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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.