Hey ya'll! Well, I thought after Spiral I was an expert budgie owner. Bubbles is teaching me how little I know! Our latest thing is that he wants whatever we are eating. Ya'll, I never thought I'd see the day when my "pets are pets, not people" husband would fix a plate for a bird on HUMAN DISHES! We are a VERY informal family- we tend to all eat wherever we land. There are only three of us, so we eat together, but it might be at our table, the kitchen bar, or on the couch. Bubbles has become insistent on seeing what we are eating, and trying to intercept the food so he can have some! Luckily, we eat plenty of veggies, so I've been trying to put bits of raw or cooked, unsalted veggies either to the side of our plates, or giving him his own- but he wants to share! Now I'm second guessing myself on safety issues- is there reason to discourage this behavior? Do your birds eat with you? Just to clarify, he's only eating unseasoned veggies when we do this. If you think this is unwise, how do you handle the ultra curious budgie? Teach me!
It's best to have safety rules during meal times and also when in the kitchen prepping meals and cooking them (I recall an accident where a budgie has fallen into a pan of oil and another where the budgie fell into a sink while the owner was doing the dishes).
During this time it's best that the pet bird(s) is safely inside the cage. This is why having a balanced scheduled routine for the time the pet bird spends outside and inside the cage is so important.
This is done for the bird's own safety because some foods are a big no-no to them and it only takes a split second for them to take a bite at something when we aren't looking. Then there are also the general hygiene reasons, when a bird is around us when we are eating and our plate may have an extra little something dropped by the bird.
You can slowly change the routine till Bubbles adapts to it and during meal times, you can offer Bubbles a special healthy treat while in the cage so that he can eat at the same time you do as a family.
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Thank you, Aluz, for the quick answer! Bubs is out so much- we need to be better about establishing a routine for him. I like the idea if giving him a treat in his cage while we eat, so he feels included in meal times. The budgie in oil is horrifying! He's never near cooking, but I can easily imagine him getting so bold he starts trying to snatch food from plates. I've never been around such a curious bird! He wants to be involved in everything. Thank you- I think we'll try that tonight.
I'm closing your thread at this time.
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