Hey everyone! I thought this particular forum would be an appropriate place for me to make a journal not only of training, but of general things that I'm doing in an attempt to get them to eat different foods, etc. Here are my birds!
I've had them for about two weeks at this point. Tomorrow I'm going to start with my slow progression of putting my hand into the cage and talking to them gently so as to not frighten them. I will use slow movements and be as gentle as possible.
Today I made them veggies for the first time. I got a bag of frozen veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, corn, and red bell peppers) and added carrots to it. I blended it up in a food processor and frozen it into cubes for ease of feeding. I put some veggies in their cage in a stainless steel cup and sprinkled millet on it, not expecting them to touch it, but they did! I couldn't tell if they actually ate any vegetables or not but Casper had some carrot on his face!
Here's a picture of Opal on the veggie dish. Casper jumped away because he really does not trust me at all, while Opal isn't too timid about me. You can also kind of see in the foreground that I added a dish of canary sized Zupreem pellets to their cage. Actually, I added TWO dishes of them to maximize the chance of them noticing them and eating them.
I'll try to get more pictures of them tomorrow and I'll begin updates on how taming and veggie eating are going!
I don't have any pictures, but today both casper and opal took millet from me! Opal took it right away while Casper was much much less convinced I wasn't gonna attack him. I held a spray of millet out and they ate from it, they didn't get on my hand or anything like that, but we're working on it!
I put a small dish of nutriberries, avicake, and sometimes little millet bits on the bottom of the cage so they'll use the bottom part, and they have some! They seem to really like the avicake a lot.
Yesterday I started giving them 2 tsp of seed per day instead of as much as they want. I'm hoping this will encourage them to eat more of the pellets and veggies that I'm offering constantly. I actually need to take an old treat stick out of there. They didn't really touch it until yesterday when I limited their precious seeds. If I notice them not eating the pellets/veggies, I'll increase the seed again. Don't want them to go hungry!
I also believe they might be starting to molt a bit. I've spotted some pinnies on Casper's head!
I haven't tried that yet! I'm actually noticing Opal puffing up a bit more than i'd like so I'm going to take her to the vet as soon as I can get an appointment. I also put as much seed as they want just in case she isn't getting enough food.
It is pretty chilly here! What worries me is that she's very new and from a pet store so I do worry about her health. I just ordered some soluvite D incase that's the issue (I know she's not getting enough as it is but I don't know if it's been long enough to effect her.) and I put ACV in the water for today. I'll do ACV every other day for now and see if it makes any difference. I don't think it's an emergency so I'm waiting for next week's schedule to come out to try and schedule an appointment since she was all booked up this week. Hopefully everything is fine! She's been eating millet from me still and I believe she's still drinking water. She's acting a bit lethargic but still moving around fine and alert. I may be over thinking it but I'm very protective of my kids!
Haha that's pretty funny! Today Opal is acting just fine, moving around and eating (I've witnessed both food and water consumption because I'm home all day today) so I feel a bit better. I did grab a smaller cage from work yesterday that seems an adequate size for quarantine/hospital cage (I believe it's around 16x16x16. I've never seen an 18x18x18 in my life.). Hopefully I won't have to use it!