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Old 10-28-2013, 02:36 PM
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I bought Bruno a three pack of toys earlier this week and one toy was a ladder with a mirror on it. I then read on a Cockatiel site that mirrors are bad for the bird and can make a bird more cage aggressive ect.

I don't know why but I thought that only applied to Cockatiels so I decided to put said toy in Skittles cage. Needless to say it didn't last 24 hours. Skittles would literally sit on the ladder with his cheek pressed against the glass chattering away. I get that he is a Lovebird missing his previous mate but it was beyond obsessed with the "birdy in the mirror" that he wasn't eating or drinking ect. So I of course removed the mirror.

Now I am wondering....Since Bruno is 13 weeks old, do you think I would have territorial/hormonal cage aggression issues that would make it harder to tame him? I had originally put the mirror/ladder in his cage and it completely ignored it (like all his other toys). So I took it out of his cage sanitized it completely and gave it to Skittles. The toy is now sitting on a shelf completely sanitized again. I am just unsure of what to do with it?

Since Bruno is so little interested in toys I would love to put it in cage and see if he at least likes climbing on it. But again I don't want to add it to the cage if it will cause problems.

I guess in the end it doesn't matter. I can get him a regular ladder at petco for 2.99. And I was already planning on getting him some natural perches.

I am just curious. What is everyone's experience with mirrors in their birds cage?
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:09 PM
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Depends on the bird. Some birds get obsessed with them and treat mirrors as if they're mates. Some don't. So far as I'm aware there's no way to tell if a bird will get obsessed with a mirror-friend unless you give them a mirror.

None of my birds have had any interest whatsoever in mirrors. JJ had a thing for singing to one mirror, but I realized it was because the mirror was curved and must have been echoing his songs back to him in an odd way. JJ sings to everything to see what it does to his voice.
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Chili looks at his mirror every now and then but he's more concerned with nibbling the little bell that's attached. I guess it depends on the bird.
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I find my flock loves mirrors and when there is more then 1 bird in the cage with the mirror they do fine with them it makes them sing more tho
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I never put a mirror in Skiddles cage only because she is already in love with herself and finds her reflection on the toaster, shiney spoon and the bathroom mirror - and sings to herself.

Can you imagine if I got her a mirror....she would never shut up! LOL!
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This is a situation that can only really be judged on a case by case basis. All 'tiels are different, so some will become overly obsessive about their mirrors, while others won't so much, and may only say hello to it once in a while. Some can even completely ignore them!
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give it a go and see what happens if he's hormonal and aggressive you can remove it. if not, then it'll be a fun toy!
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Does mirror obsession have anything to do with gender?
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^ i would take a wild guess and say boys would be more obsessed with a mirror. lolol.


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archie likes his mirror, and plays with the bell. it's just another toy to him. he'll sit there sometimes and sing to the pretty boy looking back at him, and chatter away. occassionally he'll get annoyed with it because it copies him he does this with other toys though, if they don't play back with him, he gets frustrated.
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Does mirror obsession have anything to do with gender?
Males are notorious for showing some self-lovin'. Whenever Coco sees himself in my bedroom mirror he can't get enough of his reflection (whereas before puberty he was terrified of it). I'd think it would be more of a concern for males, especially adult males... but it definitely goes either way. Females are vain, too.
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