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Old 03-16-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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Chewing cage liner and droppings

My little girl Sadie (10 months) who loves to chew, both inside and outside of her cage, has taken to chewing the paper towels on her cage bottom in the area where most of her droppings are. She plays on the floor of the cage under the paper towels and eats some of the food she has dropped during the day. I change her cage every other day. I tried putting the grate back over the top of the liner and she seems to be very frustrated at not being able to get onto the floor. Any suggestions, natural or not.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:37 PM   #2
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I would say you need to change the paper towels 2 times a day. Birds poop on the average of every 15 min.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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I would just keep the grate on. She will get over it. It's just cleaner and healthier. Either that or take Evelyn's suggestion and change out the paper twice a day.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:01 AM   #4
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My parrotlet has also been chewing on and eating the litter I have at the bottom of his cage. It's just a bird cage litter from petsmart, but it's probably not good for him. Should I use something else?
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:55 PM   #5
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Yeah, change out the liner more regularly, keep the grate on, and get more interesting/chewable/mind stimulating toys in her cage! They only chew on stuff because they're bored. Also I hear it's not very healthy to let them eat the food they've dropped on the bottom of the cage because it would be in close contact with their feces.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:20 PM   #6
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Not sure whether my last post got posted...don't see it. Anyway, my 6 month old little guy Simon is eating his feces...not sure what to do...have had many birds, and never had one do this...thought it was just a "dog thing." Grate in bottom of cage prevents him from getting anything down there (clean cage every day). Has playground, which he LOVES, but when he goes up there, in his mouth it goes! He has plenty of toys and chewy things, and gets plenty of attention from me...his cage is next to my computer, and he sits on my shoulder for long periods of time...and if he goes there, into his mouth it goes! I try to keep on top of it on me and in his playground, but occasionally one slips by me. Any suggestions or ideas? Could this be a diet deficiency of some kind? Thanks!
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:55 PM   #7
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My parrotlet has also been chewing on and eating the litter I have at the bottom of his cage. It's just a bird cage litter from petsmart, but it's probably not good for him. Should I use something else?
Yes you can use paper towel or newspaper (no shiny ad paper) and keep the grate on the bottom of the cage. It is not good for them to eat any food or feces on the bottom of the cage.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:21 PM   #8
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I use Kaytee Clean and Cozy in mine and it works very well and is easy to spot clean ... BUT ... I use the grate in all but one cage (it has no grate, I really need to make one) to keep them out of their droppings.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:51 PM   #9
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I've never used the grate with any of my birds, but now I do. I can see it is cleaner for my parrotlet. I have a canary in a cage that I clean daily because I do not use a grate in his cage.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:44 AM   #10
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My Simon does'nt seem to eat feces but he goes under his food dish and eats the paper and makes little spitballs which he then drops through the grate.......
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