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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question Best diet info for Quakers?

Zazzy is 7-8 years old and the previous owner only bought the cheaper brand parrot mixes from WalMart to feed her. She was never offered fresh fruit, veggies, pellets, millet, etc.

The only thing that's not seeds that she has eaten here is a little birdy bread I made one day. Everything else is poison that she will not try.

I have been feeding her the Volkman's Super Science lovebird/conure seed and mixing it with some parrot seeds of the same brand. I've been offering Zupreem pellets but she does not touch them. I always have some in her cage just in case.

Is what I'm feeding okay or do I need to wean her over to a mostly pelleted diet? I bought a different type Zupreem flavor to try to get her to eat. I'm not holding my breath about it though.

Even though she doesn't eat the fresh foods or cooked eggs I give the other birds I put it in her cage just in case she changes her stubborn little mind.

I would appreciate any feeding advice when it comes to a stubborn Quaker.
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Try taking a look at this website:

They have several articles on diet, including a table of good & bad foods to feed Quakers. The only way to convince a bird to try new foods is patience and a bit of good humour. Pellets are the healthiest option for a base diet, but make sure to include fresh veggies and fruits as supplements. Grains are great too (i.e. rice- you could try making a 'parrot mash' with some cooked grains, veggies, etc). Feed seeds and treats in moderation. An all-seed diet is VERY unhealthy for your bird. In fact, you might compare seeds to junk food...even though your parrot loves them, it doesn't mean they're healthy in excess! As for the pellets, you will need to slowly wean her to a new diet, all the while making sure that you are watching her weight carefully (a scale that measures in grams is your best bet). One thing you might try is only giving her pellets and some fresh food in the morning, when she's just woken up and is hungry. Then at night, let her finish her meal with seeds, to make sure that she's eating something. Don't suddenly switch her over though, because that could end up upsetting her digestive system. Give her less and less seeds, and increase the amount of pellets in her diet, over the course of a week or two. You may also need to try several varieties of pellets in order to find one your parrot likes. In conclusion...persistence will get the job done!

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Thank you for the advice and I'll go read that link's article. I just feel she's had the worst diet so far and I want her to live a long time with me and be healthy.
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Just keep trying Patience and persistence will pay off. Try chopping everything up really fine and making a "mash" out of it and then putting a layer over her food, so she has to dig through it to get to her seed and pellets. Once she is good about digging thru the mash, I would layer it even more - seed on bottom, then a layer of pellet, then a layer of mash on top. So she has to dig thru, taste, and eat a little of everything to get to what she wants. With time, she'll probably come to eat the mash on it's own. Even if she doesn't, at least it makes for a good foraging experience

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Ooh, that's a good idea Jenny. I'll try that too. Maybe some of it will end up being eaten. When I was chopping the birdy veggies this morning she flew to me to see what I was doing. I kept putting it up to my mouth and telling her how good it was. She just sat there like she was thinking no way am I eating that.
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I feed everything they wouldn't usually touch in the morning, when they're most hungry! It works really well in my opinion. Usually they end up giving in and having a munch.

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This is all good info for a future quaker owner!

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