Thanks for the advice guys! Piper got used to the pen really quickly and she seems to be really enjoying her time in there. I'm so glad she's got more space to fly and play I've found a bigger cage I'd like to get for her but I haven't got anywhere to put it yet so it might be a little while until I can organise it.
Piper has been biting the bars of her cage more lately, she's also pacing from side to side in her cage and doing loops to the top of the cage and back down again, I'm worried that these behaviours are stereotypies and there's something I'm not giving her that she needs.
We have a routine and she gets plenty of out of cage time, she gets fed seeds, veggies and pellets, she has a bunch of different toys. I give her some of her food in her bowl and some I put on a foraging thing I made and I hide treats in toys so she has more enrichment. She has a cuttlebone too. I leave the TV on when I go out and she comes with me when I move from room to room.
She's also started chewing on the sides of her bowls and climbing under them and pushing them up. She also digs out the food from her bowl which is annoying and expensive. Also she like... puts her leg over her head and it just looks really uncomfortable and weird and makes me sad
I've tried switching toys and adding more, changing around the perches, idk heaps of stuff. She does play with her toys and eat and do other 'normal' stuff but only sometimes. I'm not sure what to do.
When my budgies pace on their perches and hop all around their cage it's when they're quite happy If she is chewing on a lot, it could be that she is bored and needs some different shredding toys or she could be in breeding condition. Check out this link to read more about breeding conditions.
Don't be sad, she sounds active which is a good thing in my opinion. If she wasn't active then you'd have to worry.
What colour does Piper's cere look? How old is she now?
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Budgies play in different ways than humans so and it sounds as though climbing around her cage, pushing on her bowls, etc. are simply things that she enjoys doing. All ther behaviors you've described are perfectly normal.
I've merged this thread with your two other threads regarding Piper's behavior.
Ok that's good to hear She does seem to chew at the doors to her cage a lot though and I think she wants to come out and play... maybe she's not used to the routine yet. Last night when I put my hand in to keep working on training/bonding she squeezed past my hand to get out of the cage and spent an hour (at bed time :/) running around playing. She's certainly got attitude. I've actually had to peg the doors shut (they're the lift up kind) because she figured out how to open them haha
I don't think she's in breeding condition after reading about it, she's about 7 or 8 months old if my estimate is right. I'll look for some more shredding toys for her!