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Old 05-13-2016, 01:06 PM
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So, I let Angel out of her cage every evening when I come home. The first thing she does is fly right to the top of the window. Usually on the curtain. However lately she discovered that she can get on the miniblinds and can almost hide behind the curtain. Here's the issue: she starts to nibble on the strings of the blinds on top where the mechanism is. I'm afraid to let her nibble as she might break the blind string. So I move her {she is perch trained} to her perch which is VERY close to where she goes on the curtains and blinds. She'll stay there for a few minutes and I continue to praise her and talk to her. However, she'll hear a bird outside and just fly right back up to the blinds. And when I try to get her to her NEW toy which is a small playground. She won't have it. She flys back. I'm curious to know if she thinks I'm bringing her back to her cage because I have the playground next to her cage. I'm just trying to distract her from nibbling on those strings. But climbing up and down the step ladder gets tiring. Any ideas?

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Old 05-13-2016, 01:45 PM
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Is there a way where you can block the access to the mechanism and the string on the blinds? Maybe covering that area and in the process protecting the string will keep her from perching there and doing the damage.
It's also natural for pet birds to choose to go to the highest places they can find when let out of the cage to fly around and that combined with your Angel's very keen interest in communicating with the wild birds outside would explain her choice for that perching spot.

It would be good to encourage her to use the playground and to continue to reward Angel when she responds positively.
You can place a tasty treat there and favourite toy or two. If you think you will have more success in moving the play area farther away from the cage, you can try that out.
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Old 05-13-2016, 02:04 PM
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Is there a way where you can block the access to the mechanism and the string on the blinds? Maybe covering that area and in the process protecting the string will keep her from perching there and doing the damage.
It's also natural for pet birds to choose to go to the highest places they can find when let out of the cage to fly around and that combined with your Angel's very keen interest in communicating with the wild birds outside would explain her choice for that perching spot.

It would be good to encourage her to use the playground and to continue to reward Angel when she responds positively.
You can place a tasty treat there and favourite toy or two. If you think you will have more success in moving the play area farther away from the cage, you can try that out.
I guess I can try somehow to cover that area as long as I can continue to use the blinds. She's still so scared of everything. She doesn't even like millet. I put it on the bottom of her cage and left it there for a day. She won't go near it. I know she has tasted it because some of it was gone ONCE when I left it. Now, nothing. She is finally accepting mist baths which is good. She has begun playing with ONE toy. It has a bell on it and she seems to like bells.
I shall just keep trying to get her to the playground...it's not really a playground...it just has a little swing and a perch and on the bottom I put some wood beads that maybe she can play with.
It's challenging, but I do see SOME improvements. Thanks for your reply
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hope all goes well soon for angel .hopefully aluz advice will be helpful.blessings and I wish you and angel well.
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I would move the playground away from the cage, so she doesn't think she's being put back in the cage. Whenever I get Jakob something new, I bring her to it so she can see and observe, but I don't leave her there until she's had time to accept it, whether it's a new toy or branch or whatever. Once she gets to know the playground a bit, try to put her down. She might fly off, but then try again. And again. And again.
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Hopefully with time she will tire of this, my budgies used to fly to the highest point on top of the windows also when I first let them out. Now they seldom ever go there I have placed a hanging swing from the window they love to sit here and sun themselves and see the outside happenings. String is also dangerous if digested as it can become impacted in the crop. Hopefully it will pass. encourage her to venture have some toys ready for when you allow her out.
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