Chelsea, thank you for giving more details. This gives us more of a clue as to what might
How old is your girl? By the way, what is her name? We recommend against the “cloth perch” if it’s one of those perches with a fabric tent around it. Also the mirror is not the best budgie toy.
Mirrors are “old fashioned” budgie toys... the original idea of them was to make the budgie think they have company. When they see the reflection, it’s another bird. Nowdays we know that these type of toys can stimulate hormones and lead to unwanted behaviors, even if it isn’t currently happening.
Snuggle huts, tent perches, and any similar items are also not recommended. They can also stimulate hormones that eventually result in unwanted behaviors. Also,
huts are regarded as dangerous items. Over time they can become chewed on or shredded (even if it’s not happening now), which can trap and injure budgies by ensnaring the feet, or worse, the neck.
Perhaps your girl is feeling a bit hormonal, and is instinctively trying to get at the paper to shred. Birds of the parrot family, which includes budgies, will do this. That’s not
to say that every time a bird shreds objects it means they want to nest.. a non-hormonal budgie will also want to shred and chew toys. The fact that she was even trying to get under the grate to shred the paper is not normal. To clarify, it may happen every so often and would be considered normal, but from what you describe with her tenacity with trying to get at the paper, it does sound like her environment ’might’
be encouraging her hormones. If left to continue, this can lead to unwanted egg laying, especially in an individual who is inclined to lay.
Your budgie can benefit from having a selection of appropriate toys of different textures and shapes. Best wishes. Please keep us posted!