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Old 09-11-2015, 12:55 PM
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Jay has started to chew up the paper on the bottom of the cage.

While it's only a little bit at the minute and I can also stop him in this cage because there's the grate at the bottom of the cage and I don't have to put the paper down on the bottom but when Jay goes into his new cage with Jimmy this won't be an option.

In Jimmy's cage I have sand sheets down and cover them over with paper as I know sand sheets are bad for them. Jimmy is fine in his cage and doesn't disturb the paper at all, he likes foraging for seed but never worries about the paper.

Any suggestions as to what I can do to stop Jay chewing? He has some toys suggested by you guys that he might like to chew on but he hasn't really done anything with them. I'm worried about what to do when it's time for him and Jimmy to share a cage.

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Old 09-11-2015, 01:27 PM
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When Jay is chewing the paper, you can try to divert his attention to one of his new chew toys.
Also when the time comes for Jay to move in with Jimmy, it's likely they will both be so thrilled to have each other to hang out and play with that Jay will forget about the paper at the bottom of the cage.

However, if Jay continues to chew the paper, then it would be best to remove the sand sheets and to just place paper on the bottom.
Out of my 8 budgies, I have a couple of paper chewers, a boy and a girl and I don't fuss over this because I know the paper is safe for them to chew on and the paper is replaced often, so no problem there.
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When Jay is chewing the paper, you can try to divert his attention to one of his new chew toys.
Also when the time comes for Jay to move in with Jimmy, it's likely they will both be so thrilled to have each other to hang out and play with that Jay will forget about the paper at the bottom of the cage.

However, if Jay continues to chew the paper, then it would be best to remove the sand sheets and to just place paper on the bottom.
Out of my 8 budgies, I have a couple of paper chewers, a boy and a girl and I don't fuss over this because I know the paper is safe for them to chew on and the paper is replaced often, so no problem there.
It tends to be when I come home from work that I notice this. I haven't seen him do this when I've been about.

Thanks for the reassurance. Hopefully Jimmy will get him out of the habit anyway with his mere presence!
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When Jakob was younger she went through a short phase of chewing paper. Any paper. I gave her plenty of wood toys and perches, and she quickly turned her attention to shredding wood in stead. I'd remove the paper if you can't stop this, but try with alternatives first.
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When Jakob was younger she went through a short phase of chewing paper. Any paper. I gave her plenty of wood toys and perches, and she quickly turned her attention to shredding wood in stead. I'd remove the paper if you can't stop this, but try with alternatives first.
Thanks. I'm going to the pet store tomorrow to see if I can find some new things to take his attention away from the paper. If I can't find anything, maybe I'll try and put a little bit of millet onto one of his toys to draw his interest to it and make him want to chew.
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More of a creative option... But get yourself some jute rope, or other budgie-safe rope, and grab some thin dowel (or the apple-wood sticks they sell for rabbits) and weave yourself a grid that you can use as a false-bottom that you can raise high enough that he wont be able to reach the paper.
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