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Hi all!

We're pretty new budgie owners and although we really enjoy our new feathered friends, they aren't the most sociable two little birds with us but can'T get enough of each other (we have a girl and a boy).

We got them a big cage where they have plenty of room above to sit (over 6 foot tall). They however fly up and sit on the curtain rail and leave the floor a bit of a mess!

It's annoying as we are at work all day and it's not so nice to come back to!

Is there anything we can do to stop them from perching up there, aside from getting a different type of rail? I suspect that they like being higher than us, which is why they go there!

We'd love any help you can give us.

Thanks!

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Instinctively, budgies want to go as high as they can for their own safety. This is why they choose to perch on your curtain rail.

It's good to see they have a cage top play area, but it could use come loving to make it more appealing for your birds.
Think about the fact that budgies live in the wild and would perch on trees and try and think oh how you can give them something like that as an area for them to perch.

I used to have the same issues with the birds going on the curtain rail. So I invested in some java wood perches and other items to make the cage top more appealing to them.



I'm not sure what that perch is being held up with, but I would remove it. If it falls while your budgies are on it, it'll give them a fright and I'm a little concerned with what it's being held on there with.
Remember budgies like to chew things and if that's toxic to them, it could kill them.

As well as getting more nicer perches for the top of the cage, I would also get them some toys to focus their attention on when they are out.

Most importantly though, your budgies shouldn't be let out while you are not there to supervise them.
The very issues you have would be solved if you didn't let them out when you weren't home.
Budgies will adapt to a set routine. Mine come out nearly all weekend (unless I have plans), but during the week they don't come out until about 5.30/6pm. This still allows me to give them out of cage time until 9pm, by which point I'll make sure they are all in their cage for the night.

If you let your budgies stay in their cage when you're not there, you will be cutting down the chance of them having an accident.
It will also stop the mess that you don't want to come home too.
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It's not simply wanting to be away from you, birds generally feel more safe up high out of the way of potential predators.

The birds should really only be out of the cage unsupervised if the room has been made completely bird safe - If there are only two birds with a large cage, is it really necessary that they be out all day? Perhaps looking more into increasing their in-cage entertainment might be the way forward.

You could perhaps add a long shelf just above your curtain rail, it would also need regular cleaning but at least you wouldn't be seeing it every day you come home.

My bird's room has no curtain rail, but I do have a sisal boing hanging in front of the window. I have a small door mat, flipped over to be rubber side up, on the floor beneath it - Perhaps if you added a ceiling hook with a boing it might be more attractive than the curtain rail.
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Your budgies really should not be out of the cage on their own during the time you are at work. There are simply too many dangers.
That is why your budgies have a cage - so they will be safe and able to play and entertain one another while you are away.

Giving them out-of-cage time for a couple of hours each day when you are at home will be quite sufficient for them.

You can always throw an old bedsheet on the floor under the curtain rod during their out-of-cage time.
Easy to pick up, shake off outdoors and throw into the wash so it will be ready for the next day.
I like JRS's idea of hanging a boing from the ceiling.

I agree with Therm regarding the cage top play area.
I'd also suggest you take a look at the information in the link "Essentials for a Great Cage".

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Hi and welcome.
You have been given great advise above, especially in regards to letting them fly free in the room when you are not at home to supervise them

One thing though, might just be the way the photo is taken, but to me the spacing between the cage bars looks to be fairly wide?
Recommended is less than 1/2"" (1.27cm)

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice above! It's important to only give them out of cage time that's supervised, to prevent accidents. Additionally, ensuring that their cage is interesting for them while you're at work is a great first step

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Wow! Thank you so much for all the great tips and supportive messages!!

We'll make some changes to the cage and their routine and I'll let you know how it goes!

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Alex, I look forward to seeing what you do for your little budgie friends.

Please update us in this thread with the changes you make.
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All the information above is very helpful. I would recommend to place toys and swings in the cage and put them there.
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