I have a 13 week old baby budgie. Had him since he was about 8 weeks old. He was tamed and seemed happy, loved his cage and toys. Would happily jump on my finger, crawl onto my shoulder, fly onto my head, etc. He would never bite besides friendly nibbles.
Since the past week, his behaviour has sharply changed. The change happened all in one night. He would peck anyone who went near his cage, which was completely unlike him. We'd give him space if he becomes this bad. When he's happy to let me put my hand in his cage, he will still bite my finger, but not too hard (and then proceed to jump on it).
The only changes have been a different food bag (which I've now changed back to what we were using before) and he has become very in love with one of his little toys. He used to love his swing and other toys, now all I ever see him doing is kissing his little bird toy. I'm wondering if he's become worryingly obsessed with it? Or is this okay? The only time I see him playing with any other toy is when he's seeming to be angry at it.
The last thing I'd ever want is for my baby to be upset or angry. What could be wrong?
Sounds like your baby is growing up fast and going through his teenage phase!
The problem with getting a little bird toy, or a mirror, is that your budgie will believe it is another budgie and will, as you have seen, become attached to it in an unhealthy way, and can be obsessed with it.The best thing to do is remove the budgie toy (and any mirrors in the cage) and this should help your loveable budgie some.
Although there may still be a little teenage behavior in there. You could read about positive reinforcement training to progress your bonding together.
I have removed the budgie toy and any bells attached to toys. She has calmed down, but will still bite if I go too close to her. I open her cage door every day but she doesn't want to come out.
Some new behaviour changes is that she has started head bopping and, as of today, started acting towards her seed stick as she would to the bells and budgie toy - a bit unhealthily obsessed. I did not expect her to fall in love with food lol.
Is she going to want to stay in her cage/bite forever now? I know that she's going through a teenager stage, but I'd love to bond with her, even if it means waiting a few weeks for her to calm down.
To help with the continual urge to "mate", ensure your budgie has access to lots of flight/climbing exercise.
Provide two or three swings to encourage him to keep moving and tire himself out.
Chew toys like Kabobs and other shredding toys are helpful and you should provide plenty of wood to chew--especially when he is in condition.
Reduce the number of hours of light he gets as well as the percent of protein and other foods used to bring birds into condition.
If the urges donít dissipate, take the budgie to an Avian Vet for a check-up.
Sometimes the vet will suggest a special diet or hormone injection to balance the natural hormones.
A busy bird is a happy bird, especially if you are part of the fun. Mating is a natural part of aviary life.
Teenage Budgies need to have directed activity if you do not feel comfortable observing.
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These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.