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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-27-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Chia Seeds

I bought Organic "Wild Chia Seeds" from the grocery store the other day and figured I would see if the birds liked them. My lovebird hasn't tried them yet but they are officially my parrotlet's favorite new food. He eats everything, but man, he will follow me anywhere for these seeds. I serve them wet so they are gel-like....I think he likes the texture. He usually eats everything when I give him a variety of foods, but I have to serve these separate otherwise it's more or less all he will eat. It's hilarious to watch him eat because he gets a huge chia-beard and looks utterly ridiculous.

Anyway! I have read that these seeds are pretty nutritious for birds (and people)...but I figure too much of anything isn't good. How often is it healthy for my p'let to eat them? Can I give them to him each day?

On a normal work day I give him Roudybush pellets with a small amount of seed mixed in. When I get home I give him a smorgasbord of fruits and veggies for a couple hours then I take him up stairs with me to hangout/cuddle for a couple hours before I put him to bed. I have been giving him access to the chia seeds at this time so he eats all his other meals first. Is this too often? He pigs out on them for sure! Thanks for reading.

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Maybe feed them in a daily portion but just make it a bit smaller ?
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I never heard about these seeds, but I googled.

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They have many good components, but they are an oil seed. So I wouldn't feed too much and too often. As long as your bird has normal weight a few of them are o.k.
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I asked my avian vet the same question and she said it was okay as a treat once in a while, but not as a steady part of their diet.


And God said, "...let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." And God saw that it was good.
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Hmm that stinks, some other bird forums were saying they were really good. But the seed/fat thing was what I was worried about. Thanks guys!

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I mix a few chia into my birds cooked food once or twice a week... My parrotlet espessially loves them.
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I'm sure a few seeds a day wouldn't cause any harm. I know a few people who feed sunflower seeds little and often and their birds are very healthy so I can imagine it would be fairly similar
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