In my first post, I said that after Jack passed away, Suzy had a mirror for company. At first, she was actually scared of it, but now that Suzy has adjusted all she does is sit in front of the mirror. Of course, she does eat, but otherwise never moves. She chirps only occasionally, and never plays with her toys (not that she had much interest in them to begin with...)
Should I take away the mirror and replace it with a living, breathing bird? Is it healthy to stay in one place for hours on end? I'm not sure I did the right thing in getting the mirror for her
I'm no means an expert but they will respond quickly for you . All I know is I would get rid of the mirror if she was my birdy. After reading stuff about them, they are not great for a single bird as they become fixated on them, which it sounds like you little one has.
Thank you for the reply! It makes sense that she would become obsessed with it. I think I might take it out sometime soon, and spend a lot more time with her. Of course, that's gonna be hard - as she's frightened of hands - but I'm willing to take the mirror if it'll make Suzy happier in the long term.
Mirrors are one of those toys that can become a problem. It is natural for your sweet girl to want to be next to the other budgie since her mate has gone. Budgies do grieve when their mate passes away. If you want to take the mirror way I would do so as soon as possible, you can either get another budgie to be a flock mate but remember to quarantine if you choose this. Or you can spend as much time as you can getting her to bond to you. If she is left on her own for a fair amount of time due to commitments then I would lean towards getting her another budgie friend as she was used to having a mate before.
Maybe you can get her a hanging toy to play with... She can see herself in the mirror and thinks the budgie in the mirror is her mate...I have a hanging toy in my budgies cage and Indi has bonded with me... You have to spend hours with your budgie. Takes quite a while for her to trust you... You can talk to her put your hand in slowly with a little millet in your hand she will get use to you....