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Old 09-27-2016, 09:29 PM
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Question Owl kite in future budgie room: Will they care/notice it?

I'll be getting budgies soon, and am very excited! I used to have birds; a Maximilian Pionus, and my family had Senegals and Cockatiels. I'm new to budgies but figure it's probably the same general idea. One thing I'm wondering that could be different- my other birds never cared about or noticed the owl kite hanging from my ceiling. It's about 4 feet long, and is quite detailed, an owl complete with eyes and talons. It's a kite for flying, but I bought it years ago to hang in the room.

Now that I'm getting Budgies, I'm worried that it might scare them. What do you think?

Where their cage will be, it's just to the side of it.

I'll do what's best for them of course! The room will not feel the same without it though, so I just wanted to check first. Thanks!

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Welcome to the forum Kristina .

It's hard to say, but I can tell you this much.. I know a lady who has rooms dedicated to birds (one room for finches, one for small parrots, one for large parrots), and one of the rooms, I forget which one, has a shower curtain protecting the wall with a giant owl on it. The birds were/are fine with it, and don't even notice it. I think if it's flat and one dimensional like a sheet, curtain, or kite, and is not a natural size for an owl, birds might not recognize it as such.

You mention a Pionus, one of my birds is a Pionus too, a Bronze Winged .
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Hi Kristina and to the forums!

I don't reckon the kite will be an issue in the long run because eventually they'll see it as a simple decoration given that it is constant and unmoving, as well as doesn't try to attack them.

However, I would be worried that when you eventually let the budgies out for their out of cage time, they would fly onto/into the kite and get tangled up in the string or get spooked if they bump it. Would they be let out in that room?

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Thanks guys! Sounds like I might still be able to keep my owl around, which is great!
This is the room they will be let out in, however never without supervision. True about them landing on it... I'm thinking I might need to hang the owl on the wall like a picture frame instead of how it is now from the ceiling. That way they won't get tangled in the string that it's hanging from, or make it swing. Thank you for the idea!
I've been hanging around the forums for months but hadn't made an account, now that I'll actually be getting them soon it's about time I've stopped lurking!

I'm having to change so much in this room, budgies can really get into so much trouble! No more plants, covering the aquarium, putting cut out shapes all over the big mirror closet doors that can't be covered (I saw someone mentioned netting curtains in front of mirrored closets, might look into that.), they're going to have fun tearing this room apart because there's no way I can fix everything they could get into! Don't worry, I'm making sure the budgies will be safe for sure, as for all the pictures and other items, they might not remain so safe!

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Hey, it sounds like you have everything well in hand!

I changed my room massively to allow my budgies to have a fin and safe room to be out in. I've been able to dedicate a large section of the room to being their area and they mostly have one side of the room and I have the other, so while they fly around the whole, the mostly stay on one side of it because that's where all the interesting things are for them.
Of course it's not always possible to do this. I can't wait to meet your new little bird friends when you get them.
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