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Last Post 08-04-2012 1:05 PM by  saul
The importance of diet
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20-02-2012 11:59 AM

    I have seen first hand and I am never surprised at what some parrot lovers will feed their birds.

    we are currently safehousing a parrot that for 40 years of his life he lived on 50% seed and 50% chocolate its amazes me that he is still healthy.

    I have seen people fill a food bowl with chips "as a treat" but every other day does not make this a treat. Pizza was a regular for one and another that was addicted to gummy bears. these are the extremes but how many people out there have seen birds that live on the £5 a kilo seed mix that is full of sunflower seed and still even after all the warnings of aspergilliosis have peanuts in shells.

    with any bird that I have had dealings with the first and best thing I have done for them is change their diet. I try and feed as varied diet as possible.

    PLEASE REMEMBER THESE ARE WILD BIRDS and their diet in the wild changed with the seasons when seeds were available they were a quick way of getting fat in for the comming seasons where food would be more scarse. because of this birds are genetically programmed to eat as much of them as possible to the detriment of anything else. In the wild seed season is short and parrots move on to the next food source.

    Water is the most important thing in our parrots cage it should be fresh and clean. with both too's and grey's  give out a lot of dust that settles on water i tend to change the water in my cages four or five times a day.  Tap water is not great so i use bottled at least then i know there is very little chlorine in it. a small budgie type bird will drink about two teaspoons of water a day doesnt sound much but it is vital.

    Now onto the food. If atall possible i try to get my birds onto harrisons pelleted diet. If this cant be done then a good quality seed mix with little or no sunflower or peanut in. I make a bean and veg mix that is both cheap and very very healthy. the mix is so

     

    1 can of pinto beans washed and washed again.

    1 can of green lentils again washed

    1 cup of wild rice

    1 bag of mixed frozen veg

    i cook all this for ten mins and then rinse it is important to rinse in cold water as this brings out the colours which make it more appealing for our birdies. I split this into daily amounts and freeze it defrosting as and when needed.

    Fruit is supplied all day every day. in vast amounts some love it some hate it but it must be there.

    I then make birdy bread and cakes as treats I tend to use small amounts of sunflower seeds as a training treat. Works really well on those birds that are sunflower junkies

    Does this sound like a lot of hassle well its not and the difference that you will see in your birdies is amazing. try it and i promise you will see a difference.

     

     

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    06-04-2012 3:06 PM
    Hi. Can I ask - mine love sprouting seed food : I just give this occasionally at the moment but could they have it all the time instead of 'dry' seed ? They have fruit daily.
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    08-04-2012 1:05 PM
    i wouldnt advise to use it instead of seed but if you think the more varied the diet the better everything has its place. daily is fine but seed has its place too what birds are they?
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