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Old 01-25-2020, 11:59 AM
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Question How do I get very picky eaters to eat fresh foods?

My goffins cockatoo and my Sunday conure both eat Zupreem, the occasional Nutri Berry or banana chip, and they are happy with those things. Plain oatmeal is sometimes accepted. Whenever I try to give them fruit or vegetables they wonít touch it. Iíve tried mixing it with the Zupreem, hiding it under paper, nothing works. I even tried not feeding them anything else for an entire day. They still didnít touch any of it. How can I get them to eat it?
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Re: How do I get very picky eaters to eat fresh foods?

I recently ordered the sample pack from Bird Street Bistro to see if it is a fun way to get birds to eat more healthy fruits and veggies. Trying a variety of colors mixed together is also something to consider to give your bird choices rather than just one type of fruit or veggie. My bird for example seems always pick out green veggies first like broccoli, kale, zucchini, and grapes. After that, she moves on to the rest but the color seems to be how she makes her choices.
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Re: How do I get very picky eaters to eat fresh foods?

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I recently ordered the sample pack from Bird Street Bistro to see if it is a fun way to get birds to eat more healthy fruits and veggies. Trying a variety of colors mixed together is also something to consider to give your bird choices rather than just one type of fruit or veggie. My bird for example seems always pick out green veggies first like broccoli, kale, zucchini, and grapes. After that, she moves on to the rest but the color seems to be how she makes her choices.
What should I do if they wonít eat it?
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Re: How do I get very picky eaters to eat fresh foods?

Maybe try handing them one piece at a time instead of putting it in a bowl in their cage? I don't have children but if I did and I wanted them to eat something that was good for them, I might try making it a fun game so using a nice tone, show them how you eat it and like it. When my Bird Street Bistro order comes in the mail, I can let you know what the texture/color is like and if it is something you may want to try for your bird.

Maybe try blending a few veggies to make a mini bird smoothie?
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Re: How do I get very picky eaters to eat fresh foods?

Persistence. My Hawkhead was totally avoiding any fresh veggie that I gave her. I tried serving it a number of ways and it always resulted in throwing away all the food so I would get very discouraged...this was over a couple of years I then found some Freeze Dried chop which is virtually as good as fresh and again tried serving it different ways...still nothing. I started serving it for a week and then not for another week and continued on that schedule. Eventually (maybe over a month or two) she took to it and now eats it for breakfast every day.

I feed her a heaping dry tablespoon of the chop a day and hydrate it with juice. Your bird will eat more but you don't have to start them with any larger serving than that while your getting it to accept it. You can serve it dry or wet. You can go for months trying to establish it as a food and no waste or work other than the tablespoon you try.....no big batch of anything to put in the freezer.

I also to this day remove other food when I serve the veggies. Once she looses interest I put the other food back and then she will go between the two with renewed interest.

Fresh just seemed like such a waste to me because of the length of time it took to get her to eat it and I had actually given up before I discovered the freeze dried..
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Re: How do I get very picky eaters to eat fresh foods?

We all put inits if good advice on this thread, so give it a read! And op updated today that it worked!
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Re: How do I get very picky eaters to eat fresh foods?

I don't know about the other birds, but the conures... tell them they can't have any, nudge them away, eat it yourself, keep eating it, then simply not notice when they go for it....

It works for me.....then again I can't eat anything without being harassed anymore....
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Re: How do I get very picky eaters to eat fresh foods?

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We all put inits if good advice on this thread, so give it a read! And op updated today that it worked!
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Re: How do I get very picky eaters to eat fresh foods?

I would leave the greens in the cage in-between the bars not in a cup. Replace them after a day or two. Eventually it will get your birds curiosity. Be patient it could take weeks or even months .That's how I hot my amazons to eat fresh greens.
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Re: How do I get very picky eaters to eat fresh foods?

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Maybe try handing them one piece at a time instead of putting it in a bowl in their cage? I don't have children but if I did and I wanted them to eat something that was good for them, I might try making it a fun game so using a nice tone, show them how you eat it and like it. When my Bird Street Bistro order comes in the mail, I can let you know what the texture/color is like and if it is something you may want to try for your bird.

Maybe try blending a few veggies to make a mini bird smoothie?
Yes. Please let me know. I may try it.
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