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#29109 - 06/14/07 03:50 AM Re: throwing food  
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Emmy, there's a question...

Sure, it's the nature of the 'too to toss its food, but if it starts getting away with it too often (and you keep allowing the mess and wasted food) doesn't that mean the 'too is getting spoiled, and thus controlling you too much? I mean, I know we want to love these birds, but we also know NOT to spoil them.

The 'too must be treated with kindness, but must not "have its way all the time / What are you going to do about it". Where do you draw the line between love and discipline, between occassional fits and total "spoiled brat" behavior? confused

Human or parrot, I will NEVER allow my child to be spoiled! shocked


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#29110 - 06/14/07 06:33 PM Re: throwing food  
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I'm enjoying this post as well. We also have the "food-chain" at home. The chihuahua patiently waits at the bottom of the birds playstand (where she has her dinner) and waits to see what the bird will see fit to toss her that evening. I swear the bird teases that little dog with tastey morsels on purpose!
What a system!


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#29111 - 06/14/07 08:29 PM Re: throwing food  
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Human or parrot, I will NEVER allow my child to be spoiled!
wink Jeff - Once you get a "Too...
C'mon back & let us know how it's going!

It's incredibly easy to get wrapped around those adorable scaly bird feet.
BTW excessive food choices don't count as spoiled. smile

#29112 - 06/14/07 08:44 PM Re: throwing food  

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LMAO...great thread......I no longer have to sweep the tossed food off the floor...I prepare it....walk to the trash can and dump it in!!!!

KIDDING but sometimes Ive thought about it.

When my Grey, Fred isnt happy his bowl is full of the good stuff...like Harrisons...which I hate sweeping up....he bangs in his bowl yelling HEY!!! HEY!!! HEY!!! COME HERE!!! He will do that untill I bring him something else. If I dont bring it fast enough I swear it looks like he is bathing in the pellets the way he tosses them everywhere.
I have learned the less you put in the bowl, the less inclined my birds seem to want to re seed my bird room....if I over fillthey seem to know its ok to eat some and plant some. LMAO Its what they do and I wouldnt change one thing about it. {I do wish Harrissons didnt cost so much}

#29113 - 06/14/07 10:01 PM Re: throwing food  
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Rocco starts throwing food every time I sweep the floor or vaccuum. Maybe it's his way of encouraging me to get some exercise.

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#29114 - 06/15/07 03:47 AM Re: throwing food  
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I learned the hard way when it came to carpet.

My house had it.
My new apartment doesn't. :-p
I'll bet you can guess why.

#29115 - 06/15/07 04:43 AM Re: throwing food  
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It's kind of fun to watch him throw food. I salvage the much of it and feed it to my hens. I've got Harrison-fed Black Australorps. I bet I'm benefitting from it by consuming their eggs... Talk about a food chain!!

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Now Twister...thats a thought. It appears I need to go buy some chickens!! ROFLMAO! Some how after the initial set up and care...I think I will save money by feeding the chickens the tossed harrisons!!

LOL LOL

#29117 - 06/15/07 11:41 PM Re: throwing food  
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<img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> Love these stories! I just canít decide whether to get a Roomba or a couple of hens.

#29118 - 06/16/07 01:08 AM Re: throwing food  
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Hens, I'd say. They eat bugs, too.

#29119 - 06/16/07 02:48 AM Re: throwing food  
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I kept hens for a while as well years ago.
Call it a teenage quirk :-p
My family wasn't to excited about it, but I loved each and every one of those dumb birds.

When I can have a place with a bit more land, I'm planning on having chickens again :p

#29120 - 08/16/07 03:58 AM Re: throwing food  
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You know, I take back what I said earlier.
It IS true that parrots waste half of the food they are given, but who are WE to talk?

WE HUMANS also waste a lot of the food WE eat! I seriously doubt most of us eat everything on our plate, or all of the fixings at the dinner table. And our children usually don't eat all of their meal either. frown

Sometimes WE can be more wasteful than our birds.


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#29121 - 08/16/07 04:13 AM Re: throwing food  
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Human waste is far worse than parrot waste. We waste indescriminately, parrot's waste helps to scatter seed on the forest floor for regrowth and anything else forms compost around the seeds. It is the efficiency of nature. It is hard for humans to deal with because they are too far removed to understand, or want to understand.

From a vet's Q&A page:

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Q: When I got married, my wife came with a much-beloved Amazon parrot. I will say without any hesitation that this is not a pet I would have chosen for myself, but my wife was absolutely clear on the subject that she and the bird were a package deal. We've been married almost two years now, and we've all three had to make adjustments, but things are generally OK. One of the things that still bothers me, though, is the amount of food this bird wastes. I think for every 5-pound bag of pricey parrot food we get from the vet's office, the bird eats 2 pounds and throws the rest away. He also gets "people food" and throws most of that away, too.

My wife says this is the way parrots are, and we can't "recycle" the clean bits back into his bowl. I say it would be nice if he'd eat the food we pay for. Can you help? -- R.B., via e-mail

A: Your wife's right: Parrots waste a lot of food and that's just the way it is. In the wild, this is part of the plan: When birds scatter the remains of their meals, they're also scattering seeds far and wide.

Additionally, in a caged environment the food is usually dumped into the dropping tray, "recycling" just isn't safe. For health and sanitary reasons, cage papers should be changed and all food should be picked up and thrown out at least once daily, and the dishes thoroughly cleaned and refilled.

#29122 - 08/16/07 06:05 AM Re: throwing food  
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Bill will call my cat over (in his old house he'd call the dogs) and throw food at him. He also throws whatever he's finished with. He'll throw it when he's mad. I haven't found a system to have food with him all the time, so we feed him throughout the day. If he's not hungry...."wiiiing" it's across the room.


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#29123 - 08/16/07 09:32 AM Re: throwing food  
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Snow White hurls food out of the cage and then crawls up to try to try to get an eye on the dogs to see if they will come over to get it. Pretty funny.

#29124 - 08/16/07 04:47 PM Re: throwing food  
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Poncho is a champion food tosser. But the only time he does this is when my husband comes home..because he knows it will keep my attention on him not pulling out his food bowl and purposely turning it over.

In the event that he doesn't get my attention as quickly as he wants he will stand and while looking at me, and I swear smiling, he will reach one of those feet in, pick up a claw full of food and just drop it. He will do this over and over until I don't have any choice but to remove his food bowl for a while.

He knows what he is doing...I'm sure of it. It is a behavior that I need to break and I'm thinking of ways of trying. He's such a stinker!

#29125 - 08/16/07 06:56 PM Re: throwing food  
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My Macaw is more of a food tosser than the M2, but both do it. The foods that aren't at the top of their lists are the first to go. They would never toss a nut. (I only give nuts as a treat, occasionally)

I've learned to stack their food dish with the good stuff on top and the things like broccoli on the bottom. I also add food throughout the day since they don't go down on the floor to retrieve the tossed stuff.

I think it's just a game or they do it to get a reaction.

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