So today is my second morning serving chop and I have had 4/5 with at least moderate compliance! Yesterday, all of the little guys sat around hungry in their cages, waiting for their pellets to return. I used my age old trick of laying down a towel, throwing some food around it and placing them all on the towel and pretending to peck at the floor while exclaiming ‘yum yum!!’ like an idiot. It usually works and they all will at least try some food. Moving from the floor to the bowels in the cages is a learning curve though.
Yesterday it was Miles who started eating like a little fiend, which is good because it inspires everyone else to try some. However, when I put the bowels in the cages this morning, everyone ran away like I was trying to poison them. So, I tried my second favorite trick. I sat down next to the cages and ate my breakfast. Mmmm that inspires everyone to go eat, as birds are communal eaters and my guys LOVE eating with me. I also mixed in some pellets and some seed into their dishes today in an attempt to bring them to the bowl.
I look over and little Erin has her face buried in her dish. Erin, who took an entire YEAR to convert successfully onto pellets, was eating the new food as her breakfast. She has definitely gotten more adventurous and more bold when it comes to food. Miles saw Erin eating and had to go over and start his breakfast too. Bella eats anything, so she had already eaten some yummy banana and some of the seeds in her dish. Even Jules, who was disgusted that I wanted him to try a new food yesterday, went over and grabbed a little food from his dish. The only one I haven’t seen eating it yet was Taylor.
So it wasn’t 100% acceptance. But it was definitely something. And for the bird who took a year to convert from seed to pellets, its definitely a big step.