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Old 12-24-2016, 05:12 PM
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Saul is a real menace at the moment, and since he started his juvenile molt he has been attacking my indoor plants. They are all budgie-safe, but I have nurtured them for years, and it's sad to see them being shredded! He has a huge variety of chewable toys and bits and bobs, so I'm pretty sure the plant butchery is behavioral, rather than a desperate need to chew :-)

At the moment I tossed some netting we use here in Japan to keep crows off of garbage bags outside. It works well, but it's incredibly ugly, and a bit heavy.

I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar problem, and can recommend some clear netting, with a 4mm mesh, or smaller.
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I wouldn't say this is a behaviour problem, just that's the natural thing a budgie is always going to do. Plants are a natural thing for them to chew on and it's not because they want to misbehave it's just that they are birds!

Have you got an out of cage area for them to go too? Maybe get some budgie safe plants they can chew and keep them near the out of cage area for them.
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I wouldn't say this is a behaviour problem, just that's the natural thing a budgie is always going to do. Plants are a natural thing for them to chew on and it's not because they want to misbehave it's just that they are birds!

Have you got an out of cage area for them to go too? Maybe get some budgie safe plants they can chew and keep them near the out of cage area for them.
Not really. He, I and the plants all share the same space.
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I think you need to make an area that becomes more of the focus for Saul.

I have a lot of perches and things of interest on top of their cages and that's where my birds spend most of their time. They do explore other areas but providing them with an area in the room you want to focus their attention on is better than trying to stop a natural instinct.

Maybe get a play gym or some perches and toys for on top of the cage.
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He has a multitude of play areas and things to chew on, I just need to keep him from destroying my plants.
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As Therm indicated, Saul is simply doing what is natural to budgies in the wild.
Even though Saul is a domestic budgie, you really can't expect him to understand that the plants are not there for his enjoyment.
Perhaps growing some wheat-grass and having it in or near his cage would be helpful.
You can also go some herbs and give Saul his own little "garden".

With positive reinforcement training, you should be able to direct his attention away from the plants you do not wish for him to chew on and redirect it to "his" plants.

https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-training.html

https://talkbudgies.com/taming-bondin...-training.html

If you wish to try a plastic mesh netting over your plants in the meantime, you might want to look into this type:

1/8" Clear Netting - Bulk Reef Supply

Clear Netting - Bulk Reef Supply

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I'm hoping that he will be less naughty when his juvenile molt is over. He was an angel before it began, and on his 'good' days now he is a cutie-pie. But when shedding and growing feathers really gets to him, he is like a rocket!

Currently trying this lightweight stuff farmers use to protect crops.
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