On 10/24/06, Andrea wrote:
> Hello, My ten year old Alexandrine Ringneck will not eat
> when I'm not home. He then is happy when he sees me and
> still won't settle down to eat. He then eats a little
> around 10:30 when I turn down the lights for bedtime. In
> the morning as I get ready for work, he's hungry and eats
> little. I'm worried about my baby. Is there any way to
> unlearn this behavior?
My birds don't eat much when I am not home either. Birds are
flock animals that like to eat with their flock which in
this case is you. You could try playing a bird video when
you are not there to give him an extended flock. Steve
Hartman created one that my birds enjoy. It's called The
Bird Sitter. You can order it at hartmanaviary.com among
other places. Maybe when you are home you could make sure
you let him see you eat. It might encourage him to eat more
often. Also, birds love to eat fresh foods and have a bite
or two of what we are eating. Has he always eaten like this?
If you think he is acting different or looking thinner you
may want to seriously consider getting him to an avian vet
for a checkup. Let us know how he is doing.