Posted 12 June 2006 - 12:38 AM
Posted 21 July 2006 - 11:07 PM
Posted 18 August 2006 - 11:36 PM
Posted 18 August 2006 - 11:50 PM
Posted 31 August 2006 - 08:36 AM
SO, I need to have a bowel of pellets by itself and then do this with the other bowl of seeds like you said?
What if he will not eat the pellets at all? THen what do I do?
Posted 18 September 2006 - 02:42 PM
Posted 18 September 2006 - 11:04 PM
I haven't heard that grapes are bad...I feed my birds grapes periodically
You state he's very picky...in that case I guess I'd start out with a small bag of the natural...you can always sprinkle some orange juice or apple juice on it that way they can't get color specific and only pick out certain colors and leave the rest or throw them out on the floor. As Andie said have them in his cage 24-7 and his reg seed in his cage twice a day for 15 or 20 minutes to start with...do that for a week...then lessen the amount of time the seed is in there by 5 minutes per week... then go to once a day for 5 minutes and then do that a couple of times a week and it will become a real treat!
My Double Yellow Headed Amazon was on a Horrible diet when I got him. mostly all seed with a few cheap pellets thrown in...he'd sift through all the seed and leave the pellet...So when I started weaning him off of it he wasn't a happy camper...but they seem to have this survival thing going for them and they will eventually start playing with it and dunking it in water etc...Most of my birds love to make Pellet soup....UGGGGH...but hey at least they are eating it.
Feel free to Ask more questions if you need to...
Posted 19 September 2006 - 01:57 PM
Posted 27 September 2006 - 01:43 PM
I am trying your method and I am on my second week...
She is soo stubborn and soo smart... Too smart, my luck I
had to get a smart bird...She refuses to eat the pellets,
I got The Zupreem, the fruit shapes one.. I even tried to
switch the feeder so to fake her out maybe she would try
the pellets by mistake... Too smart, she doesn't even go
for it, she goes wherever the seed one is.. I am hoping
this gets better, but I am afraid I don't want her to get
sick.. Is there a better food for me to try giving her??
Should I just stick to this, not to confuse her anymore..
I feel even worse that I keep throwing out perfectly good
food, sometimes I save it and give it to her again...
It seems fresh, so I thought what the heck...
I know you are the expert on this soo please help me and
everyone else having problems...
Thank you, in advance..
aka Ari's mom
Posted 15 October 2006 - 11:55 PM
Posted 16 October 2006 - 06:45 AM
1. Make birdy muffins with crushed pellets and other healthy food that they like. It may help them get used to the pellet taste.
2. Pretend to eat them (or eat them) in front of the bird, then offer it to them. That is how I got my QP to eat them and he was used to eating a diet of purely sunflower seeds.
3. Place the pellets on a mirror, then offer it to them. I dont know if this works or not, but Ive heard some people have success with it.
4. Try a product called avicakes which have pellets and seed mixed in them.
And Alyssa, I wouldnt worry too much about the diet so far. My QP's diet before I got him was horrible, but the sooner you change it, the better.
Posted 16 October 2006 - 08:39 PM
In the beginning, I used a natural peanut butter (though not good in large quantities as it is high in fat) mixed with pulverized pellets. Did this in a food processor. That was so I knew he was getting SOME good stuff. It took a while for my qp to convert, but he did.
Posted 12 November 2006 - 06:02 PM
That's a good idea! I am going to try it with my bird. He is 7 years old and has been on seeds since he was weened--do you think it would be traumatic for a bird to switch to pellets at that age? I tried to switch him to pellets when he was younger, but I was mixing them with the seeds and he would just toss all the pellets out of his dish. lol.
Posted 12 November 2006 - 09:17 PM
Posted 07 January 2007 - 05:03 PM
Posted 18 January 2007 - 01:36 PM
guess whos eating pellets? too bad its only the red ones
but, hes started eating eggs first, so I mixed pellets seeds and eggs all up, cooked it, and started with that. he ate the pellets outta that, kinda. He also will now eat peas, pasta, baby food-more or less, if he sees us eat it, hes willing to sniff it, and if it smells good he'll try it.
and then the one day he snuck a bite of chocolate icecream-NOT recommened, but he will do anything for that
Posted 19 January 2007 - 03:37 PM
know it works. But Cheeky wont eat any pellet. Ok I am going to try other brands yes but as long as he has fresh fruits
and vegs table food etc He wont touch them. So what will I do?
Posted 01 February 2007 - 05:46 PM
Since I read that just a seed diet for QP's is unhealthy. This weekend I bought some Zupreen pellets and I'm started them on conversion. I started with seed with a little pellets. Thank you!!!
CindyL & mojo
Posted 10 February 2007 - 12:54 AM
I got my quaker parrot for a month and a half (Baby Jaffa), and his mix came with seeds and pellets. He'd just select the sunflower seeds ONLY, and if i offered him the pellets, he might place it in the tip of his beak, just inside, I think he tries to crack it like a seed ? So as you may guess, it falls out of his beak, or he breaks it to pieces and it all crumbles to the floor.
Its not very efficient his eating, pellets or fruit/veg, alot of things he lets fall out if he picks it up.
Any tips on feeding veg/fruits? he loves corn and sunflower seeds, those things he wont let fall out of his beak. I think a small tiny bite size piece of veg or fruit works better, as he gets it in his beak, but just inside. Hes a 14/15 week old baby still, and really doesnt eat that much of fruit and veg that i offer and go to great lengths to make.
I will start Andies conversion from tomorrow onwards.
Another note, he eats egg sometimes, but most of the time he is breaking off pieces and tossing them off his beak :S His cuttlefish he doesnt eat, but sometimes i feed it to him and he licks at it a bit.