I have had my budgie for a year now. So far I haven't found any toys that she likes. I have a cockatiel who plays with most toys so she already had plenty of toys to choose from. I have bought her some of her own toys too.
She likes to chew on rope toys but I have been told that it is unhealthy so I took them away sadly. She does socialize with my other bird which entertains her but I worry that she needs more. I try to bond with her and it's working very slowly but she doesn't trust me because she was sick when I first got her so I had to handle her often to give her medicen.
She doesn't care at all for mirrors, bells, balls, general ground toys.
She seems to like climbing, chewing soft things, swinging, and climbing through small holes (I once bought her some hoops that she would climb though over and over).
She rarely does the things I mention and hasn't done any of it for a while now. Any advice on what I can do?
If you have a decent bond with your budgie, you can encourage her to be more curious towards the toys and to use them by engaging with her on a playful activity. You can show her how to play with the toys.
If she likes to chew, then you may want to try getting her a couple of wooden chew toys for her to try out. Budgies in general also like to play on their swings, so you can try those too.
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Chewing on toys is completely healthy as long as the chew item is chew safe! My Lemon just destroys everything, and has a super fun time doing it. Especially for girl budgies, it's basically the national past time for those girlies, haha!
When I got my Sweetie he had to be taught how to play with toys. Play with the toy yourself a bit, make it look like THE MOST FUN EVER! Focus on two or maybe three toys; make them different types (ex. a bell, a set of hoops, a shred toy). See what she takes most interest in.
I currently don't have a good bond with her because she had medical treatments that I had to administer before I could bond properly. I have ordered some toys like the ones shown so hopefully she likes them I'll try showing her how to play with some of her ignored toys too. Thank you or the advice, it seems so obvious now
Sharpie still has mites but they're finally going away! I took her to a bird vet with good reviews who told me that the birds immune systems were low because they refused to eat anything but millet. He said that apparently that's why a lot of birds get mites and it's why the meds wouldn't fully work. So they have a prescribed UV lamp and pellets. It's taken months but they are eating the pellets now and are improving finally.
I'll try and remember to take a picture tomorrow because it's super early so she's still on sleep time.
Kiger did not play with toys for the LONGEST time. I totally get the bonding thing. Kiger has been on and off meds a few times in the four months he has been with me. So we are not that close. What I did to some level of success was hang one of his toys by his outside cage perch and play with it while he was nearby outside his cage. Eventually he did start to sometimes chew on it. Lately he has taken to pulling on the toy closet to his favorite daytime hangout spot and letting it go. Rinse and repeat. To my great surprise he is doing the same to the newest toy in his cage as well! So don't loose hope!
Good luck with the new toys!
I know I'm very late and you've probably solved it by now but you could always buy her some toys that are chew toys - safe of course.
When I bought my two budgies, they didn't touch their toys for a week or so but eventually they got used to it and they started figuring out how to play with it.
You could show them how to play with it or just play it a bit yourself (slowly and gently) and make it exciting. If it's a dangling rope toy, you could get one of the ropes attached and tie it on the side of the cage (that's what I did) so they could climb. :3
What I did to encourage that is give them some treats (millet) and placed it around the toys. I'd get some seeds and pellets and whenever I'm about to tame/feed them, I'd put a few on the toys so they'd know it's safe and I would secure a piece of millet a bit high so they could figure out a way to get it.
I hope your budgie is now enjoying her toys! ^^