Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outer Sydney Australia
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Emme I would look at trying a different type of Lorikeet Mix for your guys. Wamberoo wet is not one of the better ones. It is far too watery when made up. I don't know where you are in Oz but I suggest you use Sheps Lory Wet. Use this one as both a wet mix and a dry mix as it has all the nutrients necessary. Don't use Sheps Lory Dry as this is only meant as a supplement in case you can't give them their wet one day. I designed a Lorikeet Mix about 14 years ago now and make it and sell it, but my area is very restricted. It is not sold through pet shops and only people who are close that I can deliver it to or come and pick it up are using it. I did have it sold more widely but health issues have restricted how much I can make now.
The wetter the mix the looser the birds poop will be and that is not right even for lorikeets. Their droppings will always be very runny but they should not be totally runny. It also means they are not getting enough nutrient from their food. My mix is both a wet and a dry mix, so you can use it either way. My birds are fed dry mix (they wet it themselves) except for when I am hand raising and weaning, then I alway wean on wet and slowly introduce them to dry. Feeding dry is much safer, especially in our hot climate. When I do mix wet I add Cottee's Raspberry Cordial to the food. It has been proven to have anti-bacterial properties. You can make the wet mix from a soft pink to a dark pink, you cannot overdose with this they will just be a bit more hyper than normal. Don't use the diet type as we don't know what the sweetener in that will do to birds. There is a lot of sugar (in the form of sucrose and fructose mainly) so a bit more is not going to hurt them. Over the years I have seen how well this addition works. I use it also when I am hand raising and in the last 13 years have not had a crop infection in any baby bird and even cured a few that have been bought to me with crop infections.
The only thing I really don't like about Sheps is that he uses High Protein Cereal as the base. Mine is loosly based on his mix but I use the fruit farex's as a base, using the Apple Base, Mixed and Banana, Fruity Muesli as the main ones. They are not as high in protein and the fruit in them is real dehydrated ground fruit. The banana mix is most important as it contains potassium, magnesium that is not available in a standard birds diet and banana being not as sweet as other fruits it is quite difficult to get the birds to eat fresh banana.
As for the fruit and vegetables I don't particularly like giving birds puree's (except when I add this type of thing to the hand raising mix for all birds, this is basically to give them a different flavour when feeding and I have found it makes it easier to add proper fruit and veges when they are weaned). Young lorikeets take time to get used to having fruit and veges in their diet so with yours being young it is not unusual for them not to eat much variety. I prefer to use whole pieces of whatever fruit and vege I am giving them, it makes them work for their food. Too easy and it can make them lazy. Lorikeets are not over keen on pears or the summer fruits like peaches, plums and nectarines. But will often love mango, kiwi fruit, rock melon, honey dew melon, paw paw (which is great for them), strawberries, grapes and figs being the main fruits. Veges, Pumpkin, Capsicum, Silver Beet, Spinach, Corn on the Cob, Celery tops, Endive being some of the ones they like. You can also give them natural flowers like grevillea, bottle brush and even roses that have not been sprayed with anything, particularly the floribunda roses as opposed to the hybrid tea roses.
Hope that helps. I know many people that have Purple Crowned Lorikeets but it is very unusual to see them as a hand raised pet. They are very sweet little birds. Congrats on your pair they are lovely.