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So I've had my budgie for nearly 4 years now and she's usually pretty good however the last few weeks she's suddenly been misbehaving. My ceiling is all tiles and she's learned that if she flies head first into them, she can get it beak onto the metal rims around the tiles, pull her body up and latch her feet to the rim and then chew on the tile. Obviously I can't have here eating my ceiling tiles so I've been trying to get her to stop with no luck.

Usually I scare her down and back into her cage, then give her a time out. The idea being that she'd eventually clue in that chewing the ceiling results in her being locked in her cage but it doesn't seem to be working. As soon as I open it up, she's right back on the ceiling. I have wooden chew toys both inside and outside her cage, along with a calcium block and cuttlebones so she has plenty to chew on. I don't know what caused her to start doing this or how to get her to stop.

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Do you have the tile ceiling throughout your entire home? Is it possible to move her to a different room?
I was having a similar sort of problem - Lemon kept going for the gap between the frame and top of the closet door. I tried stuffing then with paper, all sorts of nonsense. Eventually I had to tape newspaper hanging over the entire top of the closet to keep her out of there. I don't know how big a job it would be, but maybe you can get the wide painter's tape and tape the entire ceiling along the tiles so she can't bump the ceiling tiles out of place.
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One option would be to get a lightweight mosquito netting and tack it to the four walls so it hangs across the room a few inches below your ceiling.
That way she won't be able to get to the tiles at all.
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All the rooms have ceiling tiles and the area she's in is the kitchen/livingroom, so basically the entire apartment. I like the idea of using tape around the tiles. It'll require a lot of tape but it'll be worth it if it means I'm not forced to keep her locked in her case all the time. Plus I can just do it around problem areas and hope she doesn't just move to different tiles.
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I was thinking something along the lines of what was mentioned above. Either a sheet, or fabric, or mosquito netting, to tack to the corners of the ceiling. Look online for ideas.. you can tack it in certain places on the interior too, for a nice look. This can end up being decorative as well as functional!
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Good options above

Coming from the other angle of why she’s doing it... you mentioned safe chew options she already has - Try to offer as many different textures as you can there, to see if anything is more appealing: pine wood, balsa wood, branches with bark attached, yucca, palm leaf toys, cardboard, paper.
Is it the height that she likes? Add branches to the cage top or boings from the window frame to give her high spots to hang out.
Is the recent chewing related to other nesty behaviour? In that case, follow the advice in https://www.talkbudgies.com/budgie-b...want-eggs.html

Good luck, hope you can find a way to stop her.
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For chewing also try natural cork (untreated, of course)! You can get it from reptile stores if you can't find it with your bird store supply
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