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How Do I Stop My Bird From Chewing On The Carpet?

Once your bird has a taste for a particular texture, you'll need to work on getting on chewing the right things.

Sally Blanchard

Q) My macaw has started climbing down from his cage and pulling the carpet out in pieces, leaving me with holes. I keep trying to cover the spots to stop him, but he finds another. I just now found that he has decided to start pulling up the wallpaper. I like to let him have the room during the day and just put him in his cage at bedtime, but I can’t have him eating my room. I adopted him a few months ago, why would he just now decide to do this? He is my sweetheart, but this has to stop.

A) A bird's gotta chew what a bird’s gotta chew! It can be very difficult to untrain natural behaviors. This is a situation that requires management rather than discipline. Once a bird has found a chewable spot, it can be very difficult to get it to stop as long as the opportunity is there. The drama reward of putting him in his cage and telling him he is a bad boy can encourage the behavior even more.

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Give your bird different textures to chew on.

Most healthy parrots are curious animals that love to chew. They also love the attention from the people in their lives. The fact that he just started doing this could be related to breeding behavior, or it could be that he just discovered what fun it was. The behavior could also be his way of getting your attention if you run into the room to stop him from chewing. I believe that a bird should always be supervised when he is out of his cage.

The only other option is to bird-proof the room so that there is nothing dangerous and nothing of value there.

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Posted: April 21, 2014, 1:00 a.m. PDT

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