Post by volleygirl76 on Aug 24, 2006 19:42:27 GMT -7
I DONT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON BUT MY PARROT KEEPS SPILLING HIS FOOD TRAY WITH THE SEEDS AND THE OTHER ONE WITH THE WATER, SOMETHING THAT HE ALWAYS SEEMED TO ENJOY. I DO GIVE HIM ALOT OF DIFFERENT VARIETY OF FOOD BUT LATELY HE SPILLS THE SEEDS AND THE WATER, WOULD ANYONE KNOW WHY HE DOES THIS? THANKS FOR THE HELP
It is quite common for them to spill/ throw food out, or if they can, upset their bowls completely. In the wild they have to forage for their food so having it presented to them in a bowl means they can't exercise this instinct. Once they start they can also see it as a bit of a game in itself, especially if it gets you running to clear it up. My cage has the sort of bowls which can't be upset but Mitzi sometimes throws food out. See this thread for more discussion: vdnent.proboards41.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=GreyHealth&thread=1151577683&page=1
Somewhere in another universe, dear brother, you got saved.
Ricky dumps his food and water for fun when he feels like it. I have a piece of wood wedged under the dishes so the top of the dish touches the upper bracket on the holder so there is no play and therefore, he can't tip it! Silly birds...
Post by spookyhurst on Aug 25, 2006 17:15:17 GMT -7
I used to have a conure, and once he figured out how to dump his food/water dishes and perches, he did it daily. I was able to use clips to keep him from dumping the dishes, but I never could figure out a way to keep the perches up ???. Of course, there wasn't much I could do about him scooping the food and water out of the bowls with his beak. Nikko does this on occasion, especially if she's in a difficult mood. She's generally just a messy bird (then again, are there actually any clean birds out there :P). The floor is always covered with debris of some sort, especially if she's ripping apart one of her pinatas.
We keep a large wicker basket on top of their cage that is filled with toys and various foods. They LOVE foraging for the food. It's a mess in the end, as every toy gets tossed to the floor...but they are so happy doing so.
They also like dipping their pellet food in water. I take their cage outside to clean it, with them in it, and they love that I soak their food...as well as themselves. It looks disgusting to me, but they seem to enjoy the process.
We've learned the foods that they will just toss...carrots especially. They are not really eating it, just shredding. Those are outdoor foods.
Abbey - hand raised 15 year old grey
Blackjack and Keno - rescued at 7 months from a pet store...doing fine, but don't love me. They are a little over a year old.
Post by spookyhurst on Aug 26, 2006 7:50:10 GMT -7
Nikko uses her water dish as a storage facility. She puts pellets, fruit, crackers, and everything else she can find in there. I think she's trying to make soup 8-). One day, she was eating a cracker on the counter, and was leaning over the edge. The dog's water bowl was down below, and all sorts of crumbs fell into it. When she was done with the cracker, she threw the remains in there too. I don't think the dog appreciated his "soup" too much ;).
Scarlet loves to make soup with the occassional waffle. Justice on the other hand will fling his pellets EVERYEWHERE!!! He also puts EVERYTHING in his water...pellets, veggies, cereal, toys, newspaper...you name it...if he can get it in his water it's there! Even if I changed his water 10 times a day it would still have something in it around the clock. Ahhh...the life of being owned by AG's
I don't have that problem with Manzi spilling his dishes, but I have seen a Macaw who liked to do that. The owner just drilled a hole in each dish right below the rim and put a screw in it so the screw would catch on the dish holder and keep the bird from being able to lift the dish out. Of course you would have to put a bolt on the other side so there is not a pointy part sticking out and it will make changing them a bit more difficult too.