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Old 05-20-2011, 04:56 PM
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Hey all,

I'll try to give you some details about Pablo, my budgie, so perhaps someone could offer some advice regarding my situation.

He's about 9 months old now, and I've been through quite a bit of little phases with him, teaching him to step up, offering different veggies, getting him accustomed to vitamins, etc., so he's on the road to being a healthy tamed budgie!

He loves to cuddle and get his neck and jawline scratched, and he can say a few phrases now too since I've spent so much time with him, I'm proud (he pretty much learned on his own!).

I became very happy when he started coming out of his cage and exploring the room. I let him fly wherever he wants, which is usually on top of me to play. At night time he has to go back to his cage and is covered until the next morning.

And now my problem-

Recently, Pablo has developed an affliction for my television. He stands on the top of it and defends it in a very territorial fashion. He ignores my calls to fly to me, and he will not step up, or allow me to take him back to his cage. Instead he becomes violent and attacks me, biting, gripping, and chewing for as long as he possibly can.

I try not to react to the biting other than offering a firm "no" or "ah, ah", and I carry him back to the cage while he's gripping me and close the door, keeping him in "time out" for a little while. Now he screeches and yells at me, and if I give him another chance and open his cage, he flies directly to the top of the TV and we're back to square one.

I'm out of ideas, and I don't want this to continue, but I'm really at a loss for a method that will function. Can anyone please offer some advice?

Thank you so much

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Old 05-20-2011, 09:30 PM
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Hi Steve,

I am not an expert and hopefully someone will come along with better ideas then I have, but maybe if you put a towel over the TV while it is not in use so that he can't see it will distract him from it. Or maybe if he also does this while you are watching it maybe you could put something on top of it to distract him from landing on it. My only thoughts are to distract him from landing.

Hopefully someone will have better ideas for you though!

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Well this is a new one. Try and figure out why he is liking it so much on the TV. Can he see his reflection? Is it the heat of the TV when it is on. Or Maybe it is the height of the TV. Are there objects on the TV that he likes to play with. Now if it is his reflection and he doesn't have a mirror in his cage, get him one. If it is the heat of the TV, try and cover the top of the TV so he can't feel the heat on his feet. If it is higher then his cage, try putting his cage higher. If there are objects on the TV that he plays with, put them away. I can't think of any thing else that Pablo would find interesting about the TV. But you never can tell. I wish you luck.
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I was going to suggest the same thing as Lisa P. Mine started going on the TV at one point and I just put a small piece of cloth up there. I left it there for about a week. They never went back to the TV again. Worth a try.
They don't respond to shouts, finger pointing or time outs. You don't want to ruin the training and bonding that you already have. They want to do their own thing and that's that. It's a new behavior and now you have to try to figure out the underlying reason for it. Frankly I'm stumped.
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Hi
I would agree with the others but say a few more things:
Try keeping a dowel perch nearby, so when you want him to get off the tv (if the other tips dont work) in the very least, it will save your fingers!!
I would also use a sheet rather than a towel, the material that towels are made of seem to catch in birds claws easily
Maybe try putting loose pieces of paper on the top of the tv, when Pablo flies over to it, the paper will flutter about and this might put him off
As a last comment, I wouldn't give an only bird a mirror, as they often develop unhealthy attachments to mirrors because they can see another bird in there
Let us know how you go, if you succeed, and what method you used
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Thanks so much for the advice everyone

It's fascinating how quickly a bird can change with just a small tweak to their environment!

My TV is a flatscreen, it doesn't give off much heat, but we've been having nice weather lately which made it easy for Pablo to see his reflection! I used a thin sheet to cover the top with, and he won't even fly over to it now! I guess he doesn't want to risk landing on something he's not familiar with

I just want to point out that although he's not fully tamed yet, he's pretty close, and its crazy how such a kind, cuddly bird can exhibit such aggressive traits when something like this happens. It's funny because now that he can't see the TV, he'd rather hang out in his cage or on my shoulder or desk area (where he wanders and plays instead of being aggressive), which is totally fine by me

I have a mirror for him but it is put away because he is an only budgie (I spend alot of time at home with him to keep him from being lonely). And lastly, thanks for the dowel perch idea! That may save me a few knicks and scratches in the future

This was a relieving success, and I hope that if anyone else has a similar problem this will help! Thanks again
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I have had only one budgie at a time. They all had mirrors, it gives them so much fun. They were all bonded to me and they all talked. How well a budgie bonds to you is more about the time you are willing to put into taming and training. Not whether he/she has a mirror in their cage.
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