My bang budgie misty seems to be destroying the flooring of her cage.
I did have a grid over the floor (using sandpaper sheets for sale in the local pet store) but I could see she was throwing seeds and trying to eat them off the floor. Since I took the grid off she forages about and seems super happy but the eating of the paper is worrying me. It's only been two days but still... Do you think I need to remove the paper? Any ideas would be great, feeling stressed ;(
Oh and she also loves playing with her ball on the floor X
Last edited by aluz; 11-03-2015 at 05:12 PM.
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I seem to recall reading that the sandpaper perch covers aren't good for budgies so I would think the same would go for the floor covering....there are a lot more experienced budgies owners that I'm sure will chime in! Good luck!!!
For your budgie's overall health and safety, it's best you replace the sandpaper sheets for something else. The sandpaper not only is abrasive to your budgie's feet (causing sores) but also the ingestion of the materials can cause digestion problems, worse case scenario it can lead to crop impaction.
You can line the cage's bottom with newspaper and let your budgie continue with the foraging. The newspaper is safe for her to chew on, if she decides to do so.
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I agree sandpaper is definitely not good for your budgie's feet. I use Kitchen paper in the bottom of my smaller cage in the large one I use newspaper. As your budgie likes to eat the paper perhaps a couple of shredding toys would be of benefit
I'm glad you removed the sand paper and grid. When I buy a cage the first thing I do is remove the grid. My birds are much happier without it and really, it doesn't make sense to me even having one because you not only have to clean it but you have to clean the bottom of the cage anyway, grids are cruel to a bird's feet and I think they serve no purpose.
My cage bottom is lined with paper towels, I also have toys and toilet paper rolls. If you want to distract your bird from eating paper, try putting a plastic ball (ping pong size) on the bottom of the cage. My keets love their ball, they seem to always need some form of entertainment, can't blame them, if I were in a cage I would, too. Hope this helps.