On 11/12/09, GreenLady wrote:
> 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
> 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
> 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
> since the bird should be hungry from the night's rest.
> Hopefully, the bird will be inquisitive enough to have a
> 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
> familiar food.
> 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.
Greenlady is right, its gonna take a while to change the diet,
one thing that has worked for me in the past is a metal rod
made to pierce chunks of fruit and veggies thru it and hung
from the cage like a toy, its a shish-ka-bob for birds
basically, they play with it and inadvertently ingest some of
the foods on it, kind of tricks them to trying new foods. I've
had really good success with it, good luck.