you've just got a new bird and it won't eat anything but seed.
It is sitting in its quarantine cage on its favorite perch.
It ignores your eggfood and your veggies and focuses instead
only on the seed dish.
do you do? This is what has worked for me in the past. It is
worth a try.
start with a leaf of Romaine lettuce. Even though it is not
the most nutritional green in the bunch, it is a popular favorite
among my birds. Although I usually serve my greens cut up, this
time I clip the leaf to the cage right next to a favorite perch.
The curious nature of the bird will eventually get the better
of him, and he will gradually begin to peck at it (perhaps for
something to do, or perhaps because it is annoying him, or perhaps
because he thinks it will make excellent nesting material, if
only he had a nest). Sometimes this takes several days to weeks,
so you have to be patient.
after pecking at the lettuce, the bird learns that it is edible
and will start to eat the lettuce. Once eating the lettuce somewhat
regularly, I'll try other greens. After he/she is eating the
greens pretty consistently, I start to chop them up and put
them in a treat cup near the same perch. The bird gradually
learns that the food has moved to the treat cup (again, you
may have to be patient). Once eating out of the treat cup, I
add eggfood to the same treat cup. The bird then learns to eat
both the eggfood and the greens from the treat cup.
his quarantine period is over and he still hasn't adopted the
new diet, don't worry. Sometimes it takes seeing another bird
eating before he will catch on. The important thing is to be
patient and to try different things. In the end, you can't force
him to eat. All you can do is make it available. One day, he
might surprise you.
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