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Old 12-20-2018, 07:12 PM
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Recently, snowflake has developed a habit of knocking the food bowls down. The two extra food bowls i have given them are not equipped for the cage. I have have tried every possible thing from clothes pin to string tying and she is always extremely determined to knock the bowls down. I know there may be little i can do to fix this behavior but i was wondering if there was another way to feed them without snowflake knocking them down and starving the other 3? Another issue is that all 4 of them have begun eating the newspaper and their own feces. Even when i scatter food on the floor , they ignore it and eat the paper instead.

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What type of bowls are you using for the food?
What do you mean the bowls are not equipped for the cage?
Can you post pictures?
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The white bowls are from their older, smaller cage. The silver bowl is what came with the cage
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I'd suggest you get rid of the white bowls and purchase some stainless bowls for the cage. Stainless bowls are what I use and they are not at all expensive.

Stainless Dish with Clamp

I'd also recommend you remove the wooden dowel perch(es) and replace them with natural wood perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.

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This link shows examples of better wooden perch options:

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Will do, thanks for the information! Should i be concerned about their eating of their poop and the newspaper?
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Are you certain they are eating the paper and not just shredding it?
I'd suggest changing the paper to plain packing paper which you can buy through Amazon but if they are really eating it, then you'll probably need to use the bottom grate so they can't get to the paper.

If you are changing the paper twice a day, then the few poops they eat isn't a concern. Keeping the cage clean is paramount.

Do you have a cuttlebone, mineral block and manu clay rose in the cage?
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I do change the paper twice a day, and yes they are eating it. I will take the suggestion into consideration, thank you. They do have cuttle bone and mineral blocks. The only reason they are able to get to the paper is because i place some on top of the grate so they are able to scavenge the food
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