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Default Window Safety (*heard a tip -- not sure it works)

Biz has always been a fully flighted budgie, and the first days & weeks were a bit nerve wracking.

I covered all the mirrors and windows, but he did somehow manage to spaz out and scratched his cere on something. I'm pretty sure it was the wall or wall molding. I don't recall he hit too hard but I felt pretty bad that he hurt himself. It was a small scrape and at the time, & not bleeding. A store that specializes in only birds and reptiles advised me to put neosporin on it. (I've no idea if that it is right or not, it was before I found this forum.)

That store also told me to take Ivory soap and "draw on the mirrors and windows and the birds figure out it's not clear." I did do that, however I always kept the windows covered.

I opened the curtains eventually after Biz was familiar with his surroundings ( many weeks if not months) and I left the windows soaped up. It seemed to work for him.

Recently, I still have a window soaped up.... he surprisingly flew into that window. He didn't hit it hard, he just sort of grazed it. It was kind of like "oh yeah, I know I can't fly through this."

This concerned me for a couple reasons:

- does this soap thing work? I don't know. Seems like a good idea. Perhaps it was twilight and the window looked different and Biz couldn't see the soap.

- I wonder if I'm always going to have to worry about Biz "forgetting" where the windows and mirrors are and he'll run into them. I truly felt that he had learned his space pretty well, but his recent run-in with the window gives me pause.

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I've never herd about that. I have the vertical blinds which work, until the guys get too close, and I have to be careful they don't get caught up.

I know the guys here will have lots of great tips.

I know I previously over worried with my birds and kept closing the curtains and never really got them used to having them open, when they liked the sunlight more. It's a tough one and as I say I'm sure there will be loads of good ideas from others here.
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My budgies are fully flighted and fly in an area with double wide patio doors.
Actually, they fly in both in the living room and the dining room and each room has double wide patio doors.

Initially when the birds were introduced to these rooms I kept the blinds drawn and closed. As they became accustomed to the room dimensions, I opened the vertical slats but left the blinds drawn.
After a few days of that I then simply pulled the blinds all the way open to the sides of the doors/windows.

There have only been a couple of "bumps" into the glass when there was wild flying going on (I think they were racing) and one didn't turn quite quickly enough. They all recognize the windows as barriers even though they have no soap or any other markings on them.

I'd consider Biz's brush with the window to be a momentary lapse - kind of like when I bump the doorjam even though I know it's there.
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Before the birds took over my whole room, I had a large mirror which I used to drape a scarf over and I kept the curtains mostly drawn when the birds first came out.
I have a net curtain up and very rarely they land on that and climb up it, but they much prefer the curtain pole if the go over by the window.
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I've never herd about that. I have the vertical blinds which work, until the guys get too close, and I have to be careful they don't get caught up.

I know the guys here will have lots of great tips.

I know I previously over worried with my birds and kept closing the curtains and never really got them used to having them open, when they liked the sunlight more. It's a tough one and as I say I'm sure there will be loads of good ideas from others here.
..... Yeah, they always seem to give me something to worry about. I was like you and really worried but slowly opened the curtains little by little. I'm thinking / hoping, like FaeryBee thinks... that's it's probably just a momentary lapse.
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My budgies are fully flighted and fly in an area with double wide patio doors.
Actually, they fly in both in the living room and the dining room and each room has double wide patio doors.

Initially when the birds were introduced to these rooms I kept the blinds drawn and closed. As they became accustomed to the room dimensions, I opened the vertical slats but left the blinds drawn.
After a few days of that I then simply pulled the blinds all the way open to the sides of the doors/windows.

There have only been a couple of "bumps" into the glass when there was wild flying going on (I think they were racing) and one didn't turn quite quickly enough. They all recognize the windows as barriers even though they have no soap or any other markings on them.

I'd consider Biz's brush with the window to be a momentary lapse - kind of like when I bump the doorjam even though I know it's there.
Haha... racing. Why does that not surprise me. I hear you on the momentary lapse. He really knows the space well to the extent that he does some pretty impressive maneuvers when he's feeling full of himself. I'm thinking that he just wanted to "make sure" that was still a window. (Yep). ...And I run into door jams too sometimes...
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Before the birds took over my whole room, I had a large mirror which I used to drape a scarf over and I kept the curtains mostly drawn when the birds first came out.
I have a net curtain up and very rarely they land on that and climb up it, but they much prefer the curtain pole if the go over by the window.
I'm surprised (and thankful) Biz hasn't discovered the curtain rods yet. He never went that route. There was a time where I had scarves and weird "scary" tin foil contraptions in various strategic locations to dissuade him from landing there. That worked for half of his favorite spots. He still likes the top of a mirror and on the crown molding (once I removed the foil) but he gave up on the bookcases.

For the most part, he stays to his cage top and his play gyms.... but every now and then he gets brave and curious and flirts with other areas. He's generally very consistent and for that I'm thankful. ... I have very light window sheers but I like them open... perhaps I'll keep them closed again every other day.

There's one window that has had the sheer down all the time lately because he recently landed on the middle window frame and was perfectly happy to stay there and chirp. Except for the fact that it's 50 degrees out and that's a drafty window and I haven't winter-proofed it yet. It's the "cold window." (It's far away from his cage.) He looked so happy perching there and I thought he was crazy. It's really cold.

I get a kick out of all you great people with multiple budgies because I feel overwhelmed with just one, lol.
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I've never heard of the soap. I have a big window and mirror in here, and the parrots and budgies seem to always have known it's not something to fly into. Disclaimer: I'm not saying don't be careful!

I did, however, have a window incident when I kept finches as house pets years ago. One time a blue capped waxbill escaped his cage as I opened it to clean, and he flew fast and hard into the window, knocking himself out cold. He came to, and was hunched over in pain and frozen in place like a statue for quite a while. An hour later he was with his mate chirping away like nothing happened. I think he was very fortunate to come away unscathed as hard as he hit.
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