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Journal - Should zoo foods be chopped (macaws)

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So the freeze dried that was only nibbled on when dry but was chewed more when moistened. I have tried freeze dried on him before without real results but the chunky chop seemed to be more encouraging.

Ripley surprised me today though. I have been giving Not Chop every day, but today I got up late and had to scramble to get the family out the door for an event we were going to. When we got home, Ripley was banging away at his food dish - something he does when his demands are not being met in some way. He had pellets and fresh water, and had already had his almonds for the day. I was not convinced he was asking for veggies but figured I would try anyways.

Sure enough, went straight to his bowl! Dumbfounded, to say the least! Went from a bird that doesn't touch veggies to scolding me for not offering :rofl:
 

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So the freeze dried that was only nibbled on when dry but was chewed more when moistened. I have tried freeze dried on him before without real results but the chunky chop seemed to be more encouraging.

Ripley surprised me today though. I have been giving Not Chop every day, but today I got up late and had to scramble to get the family out the door for an event we were going to. When we got home, Ripley was banging away at his food dish - something he does when his demands are not being met in some way. He had pellets and fresh water, and had already had his almonds for the day. I was not convinced he was asking for veggies but figured I would try anyways.

Sure enough, went straight to his bowl! Dumbfounded, to say the least! Went from a bird that doesn't touch veggies to scolding me for not offering :rofl:
I was wondering how he liked the freeze dried... that’s great that he was asking for his not chop lol!
 

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So the freeze dried that was only nibbled on when dry but was chewed more when moistened. I have tried freeze dried on him before without real results but the chunky chop seemed to be more encouraging.

Ripley surprised me today though. I have been giving Not Chop every day, but today I got up late and had to scramble to get the family out the door for an event we were going to. When we got home, Ripley was banging away at his food dish - something he does when his demands are not being met in some way. He had pellets and fresh water, and had already had his almonds for the day. I was not convinced he was asking for veggies but figured I would try anyways.

Sure enough, went straight to his bowl! Dumbfounded, to say the least! Went from a bird that doesn't touch veggies to scolding me for not offering :rofl:
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I am going to do Not Chop with the budgies at some point, I think they'll love it as their preferred veggies option is skewered anyway. I need to get some suitable bowls first though.
 

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So the freeze dried that was only nibbled on when dry but was chewed more when moistened. I have tried freeze dried on him before without real results but the chunky chop seemed to be more encouraging.

Ripley surprised me today though. I have been giving Not Chop every day, but today I got up late and had to scramble to get the family out the door for an event we were going to. When we got home, Ripley was banging away at his food dish - something he does when his demands are not being met in some way. He had pellets and fresh water, and had already had his almonds for the day. I was not convinced he was asking for veggies but figured I would try anyways.

Sure enough, went straight to his bowl! Dumbfounded, to say the least! Went from a bird that doesn't touch veggies to scolding me for not offering :rofl:
Good news that Ripley is shouting at you if he doesnt get his not chop.
 

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I really like Jason and have followed him for years..the reason he perfers tops pellets is because it has all organic ingredients and they are cold processed unlike other pellets which are hot processed and therfor lose so much in the processing.. and he believes in diverse ingredients giving his birds a whole lot of choices .. I think the more you can give your bird the better ..he also believes in seed and grains to be fed in moderate amounts .. I have learned allot about the best way to feed my birds from him ..
 

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We've been calling "Not Chop" at our house salads.
 

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Salad is good too! I always called "regular" chop "bird salad" so working on my personal vocabulary still :lol:
 

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If I feed only leafy greens and herbs then I call it a salad.
 

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I've started keeping back trimmings from dinner to use for his Not Chop. I throw them in a container and use the next few days :) helps reduce waste - from people and bird!

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Gave them both a chilli on a skewer with there not chop this morning.
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Mojo left her not chop straight away

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Not the best pics as she was a blur of activity.
 

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Mojo's came of the skewer in the end thouroughly enjoyed it.
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KiKi had a good go as well

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Both ate about the same amount of not chop from the bowl, i am going to put some courgette on a skewer tomorrow see how that fares. And going to try and get some mini peppers.
 

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We've been eating a lot more fresh veggies and fruits around my house so Ripley has been getting a large variety! Only things I buy specifically for him right now are parsnips, beet root, and radishes, and that's just because he loves them (and they last a while in the fridge). Everything else was part of what we had on hand or cut off from dinner prep!

Today's bowl includes: dill, parsley, carrot, butternut squash, zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, celery, strawberry tops, beet root, parsnip, radish, sugar snap peas.


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That looks yummy! Never thought of feeding raw parsnip! Going to try it.
 

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Made a fruit salad for tomorrow and gave Ripley a special treat :) we do very little fruit usually so this is not typical!

Bing cherry, peach, plum, strawberry tops, red grape, and thyme

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I have always removed the girls pellets when i fed them there chop and then their not chop, they both suddenly stalled on eating there NC so i added another bowl to each cage with there NC in and worked a treat.
when they where just getting chop it was in the cage for a hour the NC is in there for about 3, Mojo now flies across her cage between her NC and her pellets never seen her fly across her cage before
 
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