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Old 06-05-2017, 01:39 PM   #1
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Hello all! this is my first post and I have a 5 year old blue boy named Galileo. In November we lost his cage partner, Rio (age 4), suddenly. Since then he has not played with his toys at all. He was bonded to Rio and I had moved him into a smaller cage to bond with me. However, although he has done this time to time in the past, he sometimes "chews" on the bars of the cage (similar sound to a guinea pig who chews on their bars). Last night when I went to bed he did it for every 5 minutes or so. Does anyone else's parrotlet do the same?
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Levi did it a lot when he was a baby, not so much anymore. One day I was working from home and he really really just wanted to be with me, so he was chewing the bars of his cage and calling for me. Eventually I had to take my laptop into the bedroom and close the door so he wouldn't know I was home.

I think it may be caused by stress, or boredom? Is it possible to move him back to his other cage? He may find that cage for comfortable, because it sounds like his life has been turned upside down. Sorry to hear about Rio
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Levi did it a lot when he was a baby, not so much anymore. One day I was working from home and he really really just wanted to be with me, so he was chewing the bars of his cage and calling for me. Eventually I had to take my laptop into the bedroom and close the door so he wouldn't know I was home.

I think it may be caused by stress, or boredom? Is it possible to move him back to his other cage? He may find that cage for comfortable, because it sounds like his life has been turned upside down. Sorry to hear about Rio
I like Christine's advice.
I have a Parrotlet that does this when she wants to come out very badly.
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I returned him to his old cage he had shared with Rio. Today will be day two. I can try and keep him out later than usual at night before bed.
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I'm sure with your boy this is an issue of grief, but also I'm inclined to share that I've seen numerous parrots chew on bars, bang on bars, and so on over the years in when wanting the attention of their person, but also in playful moods. My roommate has a cockatoo that will methodically 'beak bang' on the bars of her cage if he is away and she's missing him, or if he is home, she thinks she ought to be out but thinks she's is being ignored...vocal sounds also are included in her routine. It seems bar chewing and such can happen for several reasons...missing someone is among those reasons, and seeking attention is among those reasons.

Sorry to hear about the loss of Rio; I hope everyone heals from this loss!
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