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Old 12-28-2011, 09:25 AM
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Question Favorite foods?

I'm interested in what you all feed your parrot and what kind of foods they prefer. I'm looking to pick out a whole new selection of fruits and veggies next time I buy Con's fresh breakfast foods. Thanks!
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Re: Favorite foods?

I'd say my Nanday is the least picky bird in the world. If she sees me eat it, it's good enough. But her favorite foods are spaghetti with tomato sauce, lima beans and popcorn. Of course I don't want to give her a lot of popcorn, but boy does she scream for it.

She actually starts screeching in the evening when it's time for her veggies. I make her a variety with carrots, broccoli, peas, corn, beans and sometimes other things as well.

As for fruit, my vet advises tropical fruits like mango and kiwi are the best for them. So I don't feed a lot of apples or grapes. She does really like oranges and bananas as well. And during the summer I have raspberries and mulberries here that she loves. And of course, strawberries.

The only things she doesn't really like are chicken and green beans.

But, my BC would not eat anything that was orange...ever! Of course orange veggies are very good for them for the vitamin A. She just had to get that from her pellets (and or course she wouldn't eat the orange pellets), or I had to trick her. I would make birdy bread and mix in baby food carrots or sweet potatos.
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:44 PM
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Re: Favorite foods?

Halo is very picky so far. He really enjoys his Tropico Mix, which is dried apricot, banana, peanuts and walnuts, chickpeas and a bunch of other goodies on top of his pellets.

He doesn't like strawberries for some reason, but demolishes apples and I've only this week managed to get him enjoying grapes. Next up is mango or chillies or something else that I enjoy eating as much

He seems to love the smell of the shoddy instant Mee Goreng stuff too and always comes over to get some, but that's unhealthy enough for me, let alone him so I give him some fruit to keep him busy.
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:19 PM
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Re: Favorite foods?

Bitty's favorite foods are bananas and "nuts," both of which she requests by name. Nuts consists of almonds, pecans, brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pepitos, a few sunflower seeds, etc. Everything but peanuts.

She also loves cornbread (with a little red palm oil), broccoli, peas, corn, carrots, grapes, scrambled eggs, and chicken.

She enjoyed some whole wheat french toast with me this morning (she didn't get any butter or syrup of course...I had plenty ).
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Re: Favorite foods?

For both yourself and your bird I think the best thing is to buy what is in season. Like now the pomegranate and winter squashes, nuts, sweet potato and more. Just take a look around the fresh foods in the store. I try to buy organic.

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Re: Favorite foods?

Anything they see us eating Lol, although they really seem to like whole serano peppers(it's like a treat and a toy all in one), apples, mashed potatoes, corn and tomato. I even gave them a little bit of my vegan stuffing from christmas and they tore it up And she doesn't get it often but ziggy goes nuts when she sees me eating a tofurky sandwich and will act like a complete nutcase until I give her a bite and she always goes straight for the tofurky slices. I always get a kick out of watching a bird eat mock bird meat lol.
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Re: Favorite foods?

My GCCs new favorite is butternut squash. She loves hard boiled eggs, apples, pears, tangerines and pineapple. Not a fan of greens, but will eat them if nothing else is available that she prefers more.
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Re: Favorite foods?

I just brought home some farm fresh eggs and plan on boiling one for him tomorrow and pick up a squash. I'll browse the peppers as well and pick out a bell and a hot one. A bag of oranges will probably end up in my cart too. It'll be good for the both of us

I found out he doesn't like mango but he ate a small piece of dried Philippine mango the other day. It was pretty sticky and I had to help him clean his beak off lol
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5. Safflower. This white, thin-shelled, conical seed is eaten by many birds andhas the reputation for being the favorite food of the northern cardinal. Somefeeder operators claim that safflower seed is not as readily eaten by squirrelsand blackbirds (caveat: your results may vary). Feed safflower in any feeder thatcan accommodate sunflower seed. Avoid feeding safflower on the ground in wetweather; it can quickly become soggy and inedible. You can buy safflower in bulkat seed and feed stores. 4. Cracked corn. Sparrows, blackbirds, jays, doves, quail, and squirrels are just afew of the creatures you can expect at your feeders if you feed cracked corn.Depending on where you live you may also get turkeys, deer, elk, moose, andcaribou. Fed in moderation, cracked corn will attract almost any feeder species.Some feeder operators only use this food to lure the squirrels away from the birdfeeders. Squirrels love corn-cracked or otherwise-best of all. Whole corn that isstill on the cob is not a good bird food because the kernels are too big and hardfor most small birds to digest. Cracked corn is broken up into smaller, moremanageable bits. 3. Mealworms. We fed mealworms to a pair of nesting bluebirds all this pastsummer. They rewarded us with four healthy broods of young bluebirds. Eighteenfledglings in one summer should land our bluebirds in the Guinness Book ofWorld Records. Most feeder birds, except goldfinches, will eat mealworms if youoffer them. Mealworms are available in bait stores, or by mail order. Don't worry,they aren't slimy and gross. In fact, they aren't even worms; they are larvalstage of a beetle (Tenebrio molitor), if that makes you feel better. We keep1,000 mealworms in a tub of old-fashioned rolled oats and feed them to thebirds in a shallow ceramic dish. The dish has slippery sides so the worms can'tcrawl out. 2. Fruit. Humans are supposed to eat at least three servings of fruit every day.Fruit is also an important dietary element for birds, but it can be hard to find inmany areas in midwinter. Set out grapes, slices of citrus fruits, apple or bananaslices, and even melon rinds, and watch your birds chow down. If you want tofeed raisins, chop them up and soak them in warm water first to soften them upa bit. Offering fruit to tanagers and orioles is a traditional spring and summerfeeding strategy, but many winter feeder birds will eat fruit, too. 1. Homemade bird treats. Smear peanutbutter on a tree trunk, and poke some peanut bits into it. Melt suet in yourmicrowave, and pour it into an ice-cube tray to harden. Before it solidifies, addpeanut bits, raisins, apple bits, or other bird foods. Put the tray in your freezerto harden. Once it does, you've got cubed bird treats. Easy to make and easy touse!


















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5. Safflower. This white, thin-shelled, conical seed is eaten by many birds andhas the reputation for being the favorite food of the northern cardinal. Somefeeder operators claim that safflower seed is not as readily eaten by squirrelsand blackbirds (caveat: your results may vary). Feed safflower in any feeder thatcan accommodate sunflower seed. Avoid feeding safflower on the ground in wetweather; it can quickly become soggy and inedible. You can buy safflower in bulkat seed and feed stores. 4. Cracked corn. Sparrows, blackbirds, jays, doves, quail, and squirrels are just afew of the creatures you can expect at your feeders if you feed cracked corn.Depending on where you live you may also get turkeys, deer, elk, moose, andcaribou. Fed in moderation, cracked corn will attract almost any feeder species.Some feeder operators only use this food to lure the squirrels away from the birdfeeders. Squirrels love corn-cracked or otherwise-best of all. Whole corn that isstill on the cob is not a good bird food because the kernels are too big and hardfor most small birds to digest. Cracked corn is broken up into smaller, moremanageable bits. 3. Mealworms. We fed mealworms to a pair of nesting bluebirds all this pastsummer. They rewarded us with four healthy broods of young bluebirds. Eighteenfledglings in one summer should land our bluebirds in the Guinness Book ofWorld Records. Most feeder birds, except goldfinches, will eat mealworms if youoffer them. Mealworms are available in bait stores, or by mail order. Don't worry,they aren't slimy and gross. In fact, they aren't even worms; they are larvalstage of a beetle (Tenebrio molitor), if that makes you feel better. We keep1,000 mealworms in a tub of old-fashioned rolled oats and feed them to thebirds in a shallow ceramic dish. The dish has slippery sides so the worms can'tcrawl out. 2. Fruit. Humans are supposed to eat at least three servings of fruit every day.Fruit is also an important dietary element for birds, but it can be hard to find inmany areas in midwinter. Set out grapes, slices of citrus fruits, apple or bananaslices, and even melon rinds, and watch your birds chow down. If you want tofeed raisins, chop them up and soak them in warm water first to soften them upa bit. Offering fruit to tanagers and orioles is a traditional spring and summerfeeding strategy, but many winter feeder birds will eat fruit, too. 1. Homemade bird treats. Smear peanutbutter on a tree trunk, and poke some peanut bits into it. Melt suet in yourmicrowave, and pour it into an ice-cube tray to harden. Before it solidifies, addpeanut bits, raisins, apple bits, or other bird foods. Put the tray in your freezerto harden. Once it does, you've got cubed bird treats. Easy to make and easy touse!
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