I Try, You Try: Because birds are flock animals, they often take cues on what is safe and fun from their flockmates. In captivity, birds usually view the people around them not as owners, but as members of their flock. We can use this to our advantage. If birds see us eating something, they may view it as a safe form of food. They may also be intrigued, even jealous that we have found a food source that they are not able to exploit. If you "share" what is on your plate with your bird, you may be able to introduce a wider food variety to your bird's pallete. If you are trying to introduce a specific food, you may do so by making it seem as if you are eating this food. This will communicate to your bird that the food is safe and tasty. If your bird gets used to getting nibbles of food off of your plate, it may become easier for you to introduce new foods to your bird. Simply add them to your dinner plate, then hand them off of your plate, to your parrot! Do not feed bird foods out of your mouth. Some avian veterinarians suggest that bacteria normally found in a human mouth can be harmful to parrots. Also, avoid fatty and salty human foods. Birds' kidneys and livers are extra-sensitive and these foods can cause serious damage to parrots in high quantities.
Other Feeding Hints Related Topics:
Feeding Your Pet Parrot
Proper Parrot Diet
Converting the Seed Diet
Cold Turkey Conversion
Other Feeding Hints
The Return of Seeds
Decorating With Food: In the wild, birds find food at all angles: there is food down on the ground, food next to them on the branch and food up above at the top of the trees. In captivity, birds usually only find food in their bowls. However, if owners hang food all over the cage, it becomes hard for their pet to avoid. Eventually, the parrot may become curious enough to at least play with the decorative food. With food, play often leads to ingestion. Often, the bird will learn that this curious foodstuff is actually pretty good, and may choose to eat it on a regular basis. Most pet stores sell clips specifically for this purpose that may make the job of decorating with food easier.
Softening: Some birds enjoy the taste and texture of soft foods such as mashed potatoes and apples, but are lest fond of crunchy foods like pellets. In order to get your bird to appreciate the taste of pellets, try softening them with warm water. Remember, soften pellets are more prone to bacteria and cannot be left out for more than a few hours at a time.