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Old 01-13-2017, 06:30 PM
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Hi Everyone,

Our wee Cockatiel Basil will only eat millet Spray. Won't touch his cockatiel seed in his bowl.

Question how to we get him to eat his seed in his bowl.

He's about 8 weeks old.

I don't think a diet Millet spray is good for him.

Any help and advice would be very much appreciated.
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:54 PM
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Are you able to hand feed him? Joey first learned to eat pellets by being hand fed them as treats. If you are able, depending on how he feels about hands, you can try hand feeding him seeds and pellets to get him interested in them.

Maybe withhold millet for a bit in the morning and have his seeds available. If he doesn't eat after a while, give the millet so he won't go hungry, but perhaps give him time to explore the seeds while he is hungry.
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:17 PM
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Are you hanging millet in his cage every day? It's more like a junk food treat then healthy to get all the time. Definitely do as TamaMoo suggested and don't offer it right away, see if you can get him to eat other things when he's really hungry. Take the millet spray out at night when he goes to bed and leave only the seed. A lot of time the millet is the easiest thing to get a baby to eat first when hand feeding but I've never had one that wouldn't eat other seeds too.
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Hello, My Ava was 2 months when we got her in November. It took about 2 months for us to get her to try other foods. Per our vet, she has 50/50 diet of seeds and pellets but still will only eat the seeds. I know they can take a long time to try other foods. Ava, who is stubborn as well loves spinach leaves, sweet potatoes, peas, sometimes apples, and zucchini. It took a few times to eat them in front of her before she would try them. Try that as well so that hopefully you can get him nutrition while getting used to the seeds.
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