New Baby Needs Proper Socialization & Diet
Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:31 PM
He was only marginally socialized. They say he was hand fed (but I suspect not hand-tamed - big difference). He will sing up a storm and prefers to have his cage moved to be near me and and my macaw. However, he avoids physical contact (no matter if the macaw is in the house or NOT). In fact, I don't think the macaw is the problem at all. I'm a mental health professional and am pulling out my bag of behavior tricks. Am trying the technique of "successive steps of approximation". He will now leave his cage and flitter over to a nearby playgym that I have placed next to me, in order to get goodies. He tolerates me as long as I do NOT offer my finger Also, he's been given a mostly seed diet from what I can tell from his eating preferences. I'm offering him all sorts of nutritious, fresh goodies, including fruit and veggies and even egg and noodles to entice him to eat something besides the seed. Is he young enough to eventually become tamer and taught to eat a more varied diet, or is this a losing proposition at this point with this baby? I'm not that familiar with the behavior of this species so don't know what are reasonable expectations. Any feedback is appreciated. Again, he is sooo cute!
Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:19 PM
Posted 10 July 2010 - 02:31 AM
My guys like chunks of broccoli clipped to the bars (I think more is shredded than eaten, it is both toy & food!), they will eat a bit of romaine lettuce or spinach if I hang the leaves from the cage ceiling above their favorite perches, they all love corn, one of my pairs will now eat peas and some berries, the other pair is starting to attack raw carrot chunks. They are just starting to explore peppers. They rarely will try any new food right away...I have to keep offering it again and again before they will even think of tasting.
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