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munch is worrying me. she wont eat her seeds. just sunflower seeds but theres not enough in her diet to fill her up. she also eats her veggies and i always give her a lot and she finishes the plate... but i cant get her to eat the rest of her seeds nor cooked rice. its frustrating because shell go for all the sunflower seeds in her dish (maybe like 10) and she wont touch the rest. she might occasionally go for oat groats or safflower but thats maybe once a week. she eats carrots, brocholli, dried chili peppers, and parsley. ive tried cooked rice, apple, and banana. she didnt care much at all for those. i tried scrambled eggs, she eats a bit of it but doesnt down it like the tiels do. she hates her seeds so much she wont even touch nutriberries... she likes spray millet though (but i put it in foraging toys) and she does like my home made birdy cookies (seed treat) but theyre a treat. theyre not meant for food.

any ideas on how i can get her to eat other seeds?



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Do you have pine cones in your area? You can take a pine cone and you want to put it in the oven at about 200 degrees for about 45mins. Then spread honey or peanut butter onto the pine cone. Dip the pine cone into the seeds and hang it up. See if she will go for the seed that way. I had lovies at one time and they loved those. Or if you can find yogurt dip you can dip them in yogurt and then cover with seed. You can also get those little plastic cups and cover them and hang upside down like a bell. They should be the tiny clear cups if you can find them.

You can also try bird bread. Mix corn bread and put seed, fruit, veggies, pellets or whatever you want into the mix and bake it. I sometimes use jiffy mix. My birds love it and they end up getting stuff they won't usually eat. It helps to disguise the foods they don't like.

Also, have you tried making mash? You can make a lot of it and put in individual baggies and take one out each day. Its quick and easy. Just mix seed into it. If I think of anything else, I'll let you know.
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she eats the birdy cookies i make which she eats the seeds off of those... theyre made with egg and shell, peanutbutter, honey, dried papaya, cinnamon, and seed all put into a blender and then cooked. she likes those will be back later, gotta go to work



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Have you tried offering her pellets? Something different and, even if she only eats a little, at least it's 100% nutritionally balanced. Sunflower seeds are like candy or caffeine for birds - it can lead to aggression, biting, screaming, and plucking to eat too much. If she's not eating a lot, until she balances out, make sure to just give her whatever she'll eat.

Personally? I would take her to the vet to make sure there's nothing medically wrong with her. From there, I would just keep offering lots of fresh goodies and maybe 2-3 sunflower seeds a day. The fresh goodies (fruits, veggies, grains, pasta, etc) are very nutritious for her. I have heard of people putting their birds on an almost completely fresh diet, so... it's not the worst thing in the world for her.

Check her poops - are they consistent, green (or discolored by the food she's eating), and solid? Are they a normal size? If they're consistently black, or very very dark, then she's burning her fat stores and should really go to a vet.

Also check her weight, if she'll let you handle her, and keep feeling her breastbone to make sure she's not lost too much weight. A bird can lose 10% of it's body weight before it hits a critical stage and needs a vet visit ASAP.

One last thing to check (sorry, I know this is a lot!) is her water intake - is she drinking enough water?



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jenny, just checked the keel bone, shes pretty good, well muscled. her droppings are green and normal sized and she LOVES water. i did go through this stage with dally our cockatiel. she went through a stage where she wouldnt eat the other seeds but sunflower seeds (youn know that baby stage..) and she grew out of it. pellets are untouched by all our birds. wont go near them with a ten foot pole. shes our most active bird and thats been like that since we got her. so has the diet preference... she was vet checked when we got her--shes in great health. just wont eat her seeds lol shes always loved veggies from the start (which im glad or else it would be very bad) and will devour a huge plate of them. were going to give her veggies twice a day since she eats the plate clean (i hardly find any crumbs even lol)



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Here's a trick to get any bird to eat pelletrs! Put the pekkets in a dish and put the dish high in the cage. They always go for it at my house. Our plet is super picky. I found she will eat Volkman's parrot food. I also found she likes the cheap 8 in 1 Universal blend. Its like $2 at walmart. she won't eat any veggies or fruit. So I give her a huge variety of seed. She will eat dried fruit or veggies that are in the seed blend. And she will eat pellets.
I know how frustrating it is to get them to eat healthier. Don't be afraid to try different mixes and brands. Sunflower seeds are a great food for birds, just not as a singular addiction!
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what I do with my seed diets is (usually for the kakarikis) is that I just take all the sun flower seeds out. They know that the others are edible, they just prefer the sun flower seeds, so when they get bored of waiting for the sunflowers to appear they get to eat the rest, it usually works, I've never had a bird starve itself
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ill try it out i just worry shell refuse for ever... shes the most stubborn bird i have ever met lol shes got a very strong personality.... shes a brat, bossy, a bully, a witch, very clever, and we love her to bits even if she loves our fingers to bits lol



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she eats the birdy cookies i make... tell me if you think theyre ok nutrition wise


this is for the whole batch... so maybe 15 cookies

one whole egg with shell
dried papaya
cinnamon
honey (not too much)
1 teaspoon of peanut butter
seed mix

all put into a food grinder/mincer and then baked until cooked and set. as a final touch i put a big chunk of dried papaya in the middle so it looks like a cookie. they even smell good like cookies

photos of the cookies and her EATING it





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The cookies look great! I'll have to steal your recipe and see how my birds do with it. I wouldn't worry too much about the seed. As long as she's eating the fresh foods she should be ok. It sounds like she is active and healthy. What type of seed mix do you buy? I got my birds to start eating pellets by mixing with seed and eventually there's more pellet than seed in the mix. First they wouldn't touch pellets but now they love them. Except for a few of them that pick around them.
On the cookies, how do you store them? In a baggie in the fridge?
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because i have JUST moved in with my fiance and we're both working at burger king (dont get me wrong, it pays the bills, vet bills, food, rent, and pet supplies, we're cheap when it comes to a lot of things) and we have as many pets between the two of us (had them before we moved, except the lovebirds and we couldnt just leave them... relatives bird had babies couldnt sell these two, and she didnt take best care--smoked and tiny antique cages--we couldnt say no when she offered) we buy bulk and cheap. so, i get Hartz brand of seed (10lb bag at walmart for 12 dollars.) and their daily veggies, daily dried papaya (they love it) and weekly egg, rice, and pasta. we dont have the luxury of buying top grade food for everyone. i only wish! so the food i get has decent types of seed in it. oat groats, sunflower seeds, safflower, red millet, white millet, canary grass seed, red milo, and corn flakes (crushed corn kernals that they like... except munch) and only 10% of the whole bag is sunflower seeds. they get both cuttlebone and mineral blocks. they also get the rare treat of a cherio type cereal (like one little thing once every 2 weeks) oh and the odd bit of toast lol tsuka chases me down for it! loves plain toast! maybe i'll try toasting a piece of bread and hiding some foods in it... fun foraging might get her to eat the seeds too


i store the cookies in the fridge in a container. im due to make a new batch soon. next i might add some raisons or cranberries or some other dried fruit. dried mango is cheap. ill get some of that. maybe i'll get banana too... or make a few small batches with different things to see which they like best. im going to replace the honey with applesauce too since its healthier and if this is the best way for munch to eat seeds, may as well make it healthier, right?



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Those cookies look great and seem great. I cannot see a problem with them
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so if this is the only way she eats different seeds in a that she likes, should i go with this until she eats her seeds out of her bowl? i want to change a few things in them if thats the case (like replacing the honey with applesauce and using a few more different fruits)

how many bird owners can get their bird to eat veggies but not seeds???



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I have never had that problem, it's usually reversed haha

I think it will be okay until you convert her. But you'll really have to persist!
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i made a new batch yesterday. shes happy and has already eaten 2 whole ones yestderday, the little pig!



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Oh our birds are little piggies!
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i love reading threads like this it always gives me ideas

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munch eats 4 a day!!! well so long as theyre healthy and shes eating more variety lol

my tiels dont like them so much but the lovies love them



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That's great! But it amazes me that the tiels don't think much of them, cause tiels are like the best for eating just about anything XD
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