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Hi everyone, I have several questions regarding Rosie who is a double yellow headed amazon that I adopted a week ago. I have since been told that she is over weight (her previous owner fed her way tooo many peanuts). I was told no more than 1 peanut a day, I now have a good quality food mix and I'm in the process of growing sprouts for her. My question is - how do I introduce this new food to her? She is showing no interest in it at all nor is she interested in the fresh fruit and vegetables that I'm offering her. Should I mix the new in with the old a little bit at a time and gradually increase it or just keep offering the new to her?
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Re: Diet Questions

What was her old diet ? just peanuts? substituting sunflower seeds for peanuts won't help her much. Yes mix in new food with old and see what happens. It's only been one week so she might not be settled in yet. I'd eat in front of her and see if she shows some interest. hand her small treats of fresh fruit/veggies to "break the ice". Grapes, Fresh peas in the pod, fresh corn,bananas are favorites around our house. Can you find a small digital kitchen scale that weighs in grams? if you could start weighing her (will take some work with an older bird) in the AM it will help with weaning her onto a better diets. The sprouts are a good choice for seed eaters but sometimes it takes awhile to convert them. Here in the states we mostly feed a 70% pelleted diet with sprouts,fruit/veggies, and limited seeds/nuts. Is she clipped? Exercise will also help with burning the extra fat .
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He was feeding her the Parrot food that Walmart sells and peanuts. He said that she loves fruit and vegetables but she has yet to eat anything but her seed and peanuts since she’s been here. I just went and added grapes and bananas to her carrots and nectarines, hopefully she’ll see something that she likes. I’ll go out today and get some corn and fresh peas and try those as well. The new mix that I have has very few sunflower seeds in it and no peanuts. She’s not clipped and she doesn’t even attempt to fly when I have her out of the cage. The avian expert that I took her to said that she didn't want to clip her wings yet because if she did try to fly she was afraid that she might hurt herself if she hit the floor (because of her weight).
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Re: Diet Questions

The seeds and peanuts are heavy on the fats, which they crave. I'd try new stuff in the AM before giving her the regular food for the day. Will she step up for you and let you handle her yet?
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Re: Diet Questions

She's had the new food since yesterday and hasn't shown any interest in it at all. Yes she steps up is fine with me handling her.
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Re: Diet Questions

Welcome to the forum, Lucille, and congrats on your DYH Amazon.

Henpecked's advice is top notch, he's got terrific advice and really REALLY knows his stuff.

I would also try giving your new baby fresh food in the morning BEFORE offering him his seed/pellet mix. You could also try adding a Kabob and fill it with fresh fruit and veggie pieces. Sometimes, during play and/or foraging, they discover they actually like swallowing fruits and veggies other than just tearing them apart and dropping them on the bottom.

There are also tons of homecooked recipes on this site. Perhaps give one or 2 of them a try and see if he likes any of them.

One last idea: Try warming up some food for him. Maybe he's more inclined to try it when it's warm. (i.e. grab a frozen bag of mixed veggies, take a small portion and heat it up. Offer in separate food bowl.)

All my birds have 3 dishes in their cages. One for their pellet/dry mix, one for my homecooked recipes, and one for fresh, bottled water.

Good luck with your new friend.
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Re: Diet Questions

Yes but she's had her choice of foods,she'll always go with the fatty stuff if given a choice. Intro the new stuff before you give her the same old stuff in the AM.
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Re: Diet Questions

Great advice, thanks to you both!

I do have 3 bowls in her cage, one for her dry mix, one for fresh vegetables and fruit and one for water. I'll see how today goes and report back....
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Re: Diet Questions

Ok, so I introduced the new food to Rosie and she wouldn't have anything to do with it but she finally ate some when I added her old food to it. So far I've offered cooked egg beaters along with some watermelon, bananas, cooked carrots and grapes. This morning I made a mixture of cooked yams, raisins and corn with a little yogurt and nothing. Now she won't even eat a peanut and that was her favorite food of all time - she takes it and immediately drops it. I'm assuming that I just keep offering her the vegetables, fruit and new food??? Will she eventually give in???

Something that I didn't mention was that I took her Sunday and had her beak shaped and her nails trimmed as they were a mess. Could that have something to do with her attitude? She was stepping up beautifully and Monday night I got a couple of nasty bites and she didn't want to have anything to do with me. She stepped up last night and today but she wasn't happy about it. I put my hand out and when she went to bite it I distracted her and she stepped up beautifully. I'll be patient but I just want to make sure that I'm doing things right.
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Re: Diet Questions

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
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