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Quaker eating budgie style seeds

Hi I just adopted a Quaker yesturday and I didn't get him to eat until just now from a spoon because he wasn't drinking either from what I could tell.
Except this is the problem the cockateil conure seed he was eating had budgie type seeds too (the circular ones and thin ones) my Quaker threw the big seeds but are the budgie seed....
How can I convert his diet and are clear water bowls scary to birds?
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Best to find out what he;s used to eating so he can eat & then slowly change his diet.
Best to get them to eat pellets & a good seed mix along with fresh veggies, grains & fruits
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I prefer to use stainless steel bowls personally, they are easy to clean and the birds can spot them better. If it's a clear bowl with clear fluid in you may find that he won't know where it is

As for feeding him, I'm unsure what you mean by the seeds. I'm guessing you mean millet (the small round yellow/whitish seeds) and grass seeds (the long ones)? Does he not even try sunflower seeds (not ideal but at least it's food)?

The seed mix I offer to a lot of my birds has these ingredients ~ Safflower, Paddy Rice, Clipped Oats, Red Maize, Groats, Hemp, Small Indian Maize, Buckwheat, Pine Nuts (in shell), White Pumpkin, Papaya, Pineapple, Hulled Pumpkin, White & Red Dari, Micronised Barley, Raisins, Micronised Peas, Hazelnut Kernels, Almond Nut Kernels, Dried Diced Carrot, Walnut Kernels, Banana Chips, Dried Elderberries, Mountain Ash Berries, Whole Rosehips, Chillies, Coconut Chips

It has no sunflower or peanuts and it isn't too large for the quaker to crack. If you can find a seed mix with no sunflower seeds or peanuts in then you will have a much better mix for him

Other than that I would be trying to make his food bowl a bit more fun for him. The main diet for my birds is chop (if you google it you'll find plenty of links on how to make chop), seeds (more or less depending on the species), legumes, cooked foods and fruits. Quakers are prone to obesity so I would be increasing his intake of fresh foods as soon as possible. If you make the food in the bowl look more appealing you may find him more inclined to look in there. Use brightly coloured foods. If you're downright worried he's starving himself then I would try something simple like millet spray or a treat stick hung up where his favourite spot to sit is. If you can also feel his body condition you'll be able to see what his weight is looking like. If you can get him on some scales that would help!
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Ok thank you I'm going to go get another bowl later today. I meant the millet and grass seeds, I wasn't sure what they were called.
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Good news I was able to get him to eat the pellets but nothing else.
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I mean he won't eat the sunflower seeds but he will eat the pellets, the millet and the grass seed and a few other kinds of seed.
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Good news I was able to get him to eat the pellets but nothing else.
Don't just depend on him eating pellets he needs some fresh veggies fruits and seeds.

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I mean he won't eat the sunflower seeds but he will eat the pellets, the millet and the grass seed and a few other kinds of seed.
I suggest you look at a couple of threads about sprouting seeds and get him interested in fresh sprouted bird seeds as you will be offering him some good vitamins and minerals in this type of diet.


https://www.talkparrots.com/276305-post2.html

https://www.talkparrots.com/18-parrot...rout-seed.html





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Ok thanks And I have sliced almonds that are plain from Costco can I give him those?
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I would pick up cockatiel seeds for your quaker, just make sure to remove the sunflower or pumpkin seeds from the mix as they are high in fat and can cause fatty liver disease. Reserve the odd sunflower seed as a treat for your bird in the meantime you can give Ollie budgie seeds right now it won't hurt him as cockatiel mixes are similar.

Just remember to try offering fresh greens every day things like kale or broccoli dandelion greens, chinese broccoli brussel sprouts and lettuce as long as its not ice burg lettuce as its too watery.





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Ok thank you
Which brand do you recommend?
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Ok thank you
Which brand do you recommend?

Well that's a good question, I haven't bought cockatiel seeds in a long time as I don't own tiels any longer.

I'm sure someone will give you some ideas here shortly there are a few members who have quakers or tiels and know brands better then I do.





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Ok thanks, I'll go looking
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Good news Ollie is eating and drinking now I found out he likes his food dishes high up
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Good news Ollie is eating and drinking now I found out he likes his food dishes high up

Good news indeed!

I think he might have been a little shy and nervous around you in his new surroundings. I've seen birds not eat for a few days after I first brought them to my home, its very typical.

He looks very good!!!






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Ollie is adorable! He is in good feather which is nice. My two had quaker mutilation syndrome and they physically hurt themselves a lot. They weren't just plucked Do you know how old he is? I believe that red rings were 2012 here

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At the shelter they said 6
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Oh gosh, those poor Quakers
One of my budgie who passed last year self mutilated after his broken wing healed than he died
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