This isn't my first go round with school, I just need a few weeks to figure out how best to work with the teachers teaching style and what to prioritize school wise. Its all good.
Max has proven to be a bit difficult when it comes to snapping pictures of him. Star doesn't like the camera much ether but she will at least let me get pictures of her. Kiger doesn't care. Poor Ziggy is mid molt and it shows.
A question. Part of the issue is Star's personality is not compatible with anyone. She tolerates Max but that appeared to be more because Max didn't back down from a bicker match with her. Ziggy is aggressive to her and she is aggressive toward Kiger. Another part of the issue is Kiger wanting to mate with everyone (except Max). This all leads me wary to put Kiger with a new female let alone with Star. My question then is do I dare consider getting a female, knowing Kiger is overly affectionate on his good days, and rather forward on his not so good days? That is under the idea that I find one with a personality that matches up with his er friendly nature. Another question in the back of my mind is; is this Kiger being hormonal or is this something else? He was a petsmart bird and I wonder if its a behavior thing that stemmed from wherever he came from.
Just me thinking aloud. I am still leaning toward a male because at least with a male there isn't the risk of babies in the less then ideal scenario.
Personally, I'd recommend you go for a male rather than a female. Getting a male will eliminate at least one variable you will need to be concerned about when the time comes.
Kiger may be overly hormonal due to an imbalance but that would need to be diagnosed by an Avian Vet.
I may have given you the following information in the past, if so- just disregard it this time around.
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.
A busy bird is a happy bird, especially if you are part of the fun.
Reduce the number of hours of light he gets (preferably to know more than 8 hours of daylight) as well as the percent of protein and other foods used to bring birds into condition.
If the urges donít 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.
I think I have an idea... I do my weekly deep clean of cages and rearranging today. While Star is doing great in the spair room I need to play musical cages. I have easier control over lighting in that room. He never really took to swings but its been awhile since I set him up with one.
Another thing I hope to accomplish is encouraging him to play with toys rather then watch the other boys and sing in their general dirrection... that might not work out but its woth a shot since right now he is ignoring his toys to instead talk at ziggy.
I will have to talk with my bird boarding peeps as well...granted if he hasnt calmed down by then I will also be on the phone with my vet.
So protien... that means no eggs no quinoa... but pellets even? I have some roudybush maitnace. Where harrison adult lifetime is something like 14% crude protien the roudybush is 11%. Is that enough to make a difference when I'm trying to cut back on protien? Im holding back on his veggie mix for now because im under thr impression that wet mushy foods is another trigger for them. I might make some sprouts but I am wary to do much until I am more confident about what might be triggering him. I might call my vet later to get an idea of what diet she suggests...
Well...this was an interesting morning so far. I called my Vet for some advice as well with Kiger, found out the one I trusted no longer works there . I don't mind the other two, its just the one was the one that diagnosed Kiger with AGY so I kept going to her. That is life. Like I said I don't have anything outright against the other two but I haven't gone to them enough to be AS comfortable with the idea of going to them and trusting that they will be able to help me. I am going to give them a chance but yeah not going to lie...kinda bummed the one I like is gone.
Anyway I did try something this weekend. Now I separated Star from Max because Max was starting to make attempts at breeding with her. While she was on her own she went between keeping to herself and kinda being a budgie. I want to think she was ok with being separate but I will fully admit I think I was wrong. While I had her in the spare room she did do better, being active, and chatty with the radio. With Kiger taking another vacation to the spare room I made the call to try and put her with Ziggy and Max. The logic was Ziggy and Max are close, not hormonal terrors and Star is otherwise indifferent to them. Star does appear to do well with Ziggy and Max. They mostly ignore her and she is more comfortable with them and is more inclined to play with toys. There are the bicker matches but no funny business and no other red flags. I am keeping a VERY close eye on them but this MIGHT work out. It also might not. I am prepared to go back to how things were if this does not work out. My adventures in flock dynamics continues. My intention is for everybudgie to be happy with their living arrangements. So far things appear to be ok. We will see how this plays out. Fingers crossed!
Who remembers clicker training? Max, Star and Ziggy do!
It feels like forever since I clicker trained with them last! Understandably some things were forgotten. I need to start over with teaching Max 'upside down'. But Ziggy was really good about targeting and even Star targeted a little. My main thing with Star was getting her comfortable with the clicker being around her. She was better about it last night so we will see how things are going forward.
Kiger is of course excluded from this obviously. Little dude was put to bed at around 2 yesterday. Hopefully he will get off of this hormonal episode and all will be well once more.