My budgie Reggie is probably the worst behaved budgie on this entire planet and I don't know what to dooo!!! HELP ME!!
Soo, I'll start from the beginning... (sorry for the long story but I figure you guys will want the details)
I got my budgie back in 2012 around Christmas time.. I THINK, not 100% on that, I'm terrible with timelines. So I've had her a few years..
I'm almost positive she's a 3 year old female, as she has a brown cere, sometimes goes darker but always brown. Looks almost exactly like this little pixelated budgie here
She started off extremely sweet, I bought her from a home that hand raises budgies so she already knew how to perch on my hand and she learned a ton of words including her name "Reggie", "What are you doing?", and a ton of other hilarious noises and words. A real joy of a budgie..
Buuut, I think thats when things started to go south like I perhaps spoiled her because she was always out of the cage at the time, only going back in at night. I only had that budgie and my small dog who pretends like the bird doesn't exist.
I also want to point out that I'm a bit of an agoraphobic so I dont leave the house often, resulting in the budgie probably getting more attached.
So, that's how the first year of her life went.. Unfortunately I had to move after that and took her with me to move back in with my mom. The travel there was fine, she sat on my lap in a small travel cage and we settled in nicely.
After that's when the screeching started...
Worst. Sound. Ever. Constant screeching that just would not stop. I think that was because she wasn't allowed out as much as she wanted, due to living in another home that just wasn't equip for the bird to be out 24/7 as it could be dangerous due to ceiling fans in the heat, etc. So when she'd freak we'd just cover her up for a bit then uncover her which was annoying but it worked for the time being. I still got her out though every day for about a couple hours or something. I know she is attached to me and I'm part of her flock but there was nothing I could do really, other than hope she adjusts to the changes.
...and that's when the biting started.
When I'd give her time out of the cage, she started getting obsessive compulsive about peoples mouths, and would just go nuts and extremely hyperactive, trying to get at anyones face and mouth. And she would end up biting mine or my mom's lip extremely hard, almost drawing blood. She even would bite you on the nose, or the nostril.
And if you tried to move her away from your face she would bite your fingers and hands. Super painful and annoying! So I would have to put her back in the cage without her getting her full amount of time out of the cage, making me feel guilty but my hands were tied basically.
Then I made the dumb decision of getting a cat, and that didn't go well either, the screeching increased and then I ended up moving again in with my boyfriend after another year as well. (I move a lot apparently, lol)
Since I wasn't able to give my budgie as much attention and the screeching was as bad as ever, especially if I had the cage in the same room and the budgie could see me, I decided to get her a friend, thinking that if she's lonely then another budgie will help.
She completely does not like the new budgie but doesn't hurt it or anything. Just keeps her distance and doesn't let the little one touch her. Anyways, she completely ignored it and was still attached to me. Just would not stop jumping onto the side of the cage and churp excessively whenever it saw me and payed the new one no mind, which was extremely frustrating.
And the worst part was, I couldn't let her out without biting me!!
As far as things with the cat went, I had to yell at the cat to leave the birds alone a lot and eventually had to find a new home for the cat due to it attacking the cage and my dog. Which might have made her more edgy and angry with me, or caused her to start obsessively hating me, maybe?
About a year later, things with my boyfriend went south, yes, I moved again after a year and here we are now at my current apartment. I've been here about a month now, and it's a bachelor apartment so I have to keep them in the same room as me, facing me. When in the last place I kept them in the other room because it seemed like the TV was causing a lot of the screechie behavior, or just her seeing me in general and wanting attention that I can't give her because she bites the heck out of me if I let her out.
At this point, I can't even let her out anymore without her biting me instantly within a few minutes. And I mean like attacking me. She flies right at my head and bites my hand if I try to move her away. Like she's a little plane going in for an attack. Or an angry hornet or mosquito or something. Just an absolute terror and I have tried every thing you can find online to stop this behavior, and have tried using like a can with change in it to make loud noise to stop it from screeching. The covering of the cage no longer works, she just screeches even when covered unless its night time and the sun has gone down.
In the mornings she screeches like a banshee until you uncover her, and she wakes up at the tiniest noise and starts it at like 8 in the morning.
I swear... All I do is exhale and she hears it and starts with the screeching.
I honestly feel like I'm trapped and walking on eggshells because of this bird. I don't get out much due to my condition and it's driving me crazy. I feel like I am being held hostage by this bird. Soo, during a quiet moment or like 2 minutes in between the screeching, I uncover the cage and do the routine of cleaning and filling their dishes and giving them their food and bird gravel and such. And they're quiet for a while until...
Reggie gets bored.
She'll jump onto the side of the cage looking at me and screeching, hyperactively hanging upside down, running up and down the sides of the cage, like she's taunting me or something. She'll screech then stop and look at me waiting for a reaction. Then go into full blown freakouts... All while I'm trying to ignore the squawking because I read that giving the squawking attention makes them do it worse.And let me add, I do not ever condone the behavior or give it attention when it does that, nor have I ever from the beginning so I don't know how it got like that. I even tried taking her out of the cage and putting her into another cage in another room, then bring her back in when she's calm and if she freaks again I put her in the other cage.. That eventually became a game to her as well. She just feeds off the bad behavior and seems to love it. Whenever I leave the room or go to wash dishes in the kitchen she screeches like a banshee as well. If I go to the bathroom she is plastered to the side of the cage upside down and churping like a madwoman. Every. Darn. Time.
Another weird thing she does is pick up the bird gravel from the dish and throw it onto the floor of the cage maniacally and frantically until all the bird gravel is gone from the dish, then once the bird gravel is gone she'll peck at the bottom of the dish for a while too...
I'd take her with me to the other room but again, can't let her out because she bites me or my hands if I'm doing anything with my hands.
She just seems overly hyperactive, needy, bratty, angry... I just don't know what to do anymore and I feel like crying when I think about it. Like I know she needs and wants attention that I can't give her because she hurts me... It's utterly frustrating.
I know things have changed since she was a baby and I have moved a lot but the other budgie is fine and doesn't have these problems. Could it be the hand raising that makes it so needy? I got her friend from the pet store and I've had no problems with her.
At this point the only thing that works is a squirt bottle with water in it. I know they bathe in water and there's nothing harmful in it, it just shocks her for a moment and she's good for a while until she forgets or gets bored again and I have to squirt her. I hate having to do this and I'm sure I'm going to get lectured because of it but honestly at this point I am at wits end. It's the only thing that works. Another thing I forgot to add, she screeches extra hard if I have company over, and we're talking. Or if I'm on the phone talking. She hates when I talk and screeches over me to the point where I lose my patience. Anyone that comes over is like holy crap how do you deal with that..
I don't know!! I hate it!! I can't stand it anymore. She has the worst behavioral problem I've ever seen and I've never read about any this bad before either.
So, as it stands, the squirt bottle is the only thing that works, and even then I'm worried she's becoming impervious to that as well, and like it's becoming a game to her when she's bored. I have a ton of toys in her cage, and she's got a friend, and she's not locked alone in a room anywhere or anything. Perfectly socialized. Only problem is I just can't let her out anymore due to attacking me and my guests, terrorizing everything non stop.
Can't leave her, can't let her out, can't stand the screeching.
She's got everything she needs in her cage, I think. Like maybe there are some changes I should make to her diet? She's also a seed-junkie that I've been trying to get to eat other things but only really likes hard boiled eggs so far(still in the process of finding other things, can't get her to eat pellets either, but I'm still trying!) Won't eat any fruit or veggies. I guess what I'm looking to get out of this post is to get some tips on how to reduce this behavior, or any thing I could give her or ways to play with her without getting bit... Any suggestions really!!
HELP! Is there even anything I can do?? I feel like I've tried everything at this point and she just wants attention that I can't even give her because she bites me! We're caught in a endless and vicious cycle...
I don't want to be held hostage by such a tiny creature anymore!