1 and half yr old male timneh has started dropping food out of his bowl like hes bored.

by tiffany
(windsor, on, canada)

hello, my 1 and half yr old male timneh, has decreased his intake of food and is now starting to pick up his food and throw it onto the cage bottom.he has never displayed this behavior before. i am concerned because he is not putting out as much excretions as before, but when he does it appears normal, he is not appearing sick his energy level is normal, although he has only just started doing this in the last 2 weeks and i am the second owner of him. for 5-6 months i have owned him now.

while i am a stay at home parent, i think hes displaying boredome, and someone told me to switch his food to different bowl locations in his cage so he has to find it rather then expect it in the same bowl always. should i be concerned about this behavior. is it a sign he is becoming sick, or is it more behavioral. and if so, what can i do to make him happier so he will be encouraged to eat his food rather then waste it. thx. tiff

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Oct 15, 2011
Bird dropping food from bowl
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, this could be an indication of illness, although behavioral problems can contribute to this behavior. I recommend that you have him examined by an avian veterinarian immediately. The advice of moving his bowl is good. But you should do even more. Do some searches for foraging on the internet to get more ideas. I developed a foraging bowl that works great. It is called the Satellite Foraging Bowl. There are so many other foraging options that will help prevent boredom.

Foraging Feeders

Dr B

Oct 13, 2011
1 and half yr old male timneh has started dropping food out of his bowl like hes bored.
by: Linda

First of all, do not move anything around in his cage. Birds do not like changes of any kind, and this will make him crazy rather than help.

I believe he is sick and needs to be examined for infections or other physical problems by an Avian Vet only. Do not take him to a dog and cat vet as they will misdiagnose him and over medicate him because they don't know anything about birds.

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I also would like to say that he needs to be taken out of cage quite a bit so he can interact with you. If he's stuck in a cage with no toys all day, he will lose his mind.

My strong feeling is that he's sick, and birds cover their illness until they're too sick to stand up.

Once he's been examined and treated if sick, get him onto organic pellets. If you're feeding him all seed diet, he is starving and will be sick all the time. The best one we have here is Harrison's though there are several to choose from. The change over takes time and here is a link to an article about how to go about it:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Make sure he is thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet before making any changes in diet. You may also wish to get a book or two about parrots in general and yours in particular. Parrots are highly intelligent and very emotional and need lots of interaction, love and commitment from their human caretakers. Please find out all you can about parrots because until you understand who he IS, you will not be able to help him, and he needs help right here and right now.

Thanks for writing, and let us know what Avian Vet has to say.

Linda

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