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Old 04-06-2017, 02:33 PM
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Question Chewing on basically everything

I know that chewing on fabric can be fatal to a budgie, and I try to make Bud quit but really it's not doing any good. I really don't like that he's chewed holes in my jacket (Lemon started the holes and they were rather small and I got him to quit then Bud started and made them bigger). As far as I know, he hasn't swallowed anything, but he's working on messing up my shirts. I really like to have them on my shoulders because they seem to like it, but Bud just really frustrates me. Sam will chew on my collars, but she hasn't pulled any threads out or anything. She mainly hides in my hair or just sits there and sleeps.

Bud is like my shih tzu i used to have. He chews on clothes, paper, napkins, paper towels, toothpicks, pens, my phone but they all do that, my boot?, my shoulder, my glasses, and whatever else he can get his beak on. Nothing ingested, but I'm worried he might.

Does anyone know any ways to make him stop? He's like a paper shredder except he shreds everything.


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Old 04-06-2017, 02:36 PM
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Have you got a little play gym you can pop them on and encourage them to chew on bird safe toys.
Do they have things to chew on in their cage?
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They've just about chewed their playgym to death. I left them for one day to visit family across the state and I got home to find out that they'd chewed the ladder I gave them in their cage completely. I had to throw that out. They did the same to the swing on the playgym. They're working on the ladder now.

I really didn't even think of foraging toys or things like that, even if I've been looking around for some that I could get or make.
I may try to do that later today if I get around to it. I never seem to get around to doing any of the things I want/need to do anymore strangely.

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Get some kabobs as shown in this link, you can also buy them at many pet shops Bird Toys: Wesco Pet Bird Kabob® Toys at Drs. Foster and Smith or yucca chips, they are great for birds that love to chew and shred. I use the original size and go through a lot of them.
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Funnily enough, at school today I ended up wearing a wooden bead and cotton reel necklace that one of the children had threaded together for me, and it started me wondering if anyone makes 'birdie toy necklaces'?!

If you have any toy making parts (dismantled old toy parts, bits of cardboard) then you could try to make something to wear when the birds are on your shoulder - I doubt you'll start any new fashion trends but it might save your clothes from more holes.

EDIT - found these ideas on Pinterest:


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I've made some "necklaces" similar to the ones JRS pictured in her post. They do seem to help during "shoulder time"
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I think that for birds that really like to chew, they can finish the yucca wood kabobs in a few hours! Try this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003PLGGOK...ing=UTF8&psc=1 or this https://www.amazon.com/Colorful-Wood...F709382Y5XQBEJ
They look much harder, and therefore, more entertaining for budgies that like to chew!
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