So, I've had my budgie for almost a year now, and recently we took him to the vet. I accidentally left one of his stainless steel food dishes at the office. Rather than drive the hour back for it, I put a different food dish in his cage since I had one on hand. He still has one stainless steel dish, and one clear standard food dish (the kind that comes with the cage). The problem is, now he won't eat out of either - I've switched food and water back and forth between them. I've had to put food in his cocoa bean toy so he eats... I just don't know how to be sure he's drinking water.
What's up with this? Is he mad at me? Confused? You'd think he'd still eat out of the stainless steel dish which is where it always has been, but he doesn't want to go down to the bottom of the cage for it anymore... and sometimes he looks like he's trying to climb down but can't figure it out. (Oh, the weird thing is I've seen him on the cage floor before, trying to eat mlllet hulls he's dropped... but he won't go over and hop up on his dish!) He certainly can't figure out how to use a clear dish... he doesn't know where the perch is and I've seen him on the floor of his cage trying to get to seed through the side of the dish, or just sitting on the edge instead of the perch.
It makes no sense at all. Should I go to the store and buy dishes with clamps and move them higher up in the cage?
Thanks! Upon inspection, it seems like he is actually eating when I'm not looking. I saw some hulls among his seeds this morning, so obviously he went down there to his dish. Sneaky budgie. I might just get new dishes anyway, though.
Glad to hear that he is eating! Budgies can take several weeks to adjust to a new set-up (my Sammy takes more than 1 month to start playing with a new toy!), so it might have just been that it was strange to your budgie. I ordered 4 stainless steel bowls with hangers on zooplus about a year ago for around 10€. They were super cheap and it's nice to have extra for washing and drying.
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I'm glad he is eating after all. Otherwise, I'd had a few more recommendations to teach him to recognise his food dish:
You could fill up the new dish with a food that he definitely recognises as food (such as seeds) and offer it to him i.e. hold it up to him, in front of him, etc..maybe you could even take a piece of whatever is in the dish and eat it noisily in front of him.
You could stick a piece of millet spray in the dish that is long enough so that he can definitely see from anywhere in the cage that the dish contains millet spray.