update. 56 days(8 weeks old) approx
Hi all. been a while since Sherlocked and I posted, but we wanted to give an update on our little guys progress. unfortunately, its under "budgie behavior"...
everything has gone well for the most part. We talk to him often. trying to teach him "hello" for now. We Have worked with him daily on step ups, and rewarding with millet every time he does something good. One day I even managed to teach him to turn around on his perch. he doesn't mind sitting on our shoulders, or cuddling in our neck and hair. overall, a good boy. He also seems to enjoy when I play with his cage toys with him. Occasionally he will let me scratch his neck, but it usually has to start by accident. He gets excited to run around on our dresser, and loves chasing and flinging bits of paper about. seems to really get worked up. but recently tho, ive noticed some changes. perhaps its just him maturing or getting more comfortable with us? perhaps there are too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak? He is different with me than with Dawn. perhaps its technique?
here is a list of recent behavior changes.
What im NOT concerned with:
-being more vocal. mumbling to himself. happy chirping.
-playing with toys in cage. climbing all over them.
-flapping wings while on perch.
-sort of trying new foods we offer
-finally chewing on cuttlebone
What I AM concerned with:
-sometimes digging half his food dish out on to the cage floor, looking for millet. or climbing inside his enclosed food dish..
-sometimes deliberately trapping himself in his food dish, or between the cage and a perch or the food dish. (kind of funny actually)
-sometimes flying off our hands and crashing/burning on the floor or into something. I fear its injuring him and making him cranky.
-making a loud ****** off ACK ACK ACK sound occasionally
-increasingly biting, instead of stepping up, sometimes with an angry squak or two right before.
-doing the ACK ACK while flapping wings. I do wonder if its frustration because his wings are hitting toys in the cage..
-sometimes attacking his toys in a seemingly angry manor
-generally unsure before stepping up, suddenly. perhaps looking for millet, or he wont do it?
I generally try to work with him in a quiet room, but I don't always have the luxury. ive noticed he does get distracted, or less cooperative if too much is going on. Mirrors have been avoided, though we thought it was cute when he thought theres a bird in our bedroom closet mirrors. I really feel like mirrors are messing with his little head. I think they should be avoided.. so...
Recently he has starting biting. At first it was just with Dawn, but has now been happening with me. Seems to be happening more. We know to not react, and are really unsure about if we should say NO, or frown or whatever. ive heard different things. I actually got really frustrated yesterday, because he wanted nothing to do with me. only would bite. that's hard to stomach, after having perfect success between me and him. now I feel like progress is backwards.
We have an 11 year old girl in the house who loves the bird. We do not allow her to take him out of the cage unless supervised, though I am concerned she has tried(more than once) when we weren't around. She also has a tendency to move around quickly, argue with us, and make noises, listen to music, or watch tv shows that are, in my opinion, too stressful for poor bird. does a budgie really want to hear yelling, scary music, and high drama tv? im constantly asking her to keep it down. its a new thing, and she doesn't understand why it would affect birdy. maybe im being over cautious? I don't think any one thing is detrimental, but if you have enough of them, they add up. all I know is, our budgie is suddenly showing some aggression. and I feel that if I were allowed to train him in a perfect environment, none of this would be happening. Dawn will weigh in on her experiences as well.
please correct me if im wrong, or set my mind at ease!
<--- budgie thinking twice about sad little me.