It's been nearly 20 years since I last had birds, but I realized today that I smell something familiar. My new baby girl's cage is right behind me while I'm on the computer and I can totally smell that "bird smell" already! Her cage is super clean (it's only been 48 hours!) so I'm wondering if you think that smell is the seed? The bird itself? I don't think it's the poop...but maybe??
What do you think?
I like the smell! I'm just wondering where it's coming from.
I LOVE sniffing my budgies chests. Literally intoxicating. Feel like such a weirdo when I pick them up in pet stores and am sniffing their chests. LOL, I swear those Pet store employees must find me strange. I find that only the young ones really retain that smell. Starlingwings my Ivy ALSO smells like honeysuckle or something sweet. Milo since hes young smells like that new budgie smell! And my little beau has no smell. Its strange, I always thought perhaps it was the seed or the pellets they were walking on in the pet store that gave them that smell. All I've got to say about that though...is I love it !
I must confess I love sniffing Budget just after he has eaten some basil or Thyme, he smells devine. but yes they do have a smell I do not find it offensive at all. When I was hand rearing some baby ducks I was amazed at how they smelt. If they became frightened or scare of something the smell intensified hugely.
I think it is something to do with them being Grainivores.
Yes, it has been 7 years since I owned a bird and I recognized the smell immediately as well. I assumed it was feathers/down/dust generating the smell. Two weeks in I don't smell it anymore and Tico thinks it is his duty to get in my face and preen my glasses and hair. I guess I'm just used to it again.
I have not smelt a budgie, but will wait I think 'till babies come along - as, I would not be brave enough to place my nose near our 'wild child', Brienne...recently, when giving her her medication, she bit right though my glove. Ygritte, wouldn't be OK, either. When I hand raised, Xerxes, (Cockatiel), he smelt sweet, but, I thought it was because of his baby bird food. Certain Afghan dogs can have 'scent' surrounding them, but not many - it is said to be like 'musty mandarin'. Perhaps there are some budgies, that are 'scented ?
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