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Zupreem Naturals are a well-established diet and many birds do very well on that. I personally use TOPS for my senegal, but have been feeding my little birds the Zupreem Naturals because I couldn't find an organic food that seemed a good size for them.
It will be important to put her on whatever the breeder has weaned her onto at first and then switch if it happens to be different from Zupreem Naturals. You have already stated you plan to do that, so great thinking.
I like to soak seeds and nuts before feeding, but that, too, is a personal choice. If you are going to do much sprouting/soaking, try to find an inexpensive little sprouter called the Easy Sprout. You can get them often at health food stores and also online. They are a real time saver. I don't sprout/soak everything. I probably should, but in the wild parrots would be eating both germinated and ungerminated seeds.
Roni eats a wide variety. She likes dried fruits and veggies, but dried fruits can be high in sulfer? I think it is sulfer. At any rate, try to find natural dried fruits and vegetables if possible. I like the "Just Veggies" brand, but that is my personal favorite.
Fresh fruits and veggies are also relished, and I think required. I can't really tell you what Roni's favorites are because she goes through spells. She might toss something out for a couple of days before trying it, but eventually she has tried everything and she hasn't found a food she just would not eat, although mustard greens are currently breaking a record with her for longest time before beginning to eat.
Roni also likes frozen, thawed vegetables, but those deteriorate very quickly so be careful to remove the uneaten portions of those within two hours.
I'm not positive I will remember everything that should be served cooked, but I know it is better to cook pumpkin, squash, and sweet potato. I think carrots are good either way. I would also guess white potato should be cooked.
Never give unsoaked dried beans, such as navy beans. Soaked and cooked beans are ok, but they are toxic in the dry, unsoaked state. This is true for people, too, so you probably wouldn't try it.
There are many foods to avoid all together, and there are many threads on here about that. Look through the nutrition threads.
Also, there is a great recipe on here for a layered salad. When prepared as stated the salad will dry out in the food dish over time instead of turning to slime. I like it because it holds up really well. My birds love it and tend to eat a wider variety when I prepare their foods like this, but I don't always do it, and they actually eat a wide variety either way.
Roni especially loves her fresh foods. Do plan on feeding your senegal lots of fresh foods.
Roni likes oranges, limes, lemons, tangerines, clementines. I think those are the only citrus I have tried with her.
I like to put dried fruits and veggies and nuts in her foraging toys, fresh fruits and veggies and soaks/sprouts in one of her bowls, and pellets in her other bowl. I personally never mix her pellets with fresh foods because she won't eat moistened pellets. I do sometimes put pellets into her foraging toys because they don't get wet there.
I can't say that Roni has a favorite food because she seems to like everything.
Manufacturers will state that pellets should be the main part of the diet. I have read both pros and cons to that. Some very well respected poicephalus breeders do feed only pellets. I like feeding a wide variety because it just seems more natural and satisfying to Roni to do so.