Okay, so what do you do when you have budgies that toss all their food on the cage floor?
It's really hard to keep track of if a budgie is eating, when all the food goes from the dish, straight to the cage floor. One of my budgies (Quinn) is very sick (thread in the emergency forum), and I figured once we got both budgies back on their proper food, the tossing issue would have stopped. But instead, here I go look in Parker's cage, and all the food is on the bottom of the cage again. Quinn (in her own cage until she is better), hasn't touched the seed again so far, but is eating millet.
This behaviour only started when my mother accidentally mixed up the food brand they normally ate, and now it seems to still be happening.
Is it a dislike for the dishes? Or are they trying to cherry pick the good stuff?
I can't say I've ever had this problem with budgies in the past (which I know was a long time ago, but still, my mind isn't that far gone... yet lol).
Many budgies find it quite fun to throw their food onto the cage floor.
If you change the paper on the bottom grate twice a day, you can easily scatter the seed on the paper to allow your budgie(s) to forage for it.
Each budgie should be receiving 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of seed per day in addition to their pellets and fresh vegetables.
I split my birds' ration of seeds into two portions and they receive them morning and evening.
All of my budgies love to forage on their clean paper for their seeds.
I'm so glad it's not something I need to be concerned about, although I'll change how I handle it. The biggest problem was that my mother (who has the budgies) didn't realize that the seed wasn't being eaten, and kept filling the bowls thinking they were really hungry. Turns out one of the birds wasn't eating by the looks of it
Parkers cage doesn't have a grate, as it's just a temporary home until the bigger cage comes in. I just cleaned the paper and put a flat saucer of seed down. Does that work? He's welcome to throw it around now that I know it's a normal thing, I'll just take your advice and split the feedings paired with a clean paper each time.
Quinn is in her own cage while she recovers. It has a grate, which I also put the saucer down on the bottom. I'll slide a piece of paper in on top of the grate.