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Success with my cockatiel feeding!

I have yet to share this, but it did only happen a few days ago! I was doing my feeding rounds and I was dishing out my fresh food. I always scatter the cockatiels food regardless of whether or not they eat it. Neither have ever ever tried to eat it. Not one day have I found any debris of food they've munched on and nothing had been touched at all. Well, I backed away for a bit to sit down as I was tired from cleaning them all out and what should happen? First I see my male, Ziggy, fly down to the floor and waddle over to a bit of curly kale. I thought, sigh, he's just going to have a look and if I'm lucky he will lick it and fly off. But nope! He sat down and ate the whole piece right in front of me! It's not often that my aviary birds will even eat if I'm close to them, but it was wonderful to see. I didn't take any photos as I didn't want to spook them but I couldn't believe it was happening. Next thing I know, the female (Cin), has flown down to join him and was munching on a strip of carrot! I was and still am completely gob-smacked Hopefully this is the beginning of something new and I can finally start attempting to get them eating chop, or at least a wider variety. I have been very unsuccessful with them breeding up until now so fingers crossed something good comes out of it. If not, it's still brilliant they're finally eating well Just thought I would share!

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That's great!

They wait until the day we give up to try something new LOL
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That's awesome Daisy! Always great when you finally get your Birds to actually try something new! It feels so good. Woo, hopefully they'll be chop connoisseurs in no time.



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My tiels love greens and eat a fair amount of veggies (they have to be cooked and chopped unless it's sweet potatoes, butternut squash or pumpkin) but they are not big on fruits unless it's something like wild blueberries or pomegranate seeds.
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That's great!

They wait until the day we give up to try something new LOL
You're telling me haha! I have always offered it too them, perhaps they knew they were lacking in something and decided to give it a shot?

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That's awesome Daisy! Always great when you finally get your Birds to actually try something new! It feels so good. Woo, hopefully they'll be chop connoisseurs in no time.
Fingers crossed! It definitely does feel good. Both birds have been seed junkies. They have moist egg food two times a week and still have a cuttlebone etc. and relish them, but not until then had they bothered with the real good stuff

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My tiels love greens and eat a fair amount of veggies (they have to be cooked and chopped unless it's sweet potatoes, butternut squash or pumpkin) but they are not big on fruits unless it's something like wild blueberries or pomegranate seeds.
Have you noticed that a lot of smaller, Australian parrots tend to steer away from fruit? I have! Budgies aren't keen, tiels aren't keen, grass parrots aren't keen! Bigger birds such as the rosellas prefer veggies too. I know the red fronted Kakariki (well, all of the kararikis) are from New Zealand, but boy do they like fruit! They go absolutely nuts for it, more so than veggies! The sweeter the better for them it seems

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Congrats, Daisy, finally the little guys found our that healthy food is tasty.
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Have you noticed that a lot of smaller, Australian parrots tend to steer away from fruit? I have! Budgies aren't keen, tiels aren't keen, grass parrots aren't keen! Bigger birds such as the rosellas prefer veggies too. I know the red fronted Kakariki (well, all of the kararikis) are from New Zealand, but boy do they like fruit! They go absolutely nuts for it, more so than veggies! The sweeter the better for them it seems
Yes, indeed I have. And that's why I don't worry when they don't eat any. Oh, I still give them some every single day but, as long as they eat their greens and veggies, I am happy.
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Thank you!

And yeah I do the exact same thing. I offer it so if they need it or want it they can have it

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