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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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What would you suggest?

Two questions:

1. What would you suggest feeding to a Princess parrot as a staple food, right now hes on a seed with veggies diet, but I really dont like giving birds all seeds diet with a few veggies, and fruit options

2. What would you guys recommend as a really good, not very expensive budgie food? Same thing, right now, hes on a seed diet, and I really dont want him eating that... Also, what fresh food do you guys give your budgies that they really seem to like? Right now, Ike doesnt have much interest in fresh food unless its my multigrain toast lol



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It is correct that an all seed diet is not healthy for a parrot. There are many different pellet foods available. You do have to make sure that you get the appropriate size pellet for your parrot. I have some listed for you if you want to check them out. As far as fruits and veggies go, offer him small pieces of grapes, apples, peas etc. It has helped with my birds to eat fruits if I show them that I eat them too. Sounds a little strange but it works. When you do switch from all seeds to pellets, you will need to start introducing the new food with the old food together in percentages. Example would be to start 90% seed and 10% pellet. Gradually working up to 100% pellets and seeds as a small treat only. Most pellets have the conversion on the bag to go by for the transition. Hope this helps some.
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For the Budgies I used Zupreem when I had my guys. It took a while to get them converted over to only pellets but once they were it was great! For fruit and veggies the only things that I could get my Budgies to eat was Cucumber and even then not much, lol.



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You could give him pellets, maybe Harrison's super fine. It fools them into thinking its millet on the side he could get a small portion of seed and of course plenty of fresh fruit and veg. My birds love herb salads!

Budgies are a pain, you have to get crumb like pellets otherwise they just spit them out from what I have seen! Same as above really. Millet would be a better treat than I seed mix for budgies though

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I've also been sprouting mung beans and other seeds for them to eat, and everyone so far likes those. The budgie has decided he wants to change species and become a linnie, so hes eating all the food from the linnies dishes. So hes just going to get their food from now on anyway lol. I'm going to give the linnies more smaller zupreem bites for the budgie, just mix in with their food. (I use cereal tupperware containers) Progress with Duke with pellets has been slow, he throws them on the floor and eats what remaining seed I have given him.



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