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This is interesting i had never thought of removing the food after a time this may help my situation i am having to feed small drops of fruit, due to any that Azarra leaves is atracting small flies. So i hadnt thought to remove the fruit bowl after she has had her breakfast and just leave the fresh seed and water, must try that tomorrow as the flies appear from nowhere and are most annoying...
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:57 PM
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Re: Converting Parrots to a Healthier Diet - Tips

With fruit flies around, you don't want to leave fresh food out for more than an hour or two anyway.

You might try leaving out some apple cider vinegar in a container and adding a couple of drops of soap to it. Better yet, a container with a lid or cover with holes in it! Worked wonders when I had a horrible fruit fly infestation! (except mine didn't have a cover over it... so it took longer to kill all of them as some flew out when startled...)

If ACV isn't available, you can always use wine... I don't drink alcohol in any form, and I wasn't allowed to use any of the wine, either.... lol

Another option is leaving out a bag of leftover fruits/veggies in a zip lock bag. Leave it out overnight and zip it close in the morning and toss. Repeat until gone.
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Yip i do the ACV trick when necessary in a cut 2 Ltr bottle with the top half cut and turned upside down in the bottom to make the trap i also spray ( beaphar defest spray ) inside the opening and it kills the stragglers instantly....
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So many good ideas! At least one of these has to work. Thanks!
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Thanks for this article and video! I am currently having trouble converting my RB2 into a pellet diet. I have Vetafarm
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Best of luck! I hope something helps!
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Re: Converting Parrots to a Healthier Diet - Tips

My Rudy, who is 4 months old, refuses to eat pellets at all. What exactly is in them? They don't eat pellets in the wild, so if I give him enough seed, nuts, fruits and veggies are they absolutely necessary?

I got Rudy June 8th. I noticed that he only ate sunflower seeds out of his seed bowl and nothing else, but he was quite happy to eat the fruit and veggies I gave him. I have since had the opportunity to visit the people's house who had raised him, and saw that they gave their birds a seed diet of what looked like 80% sunflower seeds They did hand feed him, so I don't know how long he was actually eating solid food, but it couldn't be too long, right? At any rate, he was popping sunflower seeds like candy so I now manually pick out all but a few from his feed when I give it to him, in the hopes he will eat the rest.

Now he picks out the safflower seeds and nothing else, except the few sunflower seeds and other bits I've added in >.<

I try to give him a varied diet of fruit and veggies, in different combinations each time. For fruit he's given watermelon with the seeds, honeydew, cantaloupe, dehydrated cranberries, frozen black raspberries, apples without their seeds, plums, and occasionally a bit of pineapple.

For veggies he gets dried chilies, raw broccoli and cauliflower, mashed sweet potato, cooked green beans and corn, cooked English peas, fresh snap peas, raw bell pepper, fresh cucumber and tomatoes, fresh yellow squash and zucchini, and occasionally a little bit of frozen spinach.

I also give him cooked pasta, almonds or almond meal, crushed flax seed meal, pumpkin seeds, sugar/salt free wheat squares, raw rolled oatmeal, and occasionally cheerios and bits of boiled egg with a bit of shell. Every once in a while I give him a little bit of a flour tortilla. When I give the almond and flax seed meal, I add it in with the fruit and veggie bowl so that it sticks to everything and doesn't just settle to the bottom. He also gets a bit of cinnamon stick to gnaw on.

I have purchased some fresh mint sprigs and walnuts but haven't tried to give him any yet. I tried giving him raw carrots and he hates them, I will try them cooked later. He also hates rye bread and cooked Lima beans. I haven't tried any other kind of bean yet. I do heat up everything before I give them to him.

Is his diet varied enough? Should I just keep offering him pellets? He is really hungry in the morning and wants fruit and veggies all day, which I give him twice a day, but I keep the pellets in front of him 24/7. He occasionally goes and picks something out of the pellet bowl, but it's obviously just the other stuff I've added (pumpkin seeds, etc.). He preens and has normal looking poop, and plays like a healthy bird should.

So should I worry about the pellets?
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Re: Converting Parrots to a Healthier Diet - Tips

You wondered what are in pellets? Have a look at this, please

http://www.parrotforums.com/general-...s-pellets.html
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Re: Converting Parrots to a Healthier Diet - Tips

I wouldn't worry about pellets...if you provide enough variation with the fruits and vegtables. I only recently incorporated some Roudybush into our b&g's diet - and Jack has eaten nothing but beans, fruit, veg, and nuts since we got him three years ago before this. When we run out of this 40lbs of pellet I got for free, lol - (had to freeze a lot of it, as I will only allow 12 or so pellets a day) I will continue to not worry about it. Keep in mind, I do make a birdie chop with many varied ingredients, heavy on the bean...would be glad to share this with you if you like.
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