- Jan 24, 2023
- Budgies. Lotsa Budgies.
I have a very different problem with my budgie, Rocky, who I hand raised from an egg last year. She likes us TOO MUCH and I can't get her to leave us alone! I like to have her out of her cage when we're home to supervise her, but she makes relaxing at home very difficult. When I open her cage door she climbs out and flies to us almost immediately wanting to play. She wants to be involved in everything I do- meal prep, cooking (I'm very careful), eating, dishes, cleaning (her messes, mostly), folding laundry, using our smart phones- I mean everything. It's so nice that she likes us so much, but she can be very annoying. Picture a housefly that you swat (I don't swat her), and then just lands on a different body part over and over and over. I love Rocky to bits, but I wish she would sit on her playground, play with her toys (she loves toys) and chill out. She gets so over the top excited to play that she often attacks the exposed skin on our hands, arms, neck, and faces. She doesn't break the skin, but it hurts, and I can't get her to understand that. We wear long sleeves hoodies when she's out to avoid bites. She has a budgie buddy, Beau (very tame male) who lives in the adjacent cage. I won't house them together because I don't want eggs or baby birds. I let them out together to play, and it helps to distract her, but then have TWO budgies that won't leave us alone! Getting her to get back in her cage is difficult- she rarely goes back in on her own. Once she's in her cage (32x16x22h) she seems content and plays with her toys.i Would say that what the other's said above is right. Taming birds takes a lot of patience and time, he/she won't just get convinced that he/she must trust you. You must do lots of research before owning a bird, or any pet. Taming may be frustrating, but in the end, the result is usually amazing and worth the struggles. My Pet parakeets Took atleast 2 months to completely trust me that they both can fly towards me as they please. But they don't trust me completely. Being skittish and scared is a budgerigar's nature. they fly speedily for a reason. I would highly recommend either returning it to petco or be patient and tame it. And if you're keeping it, please do research.
So, I'm soliciting advice on what I can do to try to modify Rocky's behavior without upsetting her. She isn't afraid of anything but has very strong opinions. I want my baby to be happy, but I want to enjoy my time at home without one or two budgies crawling all over me. I know this is an unusual problem to have with a budgie and maybe I created a monster. HELP me before she drives me and my husband crazy. Thanks everyone for any input.