How to get your Bird to eat Veggies or Fruits

How to get your Bird to eat Veggies or Fruits


Some Random Ideas to get your Bird to eat
veggies or fruits Know the basics of bird food. Be aware these techniques work best with a
friendly, hand-tame bird who thinks you are a good rolemodel, not some terrible birdie-eating
monster. The see-it’s-not-poison-approach. Eat fruits and veggies in front of the bird. Show it how tasty the stuff is (even if it
isn’t). Keep doing this until the bird looks curious,
if not green with envy. The green paper approach. Stick leafy veggies like romaine lettuce in
the cage bars (or stand some on the cage). If your bird likes to chew holes in paper,
then it might just mistake it for green paper. By the way, romaine lettuce is, I believe,
seven times more nutritious than iceberg, and seems to be preferred by birds. The fake green seeds approach. Put broccoli heads out where the bird can
nibble on it (or offer some in your fingers). Broccoli heads, in particular, tend to look
like a collection of green seeds The finger-food technique. Offer bits of veggies in your fingers. Or, if you can do it without getting yucky
human saliva on it, have one end of the food in your mouth and the other by your bird’s
beak, thereby proving to your paranoid bird that it’s not poisonous
The play-thing approach. Make veggies look interesting. Maybe use a knife to make a thick piece thin
enough for a small beak (a big chunk of carrot would be the equivalent of giving a child
a beachball-sized carrot and expecting culinary enjoyment), and give it interesting projections
and things that could tempt a birdie to nibble on it and generally treat it like a toy. Maybe some of it will wind up in the bird. Feed other foods, too, like plain spaghetti,
bread, boiled egg (eggs should be boiled 15+ minutes, they say), and low-fat crackers. Though not veggies, encouraging your bird
to be adventurous with other foods will encourage it to be adventurous with crisp green and
orange things, too. Tempt with toys … while most of these techniques
work best with tame birds, this is something that you can done with untamed budgies. Very tightly tied small bundles of dried grass
together and dangled them in their cage. After a few days of comical fear and avoidance
the budgies learned to chew and rip apart the grass. The boring approach. You can do the standard way of adding veggies
to the bird’s food bowl diligently for weeks on end, too. But try the other methods as well. They’re more fun and probably more productive. Teaching birds to eat veggies can be tedious,
but a lot of fun as well. Projects like this tend to stretch human creativity. And be prepared for a lot of food waste with
birds; they often don’t eat things cleanly or completely. But isn’t a lightly-nibbled half a leaf of
lettuce or a broccoli stem worth it for your bird’s health and entertainment? Don’t forget to clean up uneaten food before
it goes too limp — or worse yet, moldy.