Hi, I'm new to talk-budgies. About a week ago, I got a new budgie named Poppy (like the flower). For the first couple of days, she didn't move, eat, or talk (that I know of). She soon became comfortable and chirps, although rarely. I began training her to "step up" on a stick and rewarding her with millet. I noticed though that her claws look abnormally long, and she has real issues walking around because her claws get hooked on the bars of the cage. So she has begun throwing herself off her high perch, which is about 14 inches from the bottom of her cage, in order to get off her perch. I have a ladder and a rope ladder that allows her to climb off the perch to the bottom but she refuses to use them. I'm worried about her, I don't want her to break a wing or leg. What can I do? Why is she doing this? Also, can bird's nails be too long? Thank you so much for any and all feedback, it is appreciated!!!
Perch covers will fit on most normal wooden perches and it's like a sandpaper to file the nails of your bird.
I think you can get some other perches that are made to trim the nails without perch covers too. You should be able to get the perch covers from the local pet store. Over here, they can be bought for 99p for a pack of 4.
No, not sure about that.
Someone else might have more answer on that particular behaviour but it's not something I've seen myself from budgies but then, my new fella is the first I've owned in about 15 years, lol!
Please do NOT use sandpaper covers on your perches.
They are very very bad for budgies feet and can easily cause bumblefoot which is a very painful and dangerous condition for budgies.
If your budgies' nails are too long, they need to be trimmed.
The first time you should take her to an Avian Vet so they can instruct you in the proper way to do it. The nails contain a blood vessel and you must be very careful not to nick it.
Your budgie is "throwing herself off" her perch because the nails are poking into her feet when she holds onto the bars of the cage. When you get the nails trimmed, then that behavior will stop.
You can a perch like one of these to keep help your bird's nails trimmed once they've been done by the vet.
Ok, so no sandpaper perches. I'll try to get her nails clipped sometime soon. Is there a way I can get Poppy to stop throwing herself off her perch and use her ladder instead?
As indicated in my post below, she's throwing herself off the perch because using the cage bars (and possibly even the ladder) hurts her feet because the nails are probably sticking into the bottom of her foot when she grips a small bar or dowel.
The behavior should stop once you get her nails trimmed.
It's very important you do so as soon as possible as the overgrown nails can cause foot and leg problems if not attended to promptly.