Can anyone tell me why "Java" my Red-bellied parrot is taking his food and dipping it into his water? He seems to do it the most with Zuprer (spelling?) pellets. He leaves some of them in the water and they make his water all messy. I change it three or four times a day but I'm not sure if they all do it or if the pellets are to hard for him to chew. He is about a year old (not sure) he has red eyes and a black beek. thanks, Niki and Java
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Can anyone tell me why "Java" my Red-bellied parrot is taking his food and dipping it into his water? He ... He is about a year old (not sure) he has red eyes and a black beek. thanks, Niki and Java

Our Macaw does this, has always done so. He will eat them (Zupreem) dry also but seems to like to soak them. He does make a mess. I feed the wild bird here and the Crows do this all the time. They take almost anything I give them and soak it in the bird bath.

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
Can anyone tell me why "Java" my Red-bellied parrot is taking his food and dipping it into his water?

They, my G2 does it also, is most likely trying to soften up the hard bites. That is my SWAG.
Can anyone tell me why "Java" my Red-bellied parrot is taking his food and dipping it into his water?

They, my G2 does it also, is most likely trying to soften up the hard bites. That is my SWAG.

I forgot to mention, she will do this with toys as well, get them wet. I have to watch out for pieces of toys, before the used water gets flushed.
Oh yah! Zupreen thats it. thanks. Well ok I am happy to hear it's not cuz he is too young or his beek is broken. so I guess it's just change the water? Smiles, Niki & Java
Ok I'll watch for toys. nice thing is red-bellied are small and he doesn't tear things up. "YET" I'm sure it's coming. he seems to get more and more active and happy every day. Only bit me twice. He did take a chunck of finger both times. Hay John what is a G2? (a Parrot?)
Ok I'll watch for toys. nice thing is red-bellied are small and he doesn't tear things up. "YET" I'm sure ... bit me twice. He did take a chunck of finger both times. Hay John what is a G2? (a Parrot?)

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Oh yah! Zupreen thats it. thanks. Well ok I am happy to hear it's not cuz he is too young or his beek is broken. so I guess it's just change the water? Smiles, Niki & Java[/nq]That's what I do. I had for a while tried having the water dishes on one side of the cage, and the food on the other, it's a HUGE cage. Charlie just carried pellets to the other side and tossed them in the water. . When I bought him the pet shop used water bottles. Both him and his brother soaked their pellets with the water bottle. They told me they had to watch the spout as they would clog it up with pellet goo. I finally just put one water dish next to the pellet dish, and toss the water and soaked pellets out in the yard, the birds love them.

The Vet said as long as we change the water a couple times a day it will be fine. The pellets are bacteria free as they are processed with heat, but they will cause bacteria to grow in the water by giving them food, but it's not something to worry about if you are changing the water at least daily. It looks pretty gross some times, but the birds do not seem to mind.

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
Oh yah! Zupreen thats it. thanks. Well ok I am ... guess it's just change the water? Smiles, Niki & Java

That's what I do. I had for a while tried having the water dishes on one side of the cage, ... changing the water at least daily. It looks pretty gross some times, but the birds do not seem to mind.

And it stinks. Big time. Our caique does the exact same thing with her Zupreem.
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