How do I stop an 8 yr. old white-bellied Caique from chewing EVERYTHING?

White bellied Caique with leg raised, isolated on white
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I place Peaches on the top.


After a while she’ll get bored climb down the ladder for exercise and have some treats then climb back up.


If I see she has that needy look in her eyes I will grab and pet her for a while then move her to another stand with another ladder, toys and treats.


I cannot keep her from going on our human furniture but I can offer her alternatives which provide comfort zones.


Birds are unable to make the distinction between $100 birds stand and $6000 armoires – they’re both wood.


I pride myself on being creative, a couple of years ago, I sprained my leg and was relegated to bed.


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Not wanting to keep Peaches stuck in her cage she stayed on the swing I had hung from a reading lamp (note vet wrap for grip at the top) previously.


The swing I chose has enough shapes and sizes that she can climb the swing to get to the top of the lamp.


I brought in her “dad’s desk stand” in the background as a secondary place for her to perch. Newspaper covers the night stand (and the floor next to it) She has a heavy ceramic crock (won’t tip) for food.  


A drawer full of Lafeber’s Nutriberries and she gets water from my plastic drinking mug that I offer her throughout the day.


It stays covered so she can’t try to help herself, fall in and drown.


Simply put – you’ll never get your bird to stop chewing destructively. You can get your bird to destroy appropriate objects though.


Check out our free and do-it-yourself bird toy category  to see lots of household ideas and then stake out areas in your home the surface of tables or uncrowded areas on the floor.


Then give Conrad lots of fun toys and treats to play with – in those designated birdie areas.


You will be babysitting for a while but I think you’ll find Conrad will appreciate having his own little sandboxes outside of his many cages.


Hope that helps


Caveat: getting tens of thousands of words into a usable format that hundreds of thousands of readers can get on any sized screen requires an armada of computers. Enough to intimidate the last Comcast guy when he was here.


Popcorn our cockatiel was enchanted with small wires and it didn’t take much to render the wires from a mouse or some headphones worthless in a single chomp. She was flighted but liked to explore things on foot and the three desktop computers were very attractive to her.


This was my solution

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Six feet of wet vac holds – she never went near the wires again

written by mitch rezman
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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.