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Posted by Brandon Osborne on December 02, 2002 at 00:43:42:
In Reply to: Problem Feeder posted by Mancuso on December 01, 2002 at 22:37:41:
:Hello, I am new to this forum, but have been reading posts for a while. Anyway, I got a new GTP at the NARBC show. It is an 01' female and was pretty fat for her age. She was obviously feeding for signal and she hasn't fed for me. I am not new to GTP's (I have raised my male since he was a neonate) but she seems like she's having problems adjusting still. Her set-up is theoretically good: low to mid 80's, plastic perch, paper towel substrate, etc.. She seems too passive when I attempt feeding, not just off forceps, but even live. I am starting to worry now that its been over a month. I am offering food during the evening, or leaving live overnight, but it's not working. She is not losing weight and it is still not a serious problem, but any suggestions would be apreciated. She is not a neonate, so many of the classic "tricks" probably won't work. Also, when I try to annoy her to get a strike she just hides her head or moves to another perch. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
try touching the end of the tail with the food. Sometimes this will cause the caudel lure instinct and get a feeding response. Also, try tapping behind the head about a 1/4 of the way down on the neck. Keep us posted.