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Hi everyone!
First post here on the forum. I mainly made an account to ask a couple of questions regarding my new Budgie: Pixel. She's a second hand budgie, coming from a family with children. Their children didn't play nicely with the budgie, and thus she was forced to spend a lot of time in her cage.

We've had her for about a month now and she seems to be accustomed to us and her new environment. We try to let her out all the time, with the exceptions of us being away, if we're cooking or if we're sleeping. Since my girlfriend is home a lot Pixel is usually able to play outside most of the time in the day.

We've been able to discourage her biting behavior mostly by ignoring her attempts to hurt us.

Now that the introduction is kinda over; She has an obsession to certain objects/places and I can't find a way to discourage her going there.

The first spot is on top of the highest closet we have. I recognize this is desirable spot for her. This morning I've put a box on top of there and that seems to help her not find a landing spot.

The other spots are all screens. She's obsessed with screens, of all sizes (ironically). We have 2 computers in the room because we both work on it (and like to game on them :p). We also have a television which she likes to sit on top of...or sit in front of the bottom. And when you grab your smartphone she wants to sit on the smartphone.

How do I discourage this behavior? We don't want her messing on our screens, or destroying them by biting in it. We try to give her lots of attention, love and of course fun toys to play with. But the screens are way more interesting. Even when their turned off... I can't even find an answer on google!
 

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The only advice I can give is to try to make areas that you want her to be in a lot more interesting than the screens. Try placing lots of toys and treats and fun things to do in these areas and reward her when she's there, and don't reward her when she's on the screen. She probably likes the bright lights and noises so that's why she's so curious about them.
 

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

Maybe give her an Ipad of her own with pictures/videos of budgies and birds with appropriate soundtracks to listen to.
Some budgies really like watching themselves or other budgies on You-Tube videos!

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Thanks for the welcome :)

Recently we've added a Budgie playground on our desk, a 'tree' with ropes and nest material quite close to the desks and all sorts of treats on both of them. She's still more interested in sitting on top of the screens. It also doesn't matter if they're turned on or not. She just sits on them.

Giving her her own iPad is not an option. Not the least, the price of that. It's not a behavior we want to encourage in Pixel.
I've read a lot of articles online about training pet birds. Most of them state to ignore negative behavior because attention, of any kind, will reinforce it. But there must be a way to "punish" bad behavior as well right? She's exploring the room on her own a lot of the time, which makes ignoring it kinda useless.
 

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No, there should never be a punishment for bad behavior in a budgie unless it is simply putting the bird back in its cage for a time-out.

You can work on discouraging Pixel from landing on the screens by distracting her to another area of the room when she does so.
Simply gently move her over to her playground, take some time to work on clicker training with her or take her to a different area of the room and interest her in a toy by playing with it along with her.
 
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