Hi guys! It's been a few weeks since I've posted, but I'm so excited because we are finally making some progress with Frost! I say "finally", but in reality, we've only had him 7 weeks, so I feel like it's actually going faster than I thought! Frost is still skittish of us, and a little jumpy at sudden noises, but I figured out that if I put some of his seed in my hand and hold it where his food bowl normally is, he will jump onto my hand and eat from it. At first, he was very nervous and jumped all around the cage, getting close to my hand, hesitating, then jumping back away. I just stayed very still and talked to him in a sweet, encouraging way, and he finally started eating from my hand while sitting on his perch. Then when the seed was too far away for him to stretch (and believe me, he stretched his little neck as far as he could -- LOL!), he stepped onto my hand and continued eating. Now, whenever I try this first thing in the morning or just before bed, he isn't nearly as nervous and almost comes right away, depending on how ready to eat he is. It's very exciting for us all!
The only issue is that when he's not hungry, he wants nothing to do with my hand and still acts very nervous and walks away if I just put my hand near him without food, so for now, I'm going to continue feeding him from my hand until he gets alot more comfortable.
One other question -- and if this part needs to be moved to a different section, please feel free -- I have tried to introduce Frost to foods other than his seed mix, but he is having none of it. I bought Harrison's pellets and tried mixing them in with his seed, but he just picks around them. I've offered apple slices, broccoli, carrots, cilantro and cucumber. He refuses to eat any of it. I tried hand feeding him the pellets the other day when I knew he was hungry and he was very curious, coming to look in my hand, but when he saw it wasn't seeds, he wouldn't eat. I even dipped a small piece of cucumber in his seed, hoping he would get the flavor and want to eat it. He picked all the seeds off of it, then pushed the cucumber out of my hand so he could get to the seeds below it.
Smart guy, right?! It bothers me that he is only eating seeds. Any other ideas to get him to branch out and try some new, more nutritious, foods? Thanks!!
Edited to add: I did read through the Diet and Nutrition stickies, but I feel like I've tried the things listed and he is still not showing interest. Also, I've had a cuttlebone in his cage since we got him and can't tell that he's ever used it. Do they instinctively know when to use it and what it's for?