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Talking Reposting as I'm not sure how this all works

+ a little brag about my new baby. ( Joined a few days ago to get some info on Conures.)
'I guess I'm going to have to call him Baby......He added yet another word to his vocabulary. When I sat down this morning next to him as I usually do, he said "Hi, baby" several times. (the new word is "hi".) Such a little smarty pants. We got him on April 27, or so.
He started wolf whisteling the first day....probs from the pet store. Then, First words were "Bab-beee" w/n the first 4-5 days. Then, "here, baby" w/n the next few days...then "come here, baby." Today it's "Hi, baby."

I've had talking birds (budiges and my Pionus) b/f. But, this rate of learning is over-the-top!
1. The reason for my post >>>>>> Question: He doesn't like anything that's wet. Just put some Romaine lettuce in between the bars of his cage attached with a clothes pin. As usual, he was very curious and enthusiastic about anything new......but then tastes, shakes his head like it's nasty and runs away. Later, he'll come back when it's more dried out and tear it up until he finds a substanial piece with a bit of spine/rib and hold it to eat "parts" of it.

Did the same thing this a.m. when I gave him some sprouts. But, never came back to them.
He's done it with other things like slices of carrots.....won't eat them until they dry out a little. Is this a characteristic of conures? Or, just a personal birdy trait? He's a baby and still finding out about the world. And, a silly little clown.

2. He drinks a LOT of water daily. I have to change his water at least once b/c of the seed litter at the bottom of the cup. Today, it there a tremendous amount of seeds (hulled) at the bottom. It looks like regurgitated his feed into the water....??


3. 'nother question: I notice that my posts don't show up on the "New Posts".........what am I missing? I posted this first on my Intro thread, but it seemed to get lost. Just now, I posted it on this Behavior Thead and it's still not showing up as a "New Post". How does one know what the latest posts are?

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Try and feed your conure chop --> https://www.talkparrots.com/showthread.php?t=6016 . I have 3 conures and they all love chop. Romaine lettuce is pretty tasteless and there's no nutritional value in it so I don't blame your conure for shaking his head like it's nasty and runs away.

Have a look through Parrot Nutrition, Diet and Feeding https://www.talkparrots.com/forumdisplay.php?f=18 lots of ideas on there for you to feed your conure a healthy diet .

Your post will take a while before it'll show up as new post, I have no idea why, it just does

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Here's another thread that's useful https://www.talkparrots.com/forumdisplay.php?f=82

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My birds water bowls are full of food particles too, they all like to chew their food and then dip their beaks in the water bowl for a drink to wash the food down so that's why you have seeds (hulled) in the water bowl, it's normal.

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Try and feed your conure chop --> https://www.talkparrots.com/showthread.php?t=6016 . I have 3 conures and they all love chop. Romaine lettuce is pretty tasteless and there's no nutritional value in it so I don't blame your conure for shaking his head like it's nasty and runs away.

Have a look through Parrot Nutrition, Diet and Feeding https://www.talkparrots.com/forumdisplay.php?f=18 lots of ideas on there for you to feed your conure a healthy diet .

Your post will take a while before it'll show up as new post, I have no idea why, it just does
Actually, Romaine is high in nutrients, especially Vitamin K and A. Iceberg.....a whole different story, though. I've used Romaine for ages for those two vitamins.

Spinach is not too good, though, as it and parsley binds to calcium reducing its absorption from the gut.
Besides the fact that Spinach has to be cooked to release the Vitamin A in it. Doesn't help us or the birds if its raw. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?t...dspice&dbid=61
Hello Andy, it's me AGAIN!! Barrie Shutts' website is brilliant and I am sure there will be a list of vegetables safe for budgies on there. I give mine: red/green pepper, carrot, celery, sweet corn (salt free from a tin) baby cobs, basil, mange tout, sugar snap peas, and mashed up boiled egg. They don't of course eat all of these, but I keep putting them in so that one day they will try them. Their favourites are celery, sweet corn and carrot!! Beetroot is also a good one, be prepared for red chops!!! There are of course loads of other safe veggies. http://budgerigarsforum.proboards.co...s-offer-budgie
Thanks for the info about posts. I thought I was doing something wrong. Will check out your link and the "chop".

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Great recipes for me and "baby".

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All of your links are great! I'll be busy. (think I'll eat some of those.......I have celiac disease and am so limited in what I can eat. I was high on nutrition before, but now it's become a very much needed exercise for me.)

Whole foods I can eat (like in your chop receipes....Yum) .

And, thanks for the tip about the water!!! I had no idea. Relieves my mind a lot! Husband almost passed out at lunch when he saw the water bowl......he was the one who "rescued" the little guy from the petstore and peeled out the $$ to buy him. YOu are so smart.

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Sorry I must have got the Romaine lettuce mixed up with the Iceberg letuce . I just had a look at Romaine lettuce and it does look healthy for birds to eat

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Romaine lettuce is definitely better to feed than iceburg. Iceburg is rubbish I do recommend feeding your birds chop though if you can. I find that an all natural diet works wonders. And please don't be afraid to feed them some spinach. My guys have always loved it

Thought I'd throw in a few photos of Clyde enjoying some for you







Anyway! Questions and answers

1. I don't think any of my birds except the budgie flock like their foods wet, and in their case they like to bathe in it! It's pretty normal. My guys do it if something is very wet. They don't like juices or anything either

2. Some birds do drink more than others, depending on what they eat (usually). If they have a dry diet, say a pelleted one, they're more likely going to consume more water as there's none in what they're eating. My birds do not drink much at all as they eat chop and seeds, nuts, sprouts etc. Birds also make poop soup and seed soup. They do wash their beaks in there as tippa said to remove the husks. They also soak their own seeds in there too, and fruits, and nuts. So on so forth. My kakarikis are the ones who do this the most and my conures would have come in second

3. If there's not been any new posts on the thread since the last person then it won't show up for you. If somebody else comments on it, or you do, then it gets put back up in the new posts bit

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Romaine lettuce is definitely better to feed than iceburg. Iceburg is rubbish I do recommend feeding your birds chop though if you can. I find that an all natural diet works wonders. And please don't be afraid to feed them some spinach. My guys have always loved it

Thought I'd throw in a few photos of Clyde enjoying some for you







Anyway! Questions and answers

1. I don't think any of my birds except the budgie flock like their foods wet, and in their case they like to bathe in it! It's pretty normal. My guys do it if something is very wet. They don't like juices or anything either

2. Some birds do drink more than others, depending on what they eat (usually). If they have a dry diet, say a pelleted one, they're more likely going to consume more water as there's none in what they're eating. My birds do not drink much at all as they eat chop and seeds, nuts, sprouts etc. Birds also make poop soup and seed soup. They do wash their beaks in there as tippa said to remove the husks. They also soak their own seeds in there too, and fruits, and nuts. So on so forth. My kakarikis are the ones who do this the most and my conures would have come in second

3. If there's not been any new posts on the thread since the last person then it won't show up for you. If somebody else comments on it, or you do, then it gets put back up in the new posts bit
Heh! Great pics. They're such happy little fellers.

Thanks for all the answers. Yeah, budgies like to take a bath in their wet foods. I've seen them do it. One time.....it was the coleslaw my mom had put on the table and Butchie swooped down and started bathing it....a little under this wing and a little under this wing...and some for my bum. I use it to encourage them to take a bath.....when I give them a bowl to bathe in, I put in a Romaine lettuce at the bottom to attract them to bath. They can't resist.

So, maybe the little stinker is soaking his seeds? Poor thing, I'm Johnny-on-the Spot and change it. Poor guy.

About the posts, I WAS the last one that made the post and it just wasn't showing so I posted it again here. I'd made it around 12:00p and by 3:30p it hadn't shown up, but other posts prior to 3:30p WERE showing up. I'm still trying to figure this site out. But, thanks for your guidance.
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O.M.G. Baby has picked up the high-pitched nasal whining cry like he's in pain that one of my dogs has when husband drives up in the driveway, drives me nuts until husband gets inside the house..........totally spastic as he's (Billy) addicted to playing ball with his "red ball" and would rather play ball than eat. He's been doing it all day. I thought it was Billie (the dog). The little stinker.

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That's odd, perhaps it's because you were the last to comment in it so when you commented it no longer came up. It would have come up to everybody else though I checked after my last answer, and it definitely came up for me!

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I forgot to mention when I do chop I have to drop all veggies on a paper towel to dry them out before I put the veggies in the food chopper. My fids don't like wet food either.

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That's odd, perhaps it's because you were the last to comment in it so when you commented it no longer came up. It would have come up to everybody else though I checked after my last answer, and it definitely came up for me!
I just looked (under New Posts at the top of the page) and nothing's showing up. Under the subject of the thread,though, it does. Maybe I just shouldn't rely upon the New Posts-thing.
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I forgot to mention when I do chop I have to drop all veggies on a paper towel to dry them out before I put the veggies in the food chopper. My fids don't like wet food either.
I had considered doing this myself for the other foods such as the carrot, lettuce, etc. as my next resort.

Thanx for the tip. I'll be more sure now .
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My birds also won't eat wet or soggy food, my parrotlet shakes his head and looks disgusted, I swear he almost gags...lol. New posts are just the new ones you haven't read since you have been here last, hence, your posts won't show as new post as you have read them already.
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My birds also won't eat wet or soggy food, my parrotlet shakes his head and looks disgusted, I swear he almost gags...lol. New posts are just the new ones you haven't read since you have been here last, hence, your posts won't show as new post as you have read them already.
Thanks for both pieces of advice
Regarding the posts, what i was actually looking for are the responses. I've never seen them,but when I go to the thread, they are there.??
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