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How much do i feed a conure?

I'm currently researching everything about conures like what cage sizing is correct for them, what foods are safe for them, what should be the main thing they eat, how to train/tame them etc
I've tried searching everywhere but i've found nothing
I know pellets remain in the cage all the time
Seeds should be offered in little quanities roughly 2-3 times a week from what i've gathered
Seeds can be offered as treats
And that they need vegetables and fruits as almost a quarter percent of their diet
My question is how much and how many times do i feed the fruits and veggies in a day?
Like 2-3 small pieces of fruits every few hours? A fist sized amount of it a day? How much vegetable should i feed if i measured cup wise?
And if there's not a specific answer then what's your guys daily feeding schedule for your birds?
I just wanna know because i really want to know everything right about conures so that whenever i'm able to convince my mother into getting it, that i'm prepared
I kinda don't want to underfeed or overfeed or give the bird a bad diet so that's why
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Hi and Welcome to Talk Parrots.

Where are you getting your conure from? A breeder? A breeder will tell you what they feed their chicks and it should be a good diet as most breeders usually do the best for their chicks and birds they may even give you some food to take home so your bird can continue its regular diet as you start buying new foods and introducing new food to it.

If you get a bird from a pet shop you will have to find out what they are feed it and then gradually change the diet especially if its only a seed diet.

Conures can have seeds and pellets and fresh chop, you can leave seeds in the cage all day however I only offer pellets as a treat once a day and never leave the dish in the cage all day or night. I am not convinced pellets are a primary source of a healthy diet for any bird.

I suggest you sprout your birds seeds and give him this daily as its healthy. Sprouted seeds don't have fat in them which will keep your bird from getting fatty liver disease.

Chop is made from a bunch of fresh veggies and some fruits. Most people who make chop for their birds usually buy organic veg and fruit to assure a healthy diet without pesticides. They make a large bowl of chop and freeze it in an ice cube tray and take out what they need to thaw on a daily basis for the bird.

There are a few threads here with lots of recipes how to make chop, sprout seeds and make birdy muffins etc. You can freeze any of these foods so you can offer an variety of interesting things for your bird to eat daily. You can leave the chop in a dish in the cage for an hour or more a day but if its really hot in the house the chop or fresh food can spoil or attract fruit fly's so remove it after an hour and discard it. Feed the bird chop 3 times a day if you like, you are only offering a small dish of it about the amount of a shot glass or 4 heaping table spoons of the mixture. They won't eat all of it.

You can also sit with the bird when you are having some alone hands on time and eat a carrot or lettuce or apple and offer it to them. I know my birds have always liked to steal anything I am eating so I encouraged that when we had hands on time, as it helps the bird learn new foods and its trusting you when it sees you eating foods they have never tried before.

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I agree with Mr Peepers regarding pellets. In Australia we do it differently especially if you are a breeder like me. I don't use pellets at all and most breeders I know don't use them either. They are extremely expensive here and I just don't think they are natural. I am yet to see a pellet plant in the wild that the birds eat. My birds have seed available at all times and I use a good quality seed mix which I buy in 20kg bags. I give fresh fruit and vegetables that are available. I do try to grow much of the vegetables I give my birds as I know there are no pesticides on them, but as I moved last year I am still setting things up so the birds are getting what is available. I am still evaluating what will grow easily here as I have moved to a cooler climate to where I was living. I am setting up raised garden beds as I am now very much in the country and we have lots of rabbits so I need to protect plants from them. Also living in a cooler area I can leave fruit and vegetables in the cages longer in hot weather as we don't get the humidity I used to get where I am now and with cold winters the food does not spoil as quickly. My birds seem to do very well on the things I give them, I show my birds and have quite a few that have won at shows. Unhealthy birds do not do well at shows so they need to be in peak condition. Apart from my seed eating birds I also keep lorikeets which are pollen and nectar feeders. I make my own food for them and have been for nearly 20 years. My lorikeets do very well on this food and they also get fruit and vegetables.
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