Tips for Changing Your Parrot’s Diet

After you have brought your feathered companion home, one of the most challenging things is to change their food habits. Converting their seed diet into a pelleted diet or home diet can be tricky during the initial days. Your new friend may not like to have fruits, vegetables or pellets instantly. It may take some time, a little patience and effort from your side to help them to recognize the new food given to them by you.

There are some tested and tried methods which may help you to successfully change the food habits of your feathery companion:

•    Before you start any new diet for your bird, take suggestions from an avian vet. He may guide you about the right type of diet and amounts for your bird.
•    Initially you should go slow and try to give pellets in a separate bowl. Chances are that your bird may actually like it and dig into it. But, if they do not, then you can mix pellets with seeds. Gradually you can raise the ratio of pellets to seeds after couple of weeks.  Harrisons Pellets for Birds
•    There are various types of prepared avian foods available in market. You can prepare a mixture of different types of foods. Try out different shapes, colors and sizes. Your feathered companion may actually love some of them!
•    Sometimes, parrots love to eat what you eat. So if your feathered friend enjoys eating what you eat, act as if you are eating pellets. See if it stimulates them to eat pellets. You can also try to feed one of your family members some food items in front of your feathery friend. Try it out!
•    Many times, a new location may also stimulate interest in new food. Try to offer new food in a new place, like feeding him outside the cage on his/her parrot playgym or at your own meal time with your family.

•    You can also use a foraging bird toy for your feathered friend and some new pellets/food as treats. Sometimes, they will be so engrossed in play that they might gobble them up.

Note: There are few important things which you must consider while changing your bird’s natural diet:

1.    Ensure that your bird is eating and not starving. Many times, they may just be grinding the pellets instead of actually taking in.

2.    Check their bowl and food intake. Ensure that your bird is eating and not just pulverizing the pellets.

3.    Keep a weighing scale and check your feathery friend’s weight. You can also check the keel bone on his chest. It will give you an idea of his actual weight.

4.    Watch out for the signs of inactivity, insufficient or loose droppings and puffed feathers. These signs may indicate that he is not being fed properly.

5.    Consult your Avian vet in case you bird shows these signs or if they have entirely stopped eating.
These tips will help you to select the methods of training your parrot to adapt to their new diet.

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