Winthrop has always been on the somewhat frustrated side, but lately he's been very passionate in his advances. He mates with almost all the toys and perches in his cage-- swings, ladders, chew toys, etc-- as well as just about anything he finds on his daily explorations about the house. I've removed all bells and mirrors from his cage because I for one don't like his displays and I'm worried it might be stressing him out. Is there some way of calming him down? Would getting him a friend help? (He's always been by himself). Should I just get used to it?
When my boy Jay first went into condition, he spent quite a bit of time being very affectionate with certain items in the house, in his cage and he used to have to be banned from socialising with the other budgies because he was such a pest- always trying to bully away the other boys so he could chase the girls.
I got advice on here to reduce his daylight hours and make sure he had plenty of exercise in the day and eventually he got out of that phase.
It's very rare now for him to get over excited like he used to do so Winthrop may be the same and grow out of his behaviour.
You've done the right thing by removing the toys with the mirrors. If there's anything he uses a lot then I'd remove that as well.
To help with the continual urge to "mate", ensure your budgie has access to lots of flight/climbing exercise.
Provide two or three swings to encourage him to keep moving and tire himself out.
Chew toys like Kabobs and other shredding toys are helpful and you should provide plenty of wood to chew--especially when he is in condition.
Reduce the number of hours of light he gets as well as the percent of protein and other foods used to bring birds into condition.
If the urges don’t dissipate, take the budgie to an Avian Vet for a check-up.
Sometimes the vet will suggest a special diet or hormone injection to balance the natural hormones.
A busy bird is a happy bird, especially if you are part of the fun. Mating is a natural part of aviary life.
Teenage Budgies need to have directed activity if you do not feel comfortable observing.
Thanks for all the advice, everyone-- but it's been nearly a month and he isn't better. We keep him in the living room, where he can see and enjoy all the activity, but that means his new dark hours aren't full sleep, just being covered. There's still lights on and people talking, so he probably isn't sleeping. When I try to let him out, he attempts to mate with almost anything and has recently started biting if I try to physically remove him. I rearranged his food dishes in an attempt to get him to move around and 'forage' more, but that was just today so I can't tell if it's helped.
Do you have any advice? Should I try to move him to a quieter and darker room? The main benefit of having him in the living room-- besides it being the center of activity, where he's more likely to be let out for a play session-- is that it's the main place where we have good furniture to set his cage on, nice and high away from the dog. Thanks so much in advance!
You can move his cage into another room at night when it is time to cover him. Make sure the dog is not able to enter the room.
If the behavior is obsessive, then you should take your budgie to an Avian Vet as he may have a hormonal imbalance as mentioned in my previous post.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.