I'm having a HUGE problem with training my tiel; he won't eat anything except for pellets and seed, and he'll only eat those from a bowl, never by hand. How can I get him to eat treats? Any suggestions?
I've come down into 2 answers as I "was" having the same issues let's say as you. One is that you are not bonded fully yet ( might have some trust issues still) this is the book answer. The second that I prefer is the birds personality not all birds (goes for all pets) are meant to be trained as they don't care about it much. I've stopped trying and just left my bird be happy doing whatever she pleases after lots of trial and error days.
It's typically a bird's favorite treat! Pretty much all birds will eat millet. You can get it at any pet store, but be sure to get plain millet. For some reason, some brands spray artificial colors and flavors onto it, so just avoid that stuff
Alright, I'll run down to the pet store today and check it out. What exactly is millet spray? Because I'm looking for a treat that I can use to lure him to do tricks, or a treat that I can give him after he does a trick (i.e. luring him to come when called, or treating him after he shakes my hand).
Millet spray is basically a collection of seeds bunched together. It usually comes in a bag, so you can just look for that. You'll know it when you see it. And for some reason, birds think it's about a 1000 times more delicious on the spray than just individual seeds, so it's excellent for training because it's easy to hold
I offered him the millet spray, and it was like MAGIC!! Thank you SOOO much, he loves it! We can finally get on with training! Before, I could only teach him tricks where my touching him somewhere would encourage the behavior, and couldn't reward him properly. Maybe now we can move on to hand signals and commands instead of me moving my arm up and down to get him to flap :lol:
Could you throw a pic of this millet spray thingy? I've tried millet with mine but she doesn't even go near it.. No idea if it was "millet spray" or just millet raw on its pure form as it was a stick again. Some things are hard to find in my country for a weird reason lol.