Should I encourage my budgie to masturbate?
I don't think that my budgie has been feeling happy for the last 8 years. I got him as a baby, played with him a little bit. However, now that I look back, I think that my attempts to play with him actually scared him. Then, I forgot about him. However, we got him this toy mirror. At first he was right up on the ladder and warbled to the mirror. Now, he just stares at it. He spends all day staring at the mirror, and sometimes going up on the ladder and pecking the mirror aggressively.
He barely chirps, but he doesn't pull his feathers. I sometimes see his head lean against a toy we put on his perch, and I assume that this is an indication of boredom.
I have tried to keep him occupied; I bought him a spiral toy that has stuff and keys on it, and I clip a piece of paper against his cage (he bites portions of the paper off). I have also attached a white string to the bar of the outside of the cage, since I heard that budgies like chewing. He plays with the paper sometimes, but not anything else.
I have also tried taming him. Whenever I talk to him, he comes near. Sometimes, I feed him food. Whenever he is out of the cage though, he only accepts food from me and only bites a piece of paper that is not short (meaning that he only bites a piece of paper that provides distance between my hand and him). I
also put him in the same room as me (I put him and his cage on the ground, but I believe that the rewards outweigh the cons of putting him on the ground)
I let him out sometimes, but he isn't interested in coming out. He stays in his cage.
I know that I need to take the taming slowly, especially knowing the fact that he's an adult and I screwed up the opportunity to actually make life fun for him as a baby. However, since I have to go to school for 6 hours a day, and he doesn't play with his toys, I can't wonder how he can't be bored. In fact, (as mentioned before) he leans his head against his toy.
I already know that buying another budgie is the best option, but I can't. The reason is because I would have to get a bigger cage (if I had a second budgie), and there would be transportation problems when I go on vacation (the cage would be too big to fit in the car, along with our luggage).
Recently, I have seen youtube videos of budgies masturbating. So I wonder this: Do budgies enjoy masturbation? If so, should I introduce my bird to masturbation? I have never seen him show anything sexual, and maybe he needs a sex life (its a natural part of animals). Maybe that will make my bird happy. It's entertaining, and it could be the solution to help my bird.
Also, if you have any other ideas to keep my budgie occupied, please post them!