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How much food does your bird eat?

For those of you that provide a daily portion to your birds, how much do you give them that they will completely consume in one day?

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it is still hard to judge how much they eat since some does end up on the bottom of the cage but
afican grey 2 TBS pellets
weight 445 grams

cockatiel
2 TSP pellets
weight 102 grams

green cheek conure
2 TSP pellets
weight 68 grams

love bird
2 TSP pellets
weight 50 grams

my budgies i do not actually measure out and they all get chop, and the cockatiel also gets 2 TSP of seed in addition

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I use plastic spoons (like the kind you get for a picnic), the two linnies get 3 slightly rounded spoonfuls of seeds and the canaries get 1 scant spoon each (I have four right now). They also get about two spoonfuls of pellets. The seed is eaten in one day and the pellets are my "safety" food. The food they eat if they are hungry. I will sometimes increase the seed if they are eating all of it...but it's not much more than the above mentioned. I might just fill the spoon with a little more canary seed. All the seeds get mixed and everyone shares the same pellets. After a certain point, they don't eat the extra seed and just continue eating the pellets to fill up. So they like both types of food and I don't "force" them to eat either or. I just calculate the amount of seed so that I don't end up wasting any.

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I use plastic spoons (like the kind you get for a picnic), the two linnies get 3 slightly rounded spoonfuls of seeds and the canaries get 1 scant spoon each (I have four right now). They also get about two spoonfuls of pellets. The seed is eaten in one day and the pellets are my "safety" food. The food they eat if they are hungry. I will sometimes increase the seed if they are eating all of it...but it's not much more than the above mentioned. I might just fill the spoon with a little more canary seed. All the seeds get mixed and everyone shares the same pellets. After a certain point, they don't eat the extra seed and just continue eating the pellets to fill up. So they like both types of food and I don't "force" them to eat either or. I just calculate the amount of seed so that I don't end up wasting any.
That is what I am trying to do. But Mina won't eat pellets when she's hungry. She eats everything else but pellets. Same thing with my budgie.

My plet will snack on the pellets if he is still hungry.

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it is still hard to judge how much they eat since some does end up on the bottom of the cage but
afican grey 2 TBS pellets
weight 445 grams

cockatiel
2 TSP pellets
weight 102 grams

green cheek conure
2 TSP pellets
weight 68 grams

love bird
2 TSP pellets
weight 50 grams

my budgies i do not actually measure out and they all get chop, and the cockatiel also gets 2 TSP of seed in addition
How'd did you get them all on pellets? What brand do you use?

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I use plastic spoons (like the kind you get for a picnic), the two linnies get 3 slightly rounded spoonfuls of seeds.
Each? Or to share?

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My Cockatiels & Lovebirds eat different amounts of the different stuff everyday but I keep their pellet dish full at all times and limit their seed intake to 1.5 tbsps for both Cockatiels to share and 1.5 tbsps for the two Lovebirds to share. They also get two nutri-berries each, veggies and birdy bread.

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How'd did you get them all on pellets? What brand do you use?
i use roudybush my budgies eat the nibbles mixed with seed but i really don't measure it and my other birds eat the small my cockatiel prefers the nibbles as well i started by putting the pellets with the seed they were eating and decreasing the amount of seed each feeding until they were eating pellets only. my cockatiel i did not have to do that with. she eats the pellets before she eats the seed she seems to like them

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I can't say for definite with most of my birds as they are all aviary birds there is always an abundance of food. If I were to be working with a bird though I would feed unlimited fresh foods and small amounts of pellets/seeds. Seeds usually being the reward for any work they do. I'm a bit different to the normal bird keeper haha!
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Each? Or to share?
I use three for the TWO linnies (1.5 each) although if I had only one, I would give two spoonfuls to the one.....Pikachu doesn't eat as much seed as Stitch, she was weaned on pellets and at first wouldn't eat seeds. So three really full spoons is enough for my two linnies and two just full spoons is enough for one. I hope that helps, it's not exact, I just eyeball it, if I notice all the food is gone (seeds and pellets) for a few days in a row, I'll increase the amount a little. The same if I notice a lot of leftover...then I'll decrease. It changes with the seasons. In fact, now that the weather is getting cold, they are starting to eat a little more (to "fatten" up for winter). But I remember that for a few months in the winter (December to Feb) they eat less. Probably because they are awake less time.

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I use three for the TWO linnies (1.5 each) although if I had only one, I would give two spoonfuls to the one.....Pikachu doesn't eat as much seed as Stitch, she was weaned on pellets and at first wouldn't eat seeds. So three really full spoons is enough for my two linnies and two just full spoons is enough for one. I hope that helps, it's not exact, I just eyeball it, if I notice all the food is gone (seeds and pellets) for a few days in a row, I'll increase the amount a little. The same if I notice a lot of leftover...then I'll decrease. It changes with the seasons. In fact, now that the weather is getting cold, they are starting to eat a little more (to "fatten" up for winter). But I remember that for a few months in the winter (December to Feb) they eat less. Probably because they are awake less time.
Right now Mina is eating 4 tsps, plus fresh, and a little millet and she is weighing in at 45-47 grams. I wonder how the picnic spoons compare to tsps.

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Right now Mina is eating 4 tsps, plus fresh, and a little millet and she is weighing in at 45-47 grams. I wonder how the picnic spoons compare to tsps.
Like I mentioned, it's not exact, but you got me curious, so I measured...... The spoon holds 2.5 tsp (the measuring kind) so for one linnie = 5 tsp (although there'll be leftovers) and for two linnies = 7.5 tsp. But they share their cage with canaries, which are little messy piggies, so I account for that. When I change the food every day, I look and see very little to no uneaten seeds left in the dish. However, they only eat about 4 tsps of pellets, because a lot of the seeds are just hulls so it's wasted.

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Like I mentioned, it's not exact, but you got me curious, so I measured...... The spoon holds 2.5 tsp (the measuring kind) so for one linnie = 5 tsp (although there'll be leftovers) and for two linnies = 7.5 tsp. But they share their cage with canaries, which are little messy piggies, so I account for that. When I change the food every day, I look and see very little to no uneaten seeds left in the dish. However, they only eat about 4 tsps of pellets, because a lot of the seeds are just hulls so it's wasted.
So they eat 5 tsps per linnie and 4 tsps of pellets. Wow. I guess I have need to work on getting Mina to eat more pellets.

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In the evening I feed one heaped tbsp of seeds per linnie.

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And I put one tsp. of grass seeds

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and one tsp. of dried veggies for both into the food bowl.

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In the morning and in the afternoon they get a fresh fruit and veggie stick.
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All my birds get one tbs of 2 mixture of pellets Roudybush, and zupreem. With a sprinkle of seeds added, 2 nutri-berries in the same dish. I have to break up the nutri-berries just a bit for the linnies. My plet can break it apart by himself. Veggie and fruit dishes for lunch. What they don't eat I throw out. My avian vet said they all look so healthy, at a normal weight, not too fat.

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I kind of eyeball it and also make adjustments how much they ate the day before. In my book if there are no left overs they didn't get enough.

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I don't feed any of my birds pellets. The canaries and finches get bowls of seeds (blow off the empty shells until there is very little and then I refill) with a different green and fruit every day. The parrots get cooked whole grains mixed with veggies and a different green, fruit and veggie every day for all day picking with a small, measured portion of seeds for all the others (budgie mix for budgies and tiels; budgie mix with a few safflower and striped sunflowers for the conures and the same 'doctored' mix plus human grade roasted nuts -which kind varies- for the larger species, zons, grays, toos, jardine and sennies)
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The budgie gets 1 tsp of seed
The tiel gets 2 tbsp of tiel mix
Pellets 2 tbsp that they share
Veggies unlimited just chop and devied

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Right now Mina is eating 4 tsps, plus fresh, and a little millet and she is weighing in at 45-47 grams. I wonder how the picnic spoons compare to tsps.
The thing is you want to give the birds enough food but not so much that it's wasted and thrown out. I throw out what they don't eat each morning because sometimes I've SEEN the birds only pee in the food dish, but I couldn't see pieces of poop so that's why I do it. I pay attention to what my birds eat, what fruit or veggie they pick first to eat etc. Just so you know a tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons. You are doing great, why change?

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The thing is you want to give the birds enough food but not so much that it's wasted and thrown out. I throw out what they don't eat each morning because sometimes I've SEEN the birds only pee in the food dish, but I couldn't see pieces of poop so that's why I do it. I pay attention to what my birds eat, what fruit or veggie they pick first to eat etc. Just so you know a tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons. You are doing great, why change?
This situation with Mina happened before I realized why she just could never get enough food. I was giving her small hookbill and there weren't enough small seeds for her and that's what she eats. Kind of threw me because my plet eats small hookbill and he is smaller than her. Now I switched her to parakeet seed and she is doing much better, is much more calm, and seems more satisfied. I weighed her a few days ago and she was at 46.7 grams, so gaining a bit.

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