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Old 07-29-2015, 08:04 AM
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Unhappy Basil chewing cage bars and...

Hi,

Basil has been chewing the inside of her cage this past week (at least 5days). I have put extra toys, 3 pieces of cuttle bone, a chewing toy (which she spent a lot of time using on monday, which was great..need to buy more!) She gets time outside her cage depending on the day. If I'm resting usually keep her in the cage and she loves to come out but does enjoy being in the cage or sitting at the 'door'. She's chewing the paint off which has me worried. It's stressing me out, a lot. ps- am wondering if I put too many toys in the cage? I hear her sometimes saying her little 'I'm not happy' noise. Even with the chewing toy and extra cuttle bone, extra toys she still chews on the cage bars!

Next thing, Basil has been really testing my patience lately, especially after I had to give her meds for 10 days a few weeks back. I've been having trouble getting her back into her cage when I've never had this problem before. We'll end up chasing each other. I yelled at her out of frustration yesterday as I was needing to get us both to bed. I cried after yelling at her, I felt so bad. I just can't get her in the cage when I need to..if I'm going to eat (especially if it's something she can't eat) or if I'm going out..which isn't too often. I'm not sure what to do.

One thing that I haven't tried yet, is to leave the apt for a few minutes. Sometimes she'll climb back into the cage, but not always. I'm really frustrated and Basil does not like when I'm trying, multiple times to get her back in her cage.

Please, any suggestions would be great.

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Old 07-29-2015, 08:16 AM
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Make sure Basil has wood toys and shredding toys to chew.
Chewing the paint off the cage can be dangerous, as you know.
If there are bare metal spots on the cage bars the cage needs to be replaced. How old is the cage and do you know what metal it is made from? (See link below)
https://www.thebirdclinic.com/Uploade...icHandout4.pdf

If you think you have too many toys in the cage, remove some of them and rotate them periodically,
You can also post a picture of the cage to ask for opinions on the number you have in it currently.

With regard to Basil's behavior on going back in her cage I would suggest you start using positive reinforcement training
during the time you spend with her. Teaching Basil to go in the cage upon command will alleviate stress for both of you.

Take a look at these links:
https://talkbudgies.com/training-bond...-training.html

https://talkbudgies.com/training-bond...-training.html
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Tasha, it sounds like Basil and you have been through a rough time lately.
Regarding her chewing the cage bars, what is her cage made of and what sort of paint is it. If at all possible can you get her a new cage that isn't painted?
If you are trying to get her back into her cage you need to be calm and not rushed your self if at possible. If it is later on in the day try turning all the lights off, then gently pick her up or get her to step up then slowly walk to her cage and place her in her cage.
Other times you can use a long piece of dowel or a broom even, talk to her as you approach slowly and offer her the perch to step up onto. Slowly teach her when it is time to go back, I can simply tap my shoulder and say come my birds come to my shoulder. I also have myc ages open all day when I am home, they actually are in their cages nine times out of ten now and I simply close the door. Don't give up tae a big breath and walk out of the room for five minutes and calm down.
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:37 AM
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Thank-you Cathy & Deborah,

I believe I have too many toys now but I've been desperate for her not to chew the cage bars. Thanks for the advice. I have no idea what kind of paint is on the cage. I'll post a picture of her cage later today.

Do pet stores sell cages that are not painted? I didn't realize this. Seems like that would be a whole new thing to get her adjusted to a new cage, although if it's in the same spot and set up the same way..perhaps it won't be so difficult.

The clicker training sounds good, but a lot of work and I'm not well and not sure I have the energy to do this. I'm not even sure where I'd buy this 'clicker'?

Cathy, yes, taking breaks when I get frustrated is a good idea. Knowing Basil, she'll fight me every step of the way with training. I'm not sure I'm well enough to keep at this everyday.
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Tasha, perhaps you need to simply enjoy Basil for herself for a while until you are feeling a little more energetic yourself. As long as she has fresh food and water and is given out of cage time and her toys and focus on talking to her.Leave the training for a while, She will be fine.
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I've been telling her NO in a firm voice when she's chewing on the bars. Is this just re-enforcing the behaviour? What else can I do? I also can't watch her every minute of the day. If I'm sleeping, she'll most likely be chewing on the cage bars.

I'm going to call a few pet stores when the stores open and see if they sell some that aren't painted. I wasn't expecting having to make a purchase like this but I do have 'some' savings.
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You can buy cages online quite reasonably these days.
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