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Feeding parrots flaxseed oil.

Does anyone here feed their birds flaxseed oil? I have a bottle in the fridge that I have been using on my birds, but I don't know how much to actually give them. I have read it is very good and supplies a lot of good omega 3 fatty acids that they need. I usually add 4-5 drops to a bowl with about 4 tbsp of food (cooked rices (brown, white, red, black, Hawaiian and wild), cooked pasta, cooked quinoa, cooked cous cous, flax, steel cut oats, barley, sesame seeds, fresh and or frozen veggies, kelp powder, etc) then divide that into 5 bowls, 2 bowls go to my 5 budgies, then the GCC, tiel and p'let each get a bowl. I just wonder if I am putting in enough as each bird must only be getting a little bit... Also how often should I feed it.. Right now I use it 3-4 times a week, but should I give it to them every day?
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I personally haven't fed it but was recently looking up an article on feeding the crushed flaxseed. I have still got a lot to learn about it though I think the amount they're getting for now is fine
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Thanks Daisy... There just isn't much out there about it... I didn't want to give to much as it is oil so fattening for them... If I took a supplement the capsule is small so I figured a drop here and there would probably be enough.. I try to feed a wide variety of food cuz I believe variety is the key to good nutrition.. They also get seeds and pellets, but love their cooked food in the mornings!
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I fed my guys chop, seed mixes and pellets with fresh and cooked food daily. Variety is the way to go
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You can buy Flax/Linseed seeds and feed this way.

To me it sounds like you are doing all right with their diet.
Everything in moderation.
One think I would add and this is my feelings only. That is I all ways prefer to go as natural as possible, I dislike concentrations of most things.
With Jack the SC2 we up'ed him on seed. This was the vets advice as he knows I do not like some meds and prefer tha natural way where possible. And back in the past when Henry was suffering I was also told to boost him with Flax seed.

As for the amount I do not have a clue! I always go with my gut feelings. And never keep dosing for very long. Just boost and go.


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I feed organic pellets, in the most minuscule portions, as a supplement it is rare they get other pellets. I'd rather feed all natural which is why a lot of the diet is chop based


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I feed organic pellets, in the most minuscule portions, as a supplement it is rare they get other pellets. I'd rather feed all natural which is why a lot of the diet is chop based


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Mine don't eat a lot of pellets, they are mostly there to make sure there is food available if they run out of seeds... I do limit the amount of seed I feed or that is all they would eat. ( and then likely just pick out the sunflower and safflower seeds...lol)
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You can buy Flax/Linseed seeds and feed this way.

To me it sounds like you are doing all right with their diet.
Everything in moderation.
One think I would add and this is my feelings only. That is I all ways prefer to go as natural as possible, I dislike concentrations of most things.
With Jack the SC2 we up'ed him on seed. This was the vets advice as he knows I do not like some meds and prefer tha natural way where possible. And back in the past when Henry was suffering I was also told to boost him with Flax seed.

As for the amount I do not have a clue! I always go with my gut feelings. And never keep dosing for very long. Just boost and go.
I do feed flax in their cooked food, but I don't think they eat much of it... I wonder if I should add it to their dry food instead?
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( and then likely just pick out the sunflower and safflower seeds...lol)
But the striped sunflower seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids and protein as well. A few of them every 2 or 3 days are good.
I think I wouldn't feed oil at all, it's too fatty.
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Parrotletsrock I would think if the Flax seed you are feeding is a good quality, that should be enough.
One thing I did try was to sprout them. Don't try this, they turn to a gooey mess.

Agreed Flapping Mama.
Some put Sun Flower and Millet down, when in fact they are certainly not a bad food when used in moderation.

The trouble is that some seed mixes are bulked up with Sun Flower seeds.
I will post a thread about what I have seen here in NZ with a commercial Parrot mix.
And I thought this was more a American problem.
They may also have a lot of adulterated seed mixes.


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Yeah it's very hard to know what to feed and what not to feed for a healthy balanced diet.
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I'm so pleased to have found this site, I've learned so much.

I have a very picky Yellow Crested Amazon, who has always been a bugger to feed. When I first got him, he would only eat suflower seeds, and had become very thin. I've some cooked food brown rice salad veg, red peppers, egg, and Other bits and pieces. Does any one add a few drops of cod liver oil to their food mix?
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I'm so pleased to have found this site, I've learned so much.

I have a very picky Yellow Crested Amazon, who has always been a bugger to feed. When I first got him, he would only eat suflower seeds, and had become very thin. I've some cooked food brown rice salad veg, red peppers, egg, and Other bits and pieces. Does any one add a few drops of cod liver oil to their food mix?
I personally haven't and hadn't actually thought about it. My OWA favourite foods were grapes, spinach and red peppers. Once I got him eating those the rest soon followed. Unfortunately Amazons and obesity go hand in hand

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Is it ok to give them flax seeds everyday? I dropped some while putting it in my cereal and buddy went right for them.
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Is it ok to give them flax seeds everyday? I dropped some while putting it in my cereal and buddy went right for them.
I would go with. A few every day will not do any harm.
Like most things just keep them to a moderation.
At least that is only my opinion.


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flaxseed oil contain a huge quantity of fat. Macaws have a higher need for fat in their diet. Although its mostly popular in horse feed but now a days people use it to feed their parrots too. Flaxseed is one of nature’s tiniest miracles. It is packed with plant protein, fiber, B vitamins, minerals, and is an amazing source of omega 3 fatty acids.
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