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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-28-2019, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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My bird masturbates 24/7 on everything. I've read many articles and posts and stuff about it but they're all not exactly like my birds case. I know it's normal and natural but we use to play and she had such a fun quirky personality now she's sex-obsessed.
She doesn't do it in her cage but as soon as she comes out she goes straight to anything she can do it to. I could just keep her in her cage but she's a free birdie, I'm not going to lock her up in a place where she can't spread her wings. It's not like it's just one thing, she does it to literally everything. She only just recently turned 1, she's so young! She's been doing it now for a year since she was 5 months old! Is this normal?
I'm not trying to stop it but I want my birdie back. I need a clear answer on how to discourage this behaviour. Please help me. I miss my baby.
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Ah the horrible hormonal birb days .... I know it well. I too have a budgie who is a humpy bumpy miserable moody girl these days and all I can advise you with is sleep. Put your bird to bed and allow it to sleep at 8 pm each night and let her sleep 12 hours under a cover.

The less day light she sees will help her move out of her hormonal stage and settle down with her needs. Of course lovies are a little more intense in their display about sex and will get a groove on even when they aren't in breeding condition. When play or touching her do not stroke or touch her back or tail feathers. Just scritch her face and the top of her head, the less physical stimulation and more sleep to avoid the light of summer can help your bird be not so ... ahem. Needy and naughty!
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Hi Tiki. Im new here but I read your post and thought I should add what I know. I have had lovebirds for many years and still have. At the moment I have a very elderly adorable couple and rather more highly sexed younger couple left. None of them over the years have ever masturbated except this younger couple I still have. They masturbate on everything including each other, newspaper anything, they are particularly fond of sprays of millet and dry corn cobs, anything fluffy and cosy.

Lovebirds and many other species of parrot and bird form long lasting or permanent relationships with the same sex despite any of our learned human opinions on the matter. These two are both male having chosen each other in a love bird avery of mixed sexed juveniles. They set up home in a nest box and have been together ever since. This might be the reason they are so fond of masterbation as they cannot copulate any other way. In the case of a single bird it's probably for the same reason. All the other actual breeding couples I've had over the years never displayed this behaviour.

It doesn't worry me at all and is perfectly normal for birds to express their sexual drives, as a breeding couple or as an individual. It's quite alarming at first because it looks a bit odd. However as long as they're having fun and releasing their natural urges leave them to it. Trying to stop them is unfair and not possible without dedicated clicker training or something like that. Lovebirds are also quite tricky to train this way as treats they will readily and continually accept in training as rewards are rather limited as is their concentration on training. End of the day their natural sex drive will probably win over anyway.

Hope it doesn't cause you too much concern, these are quite natural behaviours. She is definitely still your little baby even though all grown up. Don't we all eventually.
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