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Old 12-15-2008, 02:24 AM
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Peter, my new budgie, keeps getting in his food dish (head first) and kicks all his food out of the dish. The bottom of the cage is just covered in perfectly good food! This is obviously wasteful and I'm afraid of him kicking out all his food before I get a chance to realize he has nothing in there.
Have any of your budgies ever done this? Is he just being a typical young hyper bird and having some fun? It's certainly not fun for me (though it does look pretty funny, I admit). How could I get him to stop?

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Old 12-15-2008, 02:48 AM
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Mine have done it a couple of times (the females only). Not sure what they're trying to accomplish. But then they would go to the bottom of the cage to eat, so I can only imagine.
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What are you feeding? Is there enough food available? Perhaps, if you are feeding seed, there are too many hulls in the way?

Mine do this, too, they are on pellets, though and only do this when they have a seed treat. Then they sometimes goof around in the large dish.

I am sure it also could be related to some instinctual behavior, so I feel that there is nothing to do, but make sure there is the right amount of food available and let it go as far as feeling that they are behaving naughtily.

So, if you feed seed, check it morning and afternoon for hulls, carefully blow off the hulls (or take two small containers and pour the seeds from one to another and let the wind carry the hulls away).

If they are transitioning to pellets, they could be fussing around, so make sure they have enough food to eat and try putting the pellets on a mirror (a plastic one you can get at the Dollar Store is really safe) and as my vet explained and showed me, they will eat pellets off the mirror because they think "the other bird" is eating them. Mind games on budgies!


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Milly used to chuck her food everywhere aswell.. so what i done was put a small bowl on the cage floor and she she eats from there... put the bowl somewhere where it isnt undernether a perch so that no poo goes into the food.
Maybe you could try it?
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Mine have done it a couple of times (the females only). Not sure what they're trying to accomplish. But then they would go to the bottom of the cage to eat, so I can only imagine.
Females do that to make a nest when they are in breeding condition

Is it possible that Peter is actually Petricia? (i.e. a female )
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I would tend to agree with Budgietom, with the exception that my male cockatiel has expressed this behavior over the years as well. For awhile, he took a liking to this food bowl as a sleeping box, and wanted to get everything out to make room for himself. This was obvious since he only did the activity at night.

My suggestion would be to switch to a tower type feeder and position it with toys around it, perhaps high up and in a corner, where it can be accessed by a perch but it is difficult if not uncomfortably impossible for the bird to 'get inside' and scatter seed. In other words, arrange the environment to help modify the behavior.
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Peter, my new budgie, keeps getting in his food dish (head first) and kicks all his food out of the dish. The bottom of the cage is just covered in perfectly good food! This is obviously wasteful and I'm afraid of him kicking out all his food before I get a chance to realize he has nothing in there.
Have any of your budgies ever done this? Is he just being a typical young hyper bird and having some fun? It's certainly not fun for me (though it does look pretty funny, I admit). How could I get him to stop?
your bird is searching for something your not supplying, what seed are you feeding?

you cna aactually buy scatter free bowls, i'll get you a photo

http://www.24parrot.com/Scatterless-...Sizes-P37377a/
this si the kinda thing im talking about
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Well Budgies mainly do this because they are foragers by nature. All Peter is trying to do is find the type of seed he likes best. My Budgie Iris is the same way, she only likes canary seeds and she mainly chooses those over the millet seed and what not. I haven't found anything to deter the behavior so I can't possible give you a solution.
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I just give my budgie his seed in a very shallow container so there isn't as much to make a mess of. Although he still manages too .... he just does it by flapping his wings instead! Oh well as least I don't have to check for husks!
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In your picture you posted Peter looks very young, I think he is just trying to imitate the nest box.
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