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Old 07-11-2017, 09:49 PM
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Hi! I've had my budgie Piper for about a month and she seems to be displaying some strange behaviours. I'm not sure if they're things I should be worried about or not.

A few times a day when she's climbing around her cage playing she starts to chew the bars. She'll do this in a few different parts of the cage on the sides and on the bottom and moves around to a new spot every now and then. This usually goes on for about 15 minutes to half an hour. She also chews her wooden perches but seems more interested in the cage bars.

The other thing I'm not too worried about but it seems a little odd, when she's playing she sometimes climbs up the side of the cage under her ladder and tries to squeeze in between the rungs. She doesn't actually fit but she'll sit there for a while and keep trying to get through before she eventually gives up. Maybe she's just a bit weird haha.

Other than these things Piper is a happy healthy budgie, she's active and playful, she tweets and chatters and sings to me. She gets a varied diet although she doesn't eat a lot of veggies yet (we're working on it). There's plenty of toys in her cage including mirrors, bells, a swing and wooden chew toys.

Any tips or ideas why she might be doing this stuff would be awesome! She doesn't get out of the cage much at the moment because she's flighted and untamed and I live in a rental place. I do understand that she's probably frustrated by this and am working on taming and budgie proofing.

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Old 07-12-2017, 07:58 AM
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I agree with your own assessment Steph, she want's out of the cage. How big is her cage? Some chew toy's, natural tree limb's etc. for her to chew on would be beneficial. As far as out of cage time, is there a room in your dwelling that you could make bird safe and put the cage in there so she can start having regular out of cage time ? If there are no dogs and cats in your home, a slight clip to slow down her height and speed would be a consideration for a time of familiarization of surrounding's for her...
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I agree with Randy, if her cage is big enough (for one budgie it should measure 18 inches cubed or 18 x 18 x 18 inches) then the first thing I would try is placing lots of shreddable and chewable toys around the cage. "Birdie kabobs" tend to be very popular with birds who like to chew, here's what they look like:


I would also remove her mirrors right away, it's very common for budgies (especially single budgies) to become obsessed with their own image, which can cause aggression and depression.
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The bigger the cage you are able to provide for Piper, the happier she will be (even when she does have lots of out-of-cage time!)

Lots of budgies like to squeeze between the ladder rungs, it is just one way they play.
Some budgies like to hang upside down from the top of the cage or their swings.

I agree with Star that removing the mirrored toys from her cage would be best.

I'm assuming the cage Piper is in is new and has no signs of rust on it, correct?
Please make sure Piper has not managed to chew through any coating on the metal of the cage.

Also, please take a look at this link:
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The chewing on metal behavior could be a sign of a nutritional deficiency.
Make sure she's getting fresh veggies, that she has both a cuttle bone and mineral block and you can consider adding supplements to her food.

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Her cage is a good size although I am looking into getting her a bigger one because she's such an active bird, I think she'd really enjoy it. She does have chew toys and she seems to really like newspaper (she tries to chew it on the bottom of the cage) so I made her a "toy" with newspaper that she likes to shred! I'll take the mirror out now (she only has one and didn't seem particularly interested in it anyway).

I have a couple of rooms I might be about to bird proof but my house has kind of a ledge up near the roof so she can perch up super high and chews on the wood of the beams :/ I've thought about getting her wings clipped while I tame her but I feel like it'd really freak her out since she's nervous and flies away to feel safe. I'm also worried about getting her back into the cage because I don't want to traumatise her.

The cage is new and there's no damage to the bars she's been chewing so I don't think it's a health risk but I'll keep an eye on it. She gets a variety of veggies and a little bit of fruit but isn't super interested in them yet (she's pretty young, about 6 months I think). I'll head out and get her a cuttle bone and mineral block asap and definitely look into all the other vitamin things you linked, thank you!

I'll keep you posted on how she goes!
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I wanted to let her have some space to fly around and exercise and I found a puppy play pen I had (used by rabbits ages ago) I gave it a clean and then covered the top and put her cage inside with the door open so that she could have some extra room and still go back to her cage to feel safe. I put some perches in the pen too.

The only thing I'm not sure of is that it's on the ground so I don't know if she's very happy about being down low. What do you guys think? It's only temporary but I felt bad about keeping her confined so I wanted to do something to keep her amused.

this is the pen for reference:https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB15p3dL...Run-font-b.jpg
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The puppy pen looks like a good idea.
Is your bed large enough that you could sit the pen up on top of the bed so she isn't down so low?

Keeping her fully flighted is best.

Another option for giving her room to exercise would be to hang mosquito netting from the ceiling about your bed, draping down around the bed on all sides.
Cover the bed with an old sheet you don't mind getting soiled.
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Ok cool. The bed is big enough to put the pen on but the heater is in the living room so it's pretty cold in there usually, I spent most of my time in the living room too. I don't think it's too cold for budgies... just too cold for me haha. I can definitely make some time to hang out in the bedroom so she can have a bit of exercise though!

Because this pen is enclosed do you think it would be a good idea to leave her in there if I had to go out (I have classes at different times each day) so that she had some consistent play times or to only put her in when I'm home to talk to her/supervise?
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I'd only put her in the pen when you are there to supervise her.
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Hi! My budgie Piper has been bobbing her head and chattering to me a lot recently and I was wondering if there was any significance to that or if it was just her personality.

We're still working on building trust so she does new things all the time as she gets more comfortable around me, she's been doing this for the past couple of weeks.

I'm not worried about it, just curious, trying to learn as much as I can about her behaviour and what it means
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