Pellets,walls and feathers
I recently converted my 2 budgies and 2 cockatiels to a pellet diet and there are a few things i wanted to know. Firstly i leave pellets in the cages all day and only give them seeds for an hour or so at night. When i put the seeds in they all go crazy as if they haven't eaten in ages is this normal?
I know that they've been eating the pellets cos after a few days the dishes are empty with no traces left in the cage at all. I can't leave the seeds in all day as they will completely ignore the pellets. Should i put the seed in for longer or more periods throughout the day?
My next qn is about brick walls. I always let my birds hang out with me when i'm on the computer. They have a nice spot on the desk covered in paper to prevent mess. The problem is that the room is very small and the desk is up against the wall. All my birds always start chewing the bricks in the wall and the cement in between them. I don't think they're eating it just chewing i wanted to know if this is bad for them.
My last qn is about my 2 year old tiel jewel. She is a feather plucker and has been to the vet numerous times with no answers to her problem. As well as changing her to pellets i have just got her to eat fruits and vegies she won't eat much but she's getting better. I have noticed in the last couple of days that she is looking less bald and has some really nice feathers coming in that she hasn't shredded yet. I wanted to know if the pellets and the vegies could have something to do with it.
She hasn't stopped completely i still catch her chewing on a feather shes pulled out now and then but not as often. She has plenty of toys and gets lots of attention so i'm really hoping the new diet has a big effect on the plucking. Thanks for all your help.