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Old 10-05-2019, 01:17 PM
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Re: Feeding and Diet

Yesterday, I used the last of the seed mix the breeder gave me. I came home from work yesterday and it looked like a sweet potato bomb went off in her cage. I guess she was foraging the seed mix in the sweet potato.

So this morning I gave her some sprouts that I made with the Super Sprouting Mix I bought from The Parrot's Pantry. I know it has seeds in it, but I thought if you sprouted the seeds it is suppose to be healthier for your birds. I put some green peas in the mix and some grains. I could tell my bird wasn't happy with it as she didn't stay at her bowl very long for her breakfast. She has gone back every couple of hours to pick at it. This afternoon I have notice that she seems to like the chickpeas in the sprouting mix. I see none of them left. I also noticed she finally started to eat the green peas that I added without slinging them all over the place. I tried to give her some fruit by hand and eating some of the fruits in front of her making pure enjoyment sounds. That didn't sway her to eat the pear, banana, or orange. But she did eat an apple slice out of my hand, and ate quite a bit of it.

So I had a few wins today one her first full day without the Sunburst seed mix. I still have work to do. I know I need to get her to eat something with Vitamin A in it, and I need to find a way to get her to eat leafy greens.
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Re: Feeding and Diet

Wonderful!

This is easy:
Sprouted seeds=VERY good as big part of diet
Dry seeds=VERY bad as big part of diet

I’m fascinated to read about your experience with peas, as I have much the same. My Parker simply won’t touch them.
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Old 10-14-2019, 05:01 PM
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Re: Feeding and Diet

The Super Sprouting Mix from The Parrot's Pantry definitely help get my Luna(I finally named her) off of the seed mix. I give it to her every morning, and I think she is liking it more with each day. After learning about sprouting, I bought a few things from an Earth Fare and made my own batch. Luna will get that for the first time tomorrow morning.

I just wanted to get the word out about The Parrot's Pantry. I recommend their sprouting mix. I will try some things off of the other two websites, and share my experiences.
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:56 AM
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Re: Feeding and Diet

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Wonderful advice! I agree with Sailboat and Anansi. You can't go wrong stalking Anansi's posts.


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And for their "goodnight treat", up to a teaspoon or two of seeds.
Stephen, what seed mix do you use? I'm always looking for new stuff to offer him. I usually, buy a seed mix specific to Greys.

I do the same, I add a little seed mix to his late night chop close to bedtime. So, while he is digging around for the seeds, he is still ingesting the healthier chop.
Sorry, Lady Tams! Just seeing this! I've recently switched to Volkmans Avian Science seed mix for hook bills. I'm trying to remember the name of the one I was using before, but it's just not coming to me. But they started filling it up with waaaaaaaaaaaay too many sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are just so fattening. I don't mind seeing them in a mix, as I don't use seeds as a staple of their diet anyway, but many attempt to use sunflower seeds as filler and it's just too much.

I actually can't get away with sprinkling any of it over their food, though. Because Jolly will seek out every single one first, and for every seed that he eats, there is one less bite he'll take of healthy stuff. Lol! So I only give the seeds after their training sessions in the treat cups of their respective tree stands. Never in their regular treat cups. (Yep, Jolly ruined it for Maya. Lol!) Funny enough, it's also because of this penchant Jolly has that I limit the amount of fruits they get per meal to one type. Otherwise he'll have a bunch of leftover greens every time.

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Tami - Iím not Stephen but feed very similarly. In waiting for his reply to ya, I personally will top off with any one of a number of options: Millet, chia, flax, uncooked quinoa, oat groats, sunflower seeds, mustard seed, rolled oats...the list goes on. Any seed does the trick.
I'm definitely onboard with that list!
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Re: Feeding and Diet

I have tried many different things with Luna from the 3 websites that I originally posted. Some that are Luna approved:

From the Christine Chop Shop: Mega A Blend, Sprouted Birdie Bites
From The Parrot's Pantry: Super Sprouts Mix, Goji Pepper Bread Mix, Gingerbread Treat Mix
From Texas Natural Freeze Dried: The Freeze Dried Chop- No fruit option. There is a chop with fruit, but I want to control the fruit Luna eats.

Pellets(less than 20 percent of her diet): Roudybush and Harrison's. She doesn't like Zupreem or Tops
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Re: Feeding and Diet

What about sprouts and germinated seeds. My pair love them.
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Re: Feeding and Diet

Sprouts are great. I’m sprouting weekly:

Lentils - assorted variety
Chickpeas
Buckwheat
Oat groats
Spelt
Farro
Mung beans
Adzuki beans

You can also sprout chia and flax, but those are mucilagenous, creating a slimey layer when sprouting which makes them unsuitable For mixing in with other sprouts during the sprouting process. It’s why the chia heads work, because the mucus later holds them to the terra cotta surface!

There are others you can soak and serve in 4 hours that you can’t do with the above stuff (chia and flax are in this group): teff, hulled millet, pepitas, to name a few.
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Re: Feeding and Diet

My pair love them. I'm lucky they eat almost anything. No banana,s they get chucked fast. Love peas hate some other stuff. Love corn on the cob and carrots. I have to tie them to the cage. Love turnups and other roots. Don't like small greens if I let the seed sprouts get too long. I did veggies twice a day and supreme or seeds at night. They take turns eating unless it's something new then it's a shoving contest. How often do I spray them with water I see varying info
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I want to thank the forums admins and posters . In making the time in reading today I have been made to understand much more on why they act as they do. When I planned on buying a pair with the intention of breading birds. What I read and was told was not entirely true . I did ask do pairs act less friendly to me. As pairs of any animals I know of don't look for caretakers. How ever I was told it's fine lol. In reading here I now know why when I pet one the other runs over to get me lol. Not bad bites but clearly a protection matter. I said this a few times to the aviary seller and silence . Now I'm very happy by there guidance and yes she calls me now and then to ask how are they. If it's just one away from the cage just a foot or two I can hug , hold and pet front and back either of them. Now not under wings and not for long . If they hop off the cage alone one would Walk to me to pickup even a room away. Next i built them a recess for the massive cage. I clean it by removing the cage to clean daily. For the last 3 days it's in the middle of the room . Wow they love it and yes act even more friendly. I truly ty you guys for a post saying they hate corners and I dark spaces. Ty all.

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