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My budgie who I have had for 18 months has lost his mind! His hormones are raging and I cannot divert him. From the moment I wake him up till I cover him at night ( 10hrs. ), He is screaming, scolding, flying, sometimes at me. It started with my hands...went to my toes and now literally I have to wear gloves and shoes when I'm with him. I adore him!!! But I let him be a free spirit and did not target train him even to step up. He always interacted with me as we played games and I just hung out. I'm 79 and for the longest, he was my ideal companion but now my life is disrupted. He is so loud and so aggressive. This is going on now for over a month...at this level. I'm hoping I can get some input from the community and I thank you.
 

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I'm not an experienced budgie owner, but have you considered bringing your budgie to a vet?

There's an article about hormonal male budgies on this forum (Hormonal male budgie?.)

"To help with the continual urge to "mate", ensure your budgie has access to lots of flight/climbing exercise.
Provide two or three swings to encourage him to keep moving and tire himself out.
Chew toys like Kabobs and other shredding toys are helpful and you should provide plenty of wood to chew--especially when he is in condition.
Reduce the number of hours of light he gets as well as the percent of protein and other foods used to bring birds into condition.
Limiting his daylight hours to no more than 8 hours per day should help bring him out of condition.

If the urges don’t dissipate, take the budgie to an Avian Vet for a check-up.
Sometimes, the vet will suggest a special diet or hormone injection to balance the natural hormones.
A busy bird is a happy bird, especially if you are part of the fun. "

You should also train him to step-up sometime.😆
Good luck, ma'am!
 

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I'm not an experienced budgie owner, but have you considered bringing your budgie to a vet?

There's an article about hormonal male budgies on this forum (Hormonal male budgie?.)

"To help with the continual urge to "mate", ensure your budgie has access to lots of flight/climbing exercise.
Provide two or three swings to encourage him to keep moving and tire himself out.
Chew toys like Kabobs and other shredding toys are helpful and you should provide plenty of wood to chew--especially when he is in condition.
Reduce the number of hours of light he gets as well as the percent of protein and other foods used to bring birds into condition.
Limiting his daylight hours to no more than 8 hours per day should help bring him out of condition.

If the urges don’t dissipate, take the budgie to an Avian Vet for a check-up.
Sometimes, the vet will suggest a special diet or hormone injection to balance the natural hormones.
A busy bird is a happy bird, especially if you are part of the fun. "

You should also train him to step-up sometime.😆
Good luck, ma'am!
Thanks for your esponse. I've done all the above with the exception of the vet. When I got my little friend I had never expected to have to seek veternary advice...I live in an area of southeastern Colorado where Avian vets do not exist and would have to drive to Denver or Springs. I don't drive nor can I afford the cost. So we will wait and see!
 

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To help with the continual urge to "mate", ensure your budgie has access to lots of flight/climbing exercise.
Provide two or three swings to encourage him to keep moving and tire himself out.
Chew toys like Kabobs and other shredding toys are helpful and you should provide plenty of wood to chew--especially when he is in condition.
Reduce the number of hours of light he gets to no more than 8 hours per day. Additionally, reduce the amount of protein in his diet.

If the urges don’t dissipate, take the budgie to an Avian Vet for a check-up.
Sometimes, the vet will suggest a special diet or hormone injection to balance the natural hormones.

A busy bird is a happy bird, especially if you are part of the fun.
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Hello and welcome to the "posting" side of the forums,

Anytime we choose to bring an animal into our homes we should expect to seek veterinary advice; even if our animals do not get sick it is important to at least establish veterinary contacts in case the need arise.

In this situation you have been given great advice above by FaeryBee and I agree totally. While there are a few things you can try to get his hormones out of control, if you don't notice a change then it may be a more serious hormonal imbalance that requires veterinary input.

Please be sure to read through the forums' many links and articles provided above as well to ensure you're up to date on everything! If you have any questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

Hope to hear updates on your boy soon!! :)
 

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