Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
Dena has some good suggestions. Don't forget the sweet 'taters!! Mine all love baby food instead of the "real thing".
My breeder suggested not even trying pellets until the bird is well established and eating seeds, etc. I personally disagree. Harrison's is great food and if you already have a 'tiel on those I don't think I'd bother with that!
When you offer food in the cage, are you putting it in the dishes that hook to the side of the cage or are you feeding out of dishes put in the bottom of the cage? It was suggested to me that I put the dishes in the bottom of the cage.
It is a good idea, too, to put the bird near you when you eat. We almost lost Frosty when we thought he was just being a spoiled Mama's boy so we moved him into another room where he couldn't see me.
Are you supplementing with handfeeding (short memory here!). I've got the 'tiel and a Senegal that I'm feeding twice a day. The Senegal is also eating some pellets and some Cheerios. Frosty spent all day yesterday with her head in her food dish but still was anxious to have her baby food last night. As you might guess, she's white, but the food is staining her feathers and making her look really nasty right now. I told my husband last night I'm gonna ask the breeder how many senegals they'll give me for this one 'tiel. (Yeah, right!)
Other than this troublesome little fellow what kind of birds do you have?
Good luck. If I hit on anything that works for us I will certainly share with you. My 4-year-old g'daughter had been here less than 24 hours and was saying "Nana, can't you do somehting with that bird?" He is really annoying!
I'll be looking for us a magic wand to wave over these guys. Keep me up to date!!
P:.S. - So ironic the morning you first posted about your bird. For some reason I had started calling the senegal Mogo that morning, although he had been Sinbad for a week or so. But you can look his way and say "Hey Mojo" and he's stretching that neck and trying to find a way to get to you. I'll post a picture of him later.....
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