My bird doesn’t like treats! They just aren’t food motivated. When I offer them a sunflower, they run away. My bird loves me but doesn’t really like any treats!
Sit with a note pad and write down everything your bird does when he is most active. What is he doing? Playing? With what? Preening? Singing? Eating? What’s that cute little bird up to? Set a timer for 5 minutes and write it all down.
Scatter a bit of the food on a piece of paper. What’s being eaten? Only the yellow pellets? Only the safflower seeds? Only the millet or oats?
Take a close look at the top 5 things in your bird’s every-day food bowl, and note which items disappears first. Add this to your notes.
What’s in your chop? What’s being eaten? Only the corn pieces? Only the grapes? Only the sprinkled seeds?
Take a close look at the top 5 things in your bird’s chop, and note which items disappears first. Add this to your notes.
Once you have a list of things your bird does and things your bird eats, you can start testing.
Use a bowl, plate, or neutral surface. Allow your bird to explore on their own.
Be a good observer! Watch carefully. What item is eaten first? What is eaten second or third? Write it down!
Anything your bird is willing to work for is fair game.
Foods that are “illegal” can be modified for bird training. Bird wants to
dive in your coffee? Try warm water in a mug. Bird wants your gummy bears? Try
an organic fruit leather cut into teeny pieces. Bird loves peanuts? Try organic
almond butter licked off a spoon.
The allure of cooked pasta, fruit leather, warm tea, or potato chips could be options depending on the food item and bird health. Refer to your veterinarian for safe alternatives!
There are MANY non-food reinforcers, such as touch, toys, attention, dancing, singing, mirrors, companions, etc. That’s the topic of the next blog post! Follow for part 2!
If you are still struggling to find something reinforcing to your bird, send me an
email. I love brain storming. I’m sure we can find something that is motivating
to your bird so you can join in on all this TRAINING FUN!!
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