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Old 05-26-2015, 11:38 AM
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I'm not sure if Blue is feeling nesty or what, but recently she just kicks the food out of the bowl. Or she will take a mouthful and put her beak of the edge and spit it back out...

What should I do to stop her throwing food away?

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Old 05-26-2015, 12:02 PM
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Yes, they can do that sometimes.. and it's not just the females that enjoy spoiling the food.
When they do this, a good way to solve the issue is to change food dishes and place the ones that have a top on where only their heads can fit through the hole. They can still take the seed out by the mouthful (it's frustrating, I know), but at least they won't be able to fully take out all the food, nor kick it with their feet and get inside the bowl.
Mine sometimes go through these silly phases and fortunately they don't last long, it's usually less than a week and I also try to distract them from that less than desirable behaviour by hanging on the cage all sorts of different veggies for them to eat.
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Yes, I have come across this too. Scooping food out of the hoppers leaving a large pile of uneaten seed on the floor. Very frustrating I agree especially when a 4 day supply goes down in a few hours! I agree it is usually temporary.

Another issue I had was not temporary - that was selective rejection of seed. After many years, in 2013 Trill changed their their recipe and my budgies were not impressed! Most of the white millet and canary seed was eaten, but everything else was carefully dropped on the floor. The solution here was to change brand (had to buy online, all UK supermarkets only stock Trill) and we never looked back. A whole new world opens on line. Everything I tried was preferable to Trill in the budgies eyes, but the most successful and currently used was Hagen Gourmet Budgie and Parakeet Seed Mix.

I agree with Aluz and I am sure your problem will be a passing phase! Distractions of alternative food can definitely help!
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When they do this, a good way to solve the issue is to change food dishes and place the ones that have a top on where only their heads can fit through the hole. They can still take the seed out by the mouthful (it's frustrating, I know), but at least they won't be able to fully take out all the food, nor kick it with their feet and get inside the bowl.
Can you show/link some of these food bowls? We just have the ones the cage came with and, although the have covers, our female still manages to crawl in and spill the food.

I removed the covers, thinking that she wouldn't do this without the covers, but as you can see from the attached picture, she still does.
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I had to smile. I know it's unfortunately that she behaves like that, but the photo is so cute
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Yeah, it is actually hilarious! She just looks so funny every time she does it. When I had the covers on she would go in head-first and turn around in there to pop her head back out! It was quite the maneuvering.

I was afraid that she was thinking of breeding. I've been reassured otherwise, so I may put the covers back on.

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Can you show/link some of these food bowls? We just have the ones the cage came with and, although the have covers, our female still manages to crawl in and spill the food.

I removed the covers, thinking that she wouldn't do this without the covers, but as you can see from the attached picture, she still does.
These are one of the smallest food dishes I found for the budgies here in my country. I couldn't find a link because I don't think online stores have these.
I bought them in my local pet store.

Here is an older pic from my photo album where you can see the food container. Maybe you will be able to find something similar to this one.
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Thanks - wow, that is small! I'll look around locally.
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It may be small but works like a charm and they don't get their heads stuck on the hole while eating (in fact there is plenty of room for safe head manoeuvring and seed picking).
I don't know if this would work for the bigger English budgies, but these food containers are great for my pet type budgies, even my bigger ones.
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It may be small but works like a charm and they don't get their heads stuck on the hole while eating (in fact there is plenty of room for safe head manoeuvring and seed picking).
I don't know if this would work for the bigger English budgies, but these food containers are great for my pet type budgies, even my bigger ones.
nice!! Thanks Aluz
puppy doesn't throw food and neither does kiwi, so just the one kicks food out.
They recently ran out of zupreem fruitlblend and now I feed them all roudybush, so perhaps she is just getting used to the food. I made sure to convert them to roudybush first.

Blue eats the pellets, but she also just like to throw them sometimes :/
I will look into a container with a cap because I can't take all these pellets on the ground anymore!
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