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Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Ants Come Marching One By One …

By Laura Doering
Join in on Laura's fun and experiences of bird ownership, and share in her adventures as the editor of BIRD TALK, the world’s most widely read pet bird magazine, in Wayward Feathers.

I’ve heard that parrots have a tendency to really be into a certain food item and then suddenly decide to just drop it from their menu. The theory is that, in the wild, parrots take advantage of seasonal foods; they might love one fruit for a part of the year, and when that is no longer in season, they move on to another.

 This might help explain my flocks’ waxing and waning interest in what I serve them. For example, last month, they couldn’t get enough corn. Then there’s this week, where the corn sits ignored in the bowl. What I end up with, especially during summer, is an ant feeding frenzy. And those little guys are fast! I dropped some corn kernels in Ollie’s treat bowl last night, and there were a few explorer ants checking it out five minutes later.

It’s gotten so bad, that I can only leave dry food, such as seed and pellets, in the bowls when I leave for work or else I find ants looting it when I return. This means I have to hand feed Ollie his banana slice for breakfast, and he’s an excruciatingly slow eater. Perhaps it’s time to call up some expert advice!

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pesky ants
stephanie, north smithfield, RI
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