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Old 11-09-2017, 10:23 AM
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Niko really loves singing to his toys, and he does a head bobbing motion while he does this. Would I be able to see if he was regurgitating to them, and when should I be concerned with this behavior? I know that they can get obsessed with toys so I want to make sure this is okay.

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Old 11-09-2017, 01:24 PM
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I would think that you would be able to tell if he is regurgitating; is there any residue on the toys after hes been flirting with them?

My two boys will sing, head bob, beak tap etc both with each other and with toys, perches and even cage bars.
They only seem to actually feed each other though.

Id make sure he has enough sleep and you could perhaps have a cage reshuffle but as long as the objects of his affections are multiple; not just 1 particular toy, then I dont think that you need to worry.
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I agree with Julia, you would be able to tell he is regurgitating by looking for "leftovers" so to speak, on the toys.
Also you would hear seeds drop to the cage floor most likely.

And the re-shuffle idea is also good in any case.

My 4 boys do the same all the time, funny to watch a bird chatting up the cage bars, peaches, beads, wooden blocks etc.

But, speaking from experience with Fido and shiny things, it's better to be safe than sorry, we can not have stainless food bowls ever again, as he will tune out anything else, including the 3 other boys, and be all over them, even after they have been out of the cage for a couple of months as I didn't react in time when he first started "falling in love" with his own reflection
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My budgie Steve, loves a bath in a big baking dish. He gets this maybe once a week.
But if I've skipped a bath for more than this, if i have a glass of water or I'm eating a bowl of cereal with milk, he can't help himself (he wants in). Some birds obsess with the strangest things.
I'd change out your toys more often.
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I would think that you would be able to tell if he is regurgitating; is there any residue on the toys after he’s been flirting with them?

My two boys will sing, head bob, beak tap etc both with each other and with toys, perches and even cage bars.
They only seem to actually feed each other though.

I’d make sure he has enough sleep and you could perhaps have a cage reshuffle but as long as the objects of his affections are multiple; not just 1 particular toy, then I don’t think that you need to worry.
No, there's no residue on the toys, so I didn't think he was, he just makes a lot of head bobbing motions so I was wondering. He flirts with two toys that are on either end of his favorite perch, so it's definitely not just one. I'll be sure to change around his toys more frequently!

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I agree with Julia, you would be able to tell he is regurgitating by looking for "leftovers" so to speak, on the toys.
Also you would hear seeds drop to the cage floor most likely.

And the re-shuffle idea is also good in any case.

My 4 boys do the same all the time, funny to watch a bird chatting up the cage bars, peaches, beads, wooden blocks etc.

But, speaking from experience with Fido and shiny things, it's better to be safe than sorry, we can not have stainless food bowls ever again, as he will tune out anything else, including the 3 other boys, and be all over them, even after they have been out of the cage for a couple of months as I didn't react in time when he first started "falling in love" with his own reflection
Thanks! I'll be sure to change his toys around more. It is funny to see them talking to their toys though My boyfriend has dubbed one of the toys Niko's "cuddle block" because that was the first one he started flirting with.

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My budgie Steve, loves a bath in a big baking dish. He gets this maybe once a week.
But if I've skipped a bath for more than this, if i have a glass of water or I'm eating a bowl of cereal with milk, he can't help himself (he wants in). Some birds obsess with the strangest things.
I'd change out your toys more often.
They're very weird animals sometimes aren't they? Luckily it's not just one toy he flirts with, but I'll be sure to change them around.
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Budgies flirting with their toys, perches, cage bars, etc. is perfectly normal.
Both my males and females will sing, talk, head bob and "flirt" with parts of their cages and different accessories in the cage on a regular basis.
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Budgies flirting with their toys, perches, cage bars, etc. is perfectly normal.
Both my males and females will sing, talk, head bob and "flirt" with parts of their cages and different accessories in the cage on a regular basis.
Thank you very much!
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