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Old 05-23-2016, 12:23 PM
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Question Cage Cleaning Question?

I have one of those finch flight cages for Jersey (30"L x 18"W x 18"H), and it has the removable bin underneath the grate bottom. I use newspaper for the bin because I'm worried if I lay newspaper down in the cage that she'll chew on it and ingest the harmful chemicals they use in the ink. On the other hand, I don't know how confident I feel about her walking around on the metal wire grate bottom, should I put something to cover the bottom as well?

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Old 05-23-2016, 12:24 PM
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My budgie was absolutely fine with the bottom grate on my cage. He rarely went on it, and when he did, he managed fine. I wouldn't worry at all.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:26 PM
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Thank you! For a minute there I had a towel laid down, but then decided to take it out because (a) I couldn't really see her poops on it, and (b) it defeats the whole purpose of a removable bottom for cleaning.
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Exactly, they are made like that for a reason, haha. Cyril even pottered around on the bottom of his cage occasionally, so yes I'd say nothing to worry about at all.
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Newspaper is perfectly safe for your budgie.
I always use newspaper on top of the bottom grate in my cages and scatter the budgies' seed ration on the paper so they can forage for it.

It makes for much easier clean up as well.
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That's such a smart idea! But I'm worried she doesn't eat seeds? I don't think she's touched the seed mix I put in there before I brought her home. How do I introduce her to the idea of seed mix instead of millet? Should I take the millet out for a few days and see if she figures it out?
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Budgies need a healthy varied diet including a good quality seed mix, pellets, and vegetables
fruit and/or millet should be used sparing only as a treat or for training.

Allowing your bird to eat only millet will quickly lead to obesity, nutritional deficiency and can contribute to many other diseases as well.

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I suggest you remove the millet from the cage. I'm certain Jersey will eat the seed mix once she realizes it's there.
If she doesn't eat for a full 24 hours, then put only a 1" piece of millet in the cage at that point in time and make
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I'm so sorry! I read that millet needed to be in the cage for the first few days to make sure the bird was eating! I took all of the millet out and spread a bit of newspaper out on the bottom with a few seeds on it so she can "forage" for them. I hope she finds them!
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greetings I agree with faerybee as well.a well balanced diet of different seeds,veggies.Will help keep your budgie healthy and active.blessings and we're here for you
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She's actually a lot more active since I took the millet out. She hops around the bottom and "forages" for seeds. I got another cup to fill with pellets and veggies. How do I get her to notice the veggies? I read stickies on it, and I've even googled it but she doesn't seem to want them!
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