A little background information to anticipate possible questions:
Over four years ago I got a pair of parakeets. (Holmes and Watson.) They got along great together, were always happy and healthy, and were a great addition to my household. I had upgraded to a larger and better cage several years ago which had plenty of room for more than two parakeets. Not wanting to rock the boat, since the pair I had were doing so well, I did not add more.
Sadly, Holmes passed away shortly after New Year's. At this point, not wanting the remaining bird to be alone, I decided to add three more birds. I waited a couple weeks, then added a new bird, Inspector Lestrade. A few weeks after that I added Professor Moriarty and Irene Adler (The Woman). Are you detecting a theme here?
At any rate, Lestrade has turned out to be a first-rate stinker. I have always kept toys and diversions in the cage, including one of those knotted rope thingamabobs with lots of stuff for the parakeets to unravel/shred/destroy. When it gets too beat up I replace it. Holmes and Watson always had fun with this and I enjoyed watching their industrious demolition escapades. The three new birds really enjoy it, too.
Here is the problem:
Lestrade seems to think that every last thing in the cage is there solely to be destroyed. Millet sprays? He dives right in and picks them clean - not eating the millet, just ripping it up. The Oats & Groats I put in as a treat? he'll stick his head in the seed cup and wiggle it around until all the treats are on the floor of the cage. Again, not eating any of it, just messing it up. I put a honey nut roll in today and he had it picked to pieces in ten minutes, the fourth in a row he has ruined like that. He'll chew through a cuttlebone in a day or so, breaking it into little pieces as he goes.
None of the other birds have much of a chance of enjoying any of the stuff I put in there for them. It's gone just like that.
What can I do?
(Just for the record, Lestrade has not shown any aggression toward any of the other birds. In fact, he and Watson have become best buddies and they groom each other in a very friendly and gentle way.)