During this past summer, my 18-month old African Grey has gotten into the habit of yanking his water dish out of its socket and dumping it on the cage floor. This makes me have to change the cage floor covering since I don't want all sorts of bacteria from growing in the water.
My husband thinks I should keep the cage and water bowls out of the cage except at certain intervals when the bird can get food/water. The problem is, how can I know when he wants food and when he doesn't? Another person suggested I get dishes which lock into place. I believe I have such dishes in his travel cage. You screw them in and the bowls can be twisted off. The problem is, the bird knows how to twist those off too. Any help would be appreciated. We will be going out of two for 8 hours on Saturday. If the bird knocks over his water while we're going, he won't have any for 8 hours.