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Old 01-24-2017, 04:53 PM
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Question Ernie chewing on cage bars?

Every so often, Ernie appears to chew, or at least mouth, the cage bars for no apparent reason. Should I be concerned? How can I break this habit? I tried to get him to chew on cuttlebone instead but he's a little bit reluctant...

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If Ernie goes to a specific part of the cage to chew on the bars, you can strategically block the access by placing a wooden chew toy.

As for mouthing the cage's bars, this can happen if the budgie happens to move around by climbing on the bars and using the beak as extra support, no cause for concern here. Same goes when in a playful way and when closely interacting with us while on the cage, they will move close to us and give some quick taps on the cage's bars (birdie kisses).
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The advice aluz has given you is excellent.

Generally, unless a budgie is obsessively chewing or licking the metal bars there is no reason for concern.
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He usually chews on specific parts of the cage, but I don't think it's obsessive. I try to block the area[s] with a cuttlebone just so he doesn't do it too much.

I think part of it may be Ernie wanting to play a little game - sometimes I put a little bit of water on the bars and Ernie licks it off. I have no idea how that got started but I suspect that when he's licking the bars he might want do that.
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If that is the case, it sounds as if you've created the behavior you are now trying to prevent.

I'd suggest you end that "game" before it becomes an ongoing problem.
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Thank you Faery! I will remember that! I really appreciate it. He hasn't been doing it as much lately as I've been trying to stop him.
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Good news on Ernie's bad habit. I've been distracting him with paper by putting small pieces of paper for him to chew on where he normally chews the bars, and so far, he's been really working at the paper. Boredom may have been another factor contributing to his behavior, he's never been particularly excited about toys.
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That's great. Maybe you can make him some toys that have paper in them that he can shred.
Also, have you tried the bird kabobs for him?
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I should consider making paper toys for him. Thanks!

No, I have not. I'll look for one at a local store. Currently he has a swing and some rings (he pulls on the rings occasionally). He has a ball, too, but it isn't in the cage right now because I'm trying to slowly introduce him to toys.
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More good news- he pretty much doesn't do it anymore since I've distracted him with paper and cuttlebone.
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