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What seeds do you feed your linnie?

I was feeding Mina small hookbill, but she seemed hungry all of the time. I recently got her some parakeet seed and she seems much better. What seed mixes do you feed your linnie?

Ps she gets pellets and fresh too.

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I would give her a conure mix South American but small

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I would give her a conure mix South American but small
Really? The small hookbill was mostly thrown out because she'd just eat the small seeds and then get frantic because she was hungry. I guess I assumed the conure mix would have bigger seeds.

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budgie mix or cockatiel mix--The cockatiel mix i feed is mainly a budgie mix with safflower and sunflower seeds. They also get canary mix, but they mostly eat the cockatiel food.

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http://www.kaytee.com/products/kayte...d-parakeet.php

Anything bigger and mine won't eat it.
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Anything bigger and mine won't eat it.
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Currently I mix 75% large parakeet and 25% parakeet seeds.
Pure parakeet mixes don't have enough nutrients for linnies, there must be added few oil seeds which also contain necessary plant proteins.

Try to find a cockatiel mix with small sufflower or sunflower seeds and add it to your parakeet mix.
When my linnies were young they also needed a cetain time to learn how to crack the larger seeds.
Mina will have to practise.

Here are some good ideas from the German linnie website (in English) for seed mixes with small seeds.

http://www.katharinasittiche.de/en/nutrition/seeds.php
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This is the one I got recently because she seemed hungry all the time on the small hookbill and she seems better on this. What do you guys think?




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Linnies are parakeets, so it makes sense that they'd prefer a parakeet mix. I mix the pellets with the seed. That's how I got them to eat the pellets to begin with. I wish I could get them to eat TOPS, but so far Harrisons super fine is the only one they will eat.
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Linnies are parakeets, so it makes sense that they'd prefer a parakeet mix. I mix the pellets with the seed. That's how I got them to eat the pellets to begin with. I wish I could get them to eat TOPS, but so far Harrisons super fine is the only one they will eat.
Yeah I tried mixing pellets and she just eats around it. Maybe I can try now that she has a seed mix she likes better.

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Currently I mix 75% large parakeet and 25% parakeet seeds.
Pure parakeet mixes don't have enough nutrients for linnies, there must be added few oil seeds which also contain necessary plant proteins.

Try to find a cockatiel mix with small sufflower or sunflower seeds and add it to your parakeet mix.
When my linnies were young they also needed a cetain time to learn how to crack the larger seeds.
Mina will have to practise.

Here are some good ideas from the German linnie website (in English) for seed mixes with small seeds.

http://www.katharinasittiche.de/en/nutrition/seeds.php
Now it makes sense why Mina loves the millet I have, it is the foxtail one in that photo!

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It could also be the season. I know my linnies and canaries mellow from September to January, but now everyone is starting to eat more....getting ready for spring time and breeding. Even if you don't plan on breeding, if she is exposed to natural light, she might just be getting stimulated. Also, with the days getting longer, there is more time for them to eat = more food is being eaten. I don't know about the weather where you live, but in NYC it is COLD, so I would imagine they need more food to keep up with calories used in keeping warm. (even in my house--it's pretty cold--65 F and even colder at night)

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4thebirds, this seed mixture looks fine. It is more than a budgie seed mixture, because there are some small oil seeds in it. I suppose Mina will love it.

Anna, for my linnies the day's length doesn't depend. They will always find plenty of time to eat, especially Paulchen who is like a vacuum cleaner.
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Mine absolutely adore the Goldenfeast Australian Blend and it has a little of everything. I fed it to my tiel, parrotlets, and linnies and they all ate it and liked it very much. I personally mix it 60% Roudybush 40% seed and they eat all of it, just husks I still supplement fresh fruit and veg, but I like that this mix has dried fruit, veg, and herbs in it too so I know they're getting a good variety since I can't get any good produce out here



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I feed mine budgie seeds.
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