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Old 03-14-2015, 11:49 AM
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Hi guys! It's been a while since I posted here. Today I'm posting about my certain little troublemaker's new trick. For the last couple of days he's been going nuts about his reflection. Now, from the moment I bought him his cage has had a little mirror toy (the basketball one) and he's always played with it. But recently I started noticing that he's gotten somewhat obsessed with mirrors and his reflection. As I'm typing this he's actually flirting with his reflection, which he sees in a painting of The Last Supper... I'm concerned because I cannot take him away from there very easily. (Patience is the key.) I removed his mirror toy from his cage yesterday, but he still flies towards that painting. If not, then he sees his reflection on my laptop and flirts with that. Should I be concerned? And if so, how can I stop his obsession?? Thanks in advance!

He's been in his cage for a while now, playing with his toys. He does want to get out though.


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Some budgies are a bit narcissistic and want to admire themselves in any and all reflective surfaces.

Another possibility is that your little fellow is in condition and wanting to mate. If so, when he sees a good looking budgie (in his reflection) he decides to flirt in hopes of making a connection.

If he is in condition, to help with the continual urge to "mate", make sure he has access to lots of flight/climbing exercise. Ensure he has two or three swings to encourage him to keep moving and tire himself out. Chew toys like Kabobs and other shredding toys are helpful and you’ll want to be sure to provide plenty of wood to chew--especially when he is in condition.
Reduce number of light hours and amount of protein (quinoa, egg, legumes) in his diet.
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Ah I see. So is this "condition" a seasonal thing or is it because he's reached a certain age? Many thanks to you Bee!
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A budgie coming into condition refers to the period when they are ready for breeding. In males this means the cere turns a deep blue and in females a dark brown. It is seasonal though with our budgies living indoors it can last longer than wild or aviary budgies who are exposed to the elements. It is also age based, as they need to have reached sexual maturity to breed, just like us humans

FaeryBee has given you some excellent advice. Ensuring he gets lots of exercise is the way to ensure all the sexual frustration has a healthy outlet.
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Alright, more exercise for Mister Indigo
Thanks for everything guys!
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My Sammy is the same - Narcissus totalis!

FaeryBee's suggestions are great, and providing wood to chew is what's worked best for Sammy for me.

Good luck!
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