My Sun Conure, Melly, has been acting out (I assume) lately. While I sleep, or while I am away at school, she will empty the contents of her food dish onto the floor, completely emptying it. Then she stands on the side of the dish and screams (presumably because she's hungry).
My first thought was maybe she was getting bored, so I moved toys around in her cage and added a couple new ones. She stopped for a couple days, but now is right back to doing the same thing. I'm not real sure how to handle the situation. I don't have the heart to try to "teach her a lesson" by not filling her food bowl. I've been only putting a little bit in it at a time, but she will just empty whatever I put in there.
What does the food dish have in it? Pellets? If so, maybe you could soak/soften them, or if they are already soaked/soften then don't do it? Or else, can she reach the food once it's tipped out, or are there bars on the bottom of the cage that it falls through? If this is the case, perhaps you could put newspaper on top of the bars so she can still get the food that has fallen out (I realise it's not the most hygienic option, though).
It's just pellets, yes. I'm not sure how she'd respond to soaked pellets, as I've never soaked any for her. Also, those would probably end up stuck to the wall .
I could try the newspaper thing, tho most of the pellets she literally throws out the side of the cage, not to the bottom. The whole area around her cage will be covered in pellets when I wake up / come home from school heh.
Though it may not stop Melly from emptying out her food dish, the soaked pellets are worth a try. Just add enough water or unsweetened fruit juice to moisten some pellets and let them sit long enough to absorb the liquid. Both parrots here like the softened pellets, though they do eat the dry ones too. But anything I put in their food dishes that they don't feel like eating gets tossed out, or just ignored (which isn't quire as messy).