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Safflower seeds and hulled oats?

So Hector loves his safflower and hulled oats. he likes sunflower seeds too but I know those aren't extremely nutritious though.

Thus I'm looking at ordering safflower seeds and hulled oats...but are these a decent 'core diet' while I work on getting him eating more Zupreem pellets and these baked nuggets (not to mention fruit/veg)?

Analysis of safflower seed:
Crude Protein 16.0% min Crude Fat 29.0% min Crude Fiber 27.0% max Moisture 12.0% max
And the hulled oats:

Crude Protein 13.0% min Crude Fat 6.0% min Crude Fiber 6.0% max Moisture 12.0% max

Comments? Are these going to be OK for his main seed dish, 7 days a week?

Thanks in advance...I'm a little paranoid about Hector's nutrition, especially since I'm still working on fresh fruit/veg with him.
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I dunno, I think he needs a lot more variety other than just those two things. Try dry fruit and veggies, hemp seeds, the odd sunflower seed, safflower, oats... hang on... I'll get whats in mine up for you!

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Yep, I agree with Daisy. I think the best we can do is to offer our parrots a varied diet, like they would have in the wild. Here's what I feed my parrots:

Dry Foods:
Dried Peppers
Dried Veggies and Fruits
Goldenfeast Goldenflora
UNpellet Mix by Phoenix Foraging Rolls online
Commercial Pellet (I like Totally Organics, Roudybush Rice Pellets, & Caitec Oven Fresh Bites)
Hemp Seeds
Sunflower Seeds (in moderation)
Totally Organics Seed Mixes (both the All in One Mix and Napoleon Mix)
Nuts (pistachios, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, etc)
Chia Seeds

I feed a full meal of fresh veggies and fruits daily with all sorts of stuff that I chop in a food processor or by knife. It varies all the time. For my little guys, I hang lots of fresh, leafy greens all over their cages too. You can read to get more great ideas and learn about CHOP.

I also feed a cooked meal several times a week. Sometimes its beans and grains and other things mixed in (veggies, etc). Sometimes it's cooked sweet potato or scrambled eggs.

This is just what I'm doing. Some might call me the crazy bird lady. I'm okay with that. lol

~Kristen~ & Flock

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Sorry, wasn't trying to say that's the only 2 things he gets....just the only two seeds he gets.

He doesn't do pumpkin seeds. Doesn't usually eat white millet unless I hand each one to him.
I was thinking about the tiny red dried chilis, and I do give him Zupreem veggie blend pellets and that baked nugget (that's similar to Harrisons).
He seems a little more partial to bits of dried fruit that is still 'chewy' (like apples and apricot but not banana chips) so I'm trying to look at trader joes for some dried stuff that's not sulfited/preserved and no sugar added.
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Good news, Hector seems to like the Zupreem veggie blend pellets if I just soak them a bit first (too big/hard otherwise, but he dislikes the smaller budgie size pellets completely)

He also seems to be eating a bit of the oven baked bites, and really likes apple sauce (plain/unsweetened) as a fruity treat. Mushy peas...not so much, but kept trying to snack on them.
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That's great! I love his name, Hector, too, BTW! lol Also, I actually think Sunflower Seeds can be healthy, given in moderation. I give them to my birdies.

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