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Old 09-20-2015, 01:42 PM
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So Kist loves to chew paper, wood, remote controls, and LOVES earphones, lol. (I don't let him chew them, but he tries!) I have tried to feed him spray millet on his cuttlebone and he will mess with but doesn't actually chew on it. I am worried his beak will grow too long. Anyway to get him to chew his cuttlebone?

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Jimmy showed no interest in anything like cuttlefish, calcium blocks etc when I first put them in his cage, but eventually, he tried them and now he uses them all the time.

Are they placed next to a favourite perch?
I would simply leave it in the same place and eventually, as your Kist is a chewer naturally, I'm sure he'll try it.
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As long as he's chewing on things, his beak should be fine. You can get him wooden toys to shred, too. Most budgies only use their cuttlebone when they are low on calcium or feel that they need it, so as long as you have it in there, when he needs it he knows where to find it
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Hi, Jennifer!
Therm and Star have given you good and accurate advice.
When Kist feels the need to chew on his cuttlebone, he will do so. Sometimes it takes several months before a budgie becomes interested in it or their body needs the additional calcium the cuttlebone provides.

We'd LOVE to see some updated pictures of your little one.
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Try a lava rock. You can find then in several sizes. They are great for beak and nails. Also Manu roses are a real hit. A fresh clean branch from a safe wood tree
like willow, grape, crape myrtle, apple, pear, eucalyptus are a few. Budgies express tension through chewing. They also like brown mineral wheels like the ones for pet rodents. Keeping millet spray for treats is also a good chew treat.

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I am new at being a budgie owner so if this is bad advice please stop me, but this is what got my girls going on theirs! they were uninterested in the plain square block that I had for them so I got them a flavored cuttlebone/mineral block 2in1.

https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Plax%C2%A.../dp/B003UC9DDU

this link shows the one I use, I have the berry one, it was sold as a 1 pack where I got it. Maybe the brighter colors drew them to it?
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I haven't seen flavoured ones before but I would be cautious of them. Budgies should chew the cuttlebone to get calcium, but if they are eating it to get the nice taste they may well over calcium themselves. Too much would effect the absorption of other minerals and cause metabolic problems I imagine.
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Thanks guys! Hopefully in the next few months he will start chewing on it. My other birds chewed on it a lot, so that's why I was getting worried about him not chewing it. But my other birds were on poor quality food, while he is on Harrison's and Dr. Harvey's food mixes. Will that cause him to need to chew less on the cuttlebone?
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Hormones, play a big role in when and how much a budgie chews. Both cocks and hens chew to express pent up energy when hormones signal it its time to prepare to raise a family. Budgies bulk up and will seek any missing minerals.
I like powdered kelp sprinkled over moist food. this will have iodine and calcium as well. Also Lady gouldian finch carries a little packet of powdered clay minerals. My birds love it and a vey little goes a long way with the micronutrients. We sprinkle on soft food and each cage has a little cup with this and calci sand-very fine particles like salt mixed together.You can get calci sand in reptile dept of pet store, again a little goes a long way. The bird will seek the calcium as its hormenes ask for it. When hens prepare for spring to lay leggs they will chew Kabobs and fresh branches, and ours love manu roses. I backed away from the flavored gypsum blocks because a couple of my hens got clogged vents showing huge lumps of the gypsum in the droppings. I think the cuttlebone is safer and you can sterilize it in the microwave if you are concerned about exposure to bacteria from the flesh of the squid. When the bird chews most goes to the ground and a tiny amount is ingested. Your bird may be focusing on another stage of development right now. Natural instinct will inform the bird when it is time for a change. If WE keep as many possible choices available that we know they will use naturally, they will find the right one when their bodies signal a need, so we have,. At any one time as many as 6 possible micronutrient sources which also act as an energy out let through chewing. in the flights.

When we travel with the show team, our hens will demolish a large manu rose and or a kabob tied safely to side of cage. People, chew gum, smoke, chew ice, exercise, play games, listen to music or TV----- to express emotional/physical energy needs to be filled. Budgies chew!! So your little guy may just be mellow right now and its little body is focusing on another growing process. A Budgie grows into a young adult in the first 2 years of life. That means they do all the equivalent growing that a young adult human completes in 20+- years.

Nature is amazing at how it presents the activity at just the right time for a young bird to get the maximum value from the activity at hand. Consider how a baby budgie body changes in shape until it is time to learn to fly. All of a sudden that plump little cutie is a streamlined flying machine. I think your budgie is just doing what its little body is called to do. Stop and watch the change that occurs magically. You will miss the changes if you do not stop and focus and watch the transformation closely. This is a great bonding time for you and your budgie. Blessings, on your adventure. Human babies chew on fingers and toes and teething rings. Whats not to love!?? Jo Ann
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