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Lots of questions about food? Need some help.

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I have some questions that I hope you guys with more experience can answer for me. I have a new baby alexandrine who is around 3.5 to 4 months old, I'm not sure of his exact age. I am hand feeding him but he is ready to explore new food.

So far he likes chewing on raw mango, green chillies and tomatoes , carrots , flax seeds and almonds. I give him one new thing a day to see if he takes to it.

He didn't like cooked sweet potato. And just shredded the spinach. I've got some more things to try today.

1. I got some fresh corn on the cob. Do I just peel and give it raw or boil it?

2. I checked out some recipes for chop. I know it's a silly question but does it have to be cooked? Or given raw? I know the beans have to be cooked. What about the fruit and veggies. I would be grateful if someone talked me through it the first time.

3. I gave him one almond yesterday and one today. How often can I give it to him since I don't want to overdo it? What other nuts can I give? Can I give a walnut in a shell for him to play?

4. Do parrots like radish? Should I give him some? And if I do should it be cooked or just washed?

5. He seems to like shredding stuff. Can I give him cabbage to shred?

I really want to do this right so any help would be much appreciated.

I also wanted to add that I live in India where the concept of pellet food is practically non existent so it's pretty much up to me to make sure he gets a good diet.

Pranks in advance.
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Alexandrines are great when it comes to eating fruit and vegetables. The first ones he has tried are great, but go easy on the flax seeds as they have lots of oil and I would only give him almonds once or twice a week. Over here we give almonds in the shell as a treat, they love chewing the shell off and then eating the nut. I also found that they loved the seed of the mango, so I would give them the seed with flesh on it after I had cut of the cheeks for myself. They will break open the husk to get at the seeds inside. Many people don't realize that what is usually called the seed in the mango is in actual fact a seed case and there are 2 seeds inside of it.

With the sweet potato here in Australia we use the Kumera or Orange Sweet Potato and that is usually fed raw.

With the corn I usually just remove the husk and feed it raw. Usually just cutting off a 1 inch section of the cob to feed at a time. By cutting the cob you also will open up some of the kernels so that the bird can get a taste of the corn. Birds often lick thinks to see what they taste like and if they are edible and if you lick raw corn there is no flavour.

Yes you can give walnuts but very sparingly as they are quite oily and you may need to break the walnut in half so he can get at the flesh of the nut. But that would be a definite treat and only given once in a while. Steer clear of peanuts in the shell as they can develop a mould or mildew and give a crop infection. Nuts are very much a treat so preferably only once a week and then only one type of nut.

Don't know about Radish if it is safe or not but I would not give it to my birds.

Cabbage is definitely not ok for birds as is avocado neither of these should be fed to birds.

Other things that can be given are strawberries, kiwi fruit, pumpkin, passionfruit, apples, capsicum (or bell pepper), red chillis (all my birds love chillis often the hotter the better), celery (especially the tops with the leaves), banana (some birds will eat it and some won't), snow peas. These are just a few and over here we feed them all raw as they usually have the maximum vitamin and mineral content in them which cooking often removes.

He should be weaning now and if you can give him some seeds as well but go easy on the sunflower and safflower seeds as they have high oil content. If you can't buy them you may be able to grow your own, they will even grow well in pots or you can use a polystyrene fruit box with holes in the bottom for drainage and potting mix and grow in that. Pick the millets and canary seed when the seeds are formed but still green or pick when fully ripe and dry out by tying string around the stems in bunches and hanging upside down in a dry well ventilated area. If given when still green also give the stems as the birds love chewing that as well.

Hope this is of some help. Not a complete list but something to go on with.
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Thank you. I will be trying some of your suggestions today. He's enjoying new foods just now and I want to encourage hin to eat everything.
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1. I got some fresh corn on the cob. Do I just peel and give it raw or boil it?

Personally I like to feed mine fresh, I just wash it and hang it up in sections

2. I checked out some recipes for chop. I know it's a silly question but does it have to be cooked? Or given raw? I know the beans have to be cooked. What about the fruit and veggies. I would be grateful if someone talked me through it the first time.

You need to cook the beans, grains etc. but not your veggies and fruits. Cooking destroys the nutrients, so always feed fresh if you can!

3. I gave him one almond yesterday and one today. How often can I give it to him since I don't want to overdo it? What other nuts can I give? Can I give a walnut in a shell for him to play?

I've found that although they have strong beaks, Alexandrine parakeets can still struggle with the bigger nuts. I've fed almonds, walnuts (out of the shell or slightly cracked so they can get into them), cracked hazel nuts, cracked Brazil nuts, pecans and pine usually. I get it as a premixed nut mix though If you can get hold of the Versele Laga Prestige Parrot Exotic Nut Mix then use that. I usually use it as a treat sort of mix that I add to chop and things. My birds enjoy it. I would feed nuts as a treat only, a few a day won't hurt. Use them to train him too as most birds will work hard for them haha

4. Do parrots like radish? Should I give him some? And if I do should it be cooked or just washed?

I have only ever fed them washed, my birds are so so about them. I chop it finely in my food processor and add it to chop sometimes otherwise they won't eat it None of my birds have been particularly fond of them


5. He seems to like shredding stuff. Can I give him cabbage to shred?

Try romaine lettuce, curly kale etc. But if he wants to play just scrunch up balls of paper or do something similar. Even better is hiding treats in them


I also wanted to add that I live in India where the concept of pellet food is practically non existent so it's pretty much up to me to make sure he gets a good diet.

Personally I wouldn't worry about pellets. I have used them and have personally liked using them but I think you can give a bird a well balanced diet from just using fresh foods, cooked foods etc. instead. I used to use them but now I don't feel like I'm going to go back to them. I may use them as a convenient food once in a blue moon if somebody else has to care for my birds but I'm picky about which I use. Totally Organics is probably the best. I used to be a big fan of Harrison's until I found out they weren't 100% organic!

Alexandrines are fantastic eaters and you shouldn't have any trouble getting him to eat food that is good for him. Try saving your fruits and nuts for training or treats due to them being high in sugar and fats. They're also great motivation!

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Thank you so much for all the information.
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Damn. I had a reply almost finished and lost it.
I have an Alex and he is great.
Not a fussy eater at all.
He loves apple and oranges, grapes, and a few other fruits.
Carrots need cooking to make beta carotene available, sweet potato raw is fine.
Sweetcorn is relished by all my guys, even the Budgie. And I have seen my new Eclectus demolish almost a whole cob in just one day. Greedy little feathered pig. Silverbeet (Chard) kale, most dark leaf greens.
He does like the Cockatiel seed mix as well.
Funny he is not into nuts, but they can have a few a day no problem.

No pellets, no processed foods here, I try to feed an all natural diet.
You can sprout for him. Mung beans are a super food and very reliable for sprouting.
Some beans need cooking or sprouting to make them safe.


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Thank you guys. And I have 2 new babies so I'll be needing more help than ever. ����
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I always advise you to give some boil and soft items to eat to your parrot. Ripped fruit is very very first choice of parrot to take in his mouth. Dont depend on the food items available in market for parrots beside this try to feed some natural food item like fresh vegetable, water and juice.
Parrot also found of dry fruits.
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Hey! Please do not feed your parrot tomatoes! The stem and vine is highly toxic and the tomato itself is known to cause health issues.

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Here's a good link on parrot food! (http://www.phoenixlanding.org/nutrition.html )
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