How we Learned our Parrot to Eat Pellets
The last few days Tooti is getting used to her new home. She walks through the living room and is exploring everything. She listens to short commands like ‘come’ and ‘no’. Especially that ‘no’ is very convenient. For example, when she intends to bite into the table leg (or in our our toes), we say ‘no’ in a low voice, and so far she listens. We apply the method of ignoring consistently. So once she does something what is not allowed, we ignore her for a few minutes. On the Internet, some say she is still too young for it, but it works, and she does understand in our opinion.
Bathing -For three days we let Tooti take a shower every morning. For now that’s a plant sprayer, later we’ll take her with us in the shower. We have heard that parrots usually really like this. More on this visit here: http://cuteparrots.com/. But we think that it is a little early to start with that already. Both for her, and for us.
Furthermore, she is very happy when we come to the living room in the morning. As soon as she hears the footsteps on the stairs, she begins to whistle. Hopefully Tooti will be one of the parrots who will start talking early!How we got her to eat pellets!Earlier I wrote that Tooti had not eaten of her pellet food. We waited for five days but then decided to try something else. Because she looked very annoyed, irritated and hungry. We sat down with the pellets and sunflower seeds. Just on the kitchen floor. We fed her pellets and in the beginning she dropped them again. We kept giving and giving and then she started to bite the pellets before she dropped them on the floor. Once she had actually eaten a piece of pellet food we rewarded her with a sunflower seed. After a few times she understood it. She ate some pellet and then walked to our hand to get a sunflower seed.
She tried to only break the pellet food and then dropped it. Or she would just go around her feed bucket with her beak. Then she came to our hand for a sunflower seed. She just tried to fool us. But we always said that she still had to eat something first, and then she went (under protest) back to actually get some food. We spent over two hours with her before she understood well. After it, she ate the pellet, usually took about three bites, and then she came to us to get her sunflower seed. We had to be careful that she actually ate because otherwise she was really just pretending in the beginning!The next day The next day we saw a lot of pallets lying on the floor of her cage so apparently she ate. We gave her a nice shower and she walked around for some time. When we put her back in her cage she started to eat the pellets, without asking a reward, for a long time. Occasionally she runs to go to the bowl with water, and then she goes on with eating pellets. Surely for over 1.5 hours.
We think that she just never ate it before. And she is not keen on trying new things to eat. For example with a piece of fruit. Earlier we tried to give her a piece of mango. We gave the mango on our hand and Tooti just walked to the other end of the rope in the cage (which she does when she does not want to eat or do not want to be petted). She picked up a piece of mango and threw it away. Then we just put it in her mouth so she had to taste it, and she found it very tasty! She walked around the cage to be able to eat the mango. And now she also eat the pellet without a problem!