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Posted 4/16/2009 1:03:24 PM Post #1866
 

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Hi there. Im new to the board and am trying to learn as much as possible about birds/avian health for the good of my birds and for my own knowledge. I feed my cockatiels a mixture of seed and pellets. I have tried to give them veggies, to no avail, so far, but will continue to try. Is a seed mixture with pellets bad for them? Should they be only eating pellets and veggies? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks so much!
Posted 4/18/2009 12:43:46 AM Post #1869
 

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I feed my birds seed and pellet mix as well. They get no sunflower seed except as "treats". Our birds are given fresh veggies daily and we rotate fruits, breads, pasta etc.,as well. Out of our 44 birds they are all great eaters except our U2..she is 10yrs old we've had her just 3 mos..and she will not eat anything except seed/pellet diet that she has been on her entire life <sigh> Daily we offer her all the foods we offer the rest of our flock..but she has nothing to do with it. A few times she has taken food from me..but then throws it. Its frustating because she wont eat "healthy"..but in time, I hope she will come around. I have tried every trick in the book of offering her..as well as everyway from fresh to cooked...

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Darcel

Posted 6/5/2009 12:08:27 PM Post #1919
 

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Hi

   I believe that a little seed is good for cockatiels so long as it does not contain any black sunflower seeds in it.  Black sunflower seeds contain a chemical in the shells that acts like a opium does to humans.  It's a drug.  Birds become addicted to the sunflower seeds and tend to only eat those out of the seeds you give them.

    As far as getting them to eat vegies, I have too had my problems with getting tiels to eat their vegies.  What I do is use a grinder and grind all the vegies up real small and mix a small amount of hand feeding formula in the mixture.  Not too much, just enough to give a slight coating to the vegies, this works best with young tiels.  Then they tend to pick up and explore the vegies more closely, eventually biting through the formula to discover a delicious treat.

Hope this helps and good luck with your babies.

I love my baby birds!
Lee

Posted 10/17/2011 1:19:31 AM Post #2749
 

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Hi. I feed zupreem fruit blend pellets to all my birds from eclectuses on down to the smallest parrotlet. They all get zupreem in the morning and in the evening I cook them all mixed veggies and I only give seed once weekly. Hope that helps. Have you tried putting your veggies in a food processor thats the only way my tiels and parrotlets will eat them.

◦It’s not the fault of the parrot, but of the one who teaches him to talk. ~ Guatemalan Proverb
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