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Margaret1 <email address not displayed>
Margaret1 wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > Don't mix the two choices because the bird is always going to pick out > what is familiar. It is like putting a plate of veggies and snack > foods out in front of your kid. Chances are he's going to pick out > the snack foods and not the healthy stuff, especially if he's never > seen the healthy stuff before. > > You need to remove the seed cups and cover the bird for the night. > First thing in the morning get a plate of the desired healthy food > (fresh or pellet) and go to the table with this strange new healthy > food. Take your bird and let him watch you enjoy this new food, > especially if you're fixing healthy people foods. Once you get him > accepting that, if you use the same method, it will be much easier to > get him to accept the pellets. The fresh foods are more natural for > your bird to eat, so he's likely to take to the fresh foods before > pellets, plus you're more likely to show him how to eat fresh greens, > cooked brown rice, whole wheat pasta, peas, carrots, etc....than you > are most likley to show him how delicious you this these pellets are > (am I right?). Hand fed baby birds need their "human flock" to teach > them what is healthy and what is dangerous, etc... > > Of course, if your Nanday doesn't begin eating your new plate of > healthful things within a couple of hours (in the summer, fresh foods > can begin growing bacteria that is harmful to your parrot past this > timeframe), then by all means give him back his regular food. Just > keep doing this every morning, in a loving attentive way and since > eating is a social event with many birds, especially with their > "mate/chosen one" or "favorite human", your bird is likely going to be > curious enough to take a taste of "your" food. If you nibble on this > food, your bird may want to nibble on it too. The key is to be more > persistent than your bird is resistent. He is likely to sit there and > watch you for the first few mornings. That is OK. Be prepared for > two weeks, every morning - a couple of hours. You don't have to sit > there the whole time. Just put it in his range on work mornings and > when ever you pass by, speak to your bird and take a nibble. Your > baby will get the idea. > > I have 7 different types of pellets I feed my flock as the main part > of their diet. Only two types have the dyes, the rest are "natural". > Some people worry about possible liver disease with feeding just the > dyed colorful pellets. They get fresh food each morning and about an > hour before bedtime, they get a tiny bit of seeds. I like giving them > a variety. > > Let me know how this works for you. If you are determined to stop > your bird from suffering further malnutrition, then I know you will be > successful at converting your bird. Just be loving and persistent. > It just takes time, be patient. > > (I have 23 pet parrots and 4 are conures) > > Elisabeth wrote: > > I am trying to switch my Nanday to pellets from seeds. So far he > won't > > eat them. He searches through the food dish flinging the pellets > out > > looking for sunflower seeds. Does anyone have any suggestions how > how > > to make the transition? Should I just leave it in there for a few > > days? Any help would be appreciated. BTW, he is four years old. I > > have had him since he was 4 weeks old. I hand fed him. Thanks!
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