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Lovebirds finely eating pellets and veggies

Bogwitt took to the pellets quickly but Shryke has been holding out but finely ate some and their pellet dish has been getting emptied in 2 days now and at least one of them seems to have been nibbling at the veggies/fruit .It feels so good knowing that they are getting more then just seed in their diet. Now if only I can get them to try some of the sprouts, birdy bread and grit.

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DON'T FEED THEM GRIT! I am a very strong believer that grit should not even be sold in the parrot sections of pet stores at all. Birds who don't hull their seeds, like pigeons etc. need soluble grit to remove the husks, as you already know I'm assuming as you own pigeons. But any psittacine species is a no no. I know that oyster shell and such is soluble, but most grit available is insoluble. Oyster shell can be given under certain circumstances, however a cuttlebone usually does the trick instead. Insoluble grit can and will build up, causing crop impaction. It will just get stuck in the digestive tract

ANYWAY! It's great to hear your birds have taken to healthier foods. You will find that lovebirds are fantastic eaters anyway and once they get going they tend to eat whatever you provide them with. And they're also fab birds for monkey see monkey do! Your other lovie will pick up on it in no time. It's how I got my lot eating good stuff anyway

Here's a quick link about the grit thing ~ http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/grit-...-parrots-diet/
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For my parrots I only feed soluble grit made up of mostly charcoal and the rest is Oyster shell egg shell, and minerals. I did a lot lot of reading of both sides of the grit argument and decided to offer soluble grit to my birds. I have seen a big improvement in my bird's feathers since I started offering it. The Cockatiels mostly eat the charcoal but I have seen them eating the other stuff. The bird tricks link said that insoluble grit could not be passed through the birds system but if that were true then I think that my Pigeons would be dead by now since they go though about a 1/4 of a cup of it per day between the 4 of them. The reason I give grit to my pigeons is mostly because they need the minerals that red grit contains. Here is a link that is a great read: http://www.parrots.org/pdfs/all_abou...Importance.pdf

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Thank you for the link. It was an interesting read I think it all comes down to opinion. I choose not to feed it myself, personally, and supplement with other things. A cuttlebone is devoured in my aviaries if the females are wanting to lay that's for sure, but I'm too frightened to feed grit. I feed them a huge variety of different things to try and give them everything they need as well as supplements. They also live outdoors where they get the Vitamin D. I don't know, I had a necropsy come back for one of my birds who had crop impaction and that was my absolute final no way am I touching that stuff again sort of thing, even though it wasn't me who was feeding him it. Nobody knew where it came from
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I also give cuttlebone and the 2 Cockatiels go though about two or three a week but the lovebirds cuttlebone's last at least a couple of weeks. That is really sad about your bird .

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Thank you! 2-3 A WEEK!? Are they both girls of breeding age ?
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Yes, they are 4 & 1 year old hens. They were going through almost 1 a day during the summer but they are slowing down now that it is getting cold and a lot of it gets tossed on the floor.

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Yes, they are 4 & 1 year old hens. They were going through almost 1 a day during the summer but they are slowing down now that it is getting cold and a lot of it gets tossed on the floor.
So oyster shell alone is fine right?

My budgie is going thru cuttle fast right now bcz she is coming into puberty. But, not 2-3 a week, geez.

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It is a highly debated subject but I use it and my birds only eat a tiny amount of it. My birds mostly eat the charcoal.

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