Last Updated on by Mitch Rezman
“My bird really doesn’t eat his fruits and veggies like birds of his type do. Do you have any insight into what to do or what would be a good substitute so that he can be getting his daily vitamins?”
Is your bird on a total seed diet? If so, it is not going to provide all he needs to live a long life. They do need to consume more than seeds. Even if he does not eat it every day, you must give him a small dish with something that is not seeds daily. EVERY DAY.
Eventually, he will pick at it and learn to enjoy it.
I found it easy to use frozen mixed vegetables in the bag, generic is fine. I would take a bag of veggies and put into a plastic container in the freezer door and EVERY day dump a tablespoon or so into a shallow dish and set it in the cage. I also would add a small chunk of an apple, a grape cut in half and a dice sized bit of orange, That is the basics.
You can also give him pomegranate seeds, cherries, a cut-in-half cherry tomato, a hunk of crunchy romaine lettuce, even a little dish with oatmeal, a few scrambled eggs, some cheerios moistened with water, juice or milk, anything.
Just every day he gets a dish of something, removed before bedtime.
This is also a good time to consider sprinkling a bird vitamin on the wet foods so the vitamins stick to the food and are not wasted.
These are good selections.
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique
I have him on an organic pellet mix, altho it does have dried peppers and some seeds in it but doesn’t seem to have as many pellets as I think it should. I mix it with some parrot food that has dried corn, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds.
I am also debating about getting just an organic pellet food to mix in so that he has more pellets in his food. Do you think this is wise?? I make him a dish of apples, frozen peas, bananas, sometimes oranges, frozen corn, lettuce, carrots, and celery. Some dried fruit like mango, apricots, cherries and bananas, and unsalted sunflower kernels. He only picks at it, more so throwing it around than anything else.
He will chew on the carrots, celery and frozen peas, and corn but only minimally. occasionally maybe the apples and a lil bit of the dried fruit. Just want to make sure that he is getting all the nutrients he needs.