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Last Post 09-02-2013 1:16 PM by  reclaimingrebus
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06-02-2013 7:34 AM

    I havent as yet got a bird living with me.

    Just gathering all information I can before it happens. Could anyone tell me do parrots prefer vegatables cooked or raw, chopped, sliced, diced or whole?

    Thank you in advance for the help/information

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    06-02-2013 7:36 AM
    Really depends on the parrot! Raw is best but some like them cooked. Some will only eat cooked. Potato though MUST be cooked - do NOT offer raw potato. Mashed potato is good - most of mine love it.
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    06-02-2013 7:39 AM
    Thank u for that Dave that is really helpful
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    07-02-2013 7:37 AM
    My U2 is very fussy with food...but he will eat anything that's warm and he loooooves mash potato.He will not eat vegetables...so I have to trick him by mashing carrots etc in with the mash potato.He also loves oven baked sweet potato,chips and roasted parsnips and he also goes crazy for pasta.Saffie on the other hand will eat anything,warm,raw,cooked, cold etc.
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    07-02-2013 7:38 AM
    Also Dave wanted to ask if birds aren't allowed raw potato?Mine will never eat it anyway,but is it bad for them?
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    07-02-2013 9:44 AM
    Thank u for ur advice 2 Belinda
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    07-02-2013 10:47 AM
    I thought it was the height of laziness until I tried it but the supermarkets sell frozen potato, or mixed veg, mash in pellets. I microwave a couple of pellets with a few frozen pea and the SH quaker loves it. Its worked with sick birds too, as I can hide guardian angel or vitamins in it.
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    07-02-2013 10:48 AM
    I thought it was the height of laziness until I tried it but the supermarkets sell frozen potato, or mixed veg, mash in pellets. I microwave a couple of pellets with a few frozen pea and the SH quaker loves it. Its worked with sick birds too, as I can hide guardian angel or vitamins in it.

    I am pretty sure that raw potato is poisonus Belinda.
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    07-02-2013 3:52 PM
    frozen mash /veg is a godsend lol I love it...especially for a night i might be working on a bit at home and cant spend ages peeling spuds etc and birds are yelling for tea and im not planning to eat till late lol
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    07-02-2013 5:08 PM
    Jack loves mash potato
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    08-02-2013 3:08 AM
    If I freeze surplus fruit diced and peeled, is it OK to give, assuming I 've thoroughly defrosted it? And what food gathered from the wild (suitably sourced and thoroughly cleaned)  could I offer an ammy?




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    08-02-2013 4:47 AM
    I never knew raw potato was poison for birds,I knew avocado and chocolate could kill them and also tht coffee was bad for them....thank goodness I have never tried feeding it to them.I have just Google'd it and found this site,it is very useful,I have printed it and put it on my fridge.

    http://forbirdsonlyla.com/Articles.html
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    08-02-2013 5:10 AM
    Thanks Belinda I will print that off too
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    08-02-2013 5:53 AM
    I regularly freeze excess softfruits and berries nad then defrost for both me and the birds.

    Not sure about the foraged stuff from the wild though.
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    08-02-2013 12:55 PM
    I'll make sure to look for the offers on soft fruit a and berries then. I suspect he'll want yogurt on his .lol. There used to be an aviaries near us that used to let their breeding birds free fly so they got a wide range of foods. It used to be quite odd seeing conjures watching the traffic go by next to the dual carriageway!!
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    08-02-2013 3:47 PM
    I have a lovely list of good & bad food what to feed & not I have read that dairy isnt good for parrots?? anyone help with the yoghurt thing thanks
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    08-02-2013 4:23 PM
    They can have some dairy but not too much as birds are lactose intolerant, so it can give them a jippy tummy.
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    08-02-2013 4:59 PM
    How much would you say is enough tspn, dspn,tblspn ??? Please & Thank you
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    08-02-2013 5:36 PM
    I can't honestly tell you Deb. I guess it depends on the size of the bird (a budgie would tolerate less than a macaw). I have given our CAGs a teaspoonful of yogurt and they've been OK. I'm sure someone else will know.
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    09-02-2013 2:20 AM
    Thank you Helen and everyone else with all the helpful advice
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    09-02-2013 4:31 AM
    I have read that dairy is generally not good but that the fermentation process involved in making cheese and yogurt turns the lactose into something else, I can't remember enough biology to be specific. I've often given yogurt, macaws especially seem to love it, with no ill effects.
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    09-02-2013 5:10 AM
    Thank you Sharon
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    09-02-2013 12:43 PM
    reclaimingrebus you asked about wild fruit for Ammies. In the late summer/autumn time, I regularly take my ammies out on their harnesses to forage for wild things. Their favourites are Blackberries (wear something old because when they shake their heads, you will end up covered in purple spots!!!), Elderberries, Rose Hips, and Hawthorn Berries. You can also find Hazlenuts if the squirrels haven't already stripped the trees!. You need to be sure they haven't been sprayed but we are lucky to have loads of canals near us and British Waterways do not spray so most towpaths are safe. When in Devon we also take them on a RSPB reserve which again is safe.
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    09-02-2013 1:16 PM
    thanks dave. i used to feef my kakariki and budgies blackberries thougj they usually loked like thered be a dreadful accident!i used to fed danfelipn heads too,which they loved.will give the rest of your suggestions a go
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