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Old 11-06-2015, 02:58 PM
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I watched Sage today in her cage.

She's a little bit crazy. She'll get in her food pot and dig around, climbs up the cage bars and then pushes her head between her legs, she'll go over to her water pot and keep pushing on the metal rest until it comes off. She's also started to try and squeeze between the landing platform and the cage. I removed them, worried she'd get stuck.

She spent hours out this morning and came out again this evening. She has Jay, her cage mate who she's bonded with. She gets to socialise with the other birds.

I'm guessing she's just quirky but her tendency to knock the water pots off is a little worrying.

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Old 11-06-2015, 05:24 PM
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The behaviour you are describing is typical of a young budgie. Those acrobatic and contortionist moves while strange to us are very normal especially in young budgies.
The same goes for going inside the food containers and kicking the seeds out in order to take naps on it.
Some brooding females can also use these open food containers for nesting purposes and this is something to be discouraged. This can be easily fixed by getting new food containers that have a top on with a small open area where only the budgie's head will fit in order to eat the food.

As to the water container, in order to avoid it from constantly being throw to the cage's floor, it's best for you to find a way to secure it by tying the container onto the cage's bars. You can use zip ties. Or you can get a different type of water container that is not easily detachable by your Sage.
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:52 PM
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The behaviour you are describing is typical of a young budgie. Those acrobatic and contortionist moves while strange to us are very normal especially in young budgies.
The same goes for going inside the food containers and kicking the seeds out in order to take naps on it.
Some brooding females can also use these open food containers for nesting purposes and this is something to be discouraged. This can be easily fixed by getting new food containers that have a top on with a small open area where only the budgie's head will fit in order to eat the food.

As to the water container, in order to avoid it from constantly being throw to the cage's floor, it's best for you to find a way to secure it by tying the container onto the cage's bars. You can use zip ties. Or you can get a different type of water container that is not easily detachable by your Sage.
I was mesmerised by her little moves. As none of the others do them I was a little in awe of her, lol!
She doesn't nap in her seed pot and she should still be too young to be broody. One of my cages already has the food pots like you mentioned, but with females in both cages, I shall have to look for an alternative. I'm also looking for a new type of water pot to discourage Sage behaviour. The ones she has currently I think she's possibly still be able to lift the dish out inside.
I have been using the large silver dish for their water, making sure there's not a lot in it, so that when she unhooks it, no water, or a very small amount, is all that spills, so they still have water and no wet cage floor. I'm also putting two water pots in to make sure if she does manage to tip one up, there's another for water.

I do find her little quirks adorable. I think hos if she were in an aviary, all these things could be missed.
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I absolutely adore it when budgies (or my lovies) are acrobatic.

Some birds seem to simply love the challenge of lifting the stainless dishes and dumping them. That is one of Poppy's favorite things to do.
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She sounds like a happy and very content little budgie...
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Sage says " I'm an individual " HA HA she sounds like she has a lot of personality for a little girl.
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The funny thing with the water dish is she saw me watching her do it and she was like 'I don't care, I'm doing it.' and then she climbed to the top of the cage (the sides of the newer one have vertical bars) and slid down the bars. lol!
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