will have on him. Not all birds thrive with another bird friend if they've been a companion bird for a long period of time.

StarlingWings 02-17-2017 07:09 PM

I agree with Therm; rearranging the cage is a great idea to throw him from the "feeding mood" :thumbsup:

If you have lots of non-mirror toys and plenty of natural wood perches in new places around the cage, he will surely forget about his "spot" and learn to investigate his toys more rather than regurgitating :D

Getting him a friend may not be in his best interests if he's used to being a solo bird, but it could be an option if you feel that he could benefit from a same species friend.

trum 02-18-2017 01:23 AM

Thanks for the replies, I will change his cage about today when i get time, its always fun doing so as he likes to ride my hand as im doing cage maintenance!

As for another bird its not something I would consider. Dicky gets so much attention and is rarely away from human contact. Not only that but I would feel guilty as hes had all that attention to himself since he was 6weeks old and now hes 2 years old. He really is loved and gets hours and hours of our time each day.

As im writing this hes jumped up to the area and started feeding the invisible mirror again.......

trum 02-21-2017 02:37 AM

Ok so I moved his perch and a few other toys/perches to another spot and he has stopped doing it at that area but he has started at another spot, again with no mirror......

He is also having tantrums at night as he slept in that area a lot so I guess it will take some time getting used to.

Maybe I should move all his toys around and start from scratch to try and stop this weird habit.

Therm 02-21-2017 02:58 PM

It might be a good idea.
Perhaps take some of the old toys out and put two new ones in and rearrange the cage and make sure he had plenty of time before bed to get used to the changes.
Maybe a swing where he used to have his bedtime perch?

It might be worth keep moving things around in his cage to try and break him from this habit.
Of course, if at any time he stops you can try and leave the set up how it is and make sure he doesn't revert back.

Does Dickie actually 'feed' the area, or is he just chatting and nodding his head up and down? if there's no seed actually coming out any more, then I wouldn't worry. if you aren't seeing him bringing any seed up, then he's just chatting.
My budgie boys go and talk to toys and chatter to them, the same way they do to another budgie friend (and this is when they have many budgie friends they could talk too, they decide to talk to themselves still).

If Dickie isn't actually bringing any seed up now and just chatting, then you don't need to worry.

trum 02-21-2017 04:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Therm (Post 3951841)
It might be a good idea.
Perhaps take some of the old toys out and put two new ones in and rearrange the cage and make sure he had plenty of time before bed to get used to the changes.
Maybe a swing where he used to have his bedtime perch?

It might be worth keep moving things around in his cage to try and break him from this habit.
Of course, if at any time he stops you can try and leave the set up how it is and make sure he doesn't revert back.

Does Dickie actually 'feed' the area, or is he just chatting and nodding his head up and down? if there's no seed actually coming out any more, then I wouldn't worry. if you aren't seeing him bringing any seed up, then he's just chatting.
My budgie boys go and talk to toys and chatter to them, the same way they do to another budgie friend (and this is when they have many budgie friends they could talk too, they decide to talk to themselves still).

If Dickie isn't actually bringing any seed up now and just chatting, then you don't need to worry.


Well the weird thing is Dicky never regurgitates any food, he will just get some seed and jump to the specific area and sort of get into a sleeping position (head down, tail up) and sits making a mouth smacking noise which is really loud and wet sounding.

While doing that hes completely indifferent to me and will get a bit upset if i try and interact with him (usually he LOVES any sort of contact). Also when doing this he doesn't whistle, talk or make any noises as if hes really concentrating.

I dont know if this is OK behaviour or not, it just seems weird he only does this in certain areas and when he eats anywhere else in the cage he doesn't do this stuff.


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