Hello! So I have two wonderful little male budgies named Rin and Haru whom I love to death, but Haru is starting to form some bad habits.
He often decides that it's a good idea to run around on the cage floor to 'forage' for food, even when there is more than enough in his bowl. Every now and then Rin will join him, but not often. Haru has learned that when I say 'off the ground, please' that he needs to go back up on his perch. This works until I turn back around and he'll hop back onto the floor again.
Today during cage cleaning, I put the wire rack that goes on the bottom of the cage to prevent this. He hasn't tried anything today so that must take care of it.
But... That's not the real issue. My boys get a few hours of playtime out of their cage everyday. After he flies around like a maniac, Haru jumps onto the carpeted ground of my own floor. Now his feet don't get stuck in the carpet and he doesn't tear it up, but he STILL tries to forage! Haru and his brother like throwing their pellets onto the ground so Haru can try to find them later. I'm really not liking this because even though I'm constantly vacuuming, I worry about all the things he could be trying to eat. I used to enjoy seeing him run around on the ground because it must be great exercise for his little legs. Now, I simply say 'off the ground please' and bring him back up to his cage. Alas, right as I turn around, he is on the floor again.
Does anyone else have an issue with this? What can I try to teach him to stop foraging?
It is natural for budgies to forage, in the wild this is how they eat, they go from area to area wandering around looking for some nice seeds or grass.
My Budget loves foraging as well, I actually leave the grate in the bottom of the cage and place kitchen paper over the top of it in Budget's cage, in the bigger cage of the others I use newspaper.
I sprinkle some seeds, crumbles or freshly picked grass for them to forage they love it.
Also try not letting him out until he has eaten, provide him with toys or interact to keep him occupied. I do worry as well as Budget does exactly the same but sometimes we have to do what we can and trust them. Try the sprinkling of food on the bottom of the cage and see if that helps.
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Put a clean sheet on the floor and put the toys in the middle of it. This will give some protection and easy to pick up and wash. We put an extra sheet on our bed and let the birds play on the bed with us, We have a picnic table net that is suspended fro the light fixture when we are training fledglings to perfect their flight skills. Even if they fall they land inside the net on the mattress. Again we just throw the sheet in the wash. Blessings. Our family puts human babies on a clean sheet on the floor for them to explore. Blessings, Jo Ann
I agree, also you can let them forage on the bottom of the cage by just putting clean paper over the grate, this may inspire them to look in their cage instead of on the carpet. If you change the papers regularly it should be fine
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