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Old 09-12-2012, 05:34 PM
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Re: Diet Questions

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I know a favorite of my nappy was warm nibblers corn on the cob, that is what I used to get her to try new stuff. As said before henpecked is our Amazon authority, any advice he gives is good adice
I saw the nibblers corn on the cob in the grocery yesterday and almost got them but didn't, darn. I'm waiting for henpecked to give his advice too. I don't want to push her, I'm just worried. At least she's drinking water and she might be eating more of her food than I realize.
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Re: Diet Questions

That's why you need the scales to weigh her and tell if she's eating OK. Did you find a pellet she likes? That's good she like her veggies /fruit, fresh is better than cooked but if you need to warm it so she'll eat, that's fine. Just no hotter than 100F. If you heat in a microwave be sure to stir good to avoid hot spots.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:35 PM
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Re: Diet Questions

Hi we just adopted a blue front Amazon, George, foruntately he is eating very well. Have you trying any Nutriberries or Avicakes? They are a good transition food from a seed diet. For a pellet food try Roudybush. I don't know what it is about Roudybush pellets but all of my birds like it.
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I'm finally getting back to you wonderful people, crazy week!!

Rosie seems to be doing great. She's eating all kinds of vegetables and is starting to try the Roudybush pellets. I'm keeping her old food in the cage temporarily because she is just starting to show an interest in the pellets. She loves the Avicakes, not so crazy about the Nutriberries though.

She's still pretty quiet but in the evenings she's starting to talk a little bit more everyday.
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I forgot to mention that I went to 3 local pet shops and none have bird scales. I've looked on line and there are quite a few and some are really pricey. Which one would you recommend?
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I get mine from kitchen store (Bed Bath and Beyond), usually about 20-30$ range.
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I get mine from kitchen store (Bed Bath and Beyond), usually about 20-30$ range.
I'll check it out tomorrow...thank you!
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Re: Diet Questions

I think I posted this pick before but here it is again. Just a set of kitchen scales with a perch I made to go on them. You can put your bird in a box or a bowl on the scales. whatever you use switch the scales on with with the empty box or perch on it already and it will zero itself so you are just weighing the bird. Just like you do when adding ingredients to a recipe.

How to weigh a parrot by DSdriver, on Flickr
Casper is now down to 410 grams which is a good weight for him. We have recently started him on a Harringtons pellet diet and whilst at first he tended to ignore it he now will pick out the cubes from his other food and eat them first.
He enjoys fruit (especially banana, apple and mango) and seems to get all the moisture he needs from it because he never drinks from his water bowl. But he is a bit childlike when it comes to eating green vegetables.
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Re: Diet Questions

Watch that fruit consumption as the high sugar content is not optimal. Pick fruits that are more nutrient dense, like blueberries and raspberries. Apples are sadly not so great, even though my bird loves them! My vet recommends mostly vegetables like broccoli, squash, cabbages and other green leafy things. Avoid corn, starchy stuff like potato and other "empty" calories. I used to give my bird big portions of fruit but now I have cut back the serving size considerably.

Unless your bird is getting tons of exercise, you need to weigh him/her regularly. Being overweight leads to many avoidable diseases and can shorten your bird's life. Some people even need to ration the pellets if they have a "perch potato".
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Re: Diet Questions

We have an Acculab scale that my husband purchased online. It has a flat surface that my bird has no issue with standing on so I didn't need to modify it with a perch. Make sure you get a healthy weight range from your bird vet so you know what you are shooting for.
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