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Old 06-10-2016, 09:19 AM
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I have what we now think is a female budgie. We are still trying to tame Twinkle but since her cere turned brown she had become a little aggressive and goes to bite if we try getting too close. Also she spends her days sleeping and eating and has no interest in her toys. She seems ok, fluffed up, on one leg, quietly chattering and occasionally loud chirping if she hears other birds, eating well, poo normal etc....

Is this normal behaviour for a female?

I'd be grateful for any feedback.

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Hi Sara,

The behaviour you have described can be present in budgies of both genders.
From the photo, there is no doubt that your Twinkle is a female budgie.
She is currently in breeding condition (displaying dark brown cere) and in some cases this can potentiate more aggressive behaviour due to her hormones.

Also the fact that Twinkle has a mirror toy on her cage is not ideal, as this can also lead to behavioural problems and will also put a stop to any attempts on your part in terms of training and establishing a solid bond with your budgie.
Not too long ago, we had a member whose single female budgie was very much attached to a mirror toy and she even ended up by laying eggs as a consequence.
It would be best if you could replace the mirror by another different type of toy (wooden chew toys are a great replacement) and if there are more toys with mirrors on it, then replacing them for other toys would also be good.

By doing this, chances are high your Twinkle's behaviour will change for the better, and in due time she will begin to show curiosity towards other toys and with the continued work she will in turn be more receptive to you.

For the detailed information and tips on how to train and form a long lasting bond with your budgie, be sure to check the stickies at the top at this section of Talk Budgies: https://talkbudgies.com/290-taming-bonding/

Best of luck with Twinkle!
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As aluz explained, behavioral traits are not gender specific with budgies.

Twinkle is a cute little girl!

Please be sure to read the information in the Budgie Articles as well as the stickies at the top of each section of the forum.
Most basic questions will be answered in those threads.

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Hi Aluz

Thanks for the info. My mother in law thinks it would be cruel to take Twinkles mirror away now, will she pine? Also does anyone know any reputable online suppliers of budgie toys as I have ordered a few things from Amazon which were far too big.

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Hi there and welcome!

Others here will be able to direct you to good sources of toys in your area.

However I do agree you should remove the mirror, even though your mother in law might see it as " cruel". Your budgie might look for it a short while once it's gone but if she has lots of other toys and people to play with, she will very soon forget it. And you will be repaid with much more close attention and bonding. Good luck!
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There is a listing of toy suppliers in the Resource Directory Thread:

https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...directory.html

If you are unsure of the size of particular toys, choose the size for "small birds" and/or contact the supplier prior to making your order.
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Good list of resources there by FaeryBee .

Here's another... one online bird supply store that I (and many others I know of) have loved is My Safe Bird Store. My Safe Bird Store | Discounted Bird Products | BIRD FREE ENVIRONMENT| Free Shipping Available. They're based in the US, but they ship internationally! They have absolutely top notch customer service whenever I've called. All the top brands at competitive prices, all products from a bird free environment which means no potential disease from your new stuff . And... they'll even throw in a cheap little freebee or two in your order AND... candy for the humans .

They have a wide selection of toys, diy toy parts, food, and products for all sizes of birds including budgies.
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Hi there!

Twinkle is a beautiful girl!

I agree that the mirror is probably contributing to her more aggressive behaviour. It really is best that it is remove. She may sulk for a day or two when it is removed, but this is not cruel. In fact, it is more cruel to keep it in with her as she will slowly get more and more attached to the "other budgie" and it will hurt her mentally and emotionally to try so hard to get the attention of the bird in the mirror with no reciprocation.

I'm sure that once the mirror is removed, she will begin to come out of her shell more

Also, Julie's given a great link--they have some great toys on that site as well as plenty of toy parts you can use to make lots of great toys for Twinkle

Keep us posted on how things go!
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Good list of resources there by FaeryBee .

Here's another... one online bird supply store that I (and many others I know of) have loved is My Safe Bird Store. My Safe Bird Store | Discounted Bird Products | BIRD FREE ENVIRONMENT| Free Shipping Available. They're based in the US, but they ship internationally! They have absolutely top notch customer service whenever I've called. All the top brands at competitive prices, all products from a bird free environment which means no potential disease from your new stuff . And... they'll even throw in a cheap little freebee or two in your order AND... candy for the humans .

They have a wide selection of toys, diy toy parts, food, and products for all sizes of birds including budgies.

My Safe Bird Store also usually asks you if you have other animals, and we do. We always get little mice for Jewel, our cat, and dog bones for my mother in law's dogs. Plus of course the chinese finger traps with crinkle paper for the birdies for toys.

Yes the candy for us humans is always a plus too,

I hope you find all your birdie's heart's desire there, and find some great stuff! I know I always do.
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Hiya

Thank you all for your advice and links.

We have taken Twinkles mirror away now and to start with she was more active playing with her toys again and being more vocal but the last few days she's gone back to spending her days just eating and sleeping.

She is also still scared of me but I don't think we'll get past that so we're considering getting her a companion.

I would love to hear your views and suggestions as to why Twinkle is so quiet again.

Cheers

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