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Old 10-10-2016, 07:24 AM
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Hello all. I have had my little budgie Cthulhu for about 3 months and I think he is nearly 6 months old. We had been getting on very well with him but he has been a bit stroppy in the last week or so, ack acking and flying off when I try to persuade him onto my finger and so on. I read the sticky about aggressive budgies (although he is not being aggressive) and I think he is just being a teenbudgie but I have a couple of questions.

For the last few days he has been clinging tightly to his cage and only letting go to fly about the room. I want to clean it and I think that trying to run off with it while he is flying could end badly! Is it okay to just sponge it down as best I can? I can take out fixtures and fittings easily to clean properly but the actual cage is harder.

How long is this phase likely to last? I only ask as I would like to make my wee man as happy as he makes me and I would consider getting a budgie friend for him if it turns out he just doesn't like me. But I don't want to jump in too soon and be struggling to manage two birds.

He is otherwise chirpy and active and eating his veggies.

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Old 10-10-2016, 08:40 AM
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If you set up a play area for when your budgie is having out of cage time and place some food and a couple of toys, your budgie may be more prone to staying there while you deep clean the cage.
If you have a spare cage, you can also use it when the main cage needs to be more thoroughly cleaned.

The teenage stage will vary between budgies, it can last a few weeks to a couple of months in general.
If you keep on interacting daily with your budgie while paying attention to his behaviour/body language and respecting the safe boundaries set by him, in a matter of time he will go back to his normal, sweeter self and will be more receptive in having a closer interaction with you again.

Good luck!
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Thank you Aluz, that is very useful. If it takes a couple of months I can live with that!

His cage is now clean - I managed to tempt him off it by bringing his gym down from the far side of the room and placing it next to his cage and using millet to get him to move!

He has now gone inside and is sitting looking grumpy.
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You're very welcome!
I'm glad you were able to clean the cage well with no trouble whatsoever.
Hopefully soon your budgie will be in a better mood!
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aluz has given you excellent information.

Hopefully, little Cthulhu will start feeling more like himself again soon!
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