New Lorikeet mama in America, could use some advice!
Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:08 AM
I just got my first lorikeet, a 3-yr old female Forsten's. I knew the basics of feeding but now that I'm starting to branch out I'm running into some problems and am hoping for help.
I give her fresh fruit every day, but she doesn't seem to eat much of it. She loves grapes and apples but doesn't appear as keen as I would have thought on bananas and melons. I started pureeing fruit, like apple and strawberry etc, in place of the pieces, which she seemed to like but still doesn't eat too much. In addition to various bits of bird-safe veggies that I happen to be preparing for my family, I also hang a bit of broccoli in her cage. I don't know if she eats it but she enjoys tearing it apart so much that I kind of don't care if any makes it to her tummy, haha. My problem is that I feel like I'm wasting a lot of food, and also I worry she's not eating enough. I've read some recipes wherein people puree fruit and some veg and freeze it in ice cube trays and then give a cube or two a day. This is what I would like to do, because I feel it would be easier in general as well as easier to monitor how much she's eating. I need to develop a system of feeding, you know? However, every recipe I have seen calls for things that are specific to Australia and New Zealand, with items like weetbix and arrowroot biscuits. I've never seen weetbix here and have no idea what the equivalent would be!! I think we may have arrowroot biscuits in the baby food aisles, but I'm not sure. Also, what is egg and biscuit mix??
I kind of prefer to keep things simple, and tend to lean toward just using fruits and veg. However, I'm so new to lorikeet dietary needs that I have no idea what else she may need on a daily basis. Native Australian flowers aren't readily available in Los Angeles county, so I can't exactly give her those either.
She gets Lorylife powder every day, so the fresh fruit/veg is not her main food. My understanding is that the fruit is as important as the powder, not as a treat or supplement. I also have read that lorikeets have problems with iron, and grapes have more iron than other fruit, so I only use grapes as a treat and as training tools. I try not to give her more than 2-3 grapes/day. OH, I do use Honey-Nut Cheerios as a training treat, but only a few, not a whole bowl!
SO, here are my questions:
Can anyone give me ideas of how to give her the fresh fruit/veg she needs in a way she will eat? Am I doing it wrong?
How much SHOULD she be eating per day?
Are there any items I should be including in the basic purees that I can still get in the US? We have stuff like baby cereal and rice flour, etc, but I have no idea what vitamin-mineral powder is and I'm not sure I can get glucose powder.
I know Lorylife makes powder and nectar, and I got the powder because it was all the pet store had, but which is more important for her nutritional needs? Should I be giving her the nectar instead? It is extremely hard to find lorikeet food here at all, but if she really needs the nectar instead, I will order it. She is a little poop sometimes, but I'm just crazy about this bird and I want to give her the best I can.
I really, REALLY appreciate any input! Also...I do have some questions regarding her behaviors, but I don't want to overwhelm all in one post, so I will post those separately later. Again, thanks to anyone who can help me!
Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:14 PM
I can understand your frustrations. I have 2 lorikeets. One is a scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Cheeky) who lives with my hubby at the moment in Australia and I have a Blue Mountain Lori (Pickles) in Ohio. My husband is eventually going to move here with our bird Cheeky.
Weetbix is a cereal. http://www.weetbix.com.au/nutrition You can def find something here with wheat that is similar but its not a must. Arrowroot biscuits are some what sweet so I wouldn't worry about that. My bird in Ohio loves grapes, watermelon, water etc. My bird in Australia loves watermelon, apples, beans,... Anything green. They probably won't eat a lot of it. Now the one thing I do not like is that we in the USA do not have as much options for powder dry and wet mix for our lorikeets and thats obviously because we do not have a lot of them. I know they have pellets that the lorys dip in water themself and it absorbs and that is what they had my lorikeet on but I am presently having my hubby send me mix if we can get it passed with customs. But I did check with Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California about where they get their lorikeet mix and they have them imported from Australia. If you live in Los Angeles I would check with customs and see if you can have it sent as there are companies in Australia who will send it to you...
You are more than welcome to add me on Facebook if you want to keep in touch as its nice to find other passionate lorikeet owners!! I love my lorikeets as they are my kids!! If you have questions about her behaviour, I can hopefully help with that too... I am also starting my own site (personal about my lorikeets etc) lorikeets.info
Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:31 PM
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