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#232731 - 04/20/11 04:15 AM 10 Second Rule?  
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Beaky doesn't just toss food out with his beak, he picks it up with his talon and throws it like a baseball. He usually just does this at my older brother. I find this highly amusing, yet expensive. Can I pick it up and put it back? It is landing on carpeting and I worry about the fact it has chemicals from being shampooed (not recently). Does the 10 second rule apply?

#232754 - 04/20/11 04:25 PM Re: 10 Second Rule? [Re: HollyAnn]  
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Hmmmm that depends...

What IS the food being flung??

How clean is the floor?

Would you eat it??? grin

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We only use vinegar in our carpet cleaner and when mopping floors. I have never swept up and reused foods that have been tossed or thrown, however this hasnt stopped a bird from going on the floor and retrieving a morsel themselves before I have had time to clean it up. I vacuum once a day (right before birdie bed time) and sweep several times a day but as you all know tossing of food is continuous lol.


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#232759 - 04/20/11 05:14 PM Re: 10 Second Rule? [Re: FeatheredAngels]  
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You know I just started putting it outside for the birds because I won't take a chance especially if I am sweeping it up.I have dogs and a cat though and just never know what they are walking through (well I know the cat is in her litter box quite a bit).SO I started sweeping it up and serving it to the squirrels and birds outside.They LOVE IT! But when they poo on my car sometimes even they get rainbow poo from the fruity Zupreem.Funny how you even start to look at wold bird poo to see if they are healthy lmao! blush

But at least this way it isn't a total waste....


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#232760 - 04/20/11 05:27 PM Re: 10 Second Rule? [Re: Janny]  
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That's a great idea! I'll toss it to the outside birds. My dog loves the Zupreem fruitblend. I have to beat her to it.

#232761 - 04/20/11 05:32 PM Re: 10 Second Rule? [Re: HollyAnn]  
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Originally Posted By: Liisa
Hmmmm that depends...


That's the best answer! I am a firm believer in the ten minute rule myself, ur, ten second! grin

ETA: The outside animals do love all the leftovers.

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#232763 - 04/20/11 05:40 PM Re: 10 Second Rule? [Re: FeatheredAngels]  
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Originally Posted By: FeatheredAngels
however this hasnt stopped a bird from going on the floor and retrieving a morsel themselves before I have had time to clean it up


This is the case at our house as well. We have hard wood floors and just steam clean, so no chemicals. Also no dogs/cats and we only walk around with our inside shoes on.

That being said, our macaw has the amazing ability to sense when another bird has thrown food on the floor, and to run over and eat it. Even if it's the exact same food that's in his dish!

#232765 - 04/20/11 07:26 PM Re: 10 Second Rule? [Re: Beeps]  
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I also share with the birds outside although the dogs can make this difficult at times eek


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I put the dirty food outside- wild animals and chickens love it. Same with the majority here, I only use ACV to clean the floors, and have no carpeting, so not as concerned about things tossed. I no longer have any other inside pets like dogs or cats, so there isn't alot of contamination. And it's nearly impossible to keep my Goffin's from trying to forage off the ground, lol, it's what they do.


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I have also noticed there to be much less waste and throwing if you feed them just a little more than you estimate they eat.I put a handful of pellets in there dishes in passing a few times a day and noticed when the dishes are not filled to the top they waste MUCH less.Which also makes sense since in the wild they help promote new growth of vegetation by wasting the left over seeds etc.Of course in doing this you must also keep close eye if they are eating allot more fresh foods one feeding and you have to give just a little less pellets (some mornings the birds are picky and won't eat the fresh stuff and rely on the pellets more) so to do this you need to weigh regularly (which you should anyway) and just be very aware of what they are actually intaking.

I also have one that crumbles her pellets as a game.She sits and picks and chomps them down but doesn't eat them the majority of the time so I watch her close and just give her more often not as much at a time since I end up with crumbs at the bottom and a thick layer....lol.


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#232774 - 04/20/11 08:10 PM Re: 10 Second Rule? [Re: Janny]  
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Beaky loves his veggies, actually even more than fruit which is a good thing. His Zupreem is mixed with a Higgins seed blend, so is Sams and my two Teils. I wish they all ate the same Higgins, of course they don't. Fred is the only one who eats the Kaytee exact, I wish I could get her to switch over, but I haven't had much luck. She has eatten it her whole life. It bothers me that they sell birds to pet stores and I don't even shop in pet stores!

#232784 - 04/20/11 09:19 PM Re: 10 Second Rule? [Re: Beeps]  
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That being said, our macaw has the amazing ability to sense when another bird has thrown food on the floor, and to run over and eat it. Even if it's the exact same food that's in his dish! [/quote]
Well, everybody knows, or at least did at age 4, that what somebody ELSE has tastes far better than what's in one's own dish!


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#233092 - 04/26/11 08:17 AM Re: 10 Second Rule? [Re: Janny]  
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I agree janny. After much wasted food over many years, I now put handfuls in at a time. Four or five times a day, I put another handful in of their pellets and there is definetely much less food thrown on the floor

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That's so true. I never feed more than a dozen pellets at one time. Much less waste and I have a better handle on how many she is eating. It is also a more natural way to feed. Wild cockatoos do not come upon huge bowls of food. If they did, they would do exactly the same as ours, eat what they wanted and throw the rest to the jungle floor to reseed and fertilize. Food slinging in times of plenty is a natural cockatoo behavior! smile

#233105 - 04/26/11 06:01 PM Re: 10 Second Rule? [Re: Charlie]  
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Every bird I have had does this except the bluejay. He would carry food off to hide somewhere. I suppose it is the difference between a species that lives among abundant food resources and one that lives in cycles of abundance and scarcity.


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