Should I use the grate on my cage floor?

I recommend removing it and just use newspaper, brown paper or paper towels on the floor of the cage. Food items dropped there allow the birds to forage on the ground, a natural behavior. Change the papers daily.

They will avoid their droppings so don’t worry about them spending time scrounging around on the cage floor. I have observed finches in the Northern Territory of Australia – they feed on the ground.

Answered by Cathy Johnson-Delaney, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Practice, Dipl. ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammals. 

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