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Old 03-11-2017, 08:06 PM   #1
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Declining interest in fresh foods

Hi guys! Hope you parrotlet lovers are doing well with your babies. I am feeling concerned about my baby, Aurora, as far as her diet goes. Slowly but surely she is rejecting fresh foods. I have had her since December and she is 6 months old now. The thing is, she WAS eating her fresh foods just fine! Now, slowly, she just patiently waits for her seeds to be fed to her and seems to be very happy when I "finally" give her some in the afternoon. I have waited to give her the seeds in the afternoon in order to promote fresh food eating when she is the hungriest and this has worked up until the last 3 weeks. So...has anyone had their baby begin to become disinterested in fresh foods? If so, how did you get them to be interested in fresh foods again? I have been giving her all kinds of fresh salad foods, such as greens, beans, fruits, quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat spaghetti, nutriberries etc. Does anyone have advice on getting her to eat these nutritious foods? I am worried now that she is starting to only prefer seeds!
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Old 03-12-2017, 12:15 AM   #2
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Hello!

I just had a fight with my 8 year old Bogie about eating. He went from a 34 gram birdie to a 23 gram birdie and I thought I was going to loose him!
I tried everything. New seeds and old seeds. He loved broccoli, but quit eating that! I was at wits end!! I tried all kinds of new stuff and finally he started eating Goldenfeast Australian blend with dry veggies sprinkled on top and Goldenfeast Petite Hook bill blend and Higgins Sunburst cockatiel.

He wanted change and he got it. Try fried egg, chopped up. Hand feed a few pieces, then put some on a dish and prod her to eat her yum yum. A piece of baked or broiled chicken will help. Chopped up into fine pieces ( amount=size of a quarter.)

Try broccoli florets. A fresh piece of a floret put on a dish.Wash it!

You have a female.....hormones may be at play, here. Do not rub her body below the neck! Or on wings or on her chest or bottom. Her head is okay, but not much. Do not cuddle her. Try not to hand feed, but if you must, do it so she can see her food on a plate or feeding bowl. Get hemp seeds. One pound goes a long way. You may have to start her by feeding some to her. Try small sunflower seeds or black oil sunflower seeds, but not too many.

I hope this helps.
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Old 03-12-2017, 11:26 AM   #3
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Very good advice given. Hemp seeds are a favorite of my Ollie.
At the end of the day if I see food not eaten,
I will hand feed Ollie his dish. He usually will eat sugar snap peas and other grains. I have to encourage him to be sure he is eating his veggies!
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Old 03-12-2017, 03:59 PM   #4
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Daisy has been an off-and-on eater of fresh foods for as long as I've had her. She loved fresh mash when I first brought her home. Then she turned her little beak up at it and refused to do anything other than ignore it. Then she became a seed-pig. Loved seeds of all kinds, especially cantelope, green pepper and black sunflower seeds. She would barely tolerat millet unless I used it as part of her training.

Then she had her terrible-twos (which is not a literal number like it is for human babies) and she wouldn't eat fresh or seeds or millet and I was stunned when she started loving pellets, which she had never liked before! Right now she's still loving pellets and sometimes seeds and alway birdie bread. Although, I think she thinks the bread is a toy and she probably ingests as much as she 'shreds' and throws out onto the cage floor.

I think it's important to try to introduce new things whenever possible and it's vital to keep an eye on Aurora's weight---you don't want that to drop.
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Old 03-12-2017, 06:08 PM   #5
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I don't know why they go off the fresh food but Jabba does it too. He always ate greens from a little clip down low in the cage plus chopped veggies and fruit fro a dish down low. Now he will only eat greens from the clip if it is up high next to his platform perch and i have to pinch off a few pieces an scatter around the platform. Ditto with chopped veggies - i had to move that cup up hogh to his platform perch. I also baked some birdie bread stuffed full of veggies and that was a hit yesterday. It is a never ending struggle so if anybody else has tips I am eager to hear them too. The other three birds eat their veggies- Jabba is the only problem child.
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Thank you for your advice guys! I guess it is time to try some new foods and see what I can get her to eat besides seeds. It is comforting to hear how other parrotlets can be picky and still be ok. I checked Aurora's weight and she is a nice 29 grams (great weight for a pacific parrotlet). I will try switching up her diet and continue to monitor her weight. One thing I did not realize is that I shouldn't be cuddling Aurora. Does this trigger the hormones, David? I actually have been trying to encourage this behavior because she is not a cuddly bird by nature. She loves to ride on my shoulder, but if I hold her in my hand she will bite me. She even tries to bite me when I feed her sometimes. That is why I have been holding her and getting bitten anyway-I thought it would be a good thing to have a gentle and cuddly bird. Am I wrong, David? Also, David, I am very happy to hear your baby is doing better and eating again. That weight loss and refusal to eat must have been so incredibly scary. Glad your birdie is better!
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. One thing I did not realize is that I shouldn't be cuddling Aurora. Does this trigger the hormones, David? I actually have been trying to encourage this behavior because she is not a cuddly bird by nature. She loves to ride on my shoulder, but if I hold her in my hand she will bite me. She even tries to bite me when I feed her sometimes. That is why I have been holding her and getting bitten anyway-I thought it would be a good thing to have a gentle and cuddly bird. Am I wrong, David? Also, David, I am very happy to hear your baby is doing better and eating again. That weight loss and refusal to eat must have been so incredibly scary. Glad your birdie is better!
Cuddling is discouraged with a female and it is best to keep your contact from the neck up (head, beak, underbeak) and the feet. The holding in hand a different issue. Some, including myself believe it is best to train a bird to be held so that when you have to grab them or contain them in your hand for safety reasons it is easier and less stressful for the bird since being held is not unfamiliar with them. Thus you can hold them without rubbing or cuddling areas such as their back or under the wings. You may see this referenced as making a hand cave or some such terminology.

Also if your bird is biting you it usually means you are pushing their limit too far. Back off a little and let them calm down and then try to do the same thing but figure a way for them to make the approach and to get over their discomfort on their own. This is usually done with treats and or praise.
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Hi Ozzie! I did not realize this when I did research before adopting my baby I never read this! I have a little parrotlet book that I reference and it never mentioned this information. I appreciate your imput as I want the best life for Aurora and that means learning new things about her such as this. Thanks.
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Books generally don't do a great job explaining parrotlets, because first they would have to make sense for humans to be able to explain them on paper. Parrotlets are so random and so ridiculous that even on the forum they will sometimes leave us scratching our heads. That's why we keep comparing notes, trying to figure out what in the world the BIG birds are doing.
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Hi!

The advice you are getting is the best I have seen! I am a believer in reading the actual experiences of p'lett owners and taking these experiences as absolute truth. Books are crammed with info on p'letts, but they really don't say much!

Books written about p'letts are full of info about SMALL BIRDS. The p'lett is small, but never acts like a small bird species. I read in this forum one time that a new p'lett owner was feeding their bird parakeet seeds! This was because the PET STORE employees figured that since the parrotlet was small, it must eat like a small bird. Sooooo....the reasoning is...." If you are small, you must eat small things! ". The new owner started feeding parakeet seeds to the p'lett. This will not sustain them very long. I have never seen small birds like these parrotlets eat so much!

They remind me of my uncle...He was 5 feet 4 inches tall, but could eat more food than any large man I have ever seen! I saw him eat 3, 20 ounce steaks, 4 rolls, a huge helping of mashed potatoes with gravy, a plate full of cooked mixed veggies, and 3 glasses of iced tea at one sitting! The whole family was afraid to invite him over for Sunday dinner! He was a human parrotlet!. ( And no body cuddled him, either! haha).

Female p'letts can get hormonal by touching her too much or in the wrong places. I saw a video of a person playing with their female p'lett. She was on her back and the human kept tickling her belly. Sure enough, the birdie had hormonal problems later on. That was on a different forum than this one.

A male p'lett can get attached to a favorite toy ( or other oblect) and treat that toy/object like a female. They can't help it. This forum will teach you the do's and do not's. I sure have benefited from all the experiences that I have read about in this forum.
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