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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-30-2011, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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I have 3 birds (all caged seperately) and the way I feed is that my female lovie and my tiel get dishes of pellets in their cages, and my male lovie gets seed in his cage. The three of them share a tray of seed outside their cages on their playgym area. Lately my female lovebird hasn't touched the pellets at all, and will essentially starve herself until she gets to come out for playtime to eat.

Should I just start offering a bit of seed in her cage so she doesn't wait so long between eating? I have a new baby on the way so for a few weeks after baby comes I'm not sure how much out of cage time they'll get, but it probably won't be anywhere close to as much as they're used to. So I don't want her holding out for seed when I have NO idea how long she'll have to wait...
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I personally would rather see my bird eat a seed diet than not eat at all... do they eat fresh foods at all?? Good luck.
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just feed her a varied diet without the pellets, better safe than sorry!

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I would mix seed in with her pellets and stop offering the seed at play time. While eating seed is better than nothing, offering seed only is not so different fro
Only feeding a child Icecream. Yes, the ice cream has much needed calcium and some fat is healthy, but what would happen to a child who
only ate ice cream? With the seed being mixed in to the pellet, your love is likely to eat some pellet at the same time, even if by accident. Then you can work on adding less and less seed. You can also sprinkle seed on veggies or pasta to get her to eat other foods. More important, congrats on the baby!!!!

Oh, and you can also try sprouting. The sprouts use up some of the fat and calories to grow, making the sprouts MUCH healthier than seeds.

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Hi Kate!

This is a fantastic question, and I'll do my best to answer to my ability. In the wild (and captivity), birds not only view eating as an essential part of life, but it's also considered a social activity to them. Sort of like us people going to restaurants to eat for the good food and social aspects. Birds very much love to eat together in flocks. All of my birds eat together in their separate cages, but I make sure to offer them out of cage time to snack together as well as their fresh and cooked foods too. In fact, as an added bonus, I allow them to eat with me (or us) sometimes too, right from my plate. Sometimes, I might make them up a little plate of their own and put it on the breakfast table to eat with us. They love both. Not only does this satisfy them socially, but it's a form of social enrichment too, so you are covering two bases at once. I hope that helps.

~Kristen~ & Flock

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