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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods
Thread Description:Clouds is tucking I his fresh veggies!

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Old 06-21-2015, 07:19 PM
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Okay, so following the pine cone episode (https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...eeds-chew.html), Clouds who had initially shown the tiniest bit of interest went on to completely ignore it. Whenever I try and pretend-chew on it, he actually turns his head away (probably in embarrassment).

The pine cone is now tied up to his tree. I can still pretend-chew on it and he can go on ignoring it.

Yesterday was Sunday. The boys went to football at lunchtime and I made a salad for too (me and Clouds). Big bowl for me, little feeder for Clouds but pretty much the same in both. I positioned my stool right in front of him and tucked in with gusto, making all the appropriate noises. As soon as he started showing interest, I placed his feeder on the tree (I had kept it clipped to my salad bowl so it looked like it was the same thing). He got really excited and... (drum roll) went straigh for his pine cone. Loved it.

Sigh.

I am not one to give up however, so I grabbed a few things from his salad and stuck them in the pine cone.


Before falling asleep, he did have a couple of nibbles of cucumber and tomato but soon moved to the other branch where he had a freer (non-vegetable-crowded) access to the pine cone.

He did go back to the greens later, as well as the clump of alfalfa sprouts I had stuck in his tree too in the morning. He seems really awkward and clumsy with anything that doesn't look and behave like a seed. With the little sprouts for example, he takes on in his beak and tries to nibble but then gets really put off (even a bit frightened) when it falls to the floor.

SO, still undeterred and filled with crazy hopes, this morning I grated some veggies (cucumber, carrot) mixed with tiny little chopped bits of spinach, a spoon of his crumbs and a spoon of seeds. Please note that I already had tried that weeks ago but his response had been to not eat at all, as it was obvoious that I had been trying to poison his food with foreign-scary stuff.

This morning however he went for it, albeit timidly, but has been back to it 3 times already. One time he even climbed into his cage from the outside to get to it.

All I have to say is


And is it just me or is he a lot more chirpy and happy today? Veggies rock!


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Keep up the good work!! You have his attention and it feels so wonderful when
the little rascals start feeling safe enough to try new things.. Yay Team!!!!

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Dee --

That is absolutely AWESOME progress!!

Well done, my friend!

Clouds -- YOU are THE MAN!!
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It's lunch time now and this is what's just happened:


This is Clouds eating alfalfa sprouts from my hand.
We started with him perching on top of his cage. As soon as I approached with my salad bowl he got really excited and went straight inside his cage. After looking at take a few mouthfuls, he scurried to his bowls and had some of his own veggies mix. He would go to his veggies, have a few nibbles, come back to the middle of his perch to look at me and chirp excitedly, then back to his nibbles, and so forth. He seemed to be really interested in my salad so I looked and noticed that it was topped with a big pile of alfalfa sprouts. So I handed him a few and he tucked in straight away. Real eager. At the beginning he was sort of awkwardly dangling bits in his mouth, spaghetti like, really no clue what to do with them. But he kept trying and did have quite a few successful bites in the end.

The back and forth between my hand and his bowl kept on going for a while (my arm was starting to feel quite sore by the time he stopped).

Now he is singing his heart out. I feel like I want to join in
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Dee the bond and trust between yourself and Cloud is moving along amazingly well. He is fast becoming one clever budgie! Keep up the great work, the dividends are there to see, oh and yes you can sing as well we won't tell anyone promise.
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Wow, Clouds is doing so well! I'm just amazed at how the connection between you, Téo and Clouds has evolved so much. He is just such a good boy!

That's awesome, great news! , Clouds!
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Thanks all for all the lovely comment. It's amazing to make such good progress with Clouds and being able to share it with you lot means a lot
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Clouds--well done buddy! Dee--awesome work!!what an exciting outcome!
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We're definitely making progress but we're not there yet. Not by a mile. He's still much keener on seeds. I'm just delighted that he's starting to show a little bit of interest (or even tolerance) for something else than the seeds.

The road ahead is still long but we shall enjoy every step
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Well done Dee! Real achievement that has inspired me! By the way, I have replied to your question on my sprouts in the relevant post!
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