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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-10-2011, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Exclamation My lovebirds are PICKY EATER

Initially,my one year old birds were bought from traditional bird shop,which does not treat and feed birds very well,they hadn't eaten any seeds except for yellow millets until I became their owner
So the problems come,they refuse to try any fruit and are reluctant to eat pellets
Well,I do not tend to feed them with pellets only,but because the birds don't eat fruits,I think it is the best way to feed them few pellets per day.And it doesn't work!
Besides,I really eager them to eat fruits!Days ago,I bought the birdseed from Ger.It contain with various ingredient,such as figs and dried buds.But they don't try them
what should I do????
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What I found works best is to keep putting the food that you want them to eat in there dish mixed with there normal food and eventually they will start eating it might take a few weeks but it works
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What I do is I mix pellets in with seeds. My birds are fed on times too. Like first thing in the morning when they're really hungry they have fruit n veg and in the afternoon I give themseeds and pellets

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I also feed fruits and veggies in the morning and seeds in the afternoon. I leave pellets in a dish in their cage all of the time. When you put fruits in, put just a sprinkle of their seeds on the top. If you keep at it, eventually they will try it. I have a great recipe for birdy bread that I put pellets in. My birds love it. I will post it on here later today. You can also try feeding things like eggs and rice.

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It does take a while to get your birds to eat things they aren't used to eating normally. It's better to introduce new foods early on in your bird's life, and that way they will grow up eating it and will learn to try new foods as they are presented. For instance, my Kiki tries all sorts of things I hand to her, when Minnie had been reluctant for quite a while after I bought her from her last owner. It does take a lot of hard work and persistance to get your birds to eat different foods, I would know because I've had to go through that with my budgies and Minnie. I didn't believe they ever would try anything other than seed, but now they are all on pellets and eating all kinds of foods. Present the food to them in different ways, try all different things. Soon their curiousity will take over and they will try them. Good luck and keep trying!




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I do the feed fruit n veg in the mornings too, they're more hungry at this time so I find if I give them it then they go crazy for it

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Buy the smallest sized pellets you can get - the ones that are the size and shape of millet. And do the natural ones, not the colored ones. It tends to trick them into thinking they got a bowl of millet and most birds take to it rather well. As for fruits and veggies, chop it up super fine and mix it in with seed so they have to taste it. Or you can put a layer of fruit/veg mix over their seed, where they can still tell the seed is under there, and they have to dig through it to get to their seed, it forces them to taste it



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Jenny, I use Harrison's superfine, and it does the trick

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I use Harrison's as well. Can't remember what size I use. I use two different sizes with Kiki, and then the same smaller size for the budgies and 'tiel. I never thought they would see the pellets as millet, that is smart.




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