Last week, a representative from a bird product company called Caitec contacted me and asked me if I'd be interested in receiving some free samples of a newish food line to try on my parrots. Of course I was interested! I received a box with a sample of their pelleted diet, Oven Fresh Bites, and samples (in three flavors) of their treat product, Baked Birdie Munchies.
My parrots have frequently acted as testers for toy designs, but this was their first experience in the food-testing realm.
Of course, Max was right there when I opened the box. Her sixth sense for parrot-items was activated and she flew to the chair, trying to eat through the plastic. The fact that they look like little cookies couldn't have hurt anything!
I probably should have waited to post until we'd tried all of the varieties, but I had so many pictures from the first, I decided to space it out.
I did do the ultimate test, which is to pit the treat against Max's favorite food of all time, the cashew. I really thought the baked birdie munchie might win out, but ultimately, she went with the familiar cashew:
I did have one comment and one wish. The comment is that, due to the consistency (which the parrots loved), they are quite messy. You can get an idea from Stella's stand above. Little piles of crumbs stood below where the parrots had been when they ate. Since we are always sweeping up, this is no big deal, but just something I noticed.
And my wish. I wish these came in different sizes. They would be a perfect training tool, but they are very large. When I gave one to the parrots to eat, I'd always break it in thirds or fourths. I'd love to use these as a treat for clicker training, if they were smaller. I may try using the crumbs to see how that works. Stay tuned!
Over the next week or so, I will try the others with the parrots and record their reaction. So far, so good. We'll definitely be buying more of this!