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?
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.
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?
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
another post in this thread.
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!
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!