Bird Safe Fresh Foods & Toxic Food Lists + Sprouts
Posted 13 December 2008 - 02:30 PM
Posted 13 December 2008 - 04:42 PM
Thanks Jim, guess I won't feed them steamed but soft boiled occasionally.
I bought some a while back and was talking about how much all my guys just loved the things!! Boy did I get an earful, or eyeful as the case may be.
salted peanuts aren't a good idea. Salted anything isn't a good idea.
Posted 14 December 2008 - 01:04 AM
Posted 14 December 2008 - 04:03 AM
Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:06 PM
The recommended sprouting legumes need to have minimum 1/2" tails before serving to the birds, with the exception of lentil which can have 1/4" tails.
Kali, Grey bird
Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:19 PM
Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:46 PM
I hated buying sprout mixes with "filler" that never really sprouted, so I just make my own. We do adzuki, lentil, and mung and everyone eats it. Even the budgies eat the sprout ends:razz: Actually, little Mickey is now eating sprouts in very small quantities.
Do you also sprout a grain mix? Birds LOVE that, and the combination of grains and legumes creates complete protein with all the amino acids. Two parts grains, one part legumes (cooked or sprouted). Lots of vegetables, and a little fruit too, of course!
Kali, Grey bird
Posted 20 April 2009 - 04:06 PM
Stevie doesn't seem to like most of the products in this mix. He eats all of the seed items, but avoids the processed looking items (resembles small catfood pieces?). I'm guessing these are the "fortified" items in the mix.
Is there a mix he might enjoy more?
Posted 20 May 2009 - 09:46 AM
Izzy - D'ni - Atrus - April (RIP) - Leo - Bluie (RIP) - Pip - Wil - Alfie - Billy (RIP) - Speech
I just need more time, a few more months and we will be fine
RIP Rocky x Still you are with me, your hoofbeats have become the very rhythm of my heart
RIP Billy 26.10.10 Thank you for everything
Posted 20 May 2009 - 01:35 PM
Kali, Grey bird
Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:02 PM
ssjones, "fortified" means that there's added vitamins and minerals to the food. Just because something has been "fortified" doesn't necessarily make it healthier. Natural vitamins and minerals are healthier than artificial, so it's a good idea to feed a diet that includes a variety of fresh foods. As far as pellets, they tend to look like fruit loops, rabbit pellets, cat food, turtle food, or something else. Personally though, I'm not a big fan of some of the cheaper brands found in most regular petstores, and none in grocery stores. I don't like seed/pellet mixes, nor any foods that contain dyes. As far as pellets go, the top three brands I recommend (if you can get your bird to eat one of them at least) would be TOP's, Foundation Formula, or Roudybush. If not that, then perhaps Harrison's, Zupreem (Natural), Lafebers, Mazuri, or???
Both my conures are currently eating pellets along with fresh foods. My cherry head conure is on the Roudybush Renal Care diet due to elevated uric acid levels, and this particular type has the lowest amount of protein of any bird food sold. My mitred conure eats Zupreem Natural/Garden Goodness since he has trouble eating seeds (beak injury). There's quite a few dry blends on the market, which I can't tell you which one is the best, but I'd recommend one with little to no sunflower seeds and no peanuts (unless you feel like picking them out). Also, try to stick with a seed/grain mixture, and not one based off of fruits. Fruits are fine in small moderation or as treats but should not be a large part of the diet.
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