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Old 06-17-2015, 12:48 PM
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I have noticed that in photos I see of cages online, the floors are usually covered by newspapers. And while reading through some threads I also read about which newspapers to use etc.

I was wondering about this, because over here (Germany) we have bird sand for the floor. I know that some people put newspaper under it so it's easier to clean, but they still put sand on it. I only have sand, because we don't really read newspapers and the sand is doing it's job of absorbing the poopies wetness. The sand is also with grit and other minerals which birds consume. Though I have to admit, my birds are rarely ever on the ground of the cage. I do have a bowl of sand hanging on the side which they check out and nibble on sometimes though. They usually just empty the bowl because it's fun to throw it around I guess.

Back to the initial question.

Newspaper or Bird sand?

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Hi to Germany!

I personally use newspaper without any coloured inks. It's easy to change and seems to be OK with Olaf!

I'm sure you will get a variety of answers as there is no definitive "right answer", but I don't think you need to have grit etc in your bird sand as our budgies don't actually need it!

Hope that helps!

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The sand has, Limestone and shell grit I believe. (if I managed to find the right translations) so it has tiny bits of the cuttlebone in it I believe? Or at least it's supposed to have that effect.

It might just be a germany thing to use sand I guess.
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In the past, people it grit was necessary for budgies but have learned otherwise.

Sand/Grit is not recommended for use with budgies as it can cause impaction of the crop.

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...ur-budgie.html

Using newspaper (non-colored sections), white kitchen paper towels or butcher paper without grit are much better options.

Keep a cuttlebone and mineral block in your budgies' cage and please consider removing all sand/grit from the cage.
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I like to use extra large blotting paper on top of the Financial Times (also very absorbent), the blotting paper is nice and soft for their feet. I agree that sand should not be used. Or sandpaper which damages their feet. I hope one day the manufacturers will be brought to book for this huge con about trimming budgies' claws - sadly swallowed hook line and sinker by the majority of budgie owners in the UK. Shame!
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Just a question - I DO give my budgies newspaper, but in my newspaper(LA Times), VERY, VERY, VERY few pages are black and white. Do you guys know what to do? Or is colored OK? Sometimes(bad owner), I use pages with color, but I try to find pages with as little as possible. Unfortunately, paper towels, butcher paper, and blotting paper are not avaliable. Thanks!
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Very difficult to say - I'm not sure that anyone would know that, but we may be surprised! Have you considered using plain A4 layered - very little I would think harmful with that. A ream of 500 sheets these days costs next to nothing from a supermarket.

I think newspaper only need be a real concern if your budgie regularly visits the floor and is likely to chew it. In my experience, only very young birds would do that - most adults seem to keep off the floor unless you put toys or food on it.
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Colored newspaper is NOT a good idea to use as a liner for your cage. The dyes used in the colors may be toxic to the budgie.

Why are the other options unavailable to you?

A roll of white craft paper from Dollar Tree would be a good option as well.

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Just a question - I DO give my budgies newspaper, but in my newspaper(LA Times), VERY, VERY, VERY few pages are black and white. Do you guys know what to do? Or is colored OK? Sometimes(bad owner), I use pages with color, but I try to find pages with as little as possible. Unfortunately, paper towels, butcher paper, and blotting paper are not avaliable. Thanks!
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A roll of white craft paper from Dollar Tree would be a good option as well.
FaeryBee... See how I keep learning here? I didn't even think about craft paper from Dollar Tree!!
I now use newpaper and put what I call paper towel (Is that blotting paper?) on top. I pull the paper towel off the next morning and most times, the newspaper is just fine to use for the day. I was also told the dye now used in newspaper is non toxic to birds. Not so, huh?
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Judy,
The dye used for the ink on the black and white sections of the newspaper is non-toxic.

Just don't use the portions of the paper with color or the glossy sections as the dye used for the colors may be toxic.
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