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My Feeding Method – Trial Session One

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On the first day of May I remember posting about my new idea of feeding the budgies their fresh foods 0n/near their landing cage in my post A New Discovery. I was supposed to update on my trial of this idea, but I never got around to it. Anyway, that weekend when I planned on carrying out my new idea; it didn’t really work out well.

Kasper looking innocent and cute.

I decided that the best way to do this would be to start with my normal routine first, then just to change the location of their dishes when I eventually got that far into cleaning. I would first replace their soiled papers from the bottom of their cage, and then take their food and water dishes out to clean and refill with fresh food and water. Then that’s when I would place the dishes on or near their landing cage so that the budgies would attempt to eat out of their cage for basically the first time. Well, when I eventually did this and sat down to wait for them to come out for their flight (and now feeding) time; they just waited there.

Kasper and Koko on the top of their "Master Cage". (Notice how Koko's wings are filling out quite nicely?)

Usually when the cage doors are open the budgies come out and fly around for a bit, then they hang out on their landing cage for a bit, just preening and interacting with each other, (Which was when I was hoping that they would notice the food and start eating) but this time they stayed inside of their cage and almost completely ignored the doors that were wide open. I ended up having to coax them out with some millet spray, but even when they got on their landing cage they ignored the food. I tried to wait it out until they caved in and started eating, but after a bit they just hopped back in their cage. This was the signal that they had enough for the day, so I put the dishes back in and just as I did so, the budgies started eating from the dishes.

The budgies' cage set-up, with their landing cage on the top right. (Pardon the emptiness of their cages, I'm still working on making some toys to fill them up)

I guess they really can be picky little guys, especially with their daily routine and normal activities. If budgies can be this particular about their routines, I can’t imagine how well the larger parrots can keep track of theirs’. Just one little change like where their food dishes are located can make a huge difference, and that is why it is important to be able to observe your bird’s behavior and figure out what is causing a change.

The change that was obviously keeping my budgies from eating was the unfamiliar location of their feeding area, so I’ll have to just adjust my converting method so that I can gradually change it to my new feeding method, giving them time to also adjust. Just like it takes time to gain your bird’s trust, it also takes time to make changes to their routine without any abrupt or confusing events.

Froot Loop trying to win over Koko. (Koko is trying to resist the cuteness here)

Although this trial didn’t go so well, I can try a different approach the next time I try feeding them outside of their cages. I think that the content of their food dishes can also be a factor in their decision on whether or not to eat too because if I tried something more tempting than their plain old seeds like I offered this time, they might change their minds and decide that it is safe to be eating from there.

Slowly creeping over to the camera... (This was his first real encounter with a camera up-close)

Hopefully the next trial session will be a bit more successful and we might make some progress.

And... ATTACK!

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A New Discovery

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I’ve been converting the budgies to their healthy chop diet and they are doing very well with it. So far they haven’t been very stubborn. Each of them are eager to try the fresh foods I’m giving to them. (With the temptation of seeds sprinkled on top of course) I’m really surprised that it didn’t take that long for them to start trying it out. It has only been around 3 months since I really introduced fresh foods to them, and since then I have been gradually adding to their chop mix.

Today I prepared another batch of chop and I mainly added in green peppers, red peppers, corn, peas, and carrots. These batches are only meant to last weekly in fridges because I don’t have  enough freezer room for bigger batches. I didn’t have much of a variety of vegetables to work with, so I just added in other things to their meals. I made a hardboiled egg and crushed the egg shell into it after mashing it up. Then I added in a teaspoon of Clay-Cal, and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (They seem to like it better with cinnamon) which I separated into each dish. After I rinsed, drained and mixed all of this I added a sprinkle of seeds on top. I do this so that the budgies will have something in there that they are familiar with already. When they go to get some seeds, they pick up the tastes of the other foods. That’s what got them started on nibbling on the different foods.

I’m used to them just going for the seeds by now because that is usually all they do, but you could imagine how surprised I was when I saw Kasper dive in and grab out a piece of corn to start eating. I was so thrilled to see the progress he was making already, but what surprised me more was that when he accidentally dropped it, he went right down to the bottom of the cage to finish it! I was so happy, but then I noticed that the corn was picking up other debris from the bottom of the cage and I got a bit grossed out knowing Kasper was trying to eat from it. That’s when I got this really cool idea.

Instead of feeding them their fresh foods in their cage, why not try getting them to eat it outside? I’d make this a regular thing and get them to come out on their smaller cage to eat. It would make cleaning much easier, give them out of cage time, and it would be more fun for all of us all at the same time. After they finish their fresh foods, I could just fill their cage dishes with fresh water and dry foods like seeds, or other things like pellets and nuts that I plan on getting in the near future. (There are actually these new, really cool and yummy looking Totally Organic Pellets that I’d like to try giving to the birds called Crumplets that I heard of here.) It would make life just a bit more easier for me, and funner too. Change is good every now and then, and I think that this is going to be the next big change for us. Hopefully the budgies won’t mind the change and maybe even enjoy it some day.

A picture of the TOP Crumplets that I found on The Birdsafe Store.

Now that I have it somewhat planned out, I’ve got to actually do it now. Since I don’t know how they will react to the change, I’ll just have to gradually build up to the full switch at the right time. I’m thinking that next weekend would be a good time to actually start, so I’ve got plenty of time to prepare. Until then, I’m just going to continue feeding them inside their cage. I’ll be posting about this again as soon as I begin. Wish me luck! 🙂

Water Dishes?

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Updated: September 19, 2011

I’ve found that there are many different opinions on whether one type of water dish is better than the other. My honest opinion is that the best water dish is the one that suits your likings the best. For example, my favorite type of water dish is the hamster water bottle type. Just because it’s easy to use, keeps the water completely clean, and can carry controlled amounts of water at a time. I also liked this one because it was fairly easy to clean. The smallest size I could get was the perfect size for the budgies, and I like these because they are easily replaced.

This is the type of water dish I use.

There is a gazillion other options out there, but some of the more popular ones I’ve seen include:

Stainless Steel Water Bowls

I use these now. My birds like to perch on the sides of these dishes, but their poop contaminates the water, which doesn’t smell to good when I go to clean it. They are pretty good for containing food though, so that is what I use them for too. When there is food in them however, it makes the birds just a bit more extra careful when they need to “go”.

Stainless Steel Bowls

Glass Water Spouts

The last time I used one of these was more than a year ago. That is because the one I had just busted right in my hand when I was trying to hang it on their cage. They hold a lot of contents, but they are too fragile for me. The adapter clip on the side is also a bit too flimsy for my liking.

Glass Water Spout

Feeding Tube/Fountain

These would be my second choice for water dishes because of how simple it is to assemble or take apart. Just two parts, and it is really easy to clean. The only reason why I don’t use these anymore is because all of the cage bars on my cage right now are horizontal, so that makes it pretty hard to use them, don’t you think? There is  a version for horizontal cage bars though, but the little clips that keep them on break easily, so my two were disposed of pretty quickly.

This is the horizontal version of Feeding Tube.
There are two types of these dishes, one for food and one for water.

For food dishes, I’d have to say that the Stainless Steel Bowls are the best. They are very durable, safe, and can be washed in the dishwasher along with your other dishes if you like. I prefer to hand-wash mine.