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#29069 - 04/01/04 05:01 PM throwing food  
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hi...Miss Taylor continues to throw out her pellets and veggies with great gusto...do they all toss their food?...my husband will take her food away from her for 1 hour when the does this...then gives it back to her always...he evens tries to hand feed her and she will toss it out...she is a good eater but it seems like a game to me...when we switched to Harrison High Potency she did this...Harrison's said if she throws out 10 pellets the next time you feed give her 10 less and she will learn to be thrifty...this did work for several weeks and now we are back to tossing her food...for the first time she tossed her veggies...any advise will be appreciated...Lroe

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I don't know about cockatoos, but the tiels i use to have did this for about a week but stopped by themselves afterwards. i think they are just trying to play with you. recently i visited a petshop and there was a goffin too that was throwing wood chips at me :p

how long has your too been at this?

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Both of our birds do this to this very day. We tried the food removal advice and in our case it did not work. Once again I don't think it's very good advice to "force" your bird to conform to your expectations. Our cockatoo suffered (yet another) regression into extreme phobia. Our grey simply took to crouching on the bottom of her cage and begging "whant fud". When given food again (pellets, seeds, fruit or veggies) they would summarily begin tossing again. We have found that with our birds we MUST provide more than enough food. Ours will throw it regardless of how much or little is there and depriving them of food is detrimental to their emotional well being. I know alot of people swear by food removal - alot of people also swear by grabbing a frightened bird by whatever body part possible and removing it from the cage. If you try food removal please pay very close attention to your bird's behavior so that you don't unintentionally cause psychological damage.
Birds posses a natural instinct to toss food. Parrots are notoriously messy in the wild. They take a bite of fruit and toss it to the ground and move on to another one. It is absolutely natural for them to toss their food and be "wasteful". Now, don't get me wrong, I too know pellets are VERY EXPENSIVE. We feed harrison's and it burns my back pocket every time our parrots grab a beak ful and watch it bounce through their grate. However, it is a natural behavior. We have found that covering their pellets with a layer of air popped popcorn or other such "fluff" gives them an opportunity to toss and helps minimize the number of very expensive pellets that wind up on the cage papers. When we feed fresh fruits and veggies (daily) we give them more than enough food specifically so they can toss to their hearts content and still have some to eat. Hope some of this helps. Once again please use caution and realize that you are seeing a manifestation of natural behavior.

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My attitude for food throwing is that it's just another game. I don't think I'd ever try to take food away as any kind of punishment even to try to get them to stop throwing it. I thought that's just what they did.

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I've noticed that when Tsuki is really hungry, she does not throw her food but eats very neatly. I am sure the food throwing is to get attention, and to make noise. Our dog thinks it is great. I did find that putting less food in the bowl at one time helps somewhat. She also throws food she does not like the taste of. She will never throw her favourite food - Mikans - which are mini oranges we have in Japan. They are the size of a grape.

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I would never take food away just because my birds are throwing it. It's part of their nature to do this. In the wild, food is normally abundant. Birds are not efficient eaters and sometimes it's just plain fun to see how far they can throw that piece of broccoli!

All I have to say is...it comes with the territory of having birds. They are messy just as they are noisy and asking them to conform to our standards of living just is wrong.

Just my candid opinion. wink

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Birds are slobs, LOL and w/o them nature would go waaaaayyy off balance. Birds in the wild are the cause of many a plant to grow because of their scattering ways. Watch even our song birds out by the feeders, they are slingers too. They also "plant" things thru the feces, like when berry seeds pass thru them.

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thank you for all your replys...I told my husband I felt all of the cockatoo's "threw food" he is not trying to be mean by taking her food out for 1 hour...(he tries to hand feed her during this time--I hear him say "you silly girl your going to get hungry if you keep throwing your food out)...he NEVER yells at her...He just quotes the Harrison food bag to me...I think I will just tell him that Miss Taylor has not learned to read yet...just be patient--ha ha...thanks..Lroe

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My uncle has an African Grey that loves nuts, so when ever he gives him one, he eats the nut and throws the shell outside to keep his cage clean. But he doesn't play with the food. Do only toos n tiels do this?

btw what is a slob?

#29078 - 04/02/04 12:02 AM Re: throwing food  
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Iron Too, my nanday conure can throw food better than anybody. The wall behind her is an absolute mess everyday and the floor is worse than the toos!!

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It is one of Echo's favorite things to do. I agree with M2Mom, they are slobs! laugh Janet

#29080 - 04/02/04 04:41 AM Re: throwing food  
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My ekkie is the little piggy (no offense to the porcines of the world). She not only throws food, but she smears it on EVERYTHING.

Faith (our M2) is much neater (except when she's into something she really likes and she ends up wearing most of it). Anything she doesn't want, gets tossed over the side of her playstand. I suspect part of that is to watch my exasperated look when I'm scrubbing pomegranite juice off the floor, or to see what happens afterwards (think two year old flushing your glasses or tv remote down the toilet).

My philosophy... tossing food and playing with it makes them happy. So, both birds get plenty of food in different textures, and I get plenty of exercise scrubbing cages, walls, toys, floor, the dogs, etc. <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />

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One of my friend's blue and gold macaws (Big Beak) loves shovel tossing her food.
She pushes her beak to the bottom of the bowl and flings it and looks at you as if to say, "Did you see that?! THAT was a good one...went Really far. Watch me do it again!"
It's a big game for her but watch out for flying hazelnuts smile

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All of my birds throw food. Actually I feel that it goes back to their natural habit from when they are free in nature. That is how seeds are spread and we rengenerate our planet with plants, etc. I certainly waste more food than is used. It has never bothered me. We are just used to it. But I must admit, when I give my birds homemade applesauce, it can get a little messy laugh Otherwise, our dogs love it. They hang out underneath the cages just waiting for the throwing fest to begin smile

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How silly, we were just talking about this last night here.

Our 'Too is a champion food tosser, she goes for distance. Over half her food ends up either in the pan or on the floor each day. We tried (once upon a time) to give her less food in the dish more often, but that didnt work out well. She likes to eat a lot in the mornings, and graze the rest of the day. Because she's so hard to keep at the right weight (shes really not into food ... she'll go without to play if we let her) we just suffer the losses in the pan and on the floor and enjoy the noises of glee she makes while chucking her foods as far as possible.

And.. In our house, its not just the 'Too. One of our African Greys is a great tosser, she can chuck a pellet about 6 feet! The other wouldnt waste food for anything though. Our Macaw wont toss food, but our Ringnecks do... I think its just based on the bird itself.

Try taking those handfulls of wasted food from your floor, and spreading them over a field nearby (or your yard if your brave). The local wild birds really appriciate the treat once in a while (we dont offer it too often, not wanting them to be dependant). We also leave little piles of "wasted food" at the base of a local tree with a huge squirell population (darn fuzzy tailed rats, but they are cute). Our thinking is that because we wont feed her anything thats hit the floor (I know I know, but the 5 second rule does not apply here LOL) that it might as well benefit another creature if possible.

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#29084 - 04/03/04 11:22 AM Re: throwing food  
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The "parrots" have important functions in an ecosystem. Aside from contributing to plant dispersal and propagation, they make food available to a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic animals that otherwise would not be able to access it. Because of this "sloppiness," they are often keystone species in extraordinarily complex food webs. That is why parrot conservation in the wild is so important; so many other species are directly and indirectly dependent upon this one simple behavior of "parrots"

#29085 - 06/10/07 12:33 AM Re: throwing food  
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jlane62, your 'too's name is Echo? smile


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Jerry had mentioned that more than 50% of the 'too's food will be wasted. I have seen these birds eat, and they do waste half of what they are munching on. I haven't seen them throw food, but I'm sure that they do.

Is it not possible to have a large tray (like a cookie sheet) beneath their foraging tray, so that the wasted food can be gathered back up?

I mean, I know you can't do that with the fresh fruits or veggies (you can't feed a 'too leftovers like you can to humans), but couldn't the cookie sheet catch nuts or popcorn, or bird bread chunks? And can't it catch food pellets as well that can be re-fed to the 'too?

I went by PetSmart and saw that bird food pellets, like ZuPreem, are pretty pricey $$$$$! So, if the 'too tosses the longer-lasting food, can it still be gathered and re-fed to them? Or do you HAVE to throw it away? Because if the latter is true, that's discouraging! The cost alone is bad enough, but it's sad to see an animal that's so wasteful! frown


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It is not sad that they are wasteful. <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> They are trying to do their job even as they sit in cages and playstands. Wild parrots are tasked by a higher power to repopulate the natural flora of the environment in which they live. It also drives farmers and orchardists mad because they will pick a fruit or seed head, take one bite and throw the rest down. This is a method to effectively scatter seed on the forest floor, the bird's droppings are a way to fertilize the dropped seeds. It is nature working at it's best! If food id plentiful, rest assured that parrots will waste most of it.

I guess you need to pay more attention when you look at the bottom of a properly provisioned cockatoo's cage or play area. It is littered with wet and dry food, splinters of wood and plastic, rope and the ever present poop! Yes, it is expensive to provide for these animals, properly that is. Plus, one has to clean these areas quite frequently.

In our house, we pick out the toy pieces and use the rest of the food droppings for our wild bird feeding areas. They love it! smile

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Java only throws his food when he is mad. He will do the normal, take a bite and drop the rest. However, the throwing the food out of his bowel is only done when he is angry at me.

Charlie, I do the same thing. I take all the left over food from the bowel and put it in a baggie marked waste. When I get the bag full I take it outside for the birds out there. I never thought about taking the left over from the bottom of the cage. :-)

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"throwing the food out of his bowel is only done when he is angry at me"

Ha ha ha! Michelle, you meant to say BOWL! Food out of his BOWEL would be poop! You mean he throws poop at you when he is mad? laugh


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Charlie, what about this idea ...

What if I used a curved C-shaped dentist's tray? If the food bowl were just above the curve, the 'too would have to move its body into the curve center to get to the bowl. Then any wasted food would spill into the tray, thus no getting lost onto the floor amongst the trash and poop.

This idea doesn't solve the food-throwing waste, but may reduce dropped food waste. Based on your experience, do you know if the dentist's tray would work?


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I checked, dentist trays cost more than newspaper. wink

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Parrots are God's little chipper-shredders, and they are much less noisy than the gasoline-powered models, and far less dangerous! (Even with all the bites they are capable of inflicting; that beak could NEVER do the damage of a chipping machine)
My compost pile is far richer since we have birds, and the neighbourhood wildlife just loves us! A baby bunny was almost underfoot the other day, when I was adjusting the sprinkler on the cages in the yard. I think he had found a few stray pellets washed out of the cage tray, and wanted to see if there were any more. laugh


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I'm sitting here reading and laughing. Cassie loves to toss her food everywhere. And Cocoa our dog just loves Cassie who feeds her everything! Cassie at times likes to use her head as a shovel and scoop big amounts out at a time. She will also do this with her toys. Any clean droppings in her cage go outside to the wild birds. We have some of the fattest little sparrows around. Nancy


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JeffH, lol I think if he could figure a way to do it he would. When he gets angry at me he is a little stinker

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My tiel loves to make a game out of it.

When my U2 gets mad, she'll give me "the eye" and slowly pick up claw fulls of food and casually throw it. All the while staring at me with a "whatcha gonna do about it?" look.

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There are many things you can teach a parrot(bird). Being neat isn't one of them.

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Mookie, can't you just firmly say to your bird "That's not acceptable!"?

Like that one veternarian did? Wouldn't the bird eventually learn not to throw its food? Or it that a discipline that's totally hopeless to empower onto them?


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I agree with ladyhawk and charlie,birds,as all beings,serve a purpose in the ecosystem.I suspect the earth would be much different without their"wastefulness".Have you been reading about the decline in the bee population and the effects it will have on plantlife?Scary!!


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I could.
But as stated, birds are naturally messy. Its just embedded in their nature.
In the wild, theres no need for them to worry about where their food goes.

When Luna picks up food and tosses it while giving me "the eye," its usually because I have not spent as much time with her that particular day, or some other factor that has miffed her.
I could raise my voice at her, but it doesn't accomplish anything. And I don't want to scare her. Not to mention, it actually IS my fault if I haven't spent the time with her that she's used to. :-p

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I'm with you Mookie, thankfully when Cassie is feeling ignored she hasn't thought of taking whole clawfuls at a time, but she carefully selects the pellets she DOESN't like (she won't eat the yellow ones) and throws them out one at a time. SO I hear click . . . click . . . click, until I go play with her. <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />

Also, my dog is one of the best ways to recycle used parrot food, she cleans up almost everything they throw out of their cages, INCLUDING pellets! laugh


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haha Cassies_girl.

My dog used to be the wonder vacuum of parrot food.
Unfortunately, I had to have her put down because of cancer a few years ago frown

Some day I'll get another one though smile

(If only for the recycling of parrot food factor :p )

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One day I was extremely busy with my home based "desk job". My mother (who my M2 does not like) came over to help out w/some household chores. My familyroom has tile flooring and and Echo's cage sits by my desk. My mom had JUST finished sweeping, saving the area around Echo's cage for last. The MOMENT she was done he proceeded to fling the entire contents of his food bowl onto the floor.

I laughed...she didn't. <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />


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Oh they sure know how to get a rise out of certain people don't they <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />

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Cricket always throws her pellets to the bottom of her cage or the floor so that she can go down and get them. She doesn't do this with her veggies unless it is something that she doesn't like. It is so cute when she goes down on the floor gets her pellet and a bead...not sure why the bead but she always does and then she crawls back up the chair so she can eat it on top...lol...she looks like a tiny mountain climber...all you see at first is her orange feathers and then the rest of her comes into sight. <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> She could easily fly up with it but she seems to prefer to walk and climb.
Bud-Bud (G2) on the other hand NEVER throws his pellets out...he is a very careful eater and only throws out things from his veggie bowl that he doesn't like...he doesn't waste one crumb of his pellets.

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When Emmy has only pellets available and she wants something else she crouches with one foot on the side of the bowl and one foot in and stirs the pellets. She starts slowly and if no one responds she sticks her head in the bowl, squawks, and stirs faster. Some of the pellets get moving so fast they fly out of the bowl--she uses her foot to drop/toss the remainder. Once her mission is accomplished she lifts one foot in and out of the bowl, stopping occasionally to spread her toes and show an empty foot. She always gets something else. Guess she’s spoiled and we’re well trained. <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />

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<img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> They know how to have fun, don't they! <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />

Mookie, I'm sorry about your dog frown , Bear is 11, and her age is starting to show, but I hate to think what's coming a few years down the road, time flies so fast.

Just an informal survey here: how many of you have gotten rid of most of the carpet in your house? In the last ten years we have switched our whole 1st floor to tile, laminate, and linoleum. Between the dog, kids, birds, and husband I would put in concrete with a drain in the middle to hose it all down twice a day if I could! <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> But now every night after I've tucked everyone else in I just sweep the den, living room, and kitchen and wipe up with a damp paper towel and it only takes about ten minutes. I don't miss the carpet at all!


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Add my U2 to the others that throws his food when he is really, really mad. Uh, like 10 minutes ago matter of fact. laugh Better go get the broom and dustpan.

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My day hasn't begun until I've skated across the wood floor and nearly broken my neck thanks to a stray pellet stuck to the bottom of my slipper. smile

It's an unfortunate irony that most birds hate/are afraid of brooms and vacuums, given how often it becomes necessary for them to encounter one another. Has anyone tried a Roomba? Seems like it might be bird friendlier in not having a big stick attached to it. I'd love to see a parrot chasing a Roomba.

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Emmy, there's a question...

Sure, it's the nature of the 'too to toss its food, but if it starts getting away with it too often (and you keep allowing the mess and wasted food) doesn't that mean the 'too is getting spoiled, and thus controlling you too much? I mean, I know we want to love these birds, but we also know NOT to spoil them.

The 'too must be treated with kindness, but must not "have its way all the time / What are you going to do about it". Where do you draw the line between love and discipline, between occassional fits and total "spoiled brat" behavior? confused

Human or parrot, I will NEVER allow my child to be spoiled! shocked


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I'm enjoying this post as well. We also have the "food-chain" at home. The chihuahua patiently waits at the bottom of the birds playstand (where she has her dinner) and waits to see what the bird will see fit to toss her that evening. I swear the bird teases that little dog with tastey morsels on purpose!
What a system!


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It's incredibly easy to get wrapped around those adorable scaly bird feet.
BTW excessive food choices don't count as spoiled. smile

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LMAO...great thread......I no longer have to sweep the tossed food off the floor...I prepare it....walk to the trash can and dump it in!!!!

KIDDING but sometimes Ive thought about it.

When my Grey, Fred isnt happy his bowl is full of the good stuff...like Harrisons...which I hate sweeping up....he bangs in his bowl yelling HEY!!! HEY!!! HEY!!! COME HERE!!! He will do that untill I bring him something else. If I dont bring it fast enough I swear it looks like he is bathing in the pellets the way he tosses them everywhere.
I have learned the less you put in the bowl, the less inclined my birds seem to want to re seed my bird room....if I over fillthey seem to know its ok to eat some and plant some. LMAO Its what they do and I wouldnt change one thing about it. {I do wish Harrissons didnt cost so much}

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Rocco starts throwing food every time I sweep the floor or vaccuum. Maybe it's his way of encouraging me to get some exercise.

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I learned the hard way when it came to carpet.

My house had it.
My new apartment doesn't. :-p
I'll bet you can guess why.

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It's kind of fun to watch him throw food. I salvage the much of it and feed it to my hens. I've got Harrison-fed Black Australorps. I bet I'm benefitting from it by consuming their eggs... Talk about a food chain!!

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Now Twister...thats a thought. It appears I need to go buy some chickens!! ROFLMAO! Some how after the initial set up and care...I think I will save money by feeding the chickens the tossed harrisons!!

LOL LOL

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<img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> Love these stories! I just can’t decide whether to get a Roomba or a couple of hens.

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Hens, I'd say. They eat bugs, too.

#29119 - 06/16/07 02:48 AM Re: throwing food  
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I kept hens for a while as well years ago.
Call it a teenage quirk :-p
My family wasn't to excited about it, but I loved each and every one of those dumb birds.

When I can have a place with a bit more land, I'm planning on having chickens again :p

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You know, I take back what I said earlier.
It IS true that parrots waste half of the food they are given, but who are WE to talk?

WE HUMANS also waste a lot of the food WE eat! I seriously doubt most of us eat everything on our plate, or all of the fixings at the dinner table. And our children usually don't eat all of their meal either. frown

Sometimes WE can be more wasteful than our birds.


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Human waste is far worse than parrot waste. We waste indescriminately, parrot's waste helps to scatter seed on the forest floor for regrowth and anything else forms compost around the seeds. It is the efficiency of nature. It is hard for humans to deal with because they are too far removed to understand, or want to understand.

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Q: When I got married, my wife came with a much-beloved Amazon parrot. I will say without any hesitation that this is not a pet I would have chosen for myself, but my wife was absolutely clear on the subject that she and the bird were a package deal. We've been married almost two years now, and we've all three had to make adjustments, but things are generally OK. One of the things that still bothers me, though, is the amount of food this bird wastes. I think for every 5-pound bag of pricey parrot food we get from the vet's office, the bird eats 2 pounds and throws the rest away. He also gets "people food" and throws most of that away, too.

My wife says this is the way parrots are, and we can't "recycle" the clean bits back into his bowl. I say it would be nice if he'd eat the food we pay for. Can you help? -- R.B., via e-mail

A: Your wife's right: Parrots waste a lot of food and that's just the way it is. In the wild, this is part of the plan: When birds scatter the remains of their meals, they're also scattering seeds far and wide.

Additionally, in a caged environment the food is usually dumped into the dropping tray, "recycling" just isn't safe. For health and sanitary reasons, cage papers should be changed and all food should be picked up and thrown out at least once daily, and the dishes thoroughly cleaned and refilled.

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Bill will call my cat over (in his old house he'd call the dogs) and throw food at him. He also throws whatever he's finished with. He'll throw it when he's mad. I haven't found a system to have food with him all the time, so we feed him throughout the day. If he's not hungry...."wiiiing" it's across the room.


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Snow White hurls food out of the cage and then crawls up to try to try to get an eye on the dogs to see if they will come over to get it. Pretty funny.

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Poncho is a champion food tosser. But the only time he does this is when my husband comes home..because he knows it will keep my attention on him not pulling out his food bowl and purposely turning it over.

In the event that he doesn't get my attention as quickly as he wants he will stand and while looking at me, and I swear smiling, he will reach one of those feet in, pick up a claw full of food and just drop it. He will do this over and over until I don't have any choice but to remove his food bowl for a while.

He knows what he is doing...I'm sure of it. It is a behavior that I need to break and I'm thinking of ways of trying. He's such a stinker!

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My Macaw is more of a food tosser than the M2, but both do it. The foods that aren't at the top of their lists are the first to go. They would never toss a nut. (I only give nuts as a treat, occasionally)

I've learned to stack their food dish with the good stuff on top and the things like broccoli on the bottom. I also add food throughout the day since they don't go down on the floor to retrieve the tossed stuff.

I think it's just a game or they do it to get a reaction.

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