My Budgies Were Never Exposed to Bird Toys by the Breeder, Now What?

Dear Catherine,

Omar and Milo are not playing with those wonderful toys.

I’m thinking that the breeder that turns the young budgies over to the animal shelter had probably never exposed them to toys before and they don’t know how to play.
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Getting My Budgie to Accept a New Grooming Perch
Getting My Budgie to Accept a New Grooming Perch

Getting My Budgie to Accept a New Grooming Perch

Leslie writes,

Thank you so much for sending the Beach Walk Pacific Perch so promptly!

My budgie Omar is staring at this “new thing in my cage” but I’m sure he will soon be getting much use from it. It will also help me cut back on nail grooming appointments at the vet.

 

Getting My Budgie to Accept a New Grooming Perch
Getting My Budgie to Accept a New Grooming Perch

 Dear Leslie

Great that you have it. Placement is important. It should not be used for sleeping at night.

It should be placed in front of the cage, mid-level or lower.

You can also put it by the food dishes. It will get used there a lot.

You want it to be where it will be used often and actively so by the food and water dishes or in the front while he dances on it waiting for you to open the door.

Catherine

I took your advice. I’ve placed the new Pedicure Perch below the door and between Omar’s feed cups.

He’s still glaring at it! By the way, there’s an absence of toys in the cage because my two weren’t interested in them at all and wouldn’t play with them.

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How I Fixed My Rescued Moluccan Cockatoo From Feather Plucking

When I took in a rescued Moluccan cockatoo he had 3 large sores and no feathers on his chest. 

We provided him with a 4’×4’×6′ aviary cage with bird lighting, an open window to allow filtered afternoon sun for him to sit in, toys in the 1/3 to 1/2 upper part of the cage, and lots of rope and solid perches. 

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Did I Rescue Two Budgies or Two Beavers?
Did I Rescue Two Budgies or Two Beavers?

Did I Rescue Two Budgies or Two Beavers?

Susan M. related,

Our two rescued parakeets, who were found outdoors separately and given to a bird rescue, are not hand tame.

They enjoy being out of their flight cage and investigating in the one room I keep closed for them.

Recently they have eaten molding, on the back of an old mirror, and the other day molding around the glass on my antique china closet.

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Sitting on My Hand My Parrotlet Will Give Me a Good Wallop
My Parrots are Eating House Plants How Dangerous Is This?

Sitting on My Hand My Parrotlet Will Give Me a Good Wallop

Peter M. wrote:

If she (a parrotlet) is sitting on my hand she will turn around and give me a good wallop. She attacks everyone in my family, biting their necks, and arms wherever she can.  It is getting out of control. 

I have a full spectrum light above her cage, and turned it off hoping it would help.   I have reduced her hours of daylight and she is now getting 12 hrs of sleep.

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