Is your budgie biting the cage?
Did you know it can actually be dangerous?
In this article you’re going to discover
- Why your budgie is biting the cage (Possible reasons)
- How to stop your budgie from biting the cage
So if you want this behavior to stop then you’re going to love this straight to the point no fluff article
Let’s get started
Why Does My Budgie Bite The Cage?
There could be many reasons why your budgie is biting the cage
One of the reasons could be your budgie is just bored
So out of boredom, they’re biting the cage
This is not good
First, it’s dangerous
Second your budgie is bored is not a good sign
Let’s start with why it’s dangerous
You see, the cage could be covered with paint
And paint most of the time has zinc in it
Zinc is very dangerous for budgies
In fact, it could kill your little birdie
So you need to stop this behavior
This leads me to the next point – boredom
If your budgie is bored, this can cause depression
And depression is not good for budgies
This could be the main reason why your budgie is biting the cage
So what should you do?
How can you stop this?
Let’s find out
Carry on reading..
How To Stop your Budgie Biting The Cage?
If your budgie is bored then you need to make sure they’re not
How do you do this?
Keep them entertained
Yes I know you can’t be there with them 24/7
But when you are at home, allow them to have out of cage time
Let your budgies fly about in the house (Make sure it’s safe to do so, have a read of my article Budgie flying around
This is a great way of making sure your budgies are having some fun and exercise at the same time
Flying has plenty of benefits
It’s also a great time to bond with your bird
Let your bird sit on your shoulder
Maybe you can do some clicker training or play some games during out of cage time
But what about when you are not there?
First you need a large bird cage (Check out my article Best bird cages for budgies)
A large bird cage will allow your budgies to fly about in their cage when you’re not there (don’t allow them out of the cage when you’re not present, it’s just not worth the risk)
Another benefit of a large cage is you can add a variety of toys for your budgies
This will keep your budgies entertained and distracted when you’re not about
If you only have one budgie then I would recommend getting your birdie a friend
That will make a huge difference!
Budgies are very sociable and love company
If your budgie has a friend, that would keep them both busy
I mean the more budgie the merrier
And yes, they all can stay in the same cage (check out my article 4 budgies in one cage)
The mission is to keep your budgie distracted enough so they stop chewing the cage bars
Maybe you can get some chew bars and cuttle bones for your budgies to chew on
What If Budgie Still Bites The Cage?
Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do your budgie will still chew on the cage bars
Maybe your budgie just seriously likes chewing on the bars
Have a closer look because sometimes birds will clean their beaks with the cage bars so that’s something to see
But if your budgie still bites the cage then the best thing you can do is make sure the bird cage is not painted and is safe for a bird to chew on
I would ask your vet to get some advice regarding this
Ideally cages should be made of stainless steel or power coated
This way at least you know it’s safe to chew on
The best thing you can do is buy chewy toys and use this as a distraction
Have a look at this toy which I think would be an awesome way to distract your budgie from biting the cage bars
It looks very interesting and eye catching
You can stick on the cage and let your budgie go wild with it!
It’s safe too so you got nothing to worry about
You can get it over on Amazon by clicking here
Is My Budgie Stressed?
Some budgies may think their budgies are stressed which makes them bite the cage bars
But usually it’s done out of boredom or it’s just something they enjoy doing
And boredom can mean stress too
That’s why it’s important to make sure your budgies are entertained
As budgie parents, it’s important to know and understand what the signs of stress are in budgies
So here’s what you need to look at
- Stress bars
- Feather picking or self mutilation
- Loss of appetite
- Change in vocalization
- Repetitive behavior
You can find out more about all these points by visiting theprucepets
Here’s some other articles I have written that you will find interesting and helpful so do have a read
Budgies biting the cage bars can mean they are bored
It could also be your budgie just likes doing this
The best thing to do is try and distract your budgie
You can do this by buying chewy toys for your bird to chew on
If your budgie is bored it may be a good idea to get your bird a friend
Do make sure to spend quality time with your budgie everyday
Try to set out a routine everyday
That would certainly help!