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My birds are not food motivated at all.

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Old 07-11-2019, 09:29 AM   #1
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My birds are not food motivated at all.

They go for the occasional bit of millet but quite often when its offered to them they ignore it, its bothering me because as im starting to get them to do the things id like them to do, i try to reward them to reinforce the good behaviour but they just arent interested in any treats!

I feel like we are missing out on an important stage of building the relationship because its all well and good when tbey do the right stuff but if i cant reward them properly how can we progress?
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They are probably just to scared to take food from you yet. If you just go up to the cage and leave a small amount of millet in the bars and walk away they will still know it was left from you. I am no expert but the key is trust. They just do not trust you right now you have to earn that by being around them. It takes my Pip three or four days to even get comfortable with a new toy before he goes to see what it is.

I know how hard it is at first all you want to do is get them interacting with you but it takes time for them to adjust.

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One thing I noticed is that you have two p'letts in a cage, right? They will be reluctant to bond with you because they have each other. Food is second nature to them. As they stay together, they will create a bond together. Your actions are not so important.

They will do things for you up to a point, then they may decide to be more interested in each other. The key is to try to find which one of them is keyed into you more than the other. If one favors you a little bit, then work on that bird with treats, first, then offer treats to the other, second.

If the first one takes the treat, the second will likely follow and

Bryan has a good point. They are new to you and it takes a little time to get used to you. They are still babies.

They have each other and you will always be the third one in the flock. Give them some time to adjust and I bet that if you spend a lot of time with them, they will accept you more readily.

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What other treats have you tried? I have had good luck with walnuts and sunflower seeds.
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Of the 3 "people" birds I've had (3 different species), only 1 has been food motivated. Both of the non food motivated birds responded extremely well to nothing more than sincere and excited verbal praise (not my style as I'm rather quiet and reserved, but it worked, so I kept at it during training times). One of them also became excellent with clicker training and targeting, all with nothing more than verbal praise as the reward.

I've not had two in the same cage though, so I can't speak to that effect!

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