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My budgie is 9 months old and loves to sit on my head, which I'm fine with but recently he has started to knot and twist my hair. Anyone know why he might be doing this and how to make him stop? The knots are so bad I have to cut them out! ?

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When spending quality time with our budgies, we must be cautious and establish safe boundaries not only for pet bird, but also for us.
It's also best for our pet birds safety to not let them dangle on our hair while climbing it nor let them get too deep inside the layers, because they can get their legs (neck also) caught up in a few strands of hair and be severely injured.
Letting your budgie hang around on the top of your head is fine, but letting him hide in the hair while playing with it and tangle your hair is not a good idea.

For your specific case, it's best to divert your budgie's attention with a toy, for example and to just make him step up to your finger when you see he is about to go into your hair. You can also set up a play area for him to go to when having out of cage time.
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Thanks for the advice aluz. I hadn't actually thought of distracting him - so will definitely try this! As I type I'm sitting with a cap on my head, to stop him whilst I figure out a more long term plan

For some reason he doesn't like to play the step up game (he will go on my hand/finger but only when food is involved) but he loves standing on my mobile phone and looking at 'the budgie in the phone' so will give that a go


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Welcome to the forums!

When spending quality time with our budgies, we must be cautious and establish safe boundaries not only for pet bird, but also for us.
It's also best for our pet birds safety to not let them dangle on our hair while climbing it nor let them get too deep inside the layers, because they can get their legs (neck also) caught up in a few strands of hair and be severely injured.
Letting your budgie hang around on the top of your head is fine, but letting him hide in the hair while playing with it and tangle your hair is not a good idea.

For your specific case, it's best to divert your budgie's attention with a toy, for example and to just make him step up to your finger when you see he is about to go into your hair. You can also set up a play area for him to go to when having out of cage time.
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You're very welcome! That sounds like a great plan and I like your idea of using a hat/cap on your head!
Hopefully soon your budgie will forget all about going into your hair and tangling it to knots.

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I agree with not really letting your budgie in your hair - once my bird was up there, and her whole body got completely tangled in my thick hair. I had to get someone else to pull her out.
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