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Old 05-05-2016, 05:48 AM
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Question Anyone else have window worries?

Hello all I'm hoping this isn't a really dumb question.... My 2 year old budgie (Buddy) lives in our open-plan kitchen/dining/living room (lots of large windows) and I currently close all the curtains before I open the cage for fly-time, to prevent him from flying into a window and injuring himself. The problem with this is that it limits his out-of-cage time because it's not nice having the curtains closed during daylight hours. (Especially here in UK where our sunshine hours are precious lol!) Reading various posts on this site, and watching video clips on youtube, it seems like many folk do let their budgies out of the cage without covering the windows, and so my question is how do these budgies not fly into the windows and get hurt? Is there something I can do to teach my budgie about windows? I really don't want to clip his wing feathers, and I'd love to be able to let him out of the cage at odd moments during the day without having to shut out the daylight by closing all the curtains every time. I've had him since he was a baby - maybe I should never have closed the curtains in the first instance? Any advice much appreciated thank you Jan

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Old 05-05-2016, 06:08 AM
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I'd like to know this too.. I'm a little anxious that my boy will fly into my windows when he finally comes out.
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Hi Jan,
Your worries about the windows are perfectly understandable.
Closed windows can in fact present a danger to pet birds especially when they are still in the process of getting used to their new surroundings and aren't yet familiar with the room they are in.

You can make your Buddy used to the window by opening one of the curtains and placing his cage by this closed window.
This will give your budgie a chance of becoming acquainted with it. Later on and if your Buddy is at least finger tame, you can place a little play area for him by the window sill.
It won't take him long to explore that area and for him to see the protective glass from the window. Budgies are smart and when given the chance to properly and safely explore while under our close supervision, they will identify the object and retain the information.
After this identification of the window is made, budgies (and other pet birds) will not fly and bump into a window on purpose with the intent of making it past the glass.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:20 AM
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Nice advice Aluz! I might move Cyril's cage closer to the window for today. Question though: my other window has a net curtain over it, will he be able to see that and not fly into it?
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Thanks so much for your response and great advice Aluz I'll try putting his favourite bouncy boing and maybe a millet ball on a window ledge and then gradually move it around all the windows, uncovering one at a time over several weeks/months until I can leave all the curtains open. He zooms around really fast when he has a good fly, but he doesn't fly into the curtains, so hopefully he already has a sense of the size of the flyspace and will catch on really easily Thanks again! Jan
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Nice advice Aluz! I might move Cyril's cage closer to the window for today. Question though: my other window has a net curtain over it, will he be able to see that and not fly into it?
Yes, your Cyril will be able to see the net curtain and if you allow him to get acquainted with it beforehand, you won't have problems with him bumping hard into the window protected by the net when flying.

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Thanks so much for your response and great advice Aluz I'll try putting his favourite bouncy boing and maybe a millet ball on a window ledge and then gradually move it around all the windows, uncovering one at a time over several weeks/months until I can leave all the curtains open. He zooms around really fast when he has a good fly, but he doesn't fly into the curtains, so hopefully he already has a sense of the size of the flyspace and will catch on really easily Thanks again! Jan
You're very welcome! That sounds like a great plan for your Buddy!
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I never even considered this when I first got my budgies, and I did have a couple of incidents where the poor things flew into the glass sliding door we have separating the back room (where the budgies are) from the rest of the house. The door is always kept open and has safety stickers on it, but budgies don't really recognise them (for the record, our back room was an add-on to the house, so this glass door used to be the back door).

So, I can reassure you a little that, even if something does happen despite your precautions, it doesn't necessarily do permanent damage, and the budgies learn fast. Worst case I had was a little bit of skin of a cere that brought blood to the top, but didn't actually bleed.

But good on you for being more thoughtful that I was! Eventually, one of my budgies loved sitting on the windowsill watching the world go by and talking to his reflection.
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Thanks for the reassurance Tracy Aww bless, that sounds really cute, him sitting on the windowsill enjoying watching the world go by! I think Buddy would enjoy that too I guess maybe I was extra cautious about the windows because we live in a rural area with lots of small wild birds about outside, and sometimes they fly into our window panes and stun themselves badly or are occasionally killed outright, poor little things.
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Greetings man and welcome aboard.aluz has given the best advice on Windows safety.I'm glad to know this myself.thanks for sharing aluz.I wish you and your budgie many happy years together man.Blessings always
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Thanks for the reassurance Tracy Aww bless, that sounds really cute, him sitting on the windowsill enjoying watching the world go by! I think Buddy would enjoy that too I guess maybe I was extra cautious about the windows because we live in a rural area with lots of small wild birds about outside, and sometimes they fly into our window panes and stun themselves badly or are occasionally killed outright, poor little things.
Like you, I was worried about the windows. The breeder of my baby Peta suggested that at first, if you don't have net curtains, put some light coloured post-it notes on the glass. The non- stick section can be folded at right angles so that they stick out or actually flap.

I did that the first time Peta came out but she learnt very fast so I took them off the next day. Almost straight away she found the top window catch was good to land on and she sits there happily, watching the live cam/ telly outside! Like you I'm in a rural spot so lots of birds & wildlife outside for her to chat with. Apart from some baby-clumsy landings while she learns, there have been no problems since; she seems to recognise the glass now in all the windows.

You certainly don't want to have the curtains drawn in daylight! Yes, it horrible when wild baby birds crash into the glass, but they learn very quickly to avoid it. You can buy paper shapes of raptors to stick on the glass to deter wild birds but that's not on for budgies because you don't want to frighten them away from the glass, just teach them that it's there. Good luck!
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