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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-03-2009, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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What do you use in the tray of the cage for your bird(s)? Bedding, newspaper or something else?

Every once in a while, I use white paper towels so I can easily monitor the birds' droppings to ensure they are normal. The rest of the time, I simply use newspaper.

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I use newspaper. We get the daily paper so I have a good supply. Monitoring their poops is important, like Nick said. I have to say that as far as my linnie is concerned, her poo gets monitored every day by just looking at the shirt I am wearing.
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I use newspaper, I've tried other thing but always end up back to the newspaper. I have been known to iron it before I cut it to size. YES, I'm some kind of a nut. But it fits better that way and in the long run I think it saves me time. I fold it over and run a knife along and zoom it's done. Any other nuts out there?

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newspaper. I always see the breeders using that brown bedding stuff, with a grate above it of course, and thought about doing the same with the grey. Seeing that the greys droppings are HUGE!! lol.
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I'm a newspaper fan too, I also put folded paper towel under their sleep perches as my cockatiel seems to do a small mountain of poop sometime between sleeping and waking hours , it makes it easier to dispose of the next day.
Patty I thought I was a neat freak/ nut, but ironing the newspaper is a new one on me
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I use newspaper, I've tried other thing but always end up back to the newspaper. I have been known to iron it before I cut it to size. YES, I'm some kind of a nut. But it fits better that way and in the long run I think it saves me time. I fold it over and run a knife along and zoom it's done. Any other nuts out there?
You iron your newspaper? I have heard everything, now. Why can't I stop laughing. I hate ironing my own clothes much less the paper for the birds to poop on. You will get the parront of the year award for that one Patty.
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I've never had an award, so NUT of the year is GOOD, heheheh I don't iron my clothes. I go to all that trouble and the birds go down and the first thing they do is chew up the paper so the poo gets on the tray. I just can't win!!!!!!!!!!

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LOL Patty, that is just TOO funny! I cannot imagine!

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Did I win? heheheheh

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Haha, patty, that's too funny! I've been known to dampen the paper and press it under a book or something if it just won't lay flat, but not iron it!

I just use newspaper. We get it anyways and I'd hate to spend extra money on something that's going to get pooped on and shredded!



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I use newspaper and every now and then shredded paper under Callie's grate.
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I use newspaper, too. the same philosophy Jenny mentioned "we allready get it, and its just going to get pooped on"

My first budgie, Morrie, had a cage that was the exact size and shape as a local paper here that we didn't get because of its politics/trashiness, but since it was a perfect size, i would go pick one up in the evening sometimes from one of the street vendors- they would hand them out for free by the end of the day, just to get rid of the ones that didn't sell. It was a joke in the family for a while that we regularly subscribed to that paper so the bird could poop on it.

Now both my birds have cages that aren't the size of any particular newspaper, so i use the leftover newspaper we really do subscribe to, but have to fold it in crazy ways to get it to fit.
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Newspaper
I dont use peper towels as they rip them up
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oooh I don't have the patience to iron the paper patty, but if I did I probably would, I'm a bit of a nut to - but I just fold it and make it fit :P (I use newspaper as well)

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I use newspaper, I just cut it and that's as far as it goes :P
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I use wood crisps I tried newspaper ones.. Never again! I hated it It didn't smell nice, and it became a mess very quickly.. Also, my birds want to walk over the floor, and with the newspapers they didn't liked that at all.. So I changed back very quick to the wood crisps, which I really like and the birds too

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For the small birds I use white paper towels. For the big birds and the lorikeet I use walnut bedding and scoop it everyday and change it once a week for Emma and Merlin and twice to three times a week for the lory and lorikeet.
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I use newspaper too!

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I use white paper towels or newspaper. I like the free ad newspapers that are found in most grocery store's entrance, but I always feel guilty taking more than 1.

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I use paper towels. I don't like the smell of newspapers and we used them at first with Millie and she didn't like the smell either. I find it really handy to buy the cheapest towels I can and especially like the one that is tearable at half size. I only have to use three towels for each cage. If I end up with the full size I just tear it but hubby folds is and cuts it with a knife.. nice and neat
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