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Taming and Bonding Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to TRUST you. This requires time and patience and does not happen overnight.
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Question My budgie keeps knocking the perches off the cage and lifting the cage bottom tray

Hi everyone!

First time budgie owner, I rescued Blu on Monday afternoon. While walking home, a beautiful blue budgie landed on my shoulder. she couldn't flight too high or for too long and was terrified of the humans around her. this all happened in a pretty busy street in Queens NY. me and my Significant other decided to walk down the block to the pet store thinking maybe she belonged to them. When we got there the manager told us she wasn't one of theirs but they would gladly take her in. I freaked out thinking this man is going to profit off this poor lost bird! so I answered with " actually, I want to buy a cage for it and take it home" MY boyfriend was so mas hahaha but once he saw Blu swinging in the cage he melted. ANYWAYS! for four days now, Blu has been in a tiny cage in our room. we ordered a bigger cage and lots of toys which should be arriving tomorrow. this is our Blu we guess shes young but not a baby but again we have ZERO experience! what do you all think?
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So for two days now Blu has been biting the edges of the plastic perches and knocking the perches off the cage. then she tries to lift the bottom of the cage. is this normal? My mommy instincts say shes just tired of this tiny cage but I also think maybe the set up isn't fit for her needs? maybe she cant get to her food bowl or doesn't know how to since the bottom perch is right in front the bowls. I have a video on the behavior, you can see she knocked one side of the bottom perch down and goes for the other side then the top perch and the floor. crazy Blu. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGIQXdrLgcw

Sorry for the huge post just need info on how to help my baby feel at home.

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Hi Jennyfer,
Gorgeous bud you have adopted. She is not a baby, but still young (experts here can tell you better than I!).
From her behaviour I would say she is used to a bigger cage. The lifting of the grate is because she is not used to it underfoot and personally I would take that out. The perches are not ideal as plastic can hurt tiny feet so I would think about having natural wood of varying diameters in her new cage. I would also think about moving her food and water bowls higher....birds tend to feel safer at height.
Please don't take any of this as criticism of you....I think you have done a wonderful thing giving Blu a home. I am certain she will settle down in a few days (and that bigger cage!)
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:35 AM
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Thank you Julie!

The new cage we bought is 20'' high and 19'' wide so shell have plenty of room and we bought some wooden perches as well. I cant wait for her to be in it, although i think the bowls are still at the bottom I will find some bowls we can put higher up. thank you for replying! i had a bird when i was a little girl but I don't remember much, I am in love with Blu and its definitely a learning experience. we had a mirror toy and she loved it but we had to take it out as she was obsessing with it.
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Way to go rescuing her! She gorgeous, and how funny of her to pick you to land on!

When you buy perches, get them with varying diameters, because many perches with the same diameter all over can cause foot problems that can be very uncomfortable for her. Also, leave the grate in her cage. Budgie poop, while small, if eaten can be potentially harmful. Any toxins that may have been in her system, she's excreting through her poop, and you don't want her eating it and taking those toxins back in. There are all kinds of little nasties that can be harboured in their feces. So I would definitely recommend leaving the grate in. She will get used to it eventually, and it won't cause such a disturbance. Worse comes to worse, if she doesn't stop messing with it, you can always cable/zip tie it to secure it that way so it won't move. Hygiene is extremely important with these little ones. We do a massive cleaning of our 2 big cages once a week, and spot cleaning as needed.

For good perches, grapevine perches are excellent, as are rope perches. With the rope perches though, be sure to keep a good eye on them to replace if they start getting too fuzzy. If she's chewing on it, definitely keep a keen eye on her and the perch, as impaction can occur.

Good luck with her! And Karma to you for being there for her to land on, keeping her after!

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You'll do great with her....you have the instincts!
Mirrors are not generally good news for budgies (why they seem to be on all their toys I'll never know ), as you have discovered, they can become an obsession. Budgie thinks it is a friend and will bond with it rather than you. This can get to the point where they regurgitate seed to feed the friend/lover/baby which is pretty yeuky to say the least!
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Thank you Kristen! I am praying I get the new cage tomorrow so we can get her in there and hopefully she loves it! makes sense to leave the grate in, i love this forum! everyone is so nice and helpful! thank you thank you thank you!
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Here are some great products to look at:

Cage Cup with Clamp Holder

Cable Comfy Perch for Bird Cages: Booda Comfy Perch at Drs Foster and Smith

Multli-Branch Manzanita Bird Perches

Prevue Wacky Wood Perch | Natural Perches from DrsFosterSmith.com

Comfy Clam Mineral Flat Perch for Birds by Polly's Pet Products

Caged Bird Perches: Natural Dragonwood Bird Perches at Drs. Foster and Smith

Prevue Naturals Coffea Tree Perches | Perches from DrsFosterSmith.com


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We got her both a wooden perch and a rope one. thank you for the links! I am buying a pair of the clamp holders for her.
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Hi Jenn and Keith!
Blu is beautiful! I'm glad she's getting a bigger cage, that's wonderful. I think then, with enough toys she will stop knocking perches and stuff around .

I have to ask though, and please don't take offense, as none is meant... but did you take some time to place and/or search ads in attempt to look for an owner who might be sad and missing their girl? You say she landed on your shoulder. That would likely only happen with a budgie who loved someone. Now if you have tried your best, and no one speaks up, then good on you, and you can keep her with a clear conscience
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

Blu is certainly a cute little girl.

I agree with RavensGryf regarding trying to locate her owners.
We've had members of this forum whose budgies have escaped and they were absolutely devastated and doing all they could to locate them. Many people who lose animals start trying to find them by contacting the local animal shelter.
Letting the shelter know you've rescued Blu would be a good step to take if you haven't yet done so.

You've received excellent advice from the other posters and it is wonderful you are doing everything possible to ensure Blu has everything she needs.


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