Taming Robin Part 1

This is a rather unexpected exercise. In theory, I’ve sort of learnt from a friend Peter, who is a birding expert, on how to tame a robin months ago. And I’ve longed been wanting to tame one myself. But, as much as I wanted to, I just wasn’t presented with the opportunity. Some very simple reasons are my backyard is very small, often birds are scared away as soon as I open door, and I did not spend enough time in the backyard.

Anyway, I was in the middle of clearing up the backyard yesterday to make room for some gardening this summer. Then this robin, rather fearless in my opinion, flew quite close to where I was working, to my pleasant surprise. The reason it was willing to come so close was presumably because the robin was looking for food around and spotted worms or insects movements on the ground I was working on, despite seeing me holding a big digger 🙂 So happened that we had some cut yellow cheese left around the garden, which were left there for birds, I decided to try my luck and throw a piece of cheese near the robin I named as Robin. To my delight, not only did Robin not react to my throwing movement, but in fact he responded by picking up the cheese I threw him!According to Peter, it usually takes a few days to tame a robin to feed off one’s hand. And the way to tame a robin is to try and get it to come closer and closer to a human for food, to slowly gain the robin’s trust. As Robin seems to have kids to feed, I’m fairly confident that he will be visiting my backyard for food again, especially if I keep the swiss cheese coming. So looks like we are going to have a tame robin very soon!

RobinRobin, by arctanck

5 thoughts on “Taming Robin Part 1”

  1. Birds can’t fully digest milk products because they are not mammals so you would do better feeding prospective robins either berries or, most favored, meats. I use to dig up worms but I found they like any meat which I cook for safety. Sausage meat or chicken works really well especially since I pull it in strips and make “chicken worms” as robins are naturally attracted to long stringy things.Also blueberries are a favorite, dark coloured balls are another robin “fetish”.I’ve lived with a disabled pet robin for 8 years so I have a little bit of insight on bird brains.

  2. Robins can however digest fermented dairy products like cheese. In fact they like cheese very much. It’s interesting to know though that they like cooked meat.

  3. You’re perfectly right arctanck, he loves heese, I just wasn’t sure how much nutrition he got out of it, though he has such a varied diet, it does’t realy matter. He has dry crumbled cat food and dried berries plus he eats absolutely everything I eat- fish, beef, chicken,cheese,veggies and all fruits except bananas(which he spits out).Robins are very thrifty and never let a crumb go to waste.

  4. Hi Manon, the robin you have seems rather domesticated 🙂 The favourite food of robins I’ve seen so far seem to be live meal worms, spiders, small bugs, cheese, sun flower hearts, in that order. My friend told me that they also like fat, or food with fat. I myself have not fed them with such food as we don’t cook meat at home. I have some berry plants in my backyard but so far I’ve not seen them eat the berries. Some experts warn that we should not feed bread to garden birds, especially during breeding season. This is because bread contains little nutritional value, so the parents will apparently need to fly back and forth more to feed their young with food of equivalent amount of energy or nutritional value. Anyway I would have thought that feeding cheese is okay, but of course I could be wrong.

  5. I used to buy worms for him but watching him throw them around is too much for my delicate sensibilities.My vet and I worked out a suitable diet for him but if I try to eat without sharing he has been known to stand on me and open my mouth with his foot or peck at my mouth with his sharp beak. His dietary needs keep me on the straight and narrow and eating much better than I would on my own.You never know what odd behaviors birds can have till you live with them. Chopchop used to take little “found items”like ribbon or a make-up brush, a q-tip or a pencil sharpener and go stash them under the couch, now he just plays with his toys and leaves them on the livingroom floor.I hope he’s happy,he certainly acts as though I’m here solely for his comfort and convenience.

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