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BudgieAwesome 08-02-2015 01:45 PM

Budgie chews paint off cage bars?
Hi all! One of my female budgies (almost an year old) has a habit of repeatedly chewing/eating (idk, but the pain is disappearing where she chews the bars) the bars of her cage, always in the same cluster/area. Every time she chews a bars, her beak sort of clicks on the bars (it sounds the way it would it you took a pencil and ran it across cage bars, but only on one bar at a time). Is this a problem? i know she's nt doing it cuz she's hungry, she has lots of food in her food bowl. Autumn (thats my bird, cuz she hatched on the first day of fall last year) has been doing this for a while now...a couple weeks. she was doing to the cage she was in previously, and when i saw that she wasn't simple playing with the cage bars, I decided to move her to another cage. she stopped doing the chewing thing for a few days but now she's started again! sometimes i cover up half the cage with a blanket (covering the part where she chews) and she doesn't do it much, but i feel that its cruel to have a bird in darkness for the day to, so i don't really do this. does anyone have any ideas on how i can break this habit and why Autumn is chewing the bars?

FaeryBee 08-02-2015 02:00 PM

Make sure Autumn has wood toys and shredding toys to chew.

She may have a mineral or nutritional deficiency causing her to chew the metal and chewing the paint off the cage can be very dangerous.
If there are bare metal spots on the cage bars the cage needs to be replaced.

Heavy Metal Poisoning in Budgies - Budgie Health

How old is the cage and do you know what metal it is made from? (See link below)

Try to spend more time with her in healthy and fun activities if you can. Perhaps you might like to try clicker training with her. :)

aluz 08-02-2015 02:07 PM

From your description, it really seems your Autumn is a big fan of chewing.
Do you have wooden chew toys on her cage? Maybe if you place one on the area she likes to chew the cage bars, you will be able to break this habit that in the long run can be troublesome if she ends up by ingesting the bits of paint.

I had the same problem a while back, only it was with one of my lovebirds, the paint on her cage wasn't toxic so she didn't have any heath issues as a consequence. Still, I decided to do something about this unwanted behaviour of my girl (she even ended up detaching a few bars of her cage), I used the chew toy method and to me it worked well.

Good luck! :)

BudgieAwesome 08-03-2015 09:12 AM

Thanks guys! I'll find some sort of chew/foraging toy to put in her cage(... None of her toys are currently wooden)

DitzBitz 08-03-2015 10:37 AM

I gunna guess its a white cage? My girl did this I think it was the white. Might have also been size of cage. As soon as she got a bigger none white cage it stopped and hasn't done it since. (She would chew the bars till she was exhausted. It was cracking her beak)

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