Originally Posted by ceruleanblue
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.