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Old 06-30-2016, 02:55 PM
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Question My budgie is obsessed with her reflection

Stormy has a mirror and bell hanging in her cage, and its her favorite thing! She loves the bell and often wears it as a hat lol! (pictures attached). The only problem is, recently she's started completely ignoring me in favor of her own reflection in the mirror.
I think she thinks its another bird. She tries to feed it and sings to it all the time. She'll stand on my hand to get a better look at herself, but when I move her away from the mirror she jumps back to it. I feel bad but I'm not allowed to get a second bird to keep her company; parents rules.
What do I do? Leave the mirror to keep her company or take it away so we can bond? She completely favors her reflection over me!
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:09 PM
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Hi again, Morgan!

This is something that can certainly happen when there is long term exposure to a mirror or other mirrored toys on a cage and this can turn into a serious problem especially for single birds, where they get overly attached and develop mental problems which will also manifest physically in terms of general health.

The best thing to do is really to remove the mirror toy from the cage and replace it for a different type of toy.
You can still allow your Stormy to play with bells.

From the photo I'm really seeing a uniform deep pinkish cere on your Stormy indicating boy.
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Aluz has offered great advice.

Does Stormy have any out of cage time? I'm wondering if you can rearrange his cage and remove the mirror when he's not in it.
If he doesn't have out of cage time yet, I would simply remove the toy and replace it with a lovely bird safe bell instead. This will give Stormy a lovely new treat and hopefully he'll forget about that other bird in the mirror all together.
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We're still working on that So far he/she is still getting used to being held. I'll take the mirror out and keep the bell, since its such a favorite of Stormy's.

I've removed the mirror but hung the same bell where it was originally. We have a second mirror thats much smaller. It's a little basketball game that Stormy enjoys playing with. Should I remove that as well?

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I love the pictures of Stormy with the bell on his head -- so adorable!

It's good that you've removed the larger mirror.

I'd leave the basketball toy in the cage for now if I were you.
If it appears Stormy is becoming obsessed with the smaller mirror on the basketball toy, you can always remove the toy later.
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Sorry, but I just love that photo' of the Bell Hat
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Hi Morgan!

Your little boy is precious Aluz has given the very best advice

Although Stormy might be anxious for a while looking for the "other bird" he was so obsessed with, soon he will learn to play with his other toys, as well as seek interaction with you. If you notice he seems to be looking for the mirror or is acting anxious about the whole thing, sit by his cage and talk to him for a while, or play with some of his toys with him to redirect his attention.

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So glad for the knowledgeable advice from this forum! And I adore your bird! So beautiful and the bell hat is hysterical!!
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