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Feeding a GCC

I was looking into the cost of bird food sizes, and I soon realized that I don't know how much to feed one GCC. I figured one cup of roudybush pellets so that would come out to 15 lbs a month? That's $43 a month just for pellets...is that right? And for seed I hear some people feed their birds it every other day or 3 tsp a day, and unlimited millet? And what about the amount of fruit/veggies/mash...do you feed daily/weekly/etc.? Thank you.
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All 8 of my birds don't eat 1 cup of food a day... Or $45 a month to feed.. I leave a dish of pellets in 24/7 and give a tbsp or 2 of seeds every 2 days. No to unlimited millet or thats all some birds will eat... I give 1 stalk a week or so for each bird. ( the 5 budgies get 1-2 stalks a week) I cook up foods once a month or so and mix it with fresh veggies and give each bird about a tbsp a day... They don't cost a lot even with 8 small parrots.
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So 1 cup is too much what about 1/2 cup or 1/4 cup? Is there some sort of chart or reference on how much your bird is supposed to be eating? You have a point with the millet. With the seeds do you mix it with the pellets or is it in a separate dish?
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I'll have pellets in the bird's dish 24 hours a day, I'm just wondering what the average amount of food is eaten per day so I can figure how much food to get per month.
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i have 4 birds, we buy 8 lbs of seed (lasts 2 months). i buy 2 lbs of pellets (lasts 3 months), and about $10 in veggies a month. i make mash and freeze it into daily portions.

depends on the bird though. the totals above are for 2 cockatiels and 2 lovebirds.


if you just get the one green cheek, then food will go a long way and costs will be much lower than feeding multiple


i offer pellets in a dish in the cage separate from the seed. they get a full bowl and i refill it once a week (twice a week if they eat more than normal). and i give them a measured amount of seed a day (lovebirds get 1 tbsp a day each, cockatiels get 2.5 tbsp each a day). plus they get a portion of veggie mash, plus other goodies

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Sage gets feed 2 tbsp of pellets and 1-2 tbs of seed every day also a tablespoon of mash or chop that I make.
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I have over 60 birds and my food bill isn't that much and they definitely don't need a cup! Only as much as they will eat

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all my birds are different sizes my green cheek does not eat that much she gets cook food in the mornings maybe 2 TBS she has pellets at all times and she gets a teaspoon of seed in the evenings along with her cook food my grey on the other hand is a pig when it comes to his cook food he gets about a half a cup in the mornings along with pellets in his cage all day in the evening he gets 1/4 of a cup cook food and 2 tbs of seed if he eats it all before bed time he get more cook food my lovie and budgies i am still working on a food schedule for because i am trying to get them off the only seed diet still doing taste test of different things i do offer fruits and vegies but kiwi my GCC is the only one that will try anything

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I'll be honest I waste a lot of food and my birds are mostly seed junkies and picky eaters too! they like the fact I overfill the bowls but I'm really having to cut down gradually!

I make chop, sprout seeds, boil lentils...and most of it goes in the bin *sigh* so for the time being I end up offering each species only the fresh items I know they will eat (in the case of the tiels not a lot!) and at the moment the bowls are filled daily with 2/3 mixed seed, 1/3 pellet and a full scoop of eggfood. They have their water and food supplemented a couple of times a week (especially the breeders) and they get the odd sprig of millet every few weeks although again some species go for them more than others.

My conures are pretty good at eating fresh food but hate boiled lentils and millet. They adore grapes, apple, pomegranate...can be picky about pasta...carrot and all the veg I use in chop goes down well but often only as the full mix and not as individual vegetables.

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If you're concerned about being able to afford to feed a single bird, please reconsider your purchase. You have other ongoing costs such as vet considerations and toys too.

This is a bird, not an elephant. They don't cost a lot to keep. But you may be surprised about the cost of toys and and vet bills that may neccesitate. And GCC's do need their fresh food also.
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If you're concerned about being able to afford to feed a single bird, please reconsider your purchase. You have other ongoing costs such as vet considerations and toys too.

This is a bird, not an elephant. They don't cost a lot to keep. But you may be surprised about the cost of toys and and vet bills that may neccesitate. And GCC's do need their fresh food also.
correct me if i am wrong... but i do not see anywhere in the OP's post say she is unable to meet the cost of feeding the bird, she was merely asking about it to clarify. heck, if i had to pay $43 a month JUST on pellets, where would i be able to afford anything else for my whole flock???? i think she wanted to clarify that point, just to be sure she heard right (obviously not, but it's great that she asked to be sure). no need to be rude to her like that. quite sad she is being jumped on for the reason that you need to reread posts better before being so rude with sarcasm and pessimism.




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I hope we can all get along nicely here. I'm not confident on the price of supplies abroad but it seems the OP was just checking what the average cost is. I wish I could have been more specific and helpful but right now I'm feeding 25 birds and 6 chicks on 3 different diets and as I said I know I waste a lot so my costs are high.

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I don't think Karin's post was meant to be rude, she was just making a point. Everyone
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Although I was trying to make a point, I do understand that my post is easily read to be a bit snarky and for that I apologise. I'll pick my words more carefully in future and try to keep to the general friendly and supportive tone of this forum.
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Although I was trying to make a point, I do understand that my post is easily read to be a bit snarky and for that I apologise. I'll pick my words more carefully in future and try to keep to the general friendly and supportive tone of this forum.
Well said!! ( I think it was the part about the elephant, said as a joke I am sure, that came across as sarcastic ) Sometimes it is hard to understand by reading they way a thought is meant by the poster!
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