More interested in toys than coming out to play...
Hello Talk Budgie!
My little bundle of feathers Tweety seems to be more interested in her mirror and "Bell" toy than coming out of the cage. Usually she would hop out once the door was open with no issue, but with the new addition of these toys, she is too busy. I have tried getting her to step up inside of her cage, yet she avoids my finger and sometimes bites, so I have stopped trying. I have considered removing the toys, but I dont know if that is wise.
One of my friends budgies did the same thing to him. The mirror distracts him from you because your budgie thinks it some other budgie. Try to remove the mirror for some period of time and then put it back. Try this and if it doesn't work, try moving the toys around every so often.
I am glad you found an easy way to get your budgie out, some budgies become over attached to a mirror or bell as they can see another pretty bird sitting there ! This is especially so with an only bird. If you have a store of toys you can swap and gradually ease the mirror out. She will also tend to defend it so she is more likely to attack you thinking you want her friend.
Unfortunately, it seems my millter trick isnt working anymore. She now has no interest in the millet or me. again, I have left the cage door open, but she stays there. I am really cautious about removing the toy, as its her only one, and I dont want her bored. I have already removed her mirror due to other issues.
Slowly build up a toy library so to speak. You can make your own or get them at pet stores, just remember to make sure they are safe. You can use simple things pegs, bottle lids female budgies love to shred and chew as well.Toilet rolls, bells, my budgie loves to play with pens, bottle lids, empty cans. small balls anything has potential!!
Maybe you could also try instituting a special toy(s) for out of cage time? (I would suggest more toys inside the cage though- especially stuff to tear up!)
Also, do you always open the cage and let her out at the same time? Have you tried opening up at different times of day? Or just waiting by the cage to see if she eventually comes out? It may be that she doesn't feel like coming out at the particular time you offer her the opportunity. It's hard to say what's going through their birdy brains, but it doesn't sound like she's scared, just doesn't want to come out. (It also could be a territoriality issue- does she get aggressive when you reach into her cage for other reasons, to change the food/water and whatnot?)
I usually sit by the cage with a book or my ipad and open the cage door. Raz will sometimes take a while to come out, but she'll come out and play a bit, and then go back in the cage and rest or play with her toys a bit before coming back out again.
How old is your girl? The reason I ask is that often between the ages of 6mos to a year they go through their independent teenage phase and just want to do their own thing.
My little guy does the same thing although not with a mirror (no mirrors in the cage) but he can get hyper focused on a new toy. The latest focus of his affections he loved so much that he rarely wanted to come out, after abt 2 weeks he wasn't as obsessed and started coming out more and more but would regularly stop playing with me to go check on his toy. It was when he started regurgitating on it and no longer singing when he was in his cage because he was preoccupied with his toy (he also seemed a bit sad abt the whole situation) that I switched it out for another toy. Now he's back to his old self demanding to be let out. Although he does still voluntary go back to his cage to play with his toys but not as often.