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Old 10-20-2020, 02:41 PM
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I’m having an interesting issue with a Budgie that I rescued from my backyard. We’ve had her for three months now and have hand tamed her and taught her a few tricks. The only problem is that we have a bit of an open floor plan in our house and very high ceilings (18ft high in places with equally high perches). We’ve had to rig up blankets blocking access to this room but on a couple of occasions she has gotten into the room and won’t come down. The last time this happened she stayed up high for 30 hours before I was able to get her down by taping her food dish onto a 15 ft pole and slowly lowering her.

We thought putting her cage in the big room would coax her down but she either didn’t see it or is afraid.

This led me to start seeing what would happen if I moved her cage from it’s normal location to about 15 feet away in the same room and let her out. Sure enough she flew out to the old location which was now an empty table and wouldn’t cross the room to return to the cage.

Is this normal behavior or is it possible she has a problem with her vision?

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I don't think it's a vision issue, birds will seek out the highest point they can get to and to her the room with the high ceilings is attractive and if you have perches up high that is all the more appealing to her, just like being in a tree. Budgies tend to not like change and are uncomfortable at first when things are moved around, I would put her cage back where she is comfortable and if you want to move it do it little by little.
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I’ll try what you suggest, Cody. I’d really like to be able to take down the blankets and let her fly into the big room but without her returning to her cage on her own it’s too much trouble to recover her.
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My little backyard rescue acted a bit the same. I don't have your high ceilings but it's a big great room space. When I let him out to fly the first time he licked straight across the room and perched high up on a curtain. He wouldn't return but I could reach him and he stepped up on my finger so I could walk him to his cage. Second time he went to a high shelf. Retrieved him again. It was like he didn't get that he could fly back on his own. I moved one if his perches outside the cage and then he started looping to and from it. I wondered if he understood the door on his cage open vs closed at first. Now he flys out and in the doorway to his favorite tree branch perch inside his cage. And he still hangs out on the outside perch. Your 15' pole idea was awesome. She had to be getting hungry and must have made you so worried. Wouldn't it be fantastic if they could tell us about their stint living as a wild bird?
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