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So Crayola is about 3 months old now, and s/he is constantly eating. I leave its mix out day and night and then one day it occurred to me.. am I supposed to do that? I always take away my dog's food after a certain period of time; am I supposed to do the same with my lorikeet or is it fine? I mean, it is still growing..
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Feed once in the morning and once in the evening. I wouldn't leave lorikeet food out all day and night being as it can go off real fast.

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Lorikeets have a very high metabolism, so they do need to eat more often than other species. Do you feed the dry mix or a wet mix? I don't think you should limit his food intake, especially at such a young age. If he's eating that much, it's because he needs it IMO. I wouldn't take his food out of the cage. The bird should have a food source available to him at all times, be it lorikeet pellets, fresh/dried fruit, dried nectar powder, etc. especially if you're weaning him off forumula or have just recently stopped hand feeding

I don't know enough about their diet to be able to say what should be in there at all times and what should function more as a 'treat' but when we had lorikeets at the shop, we kept a dish of lorikeet pellets in the cage at all times as well as a powdered nectar mix near the water dish. The birds would eat some powder, drink, eat some powder, drink. We changed the water 2-3x a day because it got mucky but the powder was able to stay out for the day because it stayed mostly dry. We would check it around lunch time and if it looked particularly damp that day we would clean it out



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Jenny, I did not know that! I assumed they could eat the same amount as other birds?

And would the all day food thing stop when they are older? Like can they then be switched on to timed feedings?

I never knew this, I just thought their food went off real fast!

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It seemed to me that Minnie used to just sit at her food dish all day long and eat. I thought she might just be a slow eater. She was never fat and never really gained any weight from it. I think it's just becase she a real weirdo, you know, with her obsessive egg laying and stuff, haha. The egg laying was totally better, but then she died....




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Jenny, I did not know that! I assumed they could eat the same amount as other birds?

And would the all day food thing stop when they are older? Like can they then be switched on to timed feedings?

I never knew this, I just thought their food went off real fast!
It depends on what you're feeding them. If you mix the nectar and water, I do believe it goes off quickly. The sugar breaks down and bacteria will grow.

As far as I know, because they eat primarily nectar and sugar, and they have a high metabolism, they need to eat more frequently than other birds. I would imagine you can get them on a schedule like any other bird, and if the lori will eat the dry pellets I think the schedule would be the same as any other species. But I don't know enough to really recommend for certain.

I do know with any species, when weaning, you should have food around all the time for the baby to eat and taste, so they get used to it and can eat at their own pace. The most important thing for a young bird is to eat and keep their weight up until they are fully weaned and used to it; a schedule can come later.

Kate probably would know best how to properly feed and wean a Lorikeet



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Hello everyone. My parrot has a problem of eating too much. He always wants to eat and i know it is not good for his health. Kindly tell me what should i do. Is it good for his stomach? Reply must.
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My avian vet told me to limit my grey's food because she was eating as much as she could stuff herself full of and didn't seem to know when she was full. The amount you should feed depends on the bird, but I measure my greys food, and that is all she gets each day.


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I measure my birds food too, you can find guidelines etc around, or ask an avian vet

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