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Old 03-26-2017, 05:15 AM
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Recently my budgies have been biting their bars, taking the paint off and everything. I know that I need to stop this behaviour since their taking the paint off but don't even know where to start or what's causing it, any advice is welcome.
It's only one spot, the lower door where the handle locks into place. If it wasn't such an awkward location I would cover it with a toy for them to tear apart instead. Their still untame.
Currently I have a treat stick over the biting area, not the best idea but it's better than having them bite the bars while I think of a solution.

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Old 03-26-2017, 05:56 AM
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Putting the treat stick near the bar area is going to encourage them to continue going to that area of the cage.

Ingesting bits of the paint is not good for your birds and heavy metal poisoning is quite serious.

If paint is missing from the cage, you need to replace the cage or repaint it with non-toxic paint.

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https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...ird-cages.html
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I'll get them a new cage when I can.
The treat stick appears to be distracting them from the bars for now, their not biting the bars so I'll leave it till I work out a better solution. I still need to discourage the behaviour till I get a new cage.
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Chewing on the bare metal is a quite serious issue and really needs to be addressed promptly.

You can get a sheet of clear acrylic and use it to cover that area, but I would recommend you get a new cage sooner rather than later.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb...+acrylic+sheet
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I'll cover the area with tape, I have some one hand so I'll get it covered now.
I know where I may be able to get a new cage but their super expensive, I'll need to save up a bit but I'll get a new cage soon.
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Both of these cages are quite reasonably priced and would be great for two budgies.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/FDS-Parrot-...s=Flight+cages
Bar Spacing: 1/2"
30" Long x 18" Wide x 48" Height (interior)
78 cm L x 48 cm W x 121 cm H


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liberta-Ore...s=Flight+cages
Bar Spacing 9 mm (less than 1/2")
30" Long x 18" Wide x 36" High (interior)
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My mum is really unhappy with having to buy a new cage, the cage their in is new from Christmas. Thank you for the links. I've tapped up all the revealed metal so hopefully that'll do till I can afford a decent size cage, I'm planning on up scaling so something more positive comes out of it.
My mum may be less annoyed.
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Bar biting could be a sign of boredom. Do the birds get time out of the cage everyday? And do that have chewable toys in their cage? Something like balsa wood or yucca is very satifying for budgies to shred and will likely be more interesting than chewing on the bars.
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I should probably let them out their cage more often, their not tame so getting them in and out is very stressful. They do have shredding toys, I'l try moving them around more often.
I'll spend more time taming and will hopefully have some luck getting them in and out the cage without the undesired stress.
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Talking New cage coming

I've just ordered a new cage: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01BBEVU...986871_TE_item

It's a little bigger than their current one, and the mesh bottom should solve a problem I've been having with the budgies playing with the cage lining. I'm planning on removing the ladders if possible and using the layers to hang more shredding toys so they don't bite the bars. Hopefully it'll arrive in a fortnight or two.
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