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Kicking the seeds/food out?

It appears that Gemma is kicking the food out of her dish because the bowl is empty just after I refilled it and is all under the grate. Has anyone ever experienced this? It is wasting days of expensive food!😡

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I use huge dishes. Seriously, a few dishes are macaw sized and the canaries usually get inside the bowls (which are bigger than their nests) to eat. I do have some smaller bowls, but they are all big enough that there is only a little bit of seed at the bottom of each dish and I don't have a problem of seed being kicked out. Even when the canary gets nasty and scoots around in the bowl before I get a chance to set her up

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Maybe try giving her something else (another dish) filled with foot toys to get out that urge instead of kicking out all of the seed? Just a thought ^_^



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I also use large and deep bowls of stainless steel.
So they throw almost no seeds on the floor.



But with the carrot and pepper sticks it's different.
They bite into the stick once or twice, throw the rest on the floor and take another one.

But I've never worried about that, because their natural habitat is a food surplus area. So their instinct tells them they don't have to save food.
Parrotlets are also South Americans. Perhaps it's the same thing as with linnies.

Another point is that you offer items that are something between shredding toy and food, for example the bird bread. That might encourage her to play with her food.

I can imagine that you are angry because you make such an effort to prepare their meals.
Does Gemma do this with all kinds of food?
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I also use large and deep bowls of stainless steel.
So they throw almost no seeds on the floor.



But with the carrot and pepper sticks it's different.
They bite into the stick once or twice, throw the rest on the floor and take another one.

But I've never worried about that, because their natural habitat is a food surplus area. So their instinct tells them they don't have to save food.
Parrotlets are also South Americans. Perhaps it's the same thing as with linnies.

Another point is that you offer items that are something between shredding toy and food, for example the bird bread. That might encourage her to play with her food.

I can imagine that you are angry because you make such an effort to prepare their meals.
Does Gemma do this with all kinds of food?

No just the expensive seeds and pellets lol.

I just bought two expensive food dishes called the tweeky clean bird food dish. I hope it works.

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Our Quaker will do this. She eats mainly colored pellets and has her favorite colors. The ones that do not meet her color/shape preferences get thrown.

She rarely gets seeds inside the cage but will toss empty shells on nonpreferred seeds to look for one she wants.

When eating fresh foods she will toss apple peels out and more than once I have seen her eating peas one at a time tossing the skin out of her cage before getting the next one.

We are trying to switch her over to the plain pellets our conure eats. If she's hungry she will eat it fine, but it is not as much fun to eat/play with.

Most fresh foods and seeds are given upstairs, usually at the kitchen table. They can get messy but just a little extra work after snacks/meal time.
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Deep bowls for the win haha! I also have hanging drop down feeders in my aviaries but I imagine they wouldn't work in a cage I actually bought a big plastic washing up bowl for my kakarikis because they scratch like chickens, food flies everywhere if I don't use them

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