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Getting Lovebirds to Eat Fruit and Veg

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I have been trying to get my 2 Lovebirds Mally and Boo to eat veg and fruit. Unfortunately they have a Vitamin A deficiency and I really would like them to start eating it. I have tried to get them to eat some, I have put spinach in their water dishes, sprinkled sunflower seeds on peach slices. They didn't even eat the sunflower seeds because they were on the peaches. However they do eat sunflower seeds though. Thanks in advance.

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Oh, and in the meantime whilst I am training them to eat fruit and veg I wanted to get them a good Vitamin A supplement. If you can recomend I good one that would be great. Here's the thread.

https://www.talkparrots.com/showthread.php?t=28777
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Parrots don't appear to like peaches very much, so that may be why they are not interested. There are other fruits and vegetables that are much higher in Vitamin A than peaches that birds usually do like.

Sweet Potato
Carrots (but need to be blanched in boiling water for 1 minute)
Kale
Dandelion Greens
Pak Choi
Winter Squash (Butternut pumpkin)
Dried Apricots
Cantaloupe
Red Bell Peppers
Papaya

You can also coat their seed with a few drops of Cod Liver Oil which is also high in Vitamin A until you can get them to eat healthy fruit and vegetables. Only mix it into the seed in their container and not to all your seed, replace with a fresh lot every couple of days.

Be aware too that they can have too much Vitamin A which is just as dangerous as not enough.
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What Kate said. My birds absolutely demolish red bell peppers, especially the lovebirds. I offer them skewered so they have to forage for them, makes it more fun

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I am going to try to make some 'Birdy Mash' and feed them some red bell peppers (Called Red Peppers in England and Capsicum in Australia) . Do you know if Lovebirds have a certain way of how they like to eat it?
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I don't know of any particular way, my birds just love them no matter how they come. When I had lots of budgies in an aviary I just cut a Capsicum in half and put it in the aviary and they just demolish the halves. Obviously for a smaller number of birds I cut a capsicum up smaller. Oh and I leave the seeds in as they like those too.

All my birds like a variety of fruit and vegetables, I have never had to teach them to eat them. It was pretty much anything I put in the cage got demolished. But I do know they are not keen on Pear, Stone Fruit (peaches etc.) and raw bananas. Last year I grew my own capsicum and chillis and they demolished those with great speed.
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I don't know of any particular way, my birds just love them no matter how they come. When I had lots of budgies in an aviary I just cut a Capsicum in half and put it in the aviary and they just demolish the halves. Obviously for a smaller number of birds I cut a capsicum up smaller. Oh and I leave the seeds in as they like those too.

All my birds like a variety of fruit and vegetables, I have never had to teach them to eat them. It was pretty much anything I put in the cage got demolished. But I do know they are not keen on Pear, Stone Fruit (peaches etc.) and raw bananas. Last year I grew my own capsicum and chillis and they demolished those with great speed.
I am going to cut one in half and hang it up for them. Unfortunately they didn't like my smaller pieces I gave them in a spare feeding bowl. Fingers crossed they like this.
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When I got my linnies they wouldnt touch any fruit and veg.
But I didn't accept that.
After two weeks I became stringent. I cut apple and carrot in very small pieces and mixed it with their seeds.
The birds loved that mash. The only reason for refusing fresh food was that they couldn't bite from a big piece.
Since they became adults I've been offering a fruit stick like this twice a day.
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Just don't give up what ever you do keep offering fresh fruits or veg every day. I know too many people who just stop offering fresh food after a few weeks of their birds ignoring the fresh food.

Try and stand in front of the cage and chew on a carrot while you have carrot in their cage or get a spiral cutter and cut up zucchini or other veggies and sprinkle a little millet on it and hang it in their cage. If your birds like millet they will give the zucchini or other veggies a try and soon be eating well.

Sometimes our birds really test us and take their own sweet time about trying anything new.







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Thank you everyone for all of your help. I am going to try your ideas out and hopefully they work. Unfortunately they didn't like the halved capsicum. They looked interested in it for a minute or 2 only.
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Thank you everyone for all of your help. I am going to try your ideas out and hopefully they work. Unfortunately they didn't like the halved capsicum. They looked interested in it for a minute or 2 only.

Even if they look at it or lick it or check it out for a couple of minutes its a start. Keep offering and trying new things.... there are so many veggies you can try and entice them with.

If you have some dandelions still growing anywhere near you pull up some leaves of the plant, wash them and offer these to your birds. My budgie and all my canaries were pigs that loved dandelion leaves and even the flowers, its great when you can pick this weed somewhere in your yard for free and offer this to your birds.





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Yeah all mine love Sows Thistle (similar to milk thistle), Dandelion and Chickweed, which all grow in my yard.
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Yeah all mine love Sows Thistle (similar to milk thistle), Dandelion and Chickweed, which all grow in my yard.

You are fortunate that this is all growing in your yard where you are right now, its getting into late fall here so snow will be coming soon and there won't be much left to pick out of the yard here soon.





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Well the Birds have looked at the foods and they had a slight taste once but immediately disliked it after tasting. I was going to give them sprouted seeds and I have also heard they might also like a small amount of orange juice diluted in their water. Thanks for all the help.

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