Lisa Shea

Please Help ME

Posted By: NikkiT

Please Help ME - 01/27/09 09:36 PM

Hi everyone, i have not been on in a long time, but i need some advise. I have 3 babies, Bootzy(F), Sammy(M), and Kami(F)
Kami is in her won cage b/c the other 2 pick on her. But my problem now is Bootzy keep emptying her food dish. I can't figure why. She will literaly get inside the dish and start flicking out the food. I fill it in AM and by afternoon it is gone and i have watched and she is NOT eating it, she is taking her feet and scrapingit out of dish. Does anyone have any suggestions on whats going on here? TIA
Posted By: kksuns

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 09:40 PM

Could she be trying to find a place to nest?
Posted By: NikkiT

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 09:41 PM

I have no clue. Is there anyway i can tell if she is?
And what should I do?
Posted By: ___JA

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 09:42 PM

That sounds like a possibility. I have no idea how to tell, but maybe one of the 'breeding experts' on here can help out, when they come on.
Posted By: Draw_me_a_Bunny

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 09:50 PM

One of my female keets started doing this a few months ago out of the blue, automatically I thought she was trying to nest but after a few weeks she more or less quit.
Posted By: NikkiT

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 09:52 PM

I just get irritated b/c she is wasting so much food. LOL That stuff isn't cheap. And i refill it because i dont want them to go hungry.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 10:05 PM

I can't help re: possible nesting behavior, but may I suggest finding a rock or several large pebbles (scrubbed well) to put in the food dish? It'll take up some room, so there'll be less food wasted.
Posted By: NikkiT

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 10:06 PM

Thanks for the tip, i will try that, but what if she is nesting, and i dont get her a nesting box, what happens?
Posted By: 1BlueBird

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 10:12 PM

Could be nesting, but the bird I have now & the bird I had before did this when we gave them food they did not like. As soon as we bought the food they where used to they went back to eating & stopped kicking/pecking it out. (picky little guys)
Posted By: TMI_Ash

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 10:14 PM

If she's in a breedy mood and there's no nest box nothing will happen. She will most likely think it's not a good time to nest, and move on.
Posted By: NikkiT

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 10:20 PM

Right, i had switched, I was adding the Egg-cite to their food but I started that around Dec 1st, and she just started this a few days ago. So i didnt think i could be the food switch.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 11:32 PM

My best guess (and that is all it is-with 4 boys I have no "female" keet behavior experience), would be she is trying to nest. As was mentioned, if she is in breeding mode (is her cere dry and crusty?) but NOT with egg, it would actually be good to discourage the nesting behavior with the rocks in the food dish.

That will also create more of a foraging environment for getting the seeds and would be good too.

I have no idea how you tell if she is "with egg" but maybe if you posted that question in the breeding forum? Have you seen any "activity"?
Posted By: joandboys

Re: Please Help ME - 01/27/09 11:58 PM

My Sweetie used to kick the big hard pellets from this food I gave him and talk to the empty corner. He liked kicking things out.

You have gotten a lot of good suggestions. I think she might be nesting or she might just like sitting in the dish. My Sweetie is a boy and when he was a baby he used to sit in the soft seed and rest.

You could reduce the size of the seed cup and buy a couple more and put them around the cage in various places. They would still have their food but it wouldn't make such a comfy nest.
Posted By: kksuns

Re: Please Help ME - 01/28/09 12:28 AM

If she is in breeding mode, maybe if you shorten the amout of light she gets would help.
Did you happen to switch food? Like Bluebird said maybe she doesn't like the food. What if you use a dif dish in a dif place?
IDK, just throwing ideas out there LOL
Posted By: big bad momma

Re: Please Help ME - 01/28/09 12:48 AM

totally agree with pudgie mom,females will do that when their tying to build a nest.how old is she?my suggestion is to move things around in the cage.when they become too comfortable they will do that and sometimes lay eggs.
Posted By: Cetan

Re: Please Help ME - 01/28/09 09:41 AM

Sweetgirl does that sometimes, usually if there is any new seed or pellets in the food dishes. She especially likes the sound the expensive pellets make when hitting the bottom of the cage, and they are in dishes too small for her to sit in so it is not that she is trying to nest, just telling me she is displeased with the food selection. She usually stops after a few days. But I put more dishes in the cage with less seed in each and the outside birds are well fed - I throw the seed she has tossed on the bottom of the cage outside on my balcony.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Please Help ME - 01/28/09 12:59 PM

You could also try using silo feeders. A creative big that simply likes to toss food can still do so but most won't. Don't switch all at once though. Add one or two and when you see them eating out of them, then remove the other ones that they are used to.

Personally, I don't use the dishes that came with my cage. They are too big and I don't like them that big.
Posted By: guess what?

Re: Please Help ME - 01/28/09 10:50 PM

I don't have any real advice to give you that every one else has already said, but my handful hen Snezana would get up in the food bowl and lye down and eat what was around her, she kicked around a bit but just to get her legs buried in the food. She does it almost every day. Not sure why though. lazy indulgence perhaps? food fetish maybe.
Posted By: BLR

Re: Please Help ME - 01/28/09 11:01 PM

Snezana is instinctly scratching - that would be how she would find food if you were not feeding her. The scratch around for insects and any other tidbit they can find.
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