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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-01-2015, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question New Cockatiel Owner

Hi,
I am new to this forum, as well as owning birds...
I have a messy problem with my 3 month old cockatiel , and that it often takes the seed out of the feeder, to eat it on the perch. More than often, he drops it onto the cage floor, making a mess

Sometimes when I approach his cage, he looks me in the eye, then tosses the seed outside the cage

Another problem is that he tends to stay on the upper perches, demanding that I bring his feeder above (he would call me and try to lift up the door for the food opening) . At first I thought it was because he couldn't come down, but turns out he can! (I filmed him when I went out and saw he can go down perfectly fine).

I was wondering if anyone has encountered similar problems and any suggestions

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Welcome to the forum.

It sounds like your cockatiel is teaching YOU how to be its slave.

My budgie also takes a seed out of the food dish and jumps up on a higher perch to eat it causing the seed husks to fly all over the place instead of just in the food dish. Its not anything you should worry about, your bird is young and just getting a feel for his food and his eating habits might change in time.

Birds do toss seeds around and the husks will fly around as well when they jump or flap in their cages, this happens with every bird in a cage. You can put a seed guard or seed catcher around the birds cage to catch the flying husks and seeds he tosses.

Really I advise you just get use to it and face the fact that there will be seeds and mess and you should vacuum around the cage every night before you cover the cage for the bird to sleep.

I vacuum sometimes 2 times a day, I vacuum every night before I cover the bird in his cage this is because I live in a house that sometimes gets mice when the weather gets cold. I don't want to attract pests so I learned to be vigilant in cleaning.

Don't fret about a messy bird, like I said he's still young you really don't know what he will be like for a while yet.


This is what a seed guard or seed catcher looks like, you can either buy one or make one they aren't that difficult to create.













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Mr. Peepers already told you about normal parrot's eating habits.
I'm afraid you'll have to get used to them.
It's also normal that birds always prefer to sit on the very top.



I placed their food bowls on the upper half of the aviary so that they are relaxed when eating.
My linnies eat their seeds fine. But they hold their carrot sticks in their feet, take one bite and let the rest fall onto the cage floor.
That's normal linnie behavior. In nature they live in food surplus areas, so that's their normal eating habit.
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I'm sure we will hear that your cockatiel has decided he likes the bottom of his cage sometime soon. This is a typical tiel trait I was never happy when they did it, my tiels use to dig around on the bottom of the cage ripping up paper and causing a bigger mess sometimes I found them eating their droppings.

I had to get a cage with a grate to place over the bottom tray to keep the tiels from ripping and tossing paper strips everywhere and rooting around for seeds or food that dropped from when they ate earlier.

That use to drive me nuts! Tiels are adventure!





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Thank you for you replies I didn't know it was normal behavior so I was worried...

It just surprised me that they suddenly didn't want to go down, because before they were mostly at the bottom of the cage

But anyways, thank you again for your replies

I look forward to getting to know more about cockatiels through this forum
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All birds drop seeds when they eat. This is natures way of replanting. Outside it is a good thing. Inside it makes extra work. But our feathered mess makers are worth it.
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I'm a new bird owner too. My bird pretty much eats his pellets over his bowl so there's not much mess there. It when he stands there with a Nutriberry in his hand and eats bits of it and other bits go flying. Seed particles are just messy. Luckily my bird keeps most of the mess in his cage and it just falls through the grate. I guess it might go on the floor but I don't see it. First my eyesight is rather poor, and second, there is carpet in the room so maybe the little bits are camouflaged. I vacuum maybe once a week whether I see anything on the floor or not. I'm sure things are about to change because I plan on pulling all of the carpet out of my house and replacing it with tile.
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