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Old 05-04-2016, 03:23 PM
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Question Echo's behaviour has changed

A couple of weeks ago my sister moved her gerbils onto a table next to Echo's cage. Echo showed immediate interest and started landing on the cage, trying to get at the sawdust and started shouting at the gerbils. Quickly his interest faded so a saw no problem. Then one of the gerbils died and everything changed.

He now bites at bars near the gerbil cage, makes gerbil like sounds, wants to come out more often(then refuses to leave the top of the gerbil cage), flies to the bars (near the gerbil cage) every-time the gerbils in it's tube or at it's own bars and it's driving me crazy. I don't mind the noise but I'm scared that he's going to hurt himself, or while sitting on the gerbil cage the gerbil decides to bite him. I try to keep him off the gerbil cage and I've given him more chew toys and treat sticks to chew, that he is using but it hasn't stopped the bar biting.

I just want to know if this is normal, and whether bar chewing can cause any problems.

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Old 05-04-2016, 04:05 PM
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I would advice you to move the gerbils and the budgie cages in to different rooms.
With your birds behaviour, I can see it being a matter of time before one of them gets bitten.
Your sister should move the gerbils back to wherever they used to be.
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I would advice you to move the gerbils and the budgie cages in to different rooms.
With your birds behaviour, I can see it being a matter of time before one of them gets bitten.
Your sister should move the gerbils back to wherever they used to be.
I've already tried that, she refused because of the mess it makes. I would move the cage myself but I would have no-where to put it and get shouted at. Thanks anyway

Edit: I'll try again.

Edit 2: No, gerbil cage isn't moving. Even my mum is against the idea of moving the gerbil cage and it's unfair for Echo if I move his cage away from the window.

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Old 05-04-2016, 04:56 PM
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I'm sorry for your current predicament. For your Echo's mental and physical health it would really be best to have him in a separate room away from the gerbil. Even if the cages were to be at opposite ends in the same room, your Echo's eagerness in wanting to check the gerbil and the cage would still be there and the risk for him to be bitten will also be real.
Given Echo's agitated state, this is the long run can be detrimental to his health as well.
Can you possibly move Echo's cage to your bedroom and make your room budgie friendly so that Echo can have out of cage time there?

In order to prevent him from obsessively chewing the cage's bars, you can place a couple of wooden chew toys on the area he likes to chew at.

I hope you will find a solution that works well for both Echo and the gerbil.
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Hi, I'm gathering that your sister had the gerbil as a pet and decided she couldn't handle it? Correct me if I'm wrong.

In this case it is not your responsibility to take the gerbil into your room and it's not fair on your echo.

If there is no room in the house for the gerbil the best thing you could do would be to rehome it do order is restored for echo.

It's nice of you to take on the gerbil but I'm sure echo is your priority.

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Hi Nicola
I agree with the advice you have had from the others. If the gerbils cage isn't going to be moved back, then Echo must find a place in another room, by the window if that's also suitable for him.

Apart from the constant danger of being bitten, it can't be good for him to be so obsessive about the gerbil cage. Much better to be parted from it for him to be able to calm down and go back to focussing on you.

If this option isn't possible either, then how about covering the gerbil cage while Echo is out of his? Then the getting bitten danger would be gone, even if it doesn't help his obsessiveness. I do hope you can sort out a solution to this difficult situation. Good luck!
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I'm sorry for your current predicament. For your Echo's mental and physical health it would really be best to have him in a separate room away from the gerbil. Even if the cages were to be at opposite ends in the same room, your Echo's eagerness in wanting to check the gerbil and the cage would still be there and the risk for him to be bitten will also be real.
Given Echo's agitated state, this is the long run can be detrimental to his health as well.
Can you possibly move Echo's cage to your bedroom and make your room budgie friendly so that Echo can have out of cage time there?

In order to prevent him from obsessively chewing the cage's bars, you can place a couple of wooden chew toys on the area he likes to chew at.

I hope you will find a solution that works well for both Echo and the gerbil.
I'll have out of cage time in my room. The gerbil is really old and it was his brother that died, so moving Echo into my bedroom will just be unfair for him. He likes being by a window where he can see other birds, I don't have that in my room. He doesn't appear agitated by the gerbil and cage, more playful and curious.

I have a feeling that he's not interested in the gerbil, and that it's the sawdust.
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Hi, I'm gathering that your sister had the gerbil as a pet and decided she couldn't handle it? Correct me if I'm wrong.

In this case it is not your responsibility to take the gerbil into your room and it's not fair on your echo.

If there is no room in the house for the gerbil the best thing you could do would be to rehome it do order is restored for echo.

It's nice of you to take on the gerbil but I'm sure echo is your priority.

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My sister still takes care of the gerbil, she just can't be bothered to clean her bedroom after the gerbil makes a mess.
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Nicola,

I agree with the advice you've been given.
It is not healthy for Echo to be right next to the gerbil's cage, landing on it and chewing on the bars.
Chewing the bars of the gerbil's cage can be a problem as we don't know what metal was used on the cage.
If the gerbil bites Echo the bite may be fatal.

Explain to your mother calmly and logically that the location of the gerbil's cage right next to Echo is dangerous.

If the gerbil's cage remains next to Echo's then you are going to have find a place to give Echo out of cage time in a different area of the house.

If it works for you to move him into your bedroom for out of cage time, then you've found your solution.
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Greetings I also agree,plus gerbils have bacteria in the urine and so.if the budgie was to even chew on any of the stuff in the gerbil cage could be deadly or make it really ill.I learned this so long ago.my cousin used to raise gerbils and had a bird that died from eating something from the gerbil cage by accident.its cage was to close to the gerbils .I wish you well and meant no disrespect.just concerned is all.I to have a great love and respect for all nature and animals.Blessings and take care.
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