I remember being told when I first got into royals "Never ever feed them chicks, they'll never go back onto rats"....Well that's funny, cos Gandalf's feeding chart goes:
01/12/2010 - Chick (drop)
08/12-2010 - Chick (drop)
15/12/2010 - Sm. Weaner rat (strike)
No scenting or trickery...he just ate them! Boo-ya!
It sometimes pays to take a risk if it gets an animal feeding....unfortunatley this trick didnt fool Obi, who still think sif he starves himself, he gets a lady.
(I know for a big adult male a small weaner is but a snack but he's not eaten for a couple of months before the 1st December and he turned up a jumbo rat the week before the chick so i'm moving him up bit by bit...)