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How do I get my bird to eat certain foods?

I have a male cocketiel and he absolutely hates me even though I've had him for about three years. All he eats is his every day bird food, but I'm trying to get him to eat other things like Cheerios, etc. If I put them in his food dish then he moves away from it and refuses to eat. It's like he thinks it's some kind of poison. How can I get him to eat more bird-safe foods without him starving to death?

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The bird is not bonded to you. It has to start young. Maybe buy him a mate and leave it at that. Animals will try different foods over time.

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Good idea, thnx!
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