paper ripping

by Jim
(Sarasota Cnt, FL)

my amazon is paper ripping and making into balls. doesn't eat them. she is moulting. she is 19 and never done this before. she acts normal

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Dec 16, 2011
paper ripping
by: Jim

Thanks so much for the info. It is helpful. She is on pellet and fresh food. Never shreds in her cage. I will change the paper she is shredding in the evening to a cotton paper. Thanks so much!

Dec 16, 2011
Paper Ripping
by: Anonymous

You should always provide your bird with different materials to preen. Paper is safe. Just make sure it's not the paper at the bottom of her cage that she soils on. This could cause her to become ill. It's alright to give your bird cardboard from like cereal boxes, or ball up paper towels throw them in, let her shred it. Newpaper is not recommended due to the dyes and inks they use. The ink rubs off onto her feathers. My IRN I give her blank printer paper that is made from cotton. (Yes, they have cotton paper, you can tell by the watermarks buy it from the local officemax/office depot).
If your bird enjoys shredding paper, why not let her? Just make sure it's safe, and clean. Remove any papers she might soil. Her cage should also have bars seperating her from pooh tray she soils on, to prevent her from having access to that paper. Birds likes and dislikes change, just like people. It's better she tears up papers then plucking.

Dec 16, 2011
paper ripping
by: Linda

If this is a new and different behavior, this is an indication of a possible illness. If it's been more than a year since her last Avian Vet checkup, please take her now to see if she has a physical problem.

It is very important to take all birds in for a yearly checkup and even more important for those getting older. Diet is also a very important issue, and if she's still on an all seed diet, it is time to begin to change her over to an organic pelleted diet. There are several kinds found here with Harrison's being the best. It takes time to change from seeds to organic pellets, and here is an article written by an Avian Vet on how to go about it:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Make no changes until she has been seen and either cleared or treated for any physical issues. Birds eating all seed diets are apt to have problems with liver, so have some basic bloodwork done while at the Avian Vet to see where she stands as for organ function.

Also, make sure the paper she is tearing up is non-printed newspaper as the ink is toxic. You can find roll ends at your local newspaper office for almost no money, and these are clean with no print at all on them. We use this paper for our birds cages, and it goes a long way too.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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