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Throwing Food

Hi, I'm looking for advice.
I have a 19 year old African Grey that I've owned for 18 years. He suddenly has changed his eating behavior that I don't know how to deal with. I change his seed dish every night and have been for many years, I feed him the same feed mix that I have always fed him and I also give him a variety of fruit and veggies. Just recently he has started to throw all the food out so by morning there is very little left. He has never done this all the years I've had him. What's going on? Can anyone give me some suggestions?
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:32 PM
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Re: Throwing Food

I used to own a parrotlet that would throw her millet, seeds/pellets and everything all around the room. (though she always still had enough to eat). I always thought of it as a way for her to entertain herself. I didn't mind much because I vacumed and cleaned almost everyday because of my dads allergys. Maybe he's just having fun?

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Re: Throwing Food

could be a "just for fun thing" if he/she's bored ... what I would do is start to put a little less food in the dish at night so there's not as much waste, and hopefully if your grey empties out the food dish once he'll learn that he shouldn't do that ...
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Re: Throwing Food

From one grey person to another grey person. Welcome first of all to a wonderful forum. I suggest you take all food out of the cage just at bedtime and start fresh the next morning. Do you give your grey mental and physical stimulation? They need so much of that. Have you tried forgaing. Check out the parrot enrichment site. The link is located here under community at the top of the page. How much out of cage time does bird get? They love the puzzle toys. Even music and videos of other parrots are good. I teach my bird tricks for treats and she loves it. Hope this helps you and birdie.
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Old 03-07-2010, 03:46 PM
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Re: Throwing Food

There are also wonderful mind-stimulating parrot puzzles that you can buy. I don't know the name of these, but you can hide food inside of a toy and the parrot has to turn knobs and press buttons to get to the reward. Just like SB said, Greys are very smart parrots that need a lot of mental stimulation. Try not to overfill the food bowl as well, to reduce waste.
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Re: Throwing Food

Thanks to all that replied. I will try the trick of only giving him a small amount of food at night and give him more in the morning and see what happens. It could be he is just doing this for fun. I worry that he isn't getting enough to eat now but he is still active and doesn't look thin.
I know he isn't getting out as much as he should so I will work on that also. When I am back in the States I will look for some puzzle toys and check out the enrichment site. Thanks for the good suggestions.
Now I have to figure out how to get him to the States.
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Re: Throwing Food

Welcome on board, sure you going to enjoy the ride !!!!
Make sure the bird has enough toys to entertain and stimulate himself with.

How coincidental is this...... Yesterday I read your post, could not reply immediately.
THEN today out of the blue, Mishka, my AG, just over 2 years old, started throwing her pellets EVERYWHERE..... I was working in my office, when I hear them falling. Went and cleaned up (yipe something we always doing haha) a few minutes later, same thing happened. This occurred 5 times in total. I then changed some toys around in her cage ( I do this every month) then the pellet throwing stopped for a while. I reckon she was just looking for attention. Then I realized that I had forgotten to play her, her Cd's. When ever she's in her cage, a CD is played to her continuously. Once the CD began playing, the pellets remained where they should Lol.
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Re: Throwing Food

That is a coincidence! What kind of cd's do you play? I have to say that my resources are very limited here. I ship in 75 lbs. of proper parrot food every year. Maybe I'll get online to see how I can get some more toys. I did bring some toys from the last time I was in the States, but Mickey already chewed those up.
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Re: Throwing Food

Typical birds, always destroying what we give them LoL. Keep the toys he has destroyed, collect them, and when you have enough make one from them.

I made a CD with my voice saying the words I have taught her.
When she says the word correctly, I added more words.
Eg: doggies then I added on doggies woof woof
then added on doggies are barking woof woof
then added on Jenny's doggies are barking woof woof
Go into video's check them out.
I reckon it's one way of teaching them, and stops them from becoming bored.
If you require assistance, on how to make the CD, using your computer, I will gladly assist you.


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Re: Throwing Food

Jade, our RFM, threw a classic tantrum yesterday. I don't even remember what started it, we probably said No to something. But she was flying around screeching, landed on Max's perch and started tossing all of the pellets out of his snack bowl. I honestly expected her to flop onto the floor to kick and scream.

This is the only time I've seen either of our birds just throw their food. Your average 3 year old child had nothing on her tantrum yesterday.
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