Originally Posted by ceruleanblue
I did a little rearranging in Artoo's cage today. Replaced the dowel perches with some natural branch perches and she took to them right away and spent some time hopping around on them testing distances.
It should help give her more exercise until she's comfortable enough with me that I can give her out-of-the-cage time.
In this photo she just stopped jumping around when she saw I was about to take a photo! I'm not stealthy enough. Heh! Gotta work on that.
... Thanks for posting this. I also have the same cage, and my bird (Biz) really likes it. I am rearranging it this weekend and I was stressing re. what to put where, and this gives me some ideas.
Artoo is super cute... she is very lucky she chose you to rescue her. My bird was also diagnosed with scaly mites (on the feet) ... he has one treatment left. He took well to it and seems like it's clearing up and he's more comfortable. ( It was pretty evident his feet had been bothering him. Mites are awful. Thank goodness there's something that works relatively swiftly. )
*** A little comment re. the cage -- I was having some issues with mine and I called the company (Prevue Pet Products) --- and I have to say they went above and beyond in their customer service and helping me out. While I'm going to write their bird design team re. some features that could make some of their cages safer.... thought it was worthing noting that it's a real company, with real people behind it, where they convey that they genuinely care about their customers. Thought I would note this in a day and age when a lot of companies feel like cold robots. I like a lot of Prevue's products so far.
**** Bummer... I just wrote you a long post re. Biting and my experience with it and some tricks that have worked for me, however I ran into a technical glitch (got kicked offline and lost the post.
....I'l try to write it again later. ... *Question for you: are you offering Artoo millet in a 2 inch chunk with lots of balls... or just little balls of it, piece by piece? ... I switched from the latter to the former. ... It seems like Artoo gets really mad when it runs out, and perhaps you can mitigate her emotion when it "runs out" ... [ perhaps she is biting you as if to say "Hey! I wanted to keep going!!!" ] and if you give an "abundance piece: either she will eat her fill and quit (my bird will quit when he's done and not over-eat it) --- or --- you have the option of putting it away if you think she's had too much and in either case you have removed the moment where it "runs out" and perhaps she won't get mad (or afraid ... she might be scared she won't get any more food. I think if you found her, she was a lost budgie and maybe she had the experience of being hungry and that's scary for her so it's a knee-jerk reaction or something.) She might bite you if you take away the millet chunk..... but at least if you remove the "running out" element you can test her reactions and try to see what going on.
*** Also, my male budgie seems pretty hormonal right now and I'm sure that's affecting his behavior. I'm sure it will pass.
**** I just reviewed this entire thread. I think I might pick up one of those ladders...! Do you know who makes it? ... You've done it a great job with Artoo and she is incredibly cute. It looks like she might be young-ish. Like StarlingWings said.... perhaps she's in the 5-8 months old range...? Re. the biting... I've learned that it is simply part of the equation in bird ownership, and it's fairly common. I've learned that my bird uses it to convey when he's tired or irritable, or over-excited (such as while playing with a toy, or when he has raging hormones going through his body). However they also use it to convey a whole host of other emotions (fear, anxiety, jealousy, things they don't like, etc.) .... I've learned a few tricks to avoid the bites. If it's a certain time of the day (later), my budgie is prone to "tired biting" (he'll do a nice sharp irritable cranky lunge) ...& things that he might not bite at earlier in the day could be frustrating for him if he's tired. If it's a certain time of the day and he's on his favorite swing... he will most definitely snap when approached. ( Don't even think about it. He will read your mind and bite you, lol.
.... If I think he's over-excited while playing or just over-excited in general.... I've learned to recognize this and if I need to move him, I offer him a perch instead of my hand at those times. ..... I've found over the 2 months of owning him, it's like a little road map and I learn the nuances & that helps. I've also accepted that there are probably bites to come in the future, & they're all just part of the road map & clues. I've accepted it's all about trying to figure it out.
I came across this video. A woman owns a budgie that has a condition that causes her female bird to have no feathers. The woman did a great video explaining why she owns her and what an inspiration she is to her and her family. I'll try to find that. It was great. ..... Here however, is where the little featherless budgie gets really angry when her favorite shiny dice toy is being cleaned. It's just part of the deal: Budgie kicking my butt - YouTube
... I can only guess that the owner has tried to remove the dice to clean them, but I'm sure that was a disaster as well. [ Resulting in an upset bird. ] I like how calm and reassuring and accepting the owner is while dealing her little bird's nuances and emotions.
Thx for reading.