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Old 06-22-2010, 03:21 PM
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Re: Getting a cockatiel to eat new food?

Thanks, and LOL, everyblody just loves cornbread
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:31 PM
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Re: Getting a cockatiel to eat new food?

Since birds have "dry" mouths they can't detect capsasin (the chemical in peppers that make them hot). Many less-hybridized hot peppers have to have their seeds scored before planting because the seed coatings are so thick. The thick coatings evolved so the seeds wouldn't be digested but pooped out and thus the pepper species spreads to new areas.

Just a bit of biology trivia for the day.

I'm going to need to write down a recipe for "birdy bread"...I need to give it to my in-laws when they take Popcorn home. I don't really have a recipe, I just go to the health food grocery store and get organic bean mix, rice mix, a bit of millet, wheat berries and dried cranberries. Then I cook it up until just soft and add some cinnamon or chai spice that I get from an Indian market. All of my birds love it.
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:55 AM
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Re: Getting a cockatiel to eat new food?

eat fruit in fron of him let him or her see that the fruit its edible and tasty it worked with my tiels, now they eat any fruit
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Re: Getting a cockatiel to eat new food?

I'm not sure if it's cause I did this when I first got my cockatiel ( I was 10 I think) but I'd just sit next to the cage and take half an apple and held it in my hand inside his cage and ate the other half but he ate some of the apple the day I got him. Also I would take him out side of his cage as well and would pretend to eat stuff like brocoli and just set little peices of brocoli on my lips NEVER inside my mouth as human saliva is dangerous but cockatiels naturally want to eat what you are eating and thats how I got Angel(my cockatiel) to eat veggies and fruits. Unfourantley though when I was 15 I had came back from a walk with my then puppy and found my bird dead. To this day I swear it's cause he was sleeping in his giantic cage in the living room and my dog who was only 4 months old at the time was super excited for her walk and was jumping around and hit the cage with her tail. Also check out I used that site as a bible when I had a bird.

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