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Oh my god that is too funny!!

What a fun girl. :)

Echo mimics our coffee maker and the oven timer PERFECTLY.

I have gotten up to check the oven because of her on many, many occasions.

Hilarious!

She also loves South Park and Sesame Street, and quotes both Elmo and Cartman.

I love greys!
 

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Ok, so far she rejected my sweet potato/babyfood mix.

Hrmph.

Her Harrison's pellets arrive today, and the finely grated corn flour I ordered should arrive soon as well. I am going to try making that sweet potato polenta and see if she likes it.
 

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Tsk tsk, I wouldnt say no to that! picky picky bird :) They tend to reject new foods based on appearance, but one trick that worked really well for me (even with little birds) is eating(or pretending to eat) it in front of them, make sure to do the whole lip smacking , "mmm, mmm good" sound effects.
I remember trying to get my lovebirds to eat some cooked rice and veggies, they would look at me like I'm crazy, cocking their head to the side and watching me snack away, then one of the birds flew on my shoulder and kept looking at my mouth trying to figure out what the heck is that noise. The he flew back to the cage and started eating the food! lol :biggrin:
 

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LOL, I did that too.
She has me figured out.

She honestly pretends to eat, lowering her head into the bowl and everything, and she makes these little 'smacking' noises, but never puts any in her mouth.
After fake eating, she tells herself "GOOD GIRL ECHO."

Brat.

It will probably take about 2 weeks or so of offering it to her before she decides to eat it. :/
 

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Yeah, I tried it warm and cold. :/
She's not interested in the harrison's pellets either.

Picky picky picky.

Whatever, she'll get over herself.
 

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I have grown up around birds, my Granparents had 5 acres of bird flights.. They bred birds for San Diego and Sacramento zoo's. They also worked with UC Davis breeding endangered species. Uc Davis classes would tour their facility each year. My Grandfather was also president of the Sacramento bird club for years. They had everything from African cranes to Macaws. You name it they had it at some point. Because of this I learned so much and started my love of birds. My Granfather passed away a few years ago and my Grandmother sold the birds. I took the last 6 Macaws, 3 Greenwings, 2 Scarlets and a Blue and Gold. I already had a Goffin and Umbrella Cockatoo. I also took many large flights and moved them over. I am addicted!

I spend most of my day in my garden with my dogs, birds and Of course my 5 cats. Its amazing how everyone gets along.

I have always fed seed, fresh fruit and veggies. When I got my last Cockatoo he was only fed pellet. I still feed a little pellet but not much. They all thrive on their diet. I also grow sunflowers and hang them to dry. I then put the whole flower in their cage, they love it!
 

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Fortunately Echo came around and she's eating Harrisons, some mash, some home cooked stuff, seed and fresh fruits and veggies, except for a very few things, she is much more open to new stuff.

I guess she just had to be stubborn for a few weeks.
 

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Todd- while you are correct in a sense that a varied seed diet is probably more biologically appropriate, its usually not suitable for a pet bird. Wild parrots spend majority of their time flying large distances to find food, therefore a diet thats high in fat is beneficial to them because they always burn off those calories. Most pet parrots unless they live in an aviary setting, lead a very sedentary lifestyle which means that the fat deposits in the body resulting in many health problems. So unless you know the precise nutrient analysis of each type of seed and the exact ammount that the bird is going to consume that required by the body, its very hard to control how much they eat and most importantly what they eat becausse most parrots will gorge on whatever they find palatable, not what is the healthiest Macaw Food costing monthly for beginners.
Does anyone have any experience with parrots? My aunt breeds green cheek conures and offered me one. I'm really considering it because I love birds and have always wanted one.
 
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