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What are your favorite ways (or your budgie's favorite) to entertain you budgie?

casehulf

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Hi all,
My budgie, Lemon, is super active and I am trying to figure out new ways to entertain her. She gets free reign of the house when I am home, which is most of the day. She is fully flighted (I firmly believe that she is a bird and is meant to fly. It would be like not allowing a person to walk or a fish to swim. Of course I am very careful, but that is what comes with owning a bird). She has lots of toys in her cage, I always keep her cage stocked with balsa wood to shred, she even has a second cage in the other room by a window that has even more toys, and then she likes to nap in a certain cubby hole in my entertainment center (no wires or anything for her to get in trouble with), and she hangs out with my family and I a lot. She is commonly looking for other things to get into an play with and getting into trouble (as a bird does). I am always trying to some up with new things to entertain her with, but she is really picky with what she likes (again, as a bird does).

She is both very adventurous and a scaredy cat. She frequently likes to try to land and cling to what ever she can (light switches, picture frames, the key hook, air vents, cabinets, ect.). I try introduce her to new toys to entertain her with, but she is such a scaredy cat with them! Like, I'm trying to get her to play with some small foot toys I got from mysafebirdstore.com such as a tiny wood circle with seeds in it and she is terrified of it! It has seeds it! It though she would love it! She just refuses to like anything new I am introducing. I even will sit there are play with it myself (that is the best way I have found to get her interested in things! Anything that is mine, or that I am eating, she automatically wants. It is a great way to introduce new veggies and stuff!).

I am just running out of ideas on how to entertain her. I don't want her getting bored, but I am just running out of ideas. So, what is some of your bird's favorite past times and enrichment? How do you entertain you birds during the day?
 

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Mine like shredding things, especially paper, vine balls or loofah. & they're obsessed with bells. Does yours have a bell?
 

casehulf

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Mine like shredding things, especially paper, vine balls or loofah. & they're obsessed with bells. Does yours have a bell?
She has a couple bell things. Her favorite is this disco ball with a bell and this bell with eating utensils attached. She has gotten bored of them a bit lately, so I think I need to switch them out for a bit with something else just for a bit.

She does like shredding a lot too. I found an amazing supplier of bulk balsa wood (supplier here), so I have tons of it that I have drilled holes through, and I bought stainless steel bolts, wing nuts, and washers to screw it to the sides of her cage (she has one on the inside and one on top). She has gotten a little bored with them recently though, so I am thinking about dying them various colors to make them more fun (with bird safe dye of course). I also give her tissues or paper to shred if she is sitting with me. I have tried the shredding woven ribbon stuff and she was not a fan at all. I have not tried loofa. That could be interesting (if I could get her not to be scared of it!).

Maybe I'll try to make some more shredding toys up! I have a bunch of hoarded toy materials that I need to play around with.
 

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Im in Australia so I give mine native things like bottlebrushes; they can pick the little nuts off them and chew on the leaves, they also love banksias which are a great perch. Mine will spend hours individually picking the flower bits off! This one is one of their favourite kind of banksias, mine aren't big shredders but they will shred a bird kabob to pieces.
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My budgie likes it when I toss paper shreds onto him, and he loves to play tug-of-war with just about anything (ropes, q-tips, even tissues). He likes those “cat apps” on my tablet, too, where a little dot just moves all around the screen, he’ll chase the dot forever :roflmao:
He also adores it when I whistle songs for him. He’ll stop whatever he’s doing, ask to perch on my hand then want to be right up next to my face while I whistle, it’s just the cutest thing.
 

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My budgies love their seagrass mat. Especially to swing on it.
 

casehulf

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Im in Australia so I give mine native things like bottlebrushes; they can pick the little nuts off them and chew on the leaves, they also love banksias which are a great perch. Mine will spend hours individually picking the flower bits off! This one is one of their favourite kind of banksias, mine aren't big shredders but they will shred a bird kabob to pieces.
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I am in the US, but I'll keep an eye out for it when I'm buying stuff from the online bird stores! Thank you!
 

casehulf

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My budgie likes it when I toss paper shreds onto him, and he loves to play tug-of-war with just about anything (ropes, q-tips, even tissues). He likes those “cat apps” on my tablet, too, where a little dot just moves all around the screen, he’ll chase the dot forever :roflmao:
He also adores it when I whistle songs for him. He’ll stop whatever he’s doing, ask to perch on my hand then want to be right up next to my face while I whistle, it’s just the cutest thing.
My lady LOVES my phone or the remote to my apple TV (which her little tongue or feet with flip the channels!).

She also loves when I sing, but I don't do it as much as I should. I just don't think about it.

And she loves to sit on my chest and put her beak right up to my mouth when I am singing or even just talking. We call it bird phone!
 

casehulf

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My budgies love their seagrass mat. Especially to swing on it.
I do have a seagrass swing, but she is too scared of swings and won't use them. Perhaps I will try to just leave it somewhere on a table and see if she will play with it just sitting flat. Thank you!
 
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