Sun conure not eating healthy

VDosky

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So I’ve adopted a sun conure who has been on a sunflower seed diet her whole life. All of my birds eat healthy fresh vegetables and fruits but it seems like no matter how I present new things to her she refuses to eat it. I’ve tried to chop up several vegetables bite size and sprinkle seeds on it so that when she’d eat the seeds she’d at least get a taste of the vegetables and know its edible. So far she’s only ate apple and she chews on lettuce before dropping it.. she’s already overweight and she doesn’t get that much exercise due to her clipped wings so I really want her to get on a good diet! She’s so used to seeds that I can’t even give her treats because it’s all the same to her. I’ve bought a clicker to train her but I still can’t come up with a treat to give her as she is used to most seeds now.. i was thinking about blending some green veggies and pouring it over her seeds, would that be a good idea as she’d still ingest some of it while eating seeds? Where I live pellets aren’t sold unfortunately neither are sprouts so I was thinking about sprouting myself and see if she’d like that.
 

fiddlejen

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Does your Sunny like to chew on things? I have had succes both with my budgies and my Sunny, with clipping veggies to the cage as chew-toys. While destroying them, they will ingest some of them.

Beyond that, suggest making sure you provide a good-quality seedmix, as they have nutrients added that will be otherwise lacking in the diet.

Also many people find success with Eating the food in front of their bird, actiing like Ooohhh it's so delicious, fake trying to keep the bird from stealing it (Let them take some from you), etc.

Also don't give up. My petstore budgies have never changed over to eating Mainly pellets but, after months of trying, they did go ahead with eating them Along With their normal seedmix.

As far as a birdie smoothie, i have no idea if it will work, but, just make sure not to leave that for too long before replacing it with clean food. Un-cut, non-sweet green veggies can last a long time sitting out, but blenderized veggies will go bad much for quickly.

Currently for my baby budgies, I take a plateful of mixed lettuces, add some other chopped veggies, and then sprinkle their seeds over that. (Along with some nutriberries and pellets.) This is working quite well.

Oh, and regarding "only chews it a bit and then drops it!" --- well that is where it starts! Everything a bird likes it will drop in hopes of growing some more. Som don't give up on just putting some veggies Under the seeds a few times a day. This might work too!
 

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Superb advice above! To elaborate on shared eating, consider the "chop challenge." Prepare two identical bowls of fresh veggies + fruits, begin eating from your bowl. Offer the second to your Sun, make "mmmm" sounds and bob your head in delight. Parrots are flock eaters and you are one of the flock!
 

fiddlejen

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Superb advice above! To elaborate on shared eating, consider the "chop challenge." Prepare two identical bowls of fresh veggies + fruits, begin eating from your bowl. Offer the second to your Sun, make "mmmm" sounds and bob your head in delight. Parrots are flock eaters and you are one of the flock!
Haha the Chop Challenge -- Scott I don't think that's how it works.

It really goes like this: prepare two identical containers of food, begin eating from "YOUR" bowl. Offer the second bowl to your bird. Bird will Ignore it in Favor of "YOUR" food.

Bird says, "If you don't want that bowl of food, I don't want it either. I will eat whatever YOU are eating!"
 

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