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.
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!