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Adjusting the diet?

Ren and Stimpy have been on a mostly seed diet for a while, and that's what they're currently on now. What's the best way to adjust them onto a diet of mostly fruits and veggies? What should I try preparing for them first to get them used to healthier stuff? At the moment I'm sprouting quinoa seeds but that's pretty much it so far.
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http://www.cockatielcottage.net/recipes.html This is a good link for a few methods you can try I highly recommend feeding chop

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Sprouted seeds are fine.
Have you already tried to offer them fruits and veggies?
If they are not used to fresh food, you can begin with half grapes. Birds love them.
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I got my budgie to eat veggies by putting them in the food processor and mixing in a little seeds. She tried to pick the seeds out but inevitably she would taste the veggies. Once they taste it and like it, they are more likely to recognize it as food later. Another thing with my budgie, she loves to eat hanging greens. So I just wash and hang a leafy green from the middle of her cage by her perch and she just chomps all over it. I do kale, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, dandelion greens, bok choy, etc.

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A mostly seed diet will eventually make your birds fat. In the food dish mix the small size pellets like the Rowdybush. I also use zupreem with it, with the same amount of the seeds. so its half and half. I put a tablespoon of the mixture fresh in their dishes everyday after throwing out the old mix from the dish. I add a second food dish with fresh fruit and veggies around noon. I cut up grapes into 4ths, add thawed corn bits, cut up fresh apple into pieces they can hold by their feet. They like shredded carrots (I buy it that way) they love pieces of fresh spinach ( I get a small bag of it already rinsed) Try sugar snap peas. I break open the pods so they can eat the peas and small broken up pieces of the pods. They like broccoli pieces of the flowerette tops. If that's too much work for you chop the veggies together. I fix 4 fruit and veggie dishes daily. After a while I can do it FAST. Take out the f/v dishes before bedtime, pick up what pieces are dropped on the bottom of the cage. Sometimes I just put a piece of paper towel over it because I do not use the bottom grates in my cages, because I change the bottom paper every other day or 2. Birds are curious soon they will go to the f/v dishes to look inside trying the food.

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Personally, I have found that birds are less likely to eat pellets all together if they're mixed in with seeds. Seeds will always win!

And yes an all seed diet will eventually leave to fatty liver disease and other nasties

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[QUOTE=catalinadee;187545]Personally, I have found that birds are less likely to eat pellets all together if they're mixed in with seeds. Seeds will always win!

That's just to get the bird to learn the pellets are food. Slowly decreasing the amounts of seed. I did this with all my 4 birds when they first came to me as babies on a seed diet only, it does work.

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Personally, I have found that birds are less likely to eat pellets all together if they're mixed in with seeds. Seeds will always win!

And yes an all seed diet will eventually leave to fatty liver disease and other nasties
Yup. My budgie wouldn't eat them at all until I put them in a separate dish.

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An all seed diet is extremely bad. Variety is key, as are lots of fresh foods.




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