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06-05-2014 12:09 PM
sit,stay I think birds are masters at picking through food and taking out only what they want. They either ignore what they don't want, or fling it out of the dish (and usually out of the cage if they think you didn't get the hint from them just ignoring it).

I like the mixes you can buy all ready prepared for cooking. Add water and throw it on the stove for a about 15 minutes, divide into single serving sizes (I agree, the ice cube tray is perfect for this) and freeze. Thaw out each single serving as needed. They really love it.

I like to stick raw, clean broccoli florets in between cage bars for young birds. If I stick it right in front of the food bowl they seem to let their natural curiosity overcome their fear of the unknown much quicker. After they get the idea, I will string the broccoli up and let them work for it a little harder. Orange slices, strawberries. Sweet potato. Carrots. Generally speaking, if it is healthy for you, it is healthy for them. Search out the list of food items that are toxic to birds. Other than those No-No foods, they should eat a little bit of everything.

Get creative about how you offer the food. They are really smart and like to think through situations.
Sheilah
06-05-2014 10:58 AM
ApselBear
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Lol. Actually Arka, as in "sun".
No, you're wrong!
06-05-2014 10:43 AM
HarleyTheGSD
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Arka as in Arkansas! Woopigsooie!
Lol. Actually Arka, as in "sun".
06-05-2014 10:36 AM
ApselBear Arka as in Arkansas! Woopigsooie!
06-04-2014 10:07 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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another great yummy daily diet addition(for my birds anyway) is cooked rice, with some frozen mixed veggies tossed in at the end of the cooking cycle. Freeze in ice cube tray and give a thawed cube daily. Add in anything you want, beans, sweet potato, noodles, cooked egg, cheese. The only thing never to feed is mayo based food and avacado. My birds eat pellets, some smaller seed, and mostly table foods. They absolutely love cooked warm oatmeal. Magnum screams whenever I make spaghetti. Definitely he has a strong sense of smell.
Thanks, I'll try that!
06-04-2014 10:06 PM
onyx'girl
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I also bought some pretty bird daily select food pellets. I just mixed the seed and the pellets, so she would know to eat them.
I'm bummed because my local Pet Supplies Plus stores quit carrying Pretty Bird. The have Zupreem and Kaytee, but Magnum hates the green pellet color, tosses it out of his cage for the dogs. Pretty Bird was a good one for less waste.
Roudybush is another favorite, corn base.
06-04-2014 10:03 PM
onyx'girl another great yummy daily diet addition(for my birds anyway) is cooked rice, with some frozen mixed veggies tossed in at the end of the cooking cycle. Freeze in ice cube tray and give a thawed cube daily. Add in anything you want, beans, sweet potato, noodles, cooked egg, cheese. The only thing never to feed is mayo based food and avacado. My birds eat pellets, some smaller seed, and mostly table foods. They absolutely love cooked warm oatmeal. Magnum screams whenever I make spaghetti. Definitely he has a strong sense of smell.
06-04-2014 09:50 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Maybe you could get some hand feeding formula, to have on hand just in case you need it? Offer him fresh fruits and veggies, too. An all seed diet is not healthy. The more varied his choices, the better off he'll be.

I had to wait until my cockatiel was three months old before bringing him home. At eight weeks old, your little one should still be feeding by hand?

My cockatiel loved wooden toys with movable parts. And swings. And cardboard.

What a cutie! Enjoy!
Sheilah
I also bought some pretty bird daily select food pellets. I just mixed the seed and the pellets, so she would know to eat them.
06-04-2014 09:47 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Looks like a cinnamon? Do you know what the parents were? Many times cinnamons are females(sex linked color) If you notice a begging noise and s/he isn't eating much let the store owner know. They can't go very long without eating when they are very young.
Yes she is! Didn't know that! Well, I didn't really have a sex preference. But I'll start calling him a her.
06-04-2014 09:45 PM
sit,stay Maybe you could get some hand feeding formula, to have on hand just in case you need it? Offer him fresh fruits and veggies, too. An all seed diet is not healthy. The more varied his choices, the better off he'll be.

I had to wait until my cockatiel was three months old before bringing him home. At eight weeks old, your little one should still be feeding by hand?

My cockatiel loved wooden toys with movable parts. And swings. And cardboard.

What a cutie! Enjoy!
Sheilah
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