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Anyone create their own seed mix?

I was wondering if anyone get their seeds and makes their own mix? The local bird farm carries fresh seeds and you can make your own mix of the different varieties. I just don't know what percentage of each and which seed types for which species, etc.

I am assuming that the seed types and percentages would vary for Budgies, Parrotlets, and Lineolated Parakeets as well?

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I know herman bros. makes a linnie mix (you can email them to see what is in it--I did once, but it was a long time ago and don't have the email) The reason I didn't order was because of the S&H, it would've been more than the seeds!

I would imagine that the parrotlets and linnies would have similar mixes since they are from the same part of the world. I mix my canary and linnie mix (cockatiel) and each bird eats what they want--mostly the canaries eat their seeds and the linnies theirs, even though it is in the same bowls. It's like foraging

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I know herman bros. makes a linnie mix (you can email them to see what is in it--I did once, but it was a long time ago and don't have the email) The reason I didn't order was because of the S&H, it would've been more than the seeds!

I would imagine that the parrotlets and linnies would have similar mixes since they are from the same part of the world. I mix my canary and linnie mix (cockatiel) and each bird eats what they want--mostly the canaries eat their seeds and the linnies theirs, even though it is in the same bowls. It's like foraging
Thanks for the info. It is helpful to look at the ingredient list but I still would not know the percentage of each seed type to add.

I thought linnies and parrotlets would eat the same seeds too, but mine don't. Mina seem to be starving on the small hookbill/lovebird mix that my parrotlet eats. I put her on the parakeet mix and she gained a few grams and went back to normal. My parrotlet won't eat the parakeet mix, he likes the bigger seeds. Mina can't (or doesn't care too?) hull larger seeds like sunflower seeds. She just doesn't eat them. My parrotlet can do it with his eyes closed, lol.

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Oh, I guess that parrotlets have stronger beaks. I know linnies are usually fed a cockatiel/budgie mix--but my particular cockatiel mix is very budgie like. My two don't eat the larger seeds either, although they love the safflower seeds, they cannot eat the sunflower seeds. I just throw those outside for the wild birds to eat whenever I change their food. Here's another useful link http://www.affaviary.com/flockseedinedtification2.html --it shows all the different types of seeds and the bottom picture is of a linnie mix--I guess you could get the proportions from the picture--for me it looks like my seeds when I mix the cockatiel mix with the canary seed mix.

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I don't buy individual seeds but I combine two mixes for the medium to larger species of parrots and the cardinals: ABBA 1600C and ABBA 1200 (the larger parrots also get roasted human grade nuts, and the cardinals get meal worms and hemp seed during the warm weather), the tiels, budgies and button quail get the parakeet one, ABBA 1600, the canaries get the canary mix, ABBA 1700 (they also get hemp seed and egg food during the breeding season and sesame seed prior and during molt and, during the winter, I mix some 80/20 black and white with the canary mix to lower the protein), and the finches get ABBA 1900 (also sesame for molt). I like ABBA mixes and I can get them directly from the manufacturer so I know they have not been sitting on a shelf or a warehouse for months which is important to me.
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I had been looking into the same, mixing my own because I couldn't find one that I was satisfied with and that my birds also liked. The site below was one I found that explained things the best (at least to me) and came closest to offering percentages along with portion sizes. It's rather lengthy article and a lot of the info your after is towards the end.

https://theparrotuniversity.com/circusdiet
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I don't mix my own, but have been very unsatisfied with the mixes on the store shelves. They either are very limited in seeds types or have so much stuff added the birds won't eat. The tiel/conure mixes are mostly sunflower seeds I have started taking a small bag of finch/canary mix and mixing that with a large bag of budgie mix to get a wider variety seeds, I feed this to all my birds, budgies, parrotlet, GCC and tiel. To the 'let, tiel and conure I add a few sunflower and safflower seeds that I buy separately. I already feed cooked grains, pastas and legumes, so I don't need them in the mixes and my birds won't eat them raw, hard and dry. My birds also get a wide variety of fresh and or frozen veggies, and Zupreem fruit pellets as well as chia seed and hemp seeds for treats.
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I had been looking into the same, mixing my own because I couldn't find one that I was satisfied with and that my birds also liked. The site below was one I found that explained things the best (at least to me) and came closest to offering percentages along with portion sizes. It's rather lengthy article and a lot of the info your after is towards the end.

https://theparrotuniversity.com/circusdiet
Thank you. It was a good article but I didn't see any info on making your own seed mix.

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Thank you. It was a good article but I didn't see any info on making your own seed mix.
ugh....gave you the wrong link...let me look through my bookmarks. thought that was the one...i know i have it bookmarked somewhere


FOUND IT! Need more coffee...didn't sleep well last night. Anyway, scroll to the bottom and it lists seed mix by species. You have to get past the cooked recipes first ok. I know I have another site bookmarked but I can't seem to find it at the moment.


http://www.upatsix.com/faq/recipes.htm

I've made the 8 grain cereal, apple delight and blueberry muffins for them. Haven't made the seed mixes though, to lazy I suppose. My schedule has been nuts and is just now starting to wind down a bit. If you find something better let me know ok

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