Dropping food

by Katie
(Australia)

Got an untamed IRN from the pet store last week and have got her eating out of my hand (but still very wary) but whenever she drops her food she wont go anywhere near the bottom of the cage to retrieve it. Instead she will just sit on the top perch and squawk until i pick it up and give it back to her..she will say thank you then shes fine... until she drops it again. Its getting quite annoying as this is an every 30 second event, Ive tried alot to get her to go to the bottom of her cage but nothings working as she is still a bit frightened. Is there any way to battle this before it becomes a really bad habit?.

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Jul 31, 2013
Dropping food
by: Angela

Your bird is training YOU! Feeding should not be such an event. Put the food in the dish and let her be. If she drops it, too bad. You can still give her treats, fruits and veggies by hand to keep gaining her trust, it just takes time and patience. My bird has to take a bite of everything I give her as I'm putting it into the dish. She stands guard on the cage door and has to inspect everything I do. She had a bad habit of purposely throwing her playthings onto the floor and screaming for me to pick them up only to throw them down again. That lasted for a short while as I was getting tired of getting up and down. No worries, your bird will get enough to eat on her own. They are smart little buggers and test us to see what they can get away with.

Jul 29, 2013
MY IRN drops the food TOO...
by: Anonymous

When we got our Indian Ringneck Male he was only 5 months old and he would do the same thing. He would drop the food and wait for us to give it to him, soon enough I caught on and started giving him larger dishes where most of the time he would drop the food right back into the dish. This worked and don't worry, they will eventually go around the cage to get what they want. They won't starve! lol. Unless they are sick of course and another situation is involved but over all your Parrot is very smart and testing you. Mine did this for a week and I nipped it in the bud..lol. Today he is 1 years old and doing just fine. Gotta love them!

Jul 29, 2013
Dropping food
by: Linda

One little tip here for a healthy bird. Never pick anything from the bottom of cage or the floor and give it to your bird. Bottom of cage is filthy even if you just cleaned it, and the floor is always filthy even if it is cleaned several times a day.

Don't let your bird on the floor and discourage her being in the bottom of cage. Bacterial infections are very easily caused by allowing birds in bottom of cages and on floors. Food that falls on either is to be thrown out.

Linda

Jul 29, 2013
Dropping food
by: Anonymous

She is testing you. She is also letting you know she still has a way to go before she can stop fearing whatever it is that she is afraid of. You will have to be patient with her. The fact that she is eating out of your hand is the first bond of friendship.

Good luck.

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