On 11/12/09, kelly wrote:
> I adopted a female cockatoo this week from a man who had
> no idea her diet had to be more than pine nuts and
> peanuts. I have put fruit, veggies, zupreem pellets, etc
> in her cage and she won't touch them. Anyone have any
> ideas of how to get her to expand her diet????????????
You have a difficult road ahead of you, but certainly not an
impossible one. Patience and persistence will be the two
things you need the most.
If this bird was only owned by this one person and ate only
pine nuts and peanuts for the twenty years, it will take some
time to introduce new foods to the diet.
You have to remember that anything you put into the cage is
not going to be recognized as food to this bird.
I have to assume you are feeding this bird pine nuts and
peanuts or it would starve, yes?
In the late evening, take out the recognized food from the
cage, leave the water.
First thing in the morning, present the bird with a bowl or
dish of some chopped fresh vegetables, greens, etc. Make it
as colorful as you can.
IN this bowl you can add some beans or grains that you soaked
and cooked such as pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans,
brown rice, etc. Warm them in the microwave and add them to
the vegetables, making sure they are not hot.
Start with this. Keep the food in the cage for several hours
since the bird should be hungry from the night's rest.
Hopefully, the bird will be inquisitive enough to have a look
and hopefully a try.
You will have to do this every morning, or at some point of
the day, if you work.
The bird will probably ignore the food from the beginning,
but you have to be patient and persevere.
You will waste food, but that is to be expected.
At this point in time, even a high-quality seed mix would be
an improvement over the old diet.
Make sure the bird is eating something. This cannot be a
cold-turkey kind of thing.
Experiment with other types of "good foods." You could try
making oatmeal and serving it warm. Add some fruit to that.
The bottom line is you want to constantly try new foods and
find some that the bird will eat, and he or she will
eventually eat. It's just a matter of time.
Another suggestion is to make a nutritious bird bread with
wholesome ingredients and try that. You can have that on
hand and serve a piece daily. Crumble that over the present
food so that the bird has to dig through to get to his
There are many ways to make this work, and I'm sure others
will be along with more ideas, but this should get you
Best wishes with your new bird.