My parrots are finicky eaters and fussy about the treats I get for them.
They don’t like most of them! Even though the reviews from other parrot owners say their birds love them. Mine take one sniff and never touch them. I leave the treats in their cages for weeks to make sure they don’t just need to get used to them first (because my Sun Conure is especially afraid of new things!) and they still never touch them.
So I’m sharing what they DO like for anyone else with picky eaters as well!!
First of all, of course seeds!! Since I weened my Sun Conure off of a seed diet and into a pellet-based diet, she will do anything for seeds! My Indian Ringneck as well. They both LOVE seeds whenever they can get them. I buy little jars of them that are only $3 as an add-on item on Amazon. Cheap! (use sparingly, not healthy)
Second of all, treat balls! Technical called Nutri-berries because they’re fortified with vitamins and nutrients for your parrots, but since my parrots already know what the word “treat” means, I call them treat-balls 🙂 (also use sparingly)
Also – treat sticks!
And a staple of parrot-treat-diets everywhere – spray millet. Always a favorite! My Sun Conure dances for it 🙂 I buy it in bulk because it’s cheaper that way of course! Then I put it in 1-gallon zip lock bags to keep it fresh. These are also available on Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program, so I automatically get some every month for 15% off. No running out!
Amazon also has a nice wooden holder for spray millet that doesn’t make my scaredy-cat Sun Conure afraid!
Treats are great rewards for good behavior.
Parrots should be eating a good pellet food diet with fruits and veggies, not seeds, so all of these should be used sparingly as rewards or special occasions.I buy the ZuPreem pellet food in bulk from Amazon that’s for small and medium parrots and (of course after getting used to it) they both love it and eat it every day – it costs around $35 for a bag, so it costs less than $80 PER YEAR to feed my two parrots! 🙂