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Old 05-23-2013, 09:49 AM
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Flax seeds for cockatiels?

Hi all!

I was watching this Magnolia Bird farm video on youtube in which the lady explains that cockatiels needs 30-40% straight canary seeds as the protein in their diet. I feed my birds the normal Prestige Premium Mix from Loro Parque among other things and haven't known seeds individually by name.

I'm in India and by the time I translated Straight Canary Seeds into hindi for the shop owner and checked that word back in English, I've ended up with Flax seeds. Do cockatiels eat Flax seeds? Like, are they straight canary seeds? Just checking first as I don't want to feed them something that shouldn't be.

Here's what I have been given.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/photo/17371323.cms

On the following link, it says you can include it in their diet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatiel_(aviculture)

Flax seed - called - alsi seed in Hindi.

Thanks for all advice.

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Re: Flax seeds for cockatiels?

Kiran, can't help you on translation to and from Hindi, but yes, flax seed is OK for cockatiels, but not for its only food.....here is a list of foods to feed your cockatiel(s) Cockatiels, Healthy and Nutritious Safe Foods, Safe Fruits, Safe Fruits, Safe Vegetables, Safe Table foods for Cockatiels and Pet Birds. List of Safe Foods, Safe Fruits and Vegetables for Cockatiels and Pet Birds. What foods are safe to feed cockatie

If you are having trouble with translation, maybe this site can help Google Translate

Good luck.....
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Re: Flax seeds for cockatiels?

I add flax seed to my seed for my birds, if it's not already in it.

I read you are only suppose to add no more than 2% into their diet.
it improves there feathers and over all health.
I noticed a difference when I added it, their feathers appeared shinier.
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Re: Flax seeds for cockatiels?

Canary seed and flax seed are two different kind of seeds....

Canary grass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flax
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Re: Flax seeds for cockatiels?

Thanks all, for the replies!

I put in some flax seeds into the bird mix and my cockatiels have been eating them with gusto!

Of course, I kept it in the ratio suggested of 2-4% of the total seed diet.

Cheers & Thanks again.
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Re: Flax seeds for cockatiels?

Yes Alsi seeds are good for small parakeets.pleas do post some pictures of your birds,I like Cocktiels.this bird really respond to your call.i love the sweet voice of this bird Kiran.Ap ke pas kun si variety hai.
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Re: Flax seeds for cockatiels?

Quote: Originally Posted by UMARKHANMARDAN View Post
Yes Alsi seeds are good for small parakeets.pleas do post some pictures of your birds,I like Cocktiels.this bird really respond to your call.i love the sweet voice of this bird Kiran.Ap ke pas kun si variety hai.
Sure! Here are some pictures of my birds. The Cage is actually filled with even more toys & perches over this past week and it's raised to window level so the birds have a great time watching the sunset. For a couple months, the cages were on the floor as I was experimenting different ways to inter-connect more cages so they get more space to move in. It's hard to get good sized flight cages locally and so I got these sturdy puppy cages and combined them.

Old Cage Setup

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Introduction to my babies.

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Re: Flax seeds for cockatiels?

The Albino pair is very cute.
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