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Old 08-28-2015, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, funny story here. I've been really worried for the past few days because Fitzgerald hasn't been eating as much as usual. Last night, he had 16g of kibble left...and I give him 16g. So, I tell my husband he may need to work from home today because I'm going to have to take Fitz to the vet.

Later, when we come back downstairs after putting the boys to bed, and Fitz is happily chomping on his kibble. That was a relief. But I break out the syringe and feed him some of his favorite wet food and some water anyway, and I add a few mealies. Probably stuffed him silly, but if there was a kibble issue, I wanted to make sure I got enough into him.

Today, I go to change out food...and there's 20g in his bowl. HOW IS THERE MORE LEFT THAN I PUT IN? So I'm puzzled, wondering if I just measured wrong when I mixed this week's food. Then a little while later, I see it. My 2 year old is sitting in the kitchen, happily adding food from the bags -- a bit of each -- into the containers. So I weigh them...and every single one of them is 20-24 grams. I ask, "Have you been mixing Fitzgerald's food?"

"Uh huh!"

"Just today?"

"Nope!"

"A few days?"

"I help long time!"

*sigh*
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lol, what a good little helper you have! I'm telling you, the vacuum sealed pouches are the way to go. But maybe not quite as entertaining
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Old 08-28-2015, 11:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He can be a big help, making mommy have a breakdown and need to keep clairol in business from hiding they grey hairs.
Can he put the food in the dish? That way he is helping in a controlled way.
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He can be a big help, making mommy have a breakdown and need to keep clairol in business from hiding they grey hairs.
Can he put the food in the dish? That way he is helping in a controlled way.
I'm fairly certain he helped on his own because I let him help me mix the food last week. He doesn't put the food in the dish because I do cage cleaning while he's asleep. It's safer for Fitzgerald that way. Less chance of him getting grabbed by an overzealous 2-year-old when I turn my back to clean the wheel or empty the litter pan.
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I think my youngest was about that age when he started. The 2's always want to help. There was always 2 dishes for everything. I would scoop food, sit the scooper right next to the empty dish sitting on a short table. He got to dump it in. Then for water we got him a houseplant waterer thing, he would do the same thing for water.
Then he would leave the room. "Mom or dad has to put it in so we feel like we're helping too" then we would swap dishes out. Mind you this was while we still had large birds. There was no way his little hands were going into African grays, cockatoos and amazons cages.
He's 6 now and is just now getting to be able to put food dishes in cages.
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That's such a cute way of teaching them responsibility Both you and Mel sound like you're raising great children.
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