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Lorikeet Fruit Purees - has anyone found a good recipe?

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MY LORIKEETS ONLY WANT TO EAT APPLE!

I give my lorikeets (purple-crowns) a serve of Wombaroo every morning and night but am offering fresh fruit throughout the day. They absolutely LOVE apples and scream and scream if there aren't any apple pieces in the cage. The problem is that if there ARE apple pieces, they won't touch any other fruit/veg in the cage!

I was wondering whether anyone has come up with a good fruit puree mix?

Will be experimenting with mixes, trying to blend together other fruits/ veg with apple, so that they try some other things. Will let you know if I find a winning recipe, too


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I just blend various fruits together! I try to make a variety though, so they don't get the same thing every single day. You could make a berry one for instance and add strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries etc. That would be a very sweet one! You could do mango and pineapple.... anything really! I also throw in a vegetable too so they're not just eating fruit Freeze it in icecube trays. You can either just let it defrost or give it to them as the ice cubes if the weather is a bit warm
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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.
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Thanks Daisy and Kate for your suggestions Since this post, each day I've tried a puree in one bowl and a mix of tiny chunks of fruit in the other throughout the day. They pick at both a little, but I'll just be patient It's true that they're only young so they are at the stage where they are fussy eaters and not interested in eating much of a variety. Although they do love munching on the flowers we clip in the cage like dandelions and melaleuca!

I do like the point that you made, Kate, about making them work for their food and not just have it in puree form - picking up the fruit etc. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the information about which fruit and veg you've found that lorikeets like. It's easy to find information about birds in general or other parrots, but lorikeet-specific information is harder to come by, with their specific diet. I'll have to look into the Sheps Lory Wet mix, too. The Cottee's Raspberry Cordial tip looks good too - want to avoid crop infections!

Kate, you mention that you know others who have the Purple Crowned Lorikeet. Are they on these forums or are they contactable via email etc? I would love to discuss specific care for this specific type of bird. I love my two boys so much that I'm trying to track down as many other lorikeet owners as possible for info on what has worked for them

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Unfortunately I don't have any contact addresses. Most of the people I know are breeders and don't supply any birds to the pet market of any of their birds. They sell to other breeders any excess stock. They are members of bird clubs but not on any forums. I only usually see them at meetings if I go to them (they are not members of the parrot club I go to,my club is a showing club and they go to non showing clubs) and also at bird sales.

There is one person in Queensland that I can well recommend,his name is Peter Odekerken. Firstly you can purchase his book which is published by the Australian Birdkeeper Magazine. That book is A Guide to Lories and Lorikeets written by Peter and can be purchased through Birdkeeper. Here is the link for that.

http://birdkeeper.businesscatalyst.c...Page=3&Items=5

Peter is a brilliant photographer with his special love being parrots and conservation, he has lectured all over the world about birds. Last week at our club meeting we saw a DVD about his last trip which was to Papua with another friend of ours Ian Ward. Ian did the DVD. Peter has many aviaries and breeds and lives in Buderim. He is also the CEO of Polyweld which is his own company so you may be able to get in touch with him. He is a very nice guy and may be able to give you further information. But his book above is a great publication and will give you pretty much everything you would ever like to know about lorikeets. This book was first written in 1995 and revised in 2002 and there are many other food mixes on the market now to what there was then. I had only just started making my mix in 1999 and have found when feeding it dry my birds do not go to the water bowl for every beak full and have hardly any mix in the bottom of the water container.
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As well as the puree I would often offer WHOLE fruit for them to sink their beaks into. Try taking the core out of an apple and hang it up, they'll soon be using their sharp beaks to murder it
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Our scaly breasted lorikeet goes crazy for dried papaw and dried pineapple
We usually blend up a heap of fruits and give it to him every few days, as well as we buy organic baby food (The fruit ones) and mix that in with the fruit on occasion.
He also loves organic orange juice that my partner drinks.
I also give my birds hardboiled egg as a treat, but not very often

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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.

That you for that, that helped me out too I always forget to get more vegetables for Yoshi! We found a bottlebrush that he LOVES, although I didn't know they could have untreated roses!

Corn on the cob and silver beet is a hit with our lorikeet!
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Apparently roses have similar nutrients to kelp. In the wild Kakariki's in New Zealand will eat kelp that is washed up. At the time a breeder over here could not get kelp for his Kaks but he heard he could substitute roses with them. He also had Princess Parrots next to his Kaks and they went crazy for the roses. He found his breeding results were much better for the Princess's so he used to beg everyone in the district to provide roses for his birds.
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