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Old 12-09-2017, 03:04 PM
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My one budgie has always done this weird thing on the bars of the cage that is hard to explain (pictures below) and I don't know if it's safe to let her continue(and how the heck to prevent it if not) and maybe some insight as to why?
She had a cagemate until a couple days ago but even then she ignored the other female and would do this (maybe toward the other birds on the opposite wall?) Is that maybe all it is? I tried to block her view and that didn't help.
She is also a chewer and knaws on the bars and everything really. I put plastic straws wrapped around some bars for something neat to chew. her cagemate just mouthed it but she just viciously attacks it and rips at it. (They can't get pieces off so I figured it was safe. My conure can't even) and does this thing while she's at it.
Sometimes it looks like her wings could get caught in the bars and I don't know how the heck she can stretch that wide! That's more or less that worries me. She's albino so it took a closer look to realise she was backwards.

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It seems like she's just anxious to chew things. You should get her lots of birdy chew kabobs and shredder toys so she's never bored, and put them up near the parts of the cage she normally chews on. I think it's likely that she will stop this behavior if she has more to chew on, it's perfectly normal for her to want to do so.
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:09 PM
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What shredding toys does she have? Any kabobs??

I don't think it's dangerous, but it does seem indicative of not enough else to occupy herself with. It can take some persistence to find what toys, swings, etc. will appeal to a particular bird.
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She has a bell she loves to chew and shake and there's bendy straws at various places in the cage as well as paper I braided into ropes that they absolutely love to shred.
My conure is currently in love with Lego, the only issue is she drops them to the floor then has to go get them. I keep her floor really clean because of this but the budgies cage isn't really a bottom playing cage so I don't know how I could interest her in them.
She also constantly squabbles with her her cagemate so I have temporarily separated them but this behaviour has been going on even with them together. She definitely seems bored but they're all practically wild so I can't exercise them out of cage very well. It's a nightmare just changing cages.

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Old 12-09-2017, 03:19 PM
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The toys we're talking about hang from the top of the cage. Here are some examples:
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Artoo does this when she is having a hormonal moment or is really annoyed that she can't have a thing that she sees (like my cell phone...she becomes very aggressive with it so I restrict her access to it). Essentially throwing a little birdy-tantrum.

I try to distract her with another toy or bring her cage into a different room (it's on a wheeled cart) but that doesn't always work. Sometimes she gets so agitated that I have to cover her cage for a few minutes until she snaps out of it. Fortunately it doesn't happen too often...
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It sounds like they definitely need more toys to keep them from being bored.

Check out the link that Leah posted, there are lots of toys that are wood or shreddable yucca that they would love.

Here's a link that may be helpful:
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Artoo does this when she is having a hormonal moment or is really annoyed that she can't have a thing that she sees (like my cell phone...she becomes very aggressive with it so I restrict her access to it). Essentially throwing a little birdy-tantrum.

I try to distract her with another toy or bring her cage into a different room (it's on a wheeled cart) but that doesn't always work. Sometimes she gets so agitated that I have to cover her cage for a few minutes until she snaps out of it. Fortunately it doesn't happen too often...
My conure is obsessed with my phone too!

I was wondering if it was hormonal at first. I know she's young (under a year) but don't know exactly how young so I wasn't sure if it would be that but the fact that her back seems to be being presented made me think.
Ino bird did it going up and down the cage corners constantly when she was alone but it wasn't just smushing herself into the bars backwards, she was neurotically pacing up and down. (She is doing so as I type, since I separated her from Shiro. And I'm actually thinking she is plucking her shoulder ) but they were always squabbling and bickering and screaming and kinda chasing but not persistently or aggressively. So I didn't think that was a healthy happy relationship.
Now they're both neurotically lonely! But that's a whole different thing!

As for the toys, I know they make lots of excellent shreddable toys just for birds but I prefer to make them especially since they, well, get shredded. I don't have the resources to buy several $5-$10 toys per cage, constantly having to replace them because they're shredded.(I'm sure I'm not the only one! lol) and it's not just the cost, I live in a rural area with only crappy pet stores within a half hour to an hour around and I don't buy things online.
So instead I look for any alternatives(craft supplies, toys, anything they can't bite off and is of safe materials) I've wrapped paper around bars to shred, given them paper bags, as well as their paper ropes, mineral block and cuttlebone, popsicle sticks and wooden beads from safe trees in my yard(most of their perches are this). All sorts of things like that. I admit I have been more focused on the conure needing new different toys I neglected to replace and add to the budgies toys. I'll start adding to their cages tonight.


Edit- I've read that post as well as practically all of the stickies. I know the basics of a cage and I feel I have provided more than the minimum requirements. I just don't have 100 different toys for each bird to not get bored. (My bad)
Also I didn't know what that stuff was called(yucca) but I've seen it in lots of bird toys and was curious. Neat.

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Artoo has so many toys, and I get toy parts to make new ones all the time. For her, it's just the occasional hissyfit that subsides with some distraction or "quiet time", it seems. She wants what she wants when she wants it... Heh. Bossy hen.
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Artoo has so many toys, and I get toy parts to make new ones all the time. For her, it's just the occasional hissyfit that subsides with some distraction or "quiet time", it seems. She wants what she wants when she wants it... Heh. Bossy hen.
She sounds like such a character lol mine don't interact with me much other than they will talk to me.
I like to use things that I see on store bought toys and they give me ideas of how to make some. I've even made my own swing that looked just like the one from the store.

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