Piper is a good eater but only when it comes to his birdie food: his blends of dried fruits and nuts and his oh so important pellets which provide him with critical nutrients. Since the day we brought him home from the rescue I chopped up fresh greens and made him the favorites of our cockatiel who had passed away a few years before. Piper would have none of it. Offering him anything made him back up as far away as possible from both me and the “poison” produce he seemed to think it was. Looking at his reaction would have you calling PETA.
Over the last five years I have continued to attempt to entice him to try different foods to no avail. I have researched suggestions online on techniques to encourage my picky Piper to sample new options, including letting him see me eat and act out an Oscar worthy performance of most delicious tasting morsel ever. I have discussed ideas with his avian vet but he still cannot escape from the scary treats fast enough.
And so when he uncharacteristically shows interest in a snack that would not be considered the healthiest choice, I let him explore. Low-salt potato chips and popcorn capture his attention.The reason I allow it? Gateway food. If he understands our various introductions aren’t out to get him he may be more inclined to be adventurous with the choices we want him to have for variety and his best health. He doesn’t even eat the popcorn but shreds it like a toy. Headway.
It took time for Piper and I to form the bond we have now. Patience on both our parts served us well and I will keep dishing it out along with the menu he needs. Until he successfully expands his belly’s horizons, I’m all for him playing with his food.