Any advice on how to keep a budgie from the radiator?
I saw an interesting thread here where someone used wood clothespins to keep their budgie from the lapshade. (great idea!)
I've had Biz (recent photo attached) over a year now ... and he just recently discovered the radiator. It has a cover on it, but it still gets hot. It has a white painted metal top. (The casing is also white metal.)
Fortunately, it's not cold enough yet for the radiators to be turned on...but I'm trying to figure out what I might put on a painted radiator case to keep him away from it. It doesn't get so hot that it burns my hand, but it might burn his feet (?). Maybe if he flew close to it when it was on... he would detect the heat and go away... I don't know. Like I mentioned, it never gets "scorching" hot... but definitely seems like something he should stay away from.
All of you always have such creative suggestions in general... thought I'd give it a shot to see what you think.
Where is the radiator located? Can you give us a picture of the area so we have a better idea for possible solutions? For instance, maybe a shelf or something over it might work, but obviously not if there's a window above it.
I have a radiator and have a shelf over it and it is also in front of a window. However, I have shelves above the window as well and I also have a toy that hangs from the shelf above the window so the birds have these areas to go on making the shelf and window very dull in comparison.
I also have plants of the windowsill which are all budgie safe and that prevents them from going over on the window.
Yeah... my radiator is below a window. I have plants there as well that I'm pretty sure are budgie safe, but I need to review that again to be certain. I watch Biz closely when he's out, always being aware of his location; and, I also wasn't concerned about the plants because he was scared of the window & that area. Once in a blue moon, I would take him over there to look out the window but he would always get scared and fly off my hand.
But now....he seems to have found a new courage and he keeps going over to land on the radiator.
So what I think would be best... is to get a thick piece of wood to place on top of the length of the radiator to protect him from the heat if he lands on it, and, double-check the plant safety.
If your budgie suspects that you don't want him to land on it- he will land on it every time he wants your attention or treats! I have this problem with my dog's crate. When I let my birds out of their cage, the dogs go in theirs. Spirit actually started landing on the crate and flipping upside down into the crate to talk to the dogs! I now have to put a sheet over it before I let them out.
The safest thing you can do is make a cover for the radiator. I wouldn't rely on any kind of training to keep him off of it. Budgies do what they want when they want. I wouldn't use wood because you could burn your house down! I would get some wire mesh and make a little cage around it.
I spent 8 months trying to train my bird not to go certain places in the house (like the floor and by the dog's cage) and those are the places he always goes to whenever he doesn't get what he wants (like millet or a bite of my sandwich.)