Our first budgie, Ehciel
, tends to "ball" his food and store it in his mouth. When he's on his favorite mirror swing, he "feeds" it to his friend in the mirror, and then tilts his head and drops it on the floor of the cage, like someone spitting into a spittoon. When we take his mirror swing away, he still spits his food on the floor when playing with his other non-mirror toys. Unfortunately, this causes 80%+ of the food to wind up on the floor, and hence our other budgies,
don't have enough to eat.
We think Ehciel developed the "balling" behavior as something to do, back when he was a solo bird (after we rescued him a year ago from outside and couldn't find the original owner). After 6 months, we got the other three, and they now live in one of those large "flying" cages (except when they're flying around the house). Although he took a liking to Blanche
and tries to feed her, she usually resists, especially as he's too rough in feeding her. Ehciel's behavior dropping the food on the floor has gotten progressively worse. He survives now almost entirely on lettuce and millet, since everything else is on the floor, except the few pieces that the others are able to catch as they're dropping. We don't dare recycle the food from the floor, as we're concerned about contamination with their poop.
What to do?