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Old 04-17-2019, 03:13 PM
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Best food for GCC

Hello all!

About a week ago I adopted the cutest little GCC. They're about 10 weeks old, gender unknown.

Unfortunately, the previous owner had the little one on an all seed diet. I'm currently trying to figure out what healthy food to transition him to.

I'm feeding him fruits and greens in addition to his current seeds. But, I was wondering if anyone had any specific product recommendations to start transitioning him to.

Right now I'm debating between Nutri-Berries, Avi-Cakes, and Zupreem's Natural Medium Bird Food, but I'm open to other possibilities.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Re: Best food for GCC

Zupreem natural or roudybush small for pellets. Try to get it to eat chop (veggis, fruits, etc, lots of different recipes available. 100% customize able)

"previous owner" are you sure the baby is 10 weeks old..? Or why this previous owner gave up the baby? Because that is REALLY young and it was likely just weened recently and to already be onto its second home?
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Zupreem natural or roudybush small for pellets. Try to get it to eat chop (veggis, fruits, etc, lots of different recipes available. 100% customize able)

"previous owner" are you sure the baby is 10 weeks old..? Or why this previous owner gave up the baby? Because that is REALLY young and it was likely just weened recently and to already be onto its second home?
Thank you! I'm definitely trying to get the little guy to eat more chop.

Yea, the previous owner's birds were miss-sexed and breed. They weren't really breeders and were initially planning on trying to keep the clutch but couldn't. So that's why I say the previous owner instead of a breeder.
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Re: Best food for GCC

My personal preference is not to feed Nutriberries or Avicakes as their main diet - the ingredients are not as good as a pellet/chop combination. I do feed them as treats though and my conures definitely enjoy them . You might need to try a few different pellets before you find one that your little guy will eat. I feed Zupreem natural medium size, Roudybush mini, Lefaber and Zupreem fruit (to my one bird who will not eat anything else). Harrison’s, TOPs and Tropican also make good pellets (just not my birds’ preferred pellets). Most brands sell small sized bags, which gives you enough to try for a period of time to see if they like it - but not a large portion so you’re stuck with a pile of it if they won’t eat it.
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Re: Best food for GCC

I use roudybush. It did take her about a week or two to accept them, but now she eats them like crazy.

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Remi didn't like ZuPreem fruit pellets at all. He was looking at them like it was something that would eat him, lol. So I ordered a sample of Harrison's online, and he likes those.
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Re: Best food for GCC

Pico likes Zupreem pellets, the brown ones, but even after months of trying wouldn't touch Harrison - which ain't cheap.

If anyone has difficulty switching their bird over to pellets I recommend making them warm and wet (the pellets, not their bird ).
Warm and wet pellets seem irresistible to parrots.

I microwave a bit of water, toss in pellets, soak a minute or two, lower temp with a bit of room-temp water, touch to verify safe temp, and serve.
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Re: Best food for GCC

I have the opposite problem. My GCC baby is also 10 weeks. When I got her I asked if she ate veggies and the man said he "tried" a few times but that she primarily ate seeds. I already have 4 budgies that eat veggies, so I just put out what they eat and she started eating the veggies from the minute I got her home, in fact she prefers the fresh stuff over the seed and pellets (which leads me to believe he didn't try very hard lol) Do they actually need pellets?
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Re: Best food for GCC

Almost any diet is better than all seed. Chop with a supplement of quality pellets is often best.

Not always easy to transition to healthy diet. This thread and other "stickies" in the Parrot Food and Diet forum may assist: Converting Parrots to a Healthier Diet - Tips

A helpful technique is to prepare two bowls of chop, one for you, the other for your bird. Begin to eat yours, verbally and physically expressing delight with "mmmm" sounds, head bobbing. Birds tend to be flock eaters, and you are one of the flock!
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Re: Best food for GCC

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I have the opposite problem. My GCC baby is also 10 weeks. When I got her I asked if she ate veggies and the man said he "tried" a few times but that she primarily ate seeds. I already have 4 budgies that eat veggies, so I just put out what they eat and she started eating the veggies from the minute I got her home, in fact she prefers the fresh stuff over the seed and pellets (which leads me to believe he didn't try very hard lol) Do they actually need pellets?
They don't need pellets, but not all species enjoys or requires a 100% chop diet. Quality pellets are generally viewed as superior to seeds, though not all birds are compliant.

Not pushing Harrison's, but I can personally attest to their conversion protocol for 8 parrots; technique ought to work regardless of brand: https://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/u...rd-conversion/
https://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/u...rd-conversion/
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