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I have recently acquired two cockatiels from a person that could not take of them as his other bird kept bullying them. I am making a diet change for them to go from seeds to pellets and vegetables with seeds occasionally. I have been decreasing seeds gradually and mixing them with crushed pellets. I occasionally offer fruit and vegetables but they have no interest at all. So now I dry out some vegetables and mix it into their food and just keep offering them fresh fruits and veggies hoping that one day they get interested. Anyways even when I give new fresh supply of seeds and pellets one of the birds (she is called lady although I’m pretty sure its a boy) down to the bedding and diggs though the beechwood pellets and chews on them. I have chew options hanging in the cage (wood toys for chewing and paper for chewing). When the other bird want to see what all the fuss is about on the bottom of the cage lady gets territorial almost and chases the other one away. Same as lady does when eating. So my question is whether this is normal behavior and if I should maybe offer Some of the bedding in a tray for lady to chew on so she doesn’t dig around the floor. Could this be because of the diet change? And while you are here anyway from the picture below and this behavior would you say it’s a boy or a girl? (Other behavior lady shows: whistling, talking, lady is on top when they try to mate and whistles while doing it.
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My cockatiels will chew wood shaving bedding. I would not worry about this. Mine also will chew their wood perch.

As for vegetables, provide fresh ones, which are more beneficial than dried ones. To get them eat vegies, you really have to provide them everyday for a while before they start show interest.
 

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My cockatiels will chew wood shaving bedding. I would not worry about this. Mine also will chew their wood perch.

As for vegetables, provide fresh ones, which are more beneficial than dried ones. To get them eat vegies, you really have to provide them everyday for a while before they start show interest.
thank you so much for your reply! Aah I see I will make sure to offer them fresh ones every day then :)
 

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Hi all,

I have recently acquired two cockatiels from a person that could not take of them as his other bird kept bullying them. I am making a diet change for them to go from seeds to pellets and vegetables with seeds occasionally. I have been decreasing seeds gradually and mixing them with crushed pellets. I occasionally offer fruit and vegetables but they have no interest at all. So now I dry out some vegetables and mix it into their food and just keep offering them fresh fruits and veggies hoping that one day they get interested. Anyways even when I give new fresh supply of seeds and pellets one of the birds (she is called lady although I’m pretty sure its a boy) down to the bedding and diggs though the beechwood pellets and chews on them. I have chew options hanging in the cage (wood toys for chewing and paper for chewing). When the other bird want to see what all the fuss is about on the bottom of the cage lady gets territorial almost and chases the other one away. Same as lady does when eating. So my question is whether this is normal behavior and if I should maybe offer Some of the bedding in a tray for lady to chew on so she doesn’t dig around the floor. Could this be because of the diet change? And while you are here anyway from the picture below and this behavior would you say it’s a boy or a girl? (Other behavior lady shows: whistling, talking, lady is on top when they try to mate and whistles while doing it.
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Hi all,

I have recently acquired two cockatiels from a person that could not take of them as his other bird kept bullying them. I am making a diet change for them to go from seeds to pellets and vegetables with seeds occasionally. I have been decreasing seeds gradually and mixing them with crushed pellets. I occasionally offer fruit and vegetables but they have no interest at all. So now I dry out some vegetables and mix it into their food and just keep offering them fresh fruits and veggies hoping that one day they get interested. Anyways even when I give new fresh supply of seeds and pellets one of the birds (she is called lady although I’m pretty sure its a boy) down to the bedding and diggs though the beechwood pellets and chews on them. I have chew options hanging in the cage (wood toys for chewing and paper for chewing). When the other bird want to see what all the fuss is about on the bottom of the cage lady gets territorial almost and chases the other one away. Same as lady does when eating. So my question is whether this is normal behavior and if I should maybe offer Some of the bedding in a tray for lady to chew on so she doesn’t dig around the floor. Could this be because of the diet change? And while you are here anyway from the picture below and this behavior would you say it’s a boy or a girl? (Other behavior lady shows: whistling, talking, lady is on top when they try to mate and whistles while doing it.
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I'm not 100% sure, but if I'm not mistaken, it's a boy. Female whitefaces will have a grey face, and males a white one. By the way, one sure way to get your bird to eat veggies is make up some chop. The chop that we make is made with the food processer. We make the chop with carrot, lettuce, brown rice, wholewheat noodles, and perhaps coconut shreds. You can find the recipes online for it. Our cockatiels and african ringneck parrot love kale especially. Our ringneck likes apple and other fruits, but we have found that our cockatiels don't like fruit. One final thing. Our birds will only eat chop if it has a pinch of ground flaxseed in it.
 

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I got mine to eat veggies by offering them when they are hungry before I give them their regular food. Don't leave it this way but for 10 mins to 30 mins before feeding offer the veggies in different ways and different types. Vary the time you give them their regular food too or they will just learn to wait. Mine love broccolini and long green beans but won't eat much else. I've also found encouragement helps, I stand there and talk to them and point and move the food. Sometimes this will get them to try it for the first time.
 
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