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How do you teach your bird too eat more variety of fruits and seeds? Answered

i already tried a few methods already such as mixing it with his normal food and using it on it's own but they just don't eat it so has anyone got a solution?



9 years ago

Why is it important that your bird eats more variety? If you are feeding him/her a pre-made mix just pick out what he/she normally eats and set it aside in another container. Your bird will eat what is placed before him and when he does you can reward him with some of the food you set aside.


10 years ago

Solution: hunger.

After a month of no other food, I imagine you would be willing to eat some pretty unusual things. Likewise, after a few weeks without other food, even your picky eater bird is going to try some of the new food.

It is not going to starve to death while food is available. Of course, this assumes that the food you are offering is nutritious and not poisonous to your bird.

A caution with this... a pet can undergo stress and even enter a state of shock, much like humans. I accidentally killed a turtle several years ago while attempting to train it to find a certain colored bowl. It did well, but the shift in routine also caused it great stress. It became very agressive and soon refused to eat no matter how the food was presented (even though it still went looking for the red bowl but it didn't eat what was in it). Eventually it died of starvation, with tasty fish right in front of its mouth. That's an extreme example, but my point is stressing your animal can cause undesired behavior. Here's my modified version of the hunger plan: 1. Obsereve over several days and determine the approximate average volume of food your pet consumes each day. Reduce feedings so that you give just slightly more than that amount (rather than simply filling it's bowl). 2. Add a small amount, maybe 2 or 3 pieces, of the new food to your pets existing food. Repeat for a few days. 3. Increase the ratio to about 1/4 new food, 3/4 old food. Repeat for up to one week. The pet may start to try the food, but will probably leave much of it behind. 4. Increase the ratio again to 1/2 and 1/2. Give this mix for two weeks or so. Hopefully, by now the pet has begun eating the new food. If it has not, STOP and resume normal feedings with the old food. 5. If you've successfully gotten the pet to eat the new food, you should then observe how much of which foods the pet eats, based on what it leaves behind. This may give you a ratio of foods that you can provide which minimizes waste. One more point. Many birds are highly adapted to eat only a few different foods, some are even adapted to eat just one food! In fact outdoor birdseed mixes sold in stores are often created to attract a number of different birds. I.e. One bird likes sunflower seeds, another might love dried corn. Research what your bird is supposed to eat in the wild, and go from there.

Thanks for the caution.

Yes, definitely do the research, make a plan, record the numbers.

It isn't that all that hard to keep track of your data with spreadsheet, and is much more accurate than just guessing. (If you have Windows but not Excel, a couple of the free alternatives are OpenOffice Calc and Gnumeric)