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Hi Sarah. Since you are not in NSW and can't buy my Lorikeet Mix I suggest you use Shep's Lory Wet, it is the closest to my mix, but mine has a bit more in it. Forget about buying a separate Wet and Dry Mix it just costs more money and is not necessary. Dry mix is only designed to be in the cage all the time and if you can't give them wet one day they are not going to go hungry. Dry mixes are basically only a supplement and I know with Shep's it only has about 6 ingredients where the wet mix has nearly 20 and is then complete. So if you wish to give both wet and dry just use the wet mix as a dry feed also. My birds all now just get my mix dry and mine was developed to be given either way. The only ones of mine that get wet now are weaning babies. I have actually just hand raised and weaned a Mustard Scaley Breasted myself. First baby from these parents.
Water is very important for you Lorikeet. Make sure you have a fairly large container for water but not too deep that they can't stand up in it. Lorikeets love to bath and will pretty much do it daily regardless of the weather. Plenty of water is also important with they dry food. They will get a beakful and go over to the water and make their own wet mix. With the wet mix they should only get enough that can be eaten in a couple of hours especially in hot weather. Also when I mix up wet mix I add some Cottees Raspberry Cordial, not the diet type, just add a small amount of the concentrate to make the mix a good rich pink. This cordial has been proven to be anti-bacterial and will prevent all kinds of nasty bacteria's from breeding in the mix, things like E-coli and Salmonella etc. I also use it in my hand raising mixes and have done so since 2000 and I have not had a case of sour crop since then, even some birds that have come to me with sour crop I have cured of it. The biggest killer of Lorikeets is bacterial infection. Wet Mix should be given either early morning or evening so that it is there for them first thing in the morning to save spoiling, but if you use the Raspberry Cordial it is not such a problem.
Lorikeets cannot digest seeds like other birds, but saying that they do eat some native seeds in the wild. Mainly the seeds of the Casuarina Tree (She Oak or Swamp Oak). They are very smart as the nuts from the Casuarina are very hard so they will drop them on a road and let cars drive over them to break them open. The seeds for that are really tiny. Also Lorikeets are very sensitive to iron so make sure that if you give them any baby food that it doesn't have any additives other than Vitamin C. When I make up hand raising mixes either for seed eaters or Lorikeets I will add a small amount of fruit and vegetable type baby foods. Things like Pear and Banana, Parsnip Carrot and Sweet Corn, Pumpkin, Apple and Mango. I have found that it makes it easier when they are weaned to introduce those foods fresh later on. I don't puree fruit and veges for my Lorikeets as they will all eat them in chunks. I don't even cut them up very small. For a pair of Lorikeets I will give them roughly a quarter of a small apple and they eat it no trouble. They are not over keen on things like Pear, Peaches, Plums and Nectarines, but love apple, mango, pumpkin, grapes, honeydew melon, watermelon (sparingly as it has so much water in it), Rock Melon, Silverbeet, Spinach (not much of both of those because of the iron), Kiwi Fruit, Capsicum, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato, but basically all the fruits and veges that you can give a seed eater. I don't give them any of those cooked but give them raw.
One of the worst wet mixes in my mind is Wamberoo, it is far too watery and is more just coloured water, not much food value in it and they digest it far too quickly. Giving their food to them dry takes longer to digest so they will get more food value out of it, as they can assimilate more nutrients from it.
I would not give them anything like Cheerios, many breakfast cereals have added iron. The only ones I use which are in my Lorikeet mix are things like Farex and Rolled Oats. With the Farex type baby cereals I use things like Mixed and Banana, Apple, Pear and Banana and Fruity Muesli (fine ground). If you can get your baby to eat banana that is great. Banana is high in Phosporous, Magnesium and Potassium. But you may need to mash it and add a little Dextrose Powder. Banana is not very sweet and they are less likely to go for it. Dextrose is powdered glucose and can be obtained from the Chemist or Supermarket as Glucodin Powder.
Hope that helps.