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Last Post 22-10-2011 3:44 AM by  Paul Brooks
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21-10-2011 7:56 AM

     We have a Blue Fronterd Amazon aged about 20, how much should we be feeding him daily as he is begining to look rather fat !!!

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    21-10-2011 9:01 AM
    Of course! Ammies do tend to put on weight easily - what kind of seed do you use? Limit biscuits, sweet stuff, sunflower seeds, apple and other very sweet fruit. And perhaps feed a little less of everything. Does your Ammy fly? encourage that. Best of all, see if you can get him on Harrisons Pellets, or Zupreem pellets. When we go on a diet we don't stop eating every day, but eat the right things, and smaller portions. Cut out the things that make you fat, they make him fat too...
    As a very rough guide, I feed my flock Witte Mollen seed, and I use a Vanish scoop, piled as high as it will go with the seed, and that's their daily supply each. They also get fruit & veg, but in general it's treats and too many seeds that do it. And cheese. Porridge. Bananas. Apples.....
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    21-10-2011 9:18 AM
    Hi Doddie,

    Thanks for your reply, we have been giving him seeds with loads of s/flower seeds in, but will change to the one you recommend.
    Also will cut down on his treats , just have to put up with his screaming! !!, hopefully get him back to the size he was.

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    21-10-2011 10:32 AM

    hi Doddie been using Tidymix and AS for a long while but thought may try witte for a change is it the premium plus you use?

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    21-10-2011 12:34 PM
    I have used witte molen from the first bird I ever got as she was used to that brand and I just never changed it, but I also get tidymix and mix some of that in with it. With the tidymix I am finding a lot of waste but with the witte molen not so much so after this batch has gone I am not buying tidymix again. It is the premium plus that I buy Paul and I use it for my ammies and the ringnecks as they seem to prefer it to the parakeet tidymix, safehousers seem to like it too.
    As for weight loss, switch the seed like Doddie has said, and give plenty of fruit and veg, limit the not so good stuff, if he is a reluctant flier try 'static flying' when he is on your arm drop and raise your arm enough to make him flap his wings whilst he is still holding on to get some exercise.
    Good Luck! where abouts are you?
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    22-10-2011 12:51 AM
    Paul, it's the Premium Plus one from Rob Harvey. I haven't come across a bird that doesn't like it... I found Tidymix was wasted, too, Tina, which is a pity. And I failed dismally to persuade Frisco MSC2 to eat any kind of pellet, so back to Witte Mollen. It seems to suit everything from Sennies to Umbrellas, don't do Macaws, so not sure about them, but I see no reason why not.
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    22-10-2011 2:04 AM

    I give Kelly our orange wing ammie has Johnson & Jeff low sunflower mix as the main food, i also give her a small amount of Tidymix but to be honest she just picks the tasty bits out and leaves the rest, once it's gone i wont be getting her any more. A favourite bribe food at the moment is dried banana, she will do anything for a bit of it. She also gets grapes and a selection of other fruit but grapes are her favorite.

    Daddy to 3 Budgies an Orange Wing Amazon, an African Grey and a flock of Lovebirds
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    22-10-2011 3:09 AM
    my birds all seemed to love tidymix but I have also stopped getting it now cos of the level of wastage, they all seem to be enjoying johnson & jeff low sunflower mix and not a lot of wastage with that so hopeflly save me some money too lol
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    22-10-2011 3:44 AM
    Hi Dodde thanks v much each bird gets a slightly diffent mix we only have 3 so it's doable.

    Henry BL Mealy has Tidy mix and AS20, with a little Rob Harvey dried fruit mix ( if I done eat it first) 3 dried long Chillies , and milk thistle seeds plus daily fruit and veg oh and 1 walnut is shell and AV in his water

    Archie BL OWA has small piece os toast and honey for b/fast, tidy mix, lots of fresh fruit and veg, 2 bell Chillies and vits

    Max B&G has Tidy mix and AS25 instead of 20 dried fruit mix 1 walnuts, 1 brazil , 1 almond all in shell, 2 bell chillies fruit and veg vits and (calcium once a week)

    We do seed am and fruit and veg pm, with 2 pistachio nuts in shell for max and Henry and a small piece of digestive for Archie as a bed time treat.

    They are wasting the Tidymix and like a change so thought would try molen

    Thanks Paul
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