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Old 09-26-2017, 06:54 AM
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Hi Everyone..

I'm sorry if this questions has been asked before..

My 4yo male budgie (Echo) has for the last couple of months been regurgitating his food into one of his toys.. I would like your advice on how to stop him doing it..??

The obvious answer is to remove the toy, but I am concerned that he may fret as it does seem to be his favorite...

He has in the past years "mated" with it, but this is the first year that he has started regurgitating food to feed it... I had hoped that he would stop doing this on his own, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen anytime soon..

Please help..

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The best thing would be to remove the toy. He'll be upset that it's gone, yes, but it's not good for his health to be regurgitating to it- it can cause crop infections.
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When a budgie becomes obsessed with a particular toy and begins feeding it regularly, you need to remove it from the cage and replace it with another.

If you do not, the behavior can escalate into the budgie become territorial and aggressive.
Additionally, excessive regurgitation can lead to malnutrition in your budgie which can compromise his immune system.

Find a non-reflective toy of a different type for him.

He may not like the change at first, but he will adapt.

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Thank you to those who replied..

Just a bit on an update..

I decided to just remove the toy and see what he did... He was chirping and whistling a lot more afterwards (obviously searching for it,) but he has calmed down quite a bit now, and is happily playing with his other toys... Yesterday I put a Millet Spray in the cage where the toy used to be..

I went to the pet shop today and got him some more seed, and some pellets to see if he will eat them this time around..

I had a look for a different toy to replace the one I removed, but I couldn't find anything that I considered suitable.. I will keep looking..

Thanks again..
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Keep in mind you shouldn't give Echo an entire millet spray at one time. He shouldn't be given more and about an inch.

Millet is high in fat and should only be used sparingly as a special treat.
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Keep in mind you shouldn't give Echo an entire millet spray at one time. He shouldn't be given more and about an inch.

Millet is high in fat and should only be used sparingly as a special treat.
I didn't know that Millet Sprays were that bad for them / him.. Thanks for the advice..

I do get the feeling that he doesn't like it that much anyway as he has hardly touched the piece that I put in his cage..

He seems to prefer eating the seed from his gravity feeder or from the floor of the cage.. He also has two seed bells (one seed only and one seed and fruit) in his cage, that he picks at..

He also likes talking to his seed bells.. LOL.
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I'd recommend reviewing the threads below to ensure Echo is getting the best possible diet.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...ur-budgie.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...lay-roses.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...-seed-mix.html

Best wishes!
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FaeryBee is right about the millet, and it's also not advised to give budgies those seed sticks very often as they are quite sugary, and it means the budgie can over eat on seed really easily. For a replacement toy, try a shredding toy perhaps. Yucca and balsa wood as well as paddle pop sticks are great
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