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hi all just a quick question, am trying to teach my grey to step up and a few other things to start with and wondered what the best treat would be to give her as a reward??? she is just 20 weeks old and lets me do almost anything to her.many thanks in advance.
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Find her favorite food... My birds favorite is hemp seeds... Make sure if it is a big thing like almonds that you chop them... You want just a quick little taste that she can eat quickly. Try bits of dried fruits, freeze dried veggies etc... Once you find her "I will do ANYTHING for a bit of that" treat , keep it only for training and bonding!
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My vet always told me that it's a myth that you can't use their normal food as treats. You apparently can.




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My vet always told me that it's a myth that you can't use their normal food as treats. You apparently can.
You can use anything as long as the bird will work for it... Even a scratch on the head... My green cheek will give kisses for lovins...lol the problem with using regular food is the birds don't want to put in the effort for a food they can get anytime in their dish... They are much more motivated by the yummies that are only provided during training.
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I have read crushed almonds are good to use as training treat .

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Mine would do anything for a peanut but, usually, I don't give them anything -if they do what I ask them to is good but, if they don't, it's fine, too.

As to hemp seeds, be careful with them, they are breeding food.
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Use sunflower seeds, nuts and things like cut up grapes. Those are what I use when training my birds anyway. They have a diet of chop so anything else on the side is a bonus
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Cut up grapes are a good one!




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I use his pellets broken to small pieces. Train before mealtime so he is food motivated. I sometimes use seeds but rarely due to the fat content of seeds. No issues with motivation.
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Our grey LOVED hemp seeds.

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