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Old 10-20-2016, 09:57 PM
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I have a large silk scarf that I don't mind getting messed up, hung partly in the cage for the budgies to play with. I had to move them into another cage the other day, and I thought it was a good idea to use the scarf that they are now used to seeing in their cage. It worked out beautifully. Since my budgies are not tame yet, and I don't want to grab them with my bare hand and make them afraid of it, I used the scarf. They were still put off by it, but I hope it was less stressful than a towel or something they had never seen before. Thought I'd share.

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Old 10-21-2016, 01:27 PM
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Keeping a scarf in the cage really isn't the best idea.
The budgies can easily get their toenails cause in the fabric and severely injure themselves.
Additionally, if they ingest the fibers from the fabric it can lead to crop impaction.

I would suggest removing the scarf from the cage for your budgies' safety.
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I agree that due to the potential health hazards it's best to remove the scarf from the cage, depending on how the scarf was placed and if it provided a hiding area, this could have also triggered breeding behaviour.
You can easily replace the scarf for a more adequate toy.
For some ideas on cage accessories/toys, you can check this link: https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html
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I will keep an eye on it. Luckily for me, I am always watching them, and over the past month they don't touch the scarf. It hangs in a corner of a 3foot x 3foot cage, away from perches, half in, half out of the cage. But if they start to pull it down or eat on it, I will pull it out. Thanks for the advice! I definitely don't want any breeding behaviors, or impactions.
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It's great that your there with them a lot, but I think that Aluz and Faerybee are suggesting that you remove it now.

You might be with them a lot of the time, which is fantastic, but you can't be there all of the time. And that one time you're not there could be the time they decide to chew it, or worse, a foot gets caught in the fabric.
If panicked, this could lead to your birds getting injured or worse.

Besides from all of that- it's really not needed. It's not a toy, you just said they ignore it, so I really would remove it.
You can keep it draped over the cage and still use it to catch the birds if you find it easier, but the fact that its in their cage just means it's likely to get dirty, damaged and when you're using it to catch they, you'll disturb the bird dust on it as well.

You really should provide them with things that are safe for them and that they enjoy. As they are ignoring it, especially now you've used it to catch them and move them, it might actually be unnerving for them to have it in there.
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I fully take on the feedback here but it raises a question. My birds are hand tamed I'm working on it but I know I'm gong on holiday in a few weeks and am worried about moving them into the small travel cage as I will have to hold them to do this.
What would you guys suggest to avoid them getting upset and angry with me, sorry to sort of crash on someone else's thread but I kinda liked this train of thought. Xx
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That is a very good idea that you are going to remove the scarf. Deb, therm and Aluz have given you the best advice. I think it's great that you are spending time with your birds. It takes patience and a lot of time to tame them but they will and you will bond with them..
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Using a light cloth or towel is a good way to hold birds that aren't tame

However, I agree with removing the scarf at this time--it only takes one time for there to be an accident!

I'm glad you were able to move the little ones with the scarf, though!
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I fully take on the feedback here but it raises a question. My birds are hand tamed I'm working on it but I know I'm gong on holiday in a few weeks and am worried about moving them into the small travel cage as I will have to hold them to do this.
What would you guys suggest to avoid them getting upset and angry with me, sorry to sort of crash on someone else's thread but I kinda liked this train of thought. Xx
The notion of "telegraphing" what you're going to do by repeatedly putting familiar objects into the environment when certain behaviour is going to happen is well understood in behaviour management in rescue birds. But you can just hang the towel over a chair near the cage to achieve the same result.

In your case, before you go on holiday, I would start feeding their treat foods in the travel cage (place the food near the cage, then creep it closer, attach the food to the travel cage, then into the cage). Teach them that interacting with the travel cage is rewarding well before you need it. Before you know it, they'll be willingly going to the other cage for feeding. This does not require tame birds either - you can see keepers in zoos do this every day when they move animals around exhibits. Positive reinforcement works - but like everything it requires time, effort and planning.
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Thanks everyone! I removed the scarf today, and am hanging it near the cage, instead of in it. I agree that it only takes one moment when I'm away that they get into trouble with it. I definitely don't want that. I've become quite attached to the little budgies, and would feel horrible if something happened after so many warnings! Much appreciation everyone.
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