Conure jenday going under paper

by Rachel
(Wisconsin)

Why does my bird go to the bottom and start pecking the paper at the bottom of the cage and lifts the newspaper up and goes under it

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Feb 05, 2013
Conure jenday going under paper
by: Anonymous

Birds should not have direct access to the papers they pooh on.

Reason for this is to keep the bird in a clean, safe area, if they have access to the pooh papers in the ccages this will cause bacterial infections, causing the bird to become ill.

It would be cheaper, and best for the bird if you buy a cage that has bars at the bottom preventing him from having access to the papers below it. Vet bills can get expensive, so it's cheaper to prevent future illness!

Birds like paper, they love to shred it. I give my birds paper balls... I just get packing paper, or plain white printer paper, ball it up... and let them shred! I sometimes even hide grapes blueberries or other fruits in the middle. It's a great foraging activity, and costs nothing!

Feb 05, 2013
Conure jenday going under paper
by: Linda

As Tracie said, all bird cages need grates in the bottom that fit the cage they are in and their feet. Too large spacing on the grate will cause birds to possibly break a leg. Too small a grate will get toes caught and pulled off. So grate size needs to be for the bird and cage.

Many years' ago when I bought my pair of Red Lored Amazons, they had had to spend several months in a cage with no grate. Well, they liked playing in the bottom and occasionally ate the poop. When I got them home, we had several months of treating for bacterial infections that kept coming back because they now had a habit of going into the bottom to play. Their new cage had a grate, but it did not stop them from playing down there. Avian vet suggested I start cleaning the bottoms every day because he said bacteria would not grow in just a 24 hour period. So that's what I did, clean cage, grates and bottom pans every single day. Finally broke the cycle of infection, so it was worth the effort. Some birds will not go into the nasty bottom and some will. For those who do, it takes diligence to keep them infection free. It's easier to clean cage every day than pay for avian vet visits and meds all the time. Plus too much antibiotics causes fungal yeast infections, so then you have double trouble with getting them well again. Been there, done that, and don't want a t-shirt!!!

Linda

Feb 05, 2013
Going under paper
by: Anonymous

My bird likes to play with the paper at the bottom of her cage, too. Sometimes she chews it and hides under it playing peek a boo. My cage does have a grate and I put the paper over it. The cage is cleaned and papers changed every morning. I find it to be a lot cleaner this way rather than having to scrape the poop off the grate all the time. My bird also likes to play with coins and other small objects in her cage and if her stuff fell through the grate she would be very upset.

Feb 04, 2013
Conure going under paper at bottom of cage
by: Tracie

The issue here is that you do not have a cage that has a grate to keep the bird from getting to the poopy paper. Your bird could get a bacterial infection from playing around and eating spoiled food on the bottom of the cage.

Your bird is could be wanting to nest and lay eggs. It doesn't have to have a mate to start laying eggs, conures do this all the time. It could just like hiding under the paper though.

If your bird doesn't eat a high quality pellet diet, then your bird may become egg bound if it starts laying eggs. If you see the bird sitting fluffed and straining with a swollen vent, then you just have a few hours to get the bird to an avian vet or the bird will die.

To prevent egg binding feed your bird 80% Harrison's or Roudybush pellets and only 20% healthy treats, and that includes seed.

Here is our Switching Birds To Pellets article if you need to switch your bird to a pellet diet.

Really work on finding a new cage for the bird though. It should be no smaller than 18 x 18 and should have a grate at the bottom with a slide out tray that you can put the newspaper on.

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