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This is purely of curiosity. Google wasn't much help from my particular searches, and of course Reptar doesn't exactly care about rules and was trying to steal juice from me anyways. But overall, it gave me a tentative idea.

For anti fresh food birds, likes fruits and veggies, would Naked Juice be a viable option? I know its very high in sugar naturally, so it would never be a 'major' part of any diet whatsoever. But would the benefits of the ingredients outweigh the sugar, if they absolutely refuse other options? I don't want them to just rely on pellets / minimal seed. If it matters, I'm thinking along the lines of the 'Green Machine' route, which is more focused towards veggies than fruit. I recognize that a few ingredients are among those to be limited in birds, like spinach I believe, but again this would be a very minor addition to an otherwise rounded overall diet.

I'm just considering adding a very small, shallow (monitored by me) dish around the regular food dishes. Would not be a major impact on the overall food source, but for my very veggie/fruit resistant birds, could the liquid type option be of benefit or more harmful in the sugar load sense? These are birds who have resisted every type of veggie / pellet / sprouts intervention attempted so far. Obviously still working towards the change over, but for the time being, this seems like something to try? Curious to see your opinions.



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I'm sorry to heat that your cute Reptar refuses his fruits and veggies.
For South American parrots they should be a main part of their diet.

If you buy high quality juice without supplemented sugar it would be fine.
Please mix it with water, it shouldn't be too acidic.

Have you tried to make a mash of fresh fruits and seeds?
That's the way I brought my linnies to eat them.

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When Yuki (green) saw it on her first day at home she wouldn't hardly touch her seeds.
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If you can get something that is 100% organic with absolutely nothing else in it then I see no problem with it. Try natural baby foods! They tend to be just blended fruits and veggies with a thick consistency. I used them for my lories and lorikeets for convenience if I was too busy to cut up fresh foods that day

If he eats pellets, you could try soaking them with the juice to see if he enjoys the flavours perhaps?

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If you can get something that is 100% organic with absolutely nothing else in it then I see no problem with it. Try natural baby foods! They tend to be just blended fruits and veggies with a thick consistency...

If he eats pellets, you could try soaking them with the juice to see if he enjoys the flavours perhaps?
Sounds like a good way to introduce flavors and work up to eating the real thing. Juice to baby food to mashed to gradually bigger pieces. With soaking pellets somewhere toward the beginning.
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I'm sorry to heat that your cute Reptar refuses his fruits and veggies.
No worries on Reptar with fruits and veggies. (: You aren't safe eating anything of the sort if he's in the room! He was just the one who wouldn't let me drink it in peace, and gave me an idea for the others.

I've had a lot of success with growing sprouts / herbs in the aviary but seemed target limited to the boys. Nyx and Rhea weren't interested, but they are okay with pellets. They're the only two of the others I can't seem to swing over. I've also tried various bean / veggie mixes, putting shredded herbs/veggies over the food dishes. They pick at it but more just to get around it. Tried juice/water softened pellets with the non believers, didn't seem to pass the test.

Definitely should start hanging some veggie kabobs though, thank you! And baby food is a great idea as well, I'll give that a shot too. Naked Juice seems pretty basic and safe ingredients wise, its the fruit content that is high in sugar. Green Machine is a lot more veggie based overall and of course still just a very minor addition to diet while working on other ways to win them over to the idea.



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A good thing you can do for the summer too is to freeze fruit juices in ice cube trays so you can give them some treats to cool them down

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i recently got a juicer and if my birds weren't picky, i would definitely make fresh juice for them! the nice thing is that even if you take the juice for yourself, there is still oodles of fresh pulp for them, which can be served fresh or you can do what i did and dehydrate it- which my rabbit appreciated the dehydrated apple pulp! i have the Jack LaLane (or how ever you spell it) juicer and i love it!! seriously consider it! also, i could never live with out my dehydrator (for beef jerky reasons ) but i also have fallen in love with dehydrated apple slices. you can add dried fruits to toys and what-not

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I would say that making your own juice is the only truly safe option! Being a bit of a health nut myself, I've done in-depth research on juices since the naked juice scandal. which if you weren't aware, they have been taken to court on several occasions for lying on their label about what is in their juice, such as thinkers and gmo's. any juice company could lie, so i'd say the safest way is to make your own juice! you control what goes into the juice, you control what goes into your bird.

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