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Old 08-12-2019, 02:38 PM   #1
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Thanks Dave!

In a previous thread Dave had mentioned the the p'lets like hemp seeds. Last time I was at the store I picked some up. Wellll.... something I did not anticipate happened: Luna was scared to take a seed out of my fingers.



I've spent months feeding her things from my fingers, but they'd all been larger things she could take bites from. Like an avi-cake, 1" piece of millet, etc. And never ever has she fallen for attempted food bribery to calmly get on my hand (we must do that work the traditional way!). So when I showed her this tiny speck in my finger tips, she took one look and ran away all nutso like it was day 1. No way did she want it THAT badly!



Fortunately she trusts me a lot more than on the real day 1, so progress in her "bravery" was much faster. I had to start again working from outside the cage. Since she's learned that's most definitely safe now, it went quickly, and now we're on to the inside of the cage. Still working on it, and I even modeled it for her with my linnie (a non-food oriented bird who I discovered will literally run over for them!), but she will come and take them sometimes now, as long as I'm patient and hold my hand very still. Sometimes I drop them before she gets it, but that doesn't seem to bother her



So, THANKS DAVE (x2!) for the hemp seed referral!!


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In a previous thread Dave had mentioned the the p'lets like hemp seeds. Last time I was at the store I picked some up. Wellll.... something I did not anticipate happened: Luna was scared to take a seed out of my fingers.



I've spent months feeding her things from my fingers, but they'd all been larger things she could take bites from. Like an avi-cake, 1" piece of millet, etc. And never ever has she fallen for attempted food bribery to calmly get on my hand (we must do that work the traditional way!). So when I showed her this tiny speck in my finger tips, she took one look and ran away all nutso like it was day 1. No way did she want it THAT badly!



Fortunately she trusts me a lot more than on the real day 1, so progress in her "bravery" was much faster. I had to start again working from outside the cage. Since she's learned that's most definitely safe now, it went quickly, and now we're on to the inside of the cage. Still working on it, and I even modeled it for her with my linnie (a non-food oriented bird who I discovered will literally run over for them!), but she will come and take them sometimes now, as long as I'm patient and hold my hand very still. Sometimes I drop them before she gets it, but that doesn't seem to bother her



So, THANKS DAVE (x2!) for the hemp seed referral!!


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You are welcome! Hemp actually makes them feel better, like willow twigs.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:12 AM   #3
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My bird loves hemp!! Keep trying, they'll eventually go crazy for it
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I got a mix of hemp, chia and flax at the health food store. Pip loves it. This morning I put some in my palm and he climbed in and had a great time. However, a few times he missed the seed and got me. (Iím not sure that was accidental). Lol
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Oliver loves them on his veggie dish, encouraging him to eat fresh foods instead of seeds all the time.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:22 AM   #6
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that is a good idea, putting them on fresh foods to encourage that. She has yet to try any veggie or fruit or egg that I've offered her. She'll run over to look at whatever it is, and might even taste it with her tongue, but then that's it. Period. She does jump into (literally) my Grape Nuts though?? Funny.


So I've noticed improvement using these small seeds as a treat inside her cage. I decided not to mollycoddle anything. No slow movement, no sweet tone of voice, just head my hand (holding seed in fingertips) towards her at a normal speed like you would with a regularly hand-tame bird who stays still. When she freaked out I just followed her around wherever she went. There were a couple times in the thick of it that she jumped onto my hand because she thought I was trying to get her out. It confused her when I just stayed still and did nothing! Then she jumped back off and kept running around. The first time took about 5 minutes of this before she calmed down enough to realize there was one of those yummy seeds in my hand. Once she took it, no more running for that session even when I removed my hand to get a new seed and re-approach her.


Each session has improved slowly with the initial offering. This morning she only hustled off a short distance down the side of her cage before coming back, all in a flurry. And then I'm able to just put my fingers right up close to her to give her the seed, no problem. I foresee this as the baby step we needed to help with solving the initial brain fry when I'm actually getting her out. I had no idea small seeds were the ticket! Maybe I'll see if she likes the chia and/or hemp too, like Pip!
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